Let's get cooking with NERD Summit 2020, March 20-22!

NERD Summit is an inclusive, community building tech event in New England.
NERD Summit 2020 "virtual" was a great success!
Thank you all!


Prepare for a feast of knowledge with your fellow New England developers and designers with this year’s sessions at NERD Summit 2020.

Look for the app on the iOS App Store, thanks to Lou Franco.


Virtual NERD Summit is like the in-person summit, except that session rooms are virtual (a Zoom session) rather than physical.

UPDATE: All the JOIN links have been replaced by VIEW VIDEO links for all sesssions which were recorded.

  • Find the session you wish to attend in the schedule below.
  • Click the JOIN * link ~5 minutes (or less) before the session is scheduled to start (or see room links below).
    IMPORTANT: All the rooms, except Hangout & Help, are password protected. All ticket holders will receive the password by email. Make sure you registered here ti.to/nerd/nerd-summit-2020
  • The sessions are recorded. Mute your audio and/or turn off your video if you do not want to be in the recording.
  • Please stay muted unless you are asking a question.
  • To ask a question, post "I have a question" in the Zoom chat, and you will be called on.
  • When the talk is over, the Zoom session will close.

Then repeat the above for the next session that you would like to attend.

If you do not already have it, download the Zoom Client for Meetings *
* You will be prompted to do so when you click a JOIN link if you do not have it, but it is better to do it in advance.

Zoom links for each room number are below:

Coffee & Networking sponsored by Last Call Media and Acquia
Hangout & Help sponsored by Common Media
Room 135 sponsored by Cubit Coworks
Room 145 sponsored by Clevertech
Room 221 sponsored by HomeWorks Energy
Room 321 sponsored by Knectar
Room 325 sponsored by Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
Room 329 sponsored by MachineMetrics

For more details see nerdsummit.org/virtual.html

NERDSummit 2020: Virtual Hackathon on Sunday!

NERDS2020 Hackathon will take place on Sunday, March 22nd from 9am to 4pm EST.

The Hackathon is going virtual, too!
Slack and zoom, the same powerful tools that remote workers use every day, will also empower us to collaborate on the hackathon projects! More details to come.

Do you like to code? Do you want to code? Have you tried to learn to code only to not know how to get started?

Using JavaScript, Python, and maybe a Raspberry Pi or two, beginner programmers and professionals (ages 8 and up) will have opportunities to learn practical programming skills and participate in building real-world applications with mentors in a group setting.

Come join us for a day of networking, learning, and practical hacking -- make new friends, sharpen your skills and develop new ones in a fun and encouraging setting. Sign-up is here.

For more informmation see: nerdsummit.org/virtual.html


NERDS 2020 will take place in the Integrated Sciences Building
at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts.

NERD Summit 2020 is now virtual (see above). There will be no ativities taking place in the ISB building at UMass.

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

Download full size map

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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