March Newsletter

Hello all and welcome to the new members joining us for the first time.  This year has gotten off to a rocking start here at the AK Dev Alliance and we are working hard to keep up the momentum.  Let's start off with a couple of important announcements. 

First, there have been a few new Slack channels added or updated based on requests from members:
  • #work-offers - Maybe you are looking for a new job, possibly a side gig?  Maybe you or your company are hiring.  This was the #1 piece of feedback from the developer survey.  This channel is open for anyone (freelance, HR, recruiter, etc.) to post job offers.  If you are looking to hire talented software professionals this is the place to post those job descriptions.
  • #garage-sale - Have something to sell or looking for something to buy?  This is the channel for you.
  • #alliance-leadership - This channel is open to anyone wanting to help with running and growing this group.  This is also where the board conducts much of its business so if you are curious about what is going, or helping out, please join us.
Second, the current board has elected the first-ever steering committee for the alliance.  Join me in welcoming the new committee members consisting of Vincent Castro, Bradley Pizzimenti, Jeff Levin, Melanie Bladow, and Dave Bechberger.  This group will spend the next year focused on how to grow the alliance and expand its reach.  If you have any questions/comments/concerns please feel free to reach out to any of these members with your feedback.

Meetup Topic

Mapping Technology for Ridesharing
Clare Corthell is a Product Manager at Lyft for map data and geovisualization. She was previously the founder of an aerial map making company, a data science consultancy, and a Kenyan ridesharing company. She specializes in building scalable core data quality machines with integrated human-computer AI systems. She was educated at Stanford Engineering in Computer Science and Product Design.

Upcoming Events

March 14, 5 PM - Monthly Board Meeting - All are welcome to attend

March 19, 7 PM - Statewide Meetup
What: Clare Corthell - Product Manager at Lyft
Where:  Anchorage - CPISB 105a
                                     3101 Science Cir,
                                     Anchorage, AK 99508
                Fairbanks - UAF New Engineering Building 
                                   Room 301
                                   University of Alaska Fairbanks,
                                    1764 Tanana Loop Fairbanks, AK 99709
                Juneau - UAS Egan 108
                Live Stream - YouTube -
                                       Facebook -

Apr. 9, 7 PM - Statewide Meetup

May. 21, 7 PM - Statewide Meetup


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