Seeking knowledge and leveling up your qualifications is a lifelong skill in itself. Pursuing personal or professional development and career advancement indicate a deeper personality trait of ambition. For those who want to focus on a growth mindset this year, Denver is a great place for learning and making new connections. Before you scour the internet for tech learning opportunities in Denver, we built this list to give you a head start.
As the public health situation is ongoing and always changing, we’ve listed both in-person and virtual experiences for technologists looking to learn or network. If you’re missing in-person cocktail and mingling events, fret not as some of those opportunities may return with warmer weather. When growing a technology career, leveling up can mean mastering a new emerging technology or investing in your leadership skills.
Self-proclaimed hub for startups and techies in Colorado, BuiltIn Colorado has an extensive list of virtual learning resources, along with job postings and events connected to the Denver tech scene. In addition to daily events and virtual learning opportunities, BuiltIn CO also focuses on leadership in Colorado. They have classes and series on just about every topic related to technology skills. Take a look at their extensive event calendar here.
If you’re starting from scratch or looking to get into another technology field, Tech Academy Denver is a local educational institution with the goal of graduating developers that raise industry standards and surpass client expectations. From their Web Developer Boot Camp, to their programs on Python and C# and .Net frameworks, students can study online or in-person, or a hybrid of the two at their campus west of Denver.
Built by women, for women, She Can Code incorporates learning and networking events to elevate women in the tech industry. On Thursday, February 11th, their women in Software Engineering event will highlight speakers on operating satellites with Python to mobile app development with Java and Kotlin. Consider adding a course on utilizing AI or fundamentals in data visualization, or socialize with other tech groups in their discussion based events.
They also have specific seminars for BIPOC candidates, like how to land a top software engineering role, and a web dev course for women and non-binary learners. Emphasizing the importance of equity and opportunity across intersections, She Can Code is facing tech's lack of diversity problems head on by having these conversations and learning events for underrepresented groups of people. In February, they are partnering with Forbes on the Cultural Accountability Summit, as well as hosting smaller events like a black women in tech virtual lunch with TLA, Tech London Advocates for Black Women in Tech, a global network of experts, entrepreneurs, and leaders in tech.
A general resource that aggregates online learning opportunities is a great place to start when you’re not sure what you want to learn, or just want to explore the options. Class Central’s primary focus is to bring mostly free university courses to an accessible online platform for auditing. They also have tools to plan and track your online learning progress.
Founded in 2010, Udemy is a marketplace for learning and instruction that connects students around the world with everyday experts. Boasting over 150,000 courses in over 65 languages, Udemy aims to make education more accessible for all. Their classes are diverse and affordable, from business to development to IT & Software. Take a look at everything they have to offer.
ÜberConf will be held July 13th to 16th, 2021 at the Westin Westminster in Denver, CO. Noting that their speakers are more than vendor reps, but industry-recognized experts, published authors, consultants, executives, and open-source leaders, this summer conference will provide in-depth sessions and teach detailed technical content. Dive into tech learning with topics including:
Open for registration soon, Colorado tech companies can go beyond networking to build lasting relationships at C-Level @ A Mile High. Hosted virtually for the second time, the event will gather more than 50 top tech executives to give talks and present upcoming projects. There are also experience packages available for auction, like a hike or cooking class, that attendees bid on to spend more time with their favorite executives.
With a new choose-what-you-pay model, this year’s Global Conference from Startup Grind is Feb 22nd to 25th, 2021. The conference will be even more accessible for startups from any location to learn and discuss the future of innovation. Headlining major speakers like political powerhouse Stacey Abrams and Biz Stone of Twitter, the event brings education, inspiration, important conversations, and opportunities to the greater tech community.
Hosted by Thinkful Denver on February 20th at 11am, this event will examine data analytics uses across industries, and apply analytics concepts to real-world examples. Thinkful notes that “with the recent boom in big data and analytics, having the skills required to work with data isn't just valuable — it's all but a necessity.” These skills will only grow in significance and the demand for talent capable of handling and visualizing massive amounts of data will be ubiquitous across industries. Take a look at Thinkful’s other virtual learning resources here!
Hosted virtually from February 17th to 19th this year, DeveloperWeek is a chance for those in the tech industry to discover the latest in developer technologies, languages, platforms, and tools. Last year, over 8,000 developers, engineers, software architects, dev teams, managers and executives from over 70 countries participated.
Denver Eventbrite: We love Eventbrite for finding a wide range of happenings in and around Denver. We searched “tech conferences,” but lots of local groups and businesses list classes and events through Eventbrite, so you can narrow your search based on category, format, price, date, and more to find just what you’re looking for.
Colorado Technology Association Calendar: Another great local resource for Denver tech learning opportunities is with CTA and its associated programming. From seminars hosted by the Denver Economic Development and Opportunity Fund to the monthly Tech Affairs Council, there are always chances to get in with local tech networks and make connections.
Women In Tech Spring 2021 Virtual Summit: From Wednesday March 24th to Friday March 26th, the Women In Tech Summit will bring together industry leaders driving innovation and growth in tech. From hands-on coding workshops to chances to learn from women on the business side of technology, this conference has a little something for everyone.
If online classes and live webinars are not exactly your jam, you can still learn and develop during this time. Part of the magic of online conferences is that they can be watched any time, meaning from last year alone you can gain access to thousands of videos to answer your questions or learn something new. Read our article on finding a mentor in your field, or ask someone you work with that you admire to plan a monthly coffee session for asking questions and brainstorming.
It’s officially February and 2021 is in full swing. Did you have a chance to make any yearly goals last month? No matter where you are at in your personal planning, we suggest seeking growth and nourishment for your mind and career. Whatever it is you are aiming to achieve, set goals, and start the process of adding to your skillset.
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