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Boston I/O (2/4/12)- student Web designer/developer conference

posted Dec 20, 2011, 6:42 PM by Melody Koh

Boston I/O (February 4th, 2012) is a free 1-day conference where hundreds of high school and college students gather on a winter Saturday to get excited about making web and mobile web apps. In-demand technologies and techniques will be presented by accomplished folks. Designers and developers from hiring web startups will be available to meet students after the talks.

Last year, we ran this conference for 200 students (

We hope to grow to 300 this year. Last year, we had speakers from Github, Heroku, GroupMe, Swipely, Mozilla, HubSpot, Panjiva, and ITA Software. This year's list is shaping up just as nicely.

It's a "get students excited about open source technology that real-world web startups are using every day" event, followed by "meet the designers and developers at those startups" career fair-like event. We know of a few students who got jobs from the event last year, and many more who have begun attending local community events like the Boston Ruby users and Javascript users groups.

It's a "welcome wagon" event to transition students from school to the local startup culture.

We're beginning to bring in employers and sponsors, and also hope to offer a "bundle" of 3-month free trials for services like Github (source control) and Heroku (web hosting) to students. 

The event is totally free for students- sign up here now:

Contact Dan Croak ( with any questions.