Southern Dev Conference Kicks off Inaugural Event April 27th, 2019 at Georgia Cyber Center

Staff Report From Augusta CEO

Friday, April 12th, 2019

The goal of the Southern Developer Conference is to push software development, design, and technical leadership beyond basic conversations. An annual conference is a way to begin these discussions that will carry over to the developer and business communities to improve technical communication. It starts with this: one gathering of people talking and sharing ideas to improve themselves and their community.

Southern Developer Conference kicks off its inaugural event April 27, 2019, at the Georgia Cyber Center.

Bringing together top tech and cybersecurity professionals as well as business leaders to discuss emerging trends and formulate the best strategies for tackling current and future threats.

“The Southern Developer Conference was born out of a community of developers and technology
leaders and enthusiasts in the South, said Schuster Braun, Founder of Southern Developer Conference
and Code Boot Camp Instructor at the, “Together we are building an inclusive community
that focuses on developing Southern economies through innovation, technical excellence and grit.”

Southern Developer Conference will feature keynote speakers and industry expert panels from national
and regional companies sharing their experience and knowledge with an audience targeted to professional software developers and enthusiasts, project managers, product owners, tech directors,
and Chief Technology Officers. Also, in attendance will be entrepreneurs and students from high school
and college who are in the cyber/IT space.

This conference is organized by, which is a non-profit innovation center in downtown

This year’s Conference kicks off with a notable lineup of speakers including:

- Jerome Hardaway: CBS, Javascript Engineer; Vets Who Code, Founder; Google Developer Expert

- Harsha Vemulapalli: Robert Bosch, Head of Design North American Region

-Eric Harrison: Moonrise, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

- Veronica Hanus: NASA-JPL & MIT, programmer & researcher; self-taught web developer currently
teaching Python around the world

-Erica Stanley: SalesLoft, Software Engineer

-Mark Noonan: Content Thread, Web Developer; Code for Atlanta, Leadership Member

-Mark Locklear:, Founder; Vets Who Code, Director of Mentors

- Andrew Smelser: Eventbrite, Quality Assurance Coach

- Rhia Dixon: VeriShip, Full Stack Developer; Kansas City Women in Technology, Diversity and Inclusion

- Jeanne Schmidt: Rural Sourcing, Senior Principal Consultant, Quality Assurance

- Patrick Rodgers: Powerserve, Lead Programmer and Project Manager

- Wes Dollar: Rural Sourcing, Web Practice Lead

- Jessica King: Independent Contractor, Rockstar of Enterprise Architectures, eCommerce and ERP

- Bowe Strickland: Red Hat, Principal Systems Design Engineer

In addition to a lineup of prominent keynote speakers, Southern Developer Conference will feature
multiple sponsors within the industry and community. To date, sponsors include: DREAM, TelWare,
Powerserve, Emineo Marketing,, FreeMouth Media, Github, Plan with Gray, Rural
Sourcing and Enoch Tarver Law.

For a complete look at Southern Developer Conference including full speaker lineup, sponsorship
opportunities and ticket information visit:

For more information about Southern Developer Conference contact:, or call at 706-969-4602.

Individual tickets can also be purchased on Eventbrite: