Every year there are hundreds of conferences held in different parts of the world where developers and software enthusiasts can come together and enjoy an event 100% dedicated to what they do for work, or fun. There is great importance behind events like this, in a profession like software development where the community is one of the biggest contributors to the field's well being and evolvement, conferences, meetups and, expos give a place for great minds to come together and learn, network, share and even form alliances. Recently, [Rootstack](https://www.rootstack.com/en/company) attended this year's edition of San Francisco Developer Week. An event held every year that opens its doors to more than 8,000 developers from all around the world who come with the same objective: Share knowledge about software solutions relevant in today's time. DevWeek 2020 had a comprehensive itinerary for workshops, keynotes, open talks and even some after-hours events where attendants were able to discuss topics over a few beers. ![enter image description here](https://cms.rootstack.comhttps://cms.rootstack.com/sites/default/files/image_from_ios_6.jpg) **The highlights** A keynote that stood out for us was Giuliano Bossi's on how to grow and scale a commerce platform, as the director of engineering at Shopify he sure knew what he was talking about and during the keynote he touched on a lot of relevant points around commerce solutions like designing APIs and smart app integrations on Shopify. (Pssst: By the way, if you have any questions about creating a commerce platform for your business, feel free to contact us for a [free consultation](https://www.rootstack.com/en/free-consulting).) Vivek Ravisankar presented an interesting keynote about developer trends in 2020, talking about which are some of the biggest programming language competencies employers need and how can companies scout new talent. As an [outsourcing](https://www.rootstack.com/en/outsourcing) and [nearshore development](https://www.rootstack.com/en/nearshore-development) agency, we were pretty interested in that last topic since we know that sometimes it is complex to find the right team members to fit what companies need in today's time. Developers also had the opportunity to collaborate in an open talk given by Jonathan Avinor, where they learned how to "Build Web Apps like its 2030". Learned all about how to improve their development process by incrementing their velocity and getting the best out of out-of-the-box tools. As for the Pro Sessions, Ryan Schaefer provided an insight into the importance of project and product management skills when developing native application builds. Ryan shared his take on the best project management practices which we, as an agency that provides [managed services](https://www.rootstack.com/en/managed-services) for roles like project management, could co-sign. He also tapped into the technical complexities that define the way a project is managed. **The Hackathon** ![enter image description here](https://cms.rootstack.comhttps://cms.rootstack.com/sites/default/files/image_from_ios_7.jpg) Just like every year, Developer Week had its Hackathon event where developers formed teams and tried to solve challenges proposed by various companies that sponsored the event. A few that stood out were: - Yubico: Two-Factor, Multi-Factor, or Passwordless Authentication with the YubiKey. - Canon U.S.A: Canon's Camera Control API Challenge. - DocuSign: Best Disaster Preparedness & Relief Solutions using DocuSign. ![enter image description here](https://cms.rootstack.comhttps://cms.rootstack.com/sites/default/files/image_from_ios_1.jpg) Our biggest highlight from the event was the opportunity to have a booth at the expo with our class-A hosts: Alejandro Oses, CEO at Rootstack and Diego Tejera, CTO at Rootstack. We were very happy to be able to connect and be present in an event that represents the pulse of the community and joins everyone together for the cause of creating software and evolving the way we use the technology that's at our hands today. We are looking forward to attending more events where we can continue to connect and create strong alliances with like-minded individuals. Until next time!