Big Sky Developer Conference

The Big Sky Developer Conference is the meeting of a consortium of programmers and technology enthusiasts at Montana State University.

In its third iteration, the conference was a proven success with over a hundred Montana and out-of-state developers, many of whom have traveled hundreds of miles to attend.

Fellow University of Montana students and alumni were present at the talks, including Pat Kujawa, Clinton McKay, George Lesica, William Lyon, and Alexis Lensing.

Sponsored by local businesses and startups, the conference featured 18 unique topics ranging from art and technology to programming and team management.

The talks were held in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Building.

Speakers from around the state were present, including the graduate student George Lesica from the University of Montana. George gave an introductory talk about Elixir, a sibling language of Erlang.

Ben Echols provided an interesting discussion about the benefits of using Go, a language by Google. During the discussion, Echols demonstrated his web application that would pull player statistics from the game League of Legends

In addition to programming language talks, John Allwine presented and explained different linear algebra techniques, such as calculating the dot product, applying translation, rotation, and the scaling of matrices to a vector, and explaining the important cross product between two vectors.

On the business side of software development, Doug Odegaard provided his advice on how to become a successful independent contractor and manage remote work. Odegaard presented methods to increase productivity and pitfalls that can cause productivity loss.

If you’re a software developer, a startup-a-holic, chronic entrepreneur, or a technology enthusiast that would like to become more embedded in the Montana community. It’s recommended that you show up to the [Big Sky Developer Conference] (


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