Press Release: NERD Summit 2015

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Lissie Fein


NERD Summit: The Local Tech Conference for Everyone!


Amherst, MA - August 31, 2015 - NERD Summit is back! All are welcome to a free weekend of workshops, trainings, presentations, youth activities, and more, September 11th-13th at UMass Amherst’s Conference Center.


“We're super excited to bring the second annual Nerd Summit featuring digital technology workshops to the Valley,” said Kelly Albrecht, executive director of NERDs and local entrepreneur.


NERD Summit has something for everyone — from beginners to advanced professionals. Friday and Saturday have more than 50 workshops, training sessions, and panel discussions. Keynote speakers include Becky Wai-Ling Packard of Mount Holyoke College on Friday and Drupal experts Jen Lampton and Nate Haug on Saturday. Saturday also features a full track of workshops for high school students and kids ages 7 and up. Saturday will culminate with a party with food, drink, live music, and fun NERDy activities while you mingle.


Sunday at NERD Summit is a community contribution day. Come learn how to contribute to open source projects or help local nonprofits with Hack for Western Mass. Family-friendly options on Sunday include a Makerspace and LEGO robotics.


Thinking of a career change? Check out the Job Fair on Saturday! Want to improve your skills? Friday and Saturday are for you. Want to meet new NERDy friends? Check out the Meetup fair on Saturday with folks from local meetups representing. Want to come but have a little one who’s not quite ready for the keyboard yet? Childcare is available!


NERD Summit is sponsored by MassMutual and Last Call Media and is organized by New England Regional Developers, a local nonprofit with the mission of bringing digital skills to a wider audience and working to increase diversity in the local tech industry.


For more information about the event, including directions, parking information, and schedule, please visit