Let's get cooking with NERD Summit 2021, March 19-21!

NERD Summit is an inclusive, community building tech event in New England.
At this time we do not know if NERD Summit 2021 will be physical or virtual,
but we'll keep you posted!

2021 Program

For 2021, NERD Summit is reaching out, at both organizational and individual levels, to get more people involved!

More involvement will support new summit ideas as well as program implementation, which in turn supports the NERD mission of making tech more accessible to both underrepresented and young people.



The mission of NERD (New England Regional Developers) is to collaborate with the regional community to ensure that the annual Summit and events throughout the year offer everyone, regardless of background or finances, a diverse curriculum for relevant skill building and valuable networking opportunities. This supports our vision of creating positive and supportive learning opportunities for people who work or want to work in web and related technology. Too many smart, passionate people have been traditionally excluded from tech careers, and we're changing that.


NERDS Summit is normally held in the Integrated Sciences Building
at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts.

At this time we do not know if NERD Summit 2021 will be physical or virtual, but we'll keep you posted!

Drive times: Logan (BOS) Airport: 2 hours, Bradley (BDL) Airport: 1 hour,
New Haven: 1.5 hour, NYC: 3.5 hours.

Hotel UMass has reserved a block of rooms (Group Code: NED20C) with discounted room and parking rates. Contact the hotel by February 21, 2020 to secure reservation using the above code.

UMass campus map

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The most convenient parking is the Campus Center Parking Garage
at a cost of $1.75/hr. More parking options are available.

Google links: GARAGE ($ Fri-Sun)
LOT 43 (free Sat,Sun) LOT 63 (free Sat,Sun)

There are many hotels in the area close by to UMass
including Hotel UMass (see more above the map), very near the ISB building.


New England Regional Developers

NERD Summit is a product of New England Regional Developers (NERD). NERD creates positive and supportive learning opportunities for people who work, or want to work in web and related technologies in the New England area.

Read more at: nerd.ngo

Code of Conduct

Attendees are encouraged to read the NERD Summit 2020 Code of Conduct.

The NERD Summit 2020 team


  • Kelly Albrecht
  • Rick Hood
  • Steve Brewer


  • Chad Furman
    Content Chair
Track Chairs:
  • Rob Bayliss
  • Stephen Cross
  • Cheryl Handsaker
  • Geri Jennings
    Backend Development
  • Joan Joly
    Frontend Development
  • Al Nutile
  • Noah Paessel
    Fun With Code
  • Aubrey Sambor
    Design & User Experience
  • Heidi Stanclift
    Project & Business Management
Operations Chairs:
  • Kelly Albrecht
  • Barbara Hebert
  • Rick Hood
  • Rick Hood

Session video capture is headed up by Abby Bowman this year.
Many thanks to Kevin Thull for support.


Logistics Team:
  • Abby Bowman
  • Lili Dwight
  • Leslie Glynn
  • Mackenzie Skowyra
  • Jen Wahlund
Outreach Team:
  • Colin Panetta
  • Molly Taaffe
Sponsorship Team:
  • Mike Brooks
  • Stephanie Fuda
  • Gabe Smith
Website Team:
  • Eunice Baiden
  • Susie Howard
  • Clayton Salem
  • Aubrey Sambor
NERD Summit App:
  • Lou Franco


To volunteer, email Rick Hood at [email protected].

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