CodeLand 2022

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

CodeLand 2022 took place virtually on June 16 & 17, 2022. Click here to relive the event.

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 coding-obsessed people like you.

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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.


Talk Info

The magic of CodeLand lies in our fantastic talks from a diverse group of speakers — from the CodeNewbie Community and beyond! No two talks will be alike, but together, they’ll be inspiring and packed with practical information.

Keynotes & Fireside Chats

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Angie Jones

Angie Jones is the Global V.P. of Developer Relations at Block, an IBM Master Inventor as well as an award-winning teacher and a supportive figure for early-career software developers.

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Kelsey Hightower

Kelsey Hightower is a Principal Software Engineer at Google Cloud and a respected voice in cloud computing and open source.

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Tracy Chou

Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur and software engineer known for her work advocating for diversity and inclusion in tech. She is currently the founder and CEO of Block Party, which builds tools for online safety and anti-harassment.


Theme: Beyond the Binary

"Accessibility in Design"

Bethany Jepchumba

Bethany Jepchumba's mantra is "recreating stories, enhancing experiences". She aims to improve experiences whether it is through design, code, or leadership. Currently, Bethany is a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. Formerly, she was a Program Coordinator at Andela.

"Inclusive Web Development"

Clifford Ouma

Clifford Ouma is an undergrad student at Moi University in Kenya. He is a front-end web developer and a User Experience designer in training. Clifford is a self-described introvert and strives to show empathy and understanding in everything he does. He is a champion for tech communities and enjoys taking part in community-building to foster connection, learning, and growth — both in terms of skills and growth in network and experience.

"Next-Gen Inclusivity: How Gen Z Can Make Real Change in Tech"

Haimantika Mitra

Haimantika Mitra is a Developer Relations Engineer at Appwrite. She is a community builder and a product of the community herself. She believes that technology is for everyone and is heavily involved in learning, sharing, and building with the community. So far, she has helped over 1000 students in the BAME community with mentoring and improving their technical skills. Being a huge advocate of women in tech, she has helped women early in their careers find a way to tech.

"Accessibility is Not a Mystery"

Laurel Younis

Laurel Younis is your inclusive software engineer & tech leader delivering high energy talks that challenge the audience to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most at work & in life. She brings practical strategy to the audience, enabling them to easily implement the techniques and advice given into their personal projects and professional lives. Younis’s background in software development, business consulting, and entrepreneurship enables her to connect with all audiences.

"Women and tech: Why representation matters"


Pachi is your friendly developer relations person. After nannying for years, she started learning to code while building meaningful connections within the dev community. A native Brazilian, Pachi infuses her experience as an immigrant woman in tech into her work. Her goal is to create newbie-friendly content to help make tech should be accessible to all. When she's not live coding on Twitch, Pachi watches anime, reads too many romance novels, and complains about Patriarchy on Twitter.

Theme: Healthy Coding

"Teaching through Code Review"

Derek Binkley

Derek Binkley is a Full Stack Engineer with Localize. While getting his start fixing the Y2K date problem in Cobol, Derek quickly moved on to spend over twenty years using JavaScript, PHP, JVM Languages, and SQL and NoSQL databases. He enjoys teaching others through speaking, mentoring, and writing articles. Derek encourages developers to write clean, testable code. When not in front of a computer he spends time with family, travels, makes pizza, and drinks beer.

"Celibrate you're misteaks"

Joe Glombek

Joe Glombek is a senior .NET web developer who's been working with various British digital agencies for the past decade and is an Umbraco MVP. In the 5-to-9, he is an adventure-loving outdoorsman and can often be seen out hiking or canoeing with his dog, Carter.

"A Programmer's Guide to Mental Health"

Raymond Chung

Often mistaken as an intern, Raymond Chung is building a new generation of software developers through Shopify's Dev Degree program. As a Technical Educator, his passion for computer science and education allows him to create bite-sized content that engages interns throughout their day-to-day. When he is not teaching, you'll find Raymond exploring for the best bubble tea shop.

"I Think, Therefore I Code: An Introduction to Pseudocode"

Silvia España

Silvia España is a former marketer who found her way to frontend software development and, eventually, iOS mobile software development. In pseudocode, she found a way to solve coding problems without a single line of code. Her talk is a reminder that we can solve problems and later on, actually code them.

"Redefining Your Programming Purpose"

Tracy P Holmes

A "jackie of all trades" (and mistress of being herself), Tracy is a Technical Community Advocate at Isovalent focusing on all things Cilium, eBPF, and Anxiety Driven Development. When she isn't leveling up her programming skills, baking, or learning about the next "SomethingOps", she likes helping others have "lightbulb" moments. Tracy is active in the open source community and strongly believes open source is like gardening - pay attention to your conditions, and water only when needed.

Theme: Open Toolbox

"There's More to Open Source than Code "

Ramón Huidobro

Ramón is a software engineering and developer relations contractor based in Vienna, Austria. He's spent the last ten years being directly involved with small businesses and startups getting their apps off the ground or back in shape! His main motivation is community. He's not only actively worked software builders both new and experienced, but also dedicated a time to organising conferences, workshops and other events aimed at helping empower folks in their tech journey.

"How I Tracked My Pregnancy with Python & Emojis"

Hannah Hazi

Hannah Hazi is a software engineer based in Cambridge, UK. She originally wanted to become a civil engineer but fell in love with Python after exploring 3D printing and never looked back. Hanna currently works at Anvil as a Developer Advocate, helping people build web apps with nothing but Python. In her spare time, she loves playing with Raspberry Pi and making art. Her website is

"Design Systems for Developers"

Kathryn Grayson Nanz

Kathryn graduated with a BFA in 2013 and took her first job as junior graphic designer at a small ad agency. While there, her Creative Director warned her to never let anyone find out she could code because she'd be stuck doing it forever. Kathryn ignored this and it turns out he was 100% right — but she's never been happier. She currently works as a dev advocate where she helps people build web apps in React, design/maintain component libraries, and stop back-end devs from writing CSS.

Theme: Tech & Ethics

"The Shared Responsibility of Tech Ethics"

Erin Mikail Staples

Erin Mikail Staples is a very online individual passionate about facilitating better connections online and off. She’s forever thinking about how we can communicate, educate and elevate others. Currently, Erin works at Orbit and teaches at NYU. Most importantly, she firmly believes in the power of being unabashedly into things and works to help friends, strangers, colleagues, community builders, graduate students, and whoever else may cross her path find their thing.

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