AOL’s DevFest 2016 was held in Dublin from this week (16-18 August) as the company’s engineers came together to chat to colleagues about developing new ways of navigating a world of ones and zeroes.
The AOL DevFest is an annual event that brings together its global team of 1,200 staff across its engineering and product teams from across its 15 international offices.
With its employees spread across such far-flung locations as San Francisco, Hyderabad and Dublin, the point of DevFest is to bring them together to hear what they’re all working on.
Held this year in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in the heart of Dublin, the focus was on the voices of its engineers, rather than hearing from a number of managers within AOL.
Speaking with Siliconrepublic.com, the SVP of AOL Platforms Engineering, Aengus McClean, said that based on feedback from last year there was previously too much focus on managers, rather than the developers themselves.
Aside from the developers coming together to discuss the issues that matter to them, a number of speakers from AOL also were in Dublin.
Among those was AOL Platform’s chief product officer, Ernie Cormier, and the company’s digital prophet, David Shing, otherwise known as ‘Shingy’.
In explaining the importance of events like DevFest, Shing said: “Every single thing we touch… is made from ones and zeroes, so we need to understand what code does.”
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