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How to build the world’s most productive data lake and data analytics pl...

Silectis’ founder and CEO, Demetrios Kotsikopoulos, shares how he’s using Scala to build a team, culture, and technology that finds valuable insights in data. The conversation below has been edited for length and content. Silectis aims to be the world’s most productive platform for data analytics. If you manage data pipelines, data security, data compliance […] 

Enable Continuous Delivery by Empowering Employees

Almost any company you ask will say they want to empower their employees. But what does employee empowerment actually look like for technical teams and how does it affect everyone within the company? To find out, we spoke with Michael Gruen, the VP of Engineering / CISO at Cybrary. Mike is responsible for software development, […] 

Pros and Cons of Rust and Go

One expert’s take on the Pros, Cons, and Controversies of each language. If you have written code in either Rust or Go, you’ll recognize some similarities and differences between them. While there is some overlap between the goals of the two languages, there are plenty of differences between the two. Each language offers benefits depending […] 

What is hatchpad?

A community that is focused on providing software engineers in the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) metro area with an online platform that includes…

Increase awareness of side projects, get feedback from other engineers, collaborate on open-source projects.
Tech events & volunteer opportunities  
Improve technical skillsets, grow your professional network, and hear how speakers are building products and solving programming challenges.
Hear from local thought leaders about a variety of topics – from technical career advice to choosing a tech stack.
Get an original look into some of DC’s most innovative startups, including their tech stacks, products, technical leadership and more.
Search for startup engineering jobs based on tech stack, remote-work options, salary, and more.

We host multiple tech meetups a month, in the DMV, and found in speaking to engineers that there was no website that highlighted startups and engineers in the area. Our primary focus with this site has been matching DMV engineers with content that they care about and provide them a platform to promote their own projects.

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