DCIM: From “isolation to inspiration”

The Compiler
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3 min readMay 6, 2019


The valuable wisdom and insights engineers receive during /dev/color IN MOTION is priceless.

We are excited to announce that our /dev/color IN MOTION 2019 (DCIM) conference will take place on July 12th -13th at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA. In case you haven’t heard, /dev/color IN MOTION is the exclusive conference for Black software engineers. Our 4th Annual DCIM will bring together hundreds of Black software engineers from near and far to connect, learn, share, and support one another’s growth within the tech industry.

The two-day experience consists of fireside chats and lightning talks featuring A* members and laudable industry leaders from our ally community. In addition, DCIM features a designated hack day, technical conversations, professional development breakout sessions, a community outreach project, entertainment, and more.

DCIM is a rare opportunity for Black software engineers to have their experiences centered in a tech space.

DCIM 2019 represents a full circle moment for the /dev/color organization as our inaugural conference was hosted at Facebook nearly 4 years ago. A lot has changed since then, but /dev/color remains committed to our mission to empower Black software engineers to help one another grow into industry leaders. DCIM is an extension of that work.

But enough from us. Let’s leave it to Nick Caldwell, Chief Product Officer at Looker, A* Member and 2018 DCIM attendee, to share his thoughts on the DCIM experience.

“/dev/color IN MOTION was a transformative event, unlike anything I’ve experienced in my 15 years as a software engineer. For people of color, it can be incredibly isolating to exist in a tech world where years of systemic biases have made it difficult for them to feel comfortable and be their authentic selves.

Nick Caldwell, Chief Product Officer at Looker and A* at the DCIM 2018

“/dev/ color IN MOTION transformed my isolation into inspiration…It gave me hope that there were enough of us out there willing to come together and support each other.”

DCIM transformed my isolation into inspiration. It was the first time I’ve been exposed to hundreds of like-minded, successful, Black software engineers. It gave me hope that there were enough of us out there willing to come together and support each other. And it made me optimistic that a time will come where people of color are fairly represented in this industry.

Underrepresented communities need a strong network, access to opportunities, allies, and inspiring leaders to look up to. At DCIM, you’ll get all that and more. It is the cornerstone event that represents the very best of what’s happening in the Black tech community right now.”

Fireside chat with /dev/color founder Makinde Adeagbo, Neo CEO, Ali Partovi, and Code.org CEO, Hadi Partovi

Tickets to /dev/color IN MOTION 2019 are available now. Engineers are encouraged to click here to secure their spot. Those interested in supporting or partnering with /dev/color IN MOTION can do so by clicking here. We look forward to making this /dev/color IN MOTION experience one for the ages and we hope you’ll join us.

Onward and Upward,

The team at /dev/color



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