At IT/Dev Connections 2017 in San Francisco this year, we’ll be introducing a special Hackathon during the opening event on Monday night. This Hackathon is unique in that it will require teams mixed with developers and IT Pros. The mission is simple: create an Alexa skill that is fit for the Enterprise.

The result will be one of the very first Enterprise-class Alexa skills to usher in Alexa for business use.

We also have a press release about it on the wires that goes into a bit more detail, but make sure you’re in attendance Monday night to hear all the information.

Press Release

The 2017 IT/Dev Connections Conference will Host a Hackathon to Create Enterprise-Level Security Skill for Alexa October 23 – 26 in San Francisco

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — IT/Dev Connections will host the first-ever Hack-a-Thon where teams of developers and IT Pros will be competing to create the first enterprise-level security Alexa skill to hit the market. The 2017 IT/Dev Connections Conference will convene October 23-26 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA. To register to attend, click here.

The Hackathon community event will show the power of bringing two – sometimes warring – factions of technology together. IT Pros and DevOps working in tandem will be a true example of how a successful business strategy will ultimately deliver on the promise of working together in a competitive landscape with tight deadlines to deploy highly secure code that brings function and value to the Enterprise.

“IT/Dev Connections 2017 is considered one of the best conferences for IT Pros and developers because the content is not overshadowed by a vendor message. Like a James Bond movie, attendees are dropped directly into the action, getting a solid, quality education on relevant topics from the first session to the last. And, each year we amp up what the conferences offers. This year, we’re ecstatic to host the first-ever Hackathon designed to introduce Alexa into the Enterprise in a big way,” said Rod Trent Engagement, Education, and Conference Director for IT/Dev Connections.

In addition to the Hackathon, IT/Dev Connections will offer more than 200 in-depth sessions across five tracks, teaching developers, DevOps, & IT professionals the skills they need. They include:

Cloud & Data Center – The Cloud & Data Center track provides coverage for the various vendor cloud solutions including AWS, Azure, Google, and others. The content provided in this track will provide attendees with a firm grip on delivering hybrid, private, and public cloud services to  organizations as well as how to manage cross-platform clouds through automation and scripting.
Track Chair: John Savill

Data Platform & Business Intelligence – The hottest but most misunderstood topics these days include Big Data, Machine Learning, Bots, Artificial Intelligence, and others. This track delivers a wealth of deep-technical knowledge designed to allow database administrators and data scientists to deliver on the latest technologies for strategy, awareness, customer service, and business value.
Track Chair: Tim Ford

Enterprise Collaboration – Office 365 and related services (Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Skype for Business, etc.) are in high demand in many organizations. This track delivers the specifics for successfully implementing, managing, and servicing these business-critical, hybrid cloud services throughout the company to ensure continuity and an optimum user experience.
Track Chair: Liam Cleary

Enterprise Management, Mobility, & Security – Most IT professionals are still tasked with implementing, managing, and monitoring on-premises assets while also developing and implementing strategy and deploying services to enable hybrid cloud workloads. This track delivers deep technical knowledge for improving current service levels for management, mobility, and security while also offering real-world knowledge for successful strategy development.
Track Chair: Ami Casto

Development & DevOps – The Development and DevOps track is designed to deliver the best training for the developer’s in attendance. Expert speakers deliver the most current developer technologies through demos and real-world code examples. DevOps-minded attendees appreciate this track because it allows distinct opportunities for cross-training to ensure an agile and adaptive workplace with a primary focus on development.
Track Chair: Chander Dhall

To learn more about the conference agenda, click here to view the session catalogue.

For more information and to register to attend the 2017 IT/Dev Connections Conference, visit

Media interested in obtaining media credentials to attend the 2017 IT/Dev Connections, contact Mark Britton at

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