CodeLand 2021

The most welcoming conference for early-career coders and their champions. Produced by CodeNewbie and DEV, two software communities built on Forem.

Taking place virtually from
September 23-24, 2021.

CodeLand is the community-first conference designed to level up programmers and people learning to code – from home!

Motivating talks, rewarding activities, and connection with other code-obsessed people like you.

A screenshot of a virtual panel from CodeLand: Distributed, featuring Rukia Sheikh-Mohamed, Chloe Condon, and Amit Nambiar, moderated by emcee Saron Yitbarek.

Why attend?

Whether you’re researching coding bootcamps or celebrating your tenth year as a software developer, CodeLand is for you.

Together, we’ll discuss big ideas in tech, empower lifelong learning, and energize one another to keep coding as whole people.


CodeLand 2021 is an entirely remote two-day conference. Each day will be six hours long (9am-3pm PT / 12-6pm ET / 4-10pm UTC) and will consist of a mix of live keynotes, live speaker panels, pre-recorded talks, and optional add-on workshops on both days.


Join us for CodeLand 2021 by registering here.


Free access to all keynotes, talks, and panels. $25 add-on fee for optional workshops led by the Forem team.

Who's Speaking at CodeLand?

Keynote Speakers

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"Coding's a Drag"

Anna Lytical

Anna Lytical is a "sickeningly entertaining" coding drag queen who creates fun and educational coding content to engage a young LGBTQ+ audience on TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, and beyond. When not inspiring the next generation of developers with their tutorials and videos, Anna Lytical works at Google as a Developer Experience Engineer.

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"Everything We Forgot to Tell You About Forem"

Ben Halpern

Ben is the creator of DEV and Forem and one of the founders of the Forem company alongside Jess Lee and Peter Kim Frank. He's an entrepreneurial Canadian who has made a career of building community-focused software.

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"One Rule to Rule Them All: Learning in Public"

Gift Egwuenu

Gift Egwuenu is a frontend consultant at Passionate People and a content creator based in Haarlem, Netherlands, She loves engaging with and advocating for open and inclusive developer communities and loves sharing her knowledge and experience by creating tech content for developers.

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"Musical Lessons for Engineering Teams: Developing a Culture of Feedback Cycles"

Helen Hou-Sandí

Helen Hou-Sandí is the Director of Open Source Initiatives at 10up and a Lead Developer for the WordPress open source software project, now powering more than 40% of the web. From her start as a PHP/MySQL applications developer to focusing on "the front-end of the back-end" from both the development and UX perspectives, she has a knack for figuring out what people need to get things done on their websites, including most recently on the relaunch of for the Biden-Harris Administration.

Theme: Code for Good

"Tech & Social Impact - Power of Volunteering"


Bea is a frontend engineer, who transitioned into technology with the help of coding communities. She is passionate about helping others and aspires to mentor others in the future.

"When Deeds Speak, Words Mean Nothing"

Charlene Kuye

Charlene considers herself an "accidental coder" — never in a million years did she think she'd be working in tech. But, working towards becoming an instructor for Harvard's famous CS50 course was the catalyst for change she needed to enter the field. In 2020, she founded DCODED ACADEMY, an online hub dedicated to teaching and building a diverse community of UX/UI developers and designers.

"Demystifying Web Accessibility"

Josefine Schaefer

Josefine is a frontend engineer based in Hamburg, Germany. She describes herself as "ready to take over the world by storm" on good days and "wondering when she will be exposed as the imposter she is" on bad ones.

"Docs For Equity - Teaching Our Way Out Of Impostor Syndrome"

Julia Seidman

Julia is a believer in the careen, rather than the career. After studying anthropology and writing a senior thesis on the ethics of museum collections of human skeletal remains, she took the job she could get: fundraising for a hospital. From there, she became a financial analyst and employee educator for 401k plans. Then, after getting her Master's in education, she taught high school English and ESL for most of a decade. Now, she is a technical content marketing consultant and developer.

Theme: Early-Career Confidence

"You’re Not an Imposter, You’re a Life-Long Learner"

Pj Metz

Pj is a former educator who now works as an Education Evangelist at GitLab. After teaching for 11 years, Pj made the transition into tech in May of 2021 after teaching himself to code during the summer and fall of the pandemic. He is a passionate public speaker and has spoken at a Microsoft conference as well as hosted several meetups and other events representing GitLab. You can catch him on Twitch building a website about poetry or building his next pop-star-based Twitter bot.

"How to Find a Mentor"

Tanaka Mutakwa

Tanaka is a technology leader who is driven to help software engineers have fulfilling careers. He works as the VP of Engineering at Names & Faces.

"How to Provide Value from Day One of Your Dev Career"

Thuy Doan

Thuy Doan is a Canadian developer working at Prodigy Education. Before that, she was a business school graduate and a social media marketer, who once ran a blog and wrote the odd commercial here and there. She loves MMOs but retired in 2011 because she could not stop opening Gacha boxes. Her favorite game is Contra III and her favorite thing is a candid conversation.

"Art History is a Feature: Non-Dev Work as a Superpower"

Tracey Berg-Fulton

Tracey Berg-Fulton is a Software Engineer at Lumen Learning. Before learning to code in 2016, Tracey spent nearly a decade working in museums as a registrar & provenance researcher. She holds degrees in art and journalism from Otterbein, and a master's degree in art history from the University of Glasgow. In her spare time, Tracey competes in powerlifting, runs silly distances, and studies Gàidhlig. She shares her Pittsburgh home with her giant schnabrador, Walter, who is a very good boy.

Theme: Open Source Strong

"Docs Are Everyone's Business"

Alex Radu

Best known as lover of unicorns and all things magical, including data, design and code, Alex has been working at JPMC since 2016 and is now VP Product Adoption Lead for Public Cloud. She has just finished her MSc Computer Science at the University of Bath and in her work she combines content, data, communities and cloud. Personally, she is currently recovering from a crush on 80s music and glassblowing!

"From Contributor to Maintainer in Open Source"

Anita Ihuman

Anita is a software developer, an author, and a speaker who enjoys teaching, sharing information through technical writing, learning, and engaging with open source communities.

"Babystepping Your Way to Becoming an Open Source Contributor"

Tulio Paschoalin Leao

Tulio always wanted to be involved in open source, and all of a sudden he was a contributor, then the maintainer of a project, three projects, and a few organizations — who knows how many by the time this gets published!

Theme: Path to Programmer

"The Beauty of Being Stuck"

Jonathan Yeong

Jonathan Yeong is a Senior Developer at Shopify and a Rubyist at heart. In his spare time, Jonathan produces videos about all things programming and writes on and CodeNewbie Community about topics that matter to early-career developers.

"How I Went From Tech Support to Developer"

Nočnica Fee

Nočnica Fee is a developer advocate, specializing in cloud applications, serverless computing, and containerization. She writes regularly for The New Stack and has been published in Information Age and Forbes. She blogs on, streams on Twitch at, and spends her weekends caring for her dozens of houseplants.

Theme: Technical Deep Dives

"It's the Markup That Matters"

Hidde de Vries

Hidde is a web developer and accessibility specialist who believes in the power of markup. As a freelancer, he helps governments, organisations and companies with fast, scalable and accessible front-end solutions for their end users.

"This Box Will Change Your Life"

Salma Alam-Naylor

Salma — also known as whitep4nth3r — helps developers build stuff, learn things and love what they do. She's a teacher, musician, and an expert in web technologies, with a fierce mission to promote accessibility and inclusivity in technology on planet earth.

"Developing Beyond Code"

Victory Brown

Victory Brown is a user experience designer with knowledge in user research, user interviews, storytelling, prototyping, wire-framing, and more. With a background in education, she has successfully transitioned into technology as a User Experience Designer, open source advocate, and a member of the sustain UX working group. She loves talking about design, accessibility, and diversity.


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