NERD Summit 2023!

March 17, 18 & 19 at UMass Amherst NERD Summit is an inclusive, community building tech event in New England.

2023 Program

As in past years, Friday and Saturday will be devoted to sessions, and Sunday devoted to training. Some shorter trainings, half-day or less, may be scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Sessions will include talks, panels and group discussions on a wide variety of topics.

One area we're excited about is an increased focus on group discussions, which enrich the conference by providing an arena for sharing perspectives and problem-solving, commiserating with each other over similar challenges, and learning in an interactive and conversational way.

NERD Summit has been an incredible success thanks to excellent presenters, generous sponsors, and an enthusiastic community. Sponsor packages are designed to help your organization with brand awareness, talent recruitment, and networking with potential partners and customers!


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.

You can help!

For 2023, 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. This type of programming could range from tech games for kids to tech career advice and coaching, to training on a specific topic.

If you know of organizations or individuals who can help add such programming to NERD Summit 2023 please get in touch. Perhaps it is you!

Contact Us


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

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

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.

We are working on securing a set of hotel rooms for the conference.
Stand by, more on that later.

2023 Summit Sponsors







Cross-promotion and non-monetary contribution partners.


Past Summit Sponsors

Many of these will likely sponsor again in 2023... we are just getting started.






Kelly Albrecht
(Last Call Media)

Erik Britt-Webb

Steve Cronen-Townsend

Donna DuSell
(Montague Web Works)

Benji Fisher

Robin Guidry

Karl Hakkarainen

Cheryl Handsaker
(Charlemont Connect)

Rick Hood
(Common Media)

Trevor Morris

Kim Pond
(Massachusetts 4-H Foundation)

Avi Schwab

Chris Wells
(Redfin Solutions)

Erika Wolbach
(Common Media)


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.

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Code of Conduct

Attendees are encouraged to read the NERD Summit 2023 Code of Conduct.

The NERD Summit 2023 team


  • Kelly Albrecht
  • Rick Hood


  • Erik Britt-Webb
  • Mike Brooks
  • Stephen Cross
  • Lou Franco
  • Stephanie Fuda
  • Chad Furman
  • Barbara Hebert
  • Lisa Huang
  • Joan Joly
  • Andrew Pasquale
  • Aubrey Sambor
  • Gabe Smith
  • Heidi Stanclift
  • Molly Taaffe
  • Jen Wahlund


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

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