Panel: Becoming a Developer

Our journeys to developing software and websites are all different. Some of us are self-taught, and some of us have had professional training. And some of us started out in a completely different career!

Join us for our next lunch event on February 19th at 12pm at We Write Code where we’ll host a panel of developers from all across the spectrum. Learn where these developers came from, how they got where they are today, and what they’d recommend to someone looking to get into development.

Please remember to RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for food.

About the Panelists

Mike Clancy

Mike Clancy was a middle and high school social studies teacher for 9 years before making the career change to web development. His interest in educational technology and startups ultimately led him down the path to becoming a developer. Mike was able to make the career shift through a combination of self study and an internship with We Write Code, which later turned into a full time position. Find him on LinkedIn:

Christa Dickson

Christa Dickson is a full-stack web developer, graphic designer, circus performer, & all-around nerd who’s been building websites since the era of the tag. She breaks things, then fixes them (usually in that order). Find her across the Internet in these places:

Twitter/CodePen/Github: @iowacodeninja

LinkedIn: christa-r-dickson

Uri Frazier

Uriel (Uri) Frazier describes himself as an artist at heart with a love for languages and computers. He’s a Junior Developer at Webspec and when he’s not in the office, you can find him spending time with his family, drawing caricatures, and playing basketball. Find him online at

Elyse Segebart

Elyse is a native Android enthusiast currently studying Software Development with an emphasis on Mobile Applications at Capella University. Passionate about community and helping others succeed, she founded Moms in Tech, a Slack group with nearly 150 members globally. You can find her on Twitter @elyseis12.

Levi Rosol, Moderator

About the Sponsor

We Write Code is a dev shop located in the East Village who puts focus into building applications that facilitate communication, process payments, and manage/process large data sets. If you’re interested in joining their team, they are hiring! Learn more at


In addition to the ramp on E 6th just south of Locust St, street parking is available throughout the East Village, and free parking can be found 1 block north of Grand.


Wed, Feb 19th @ 12:00pm


We Write Code
500 E Locust Street
Suite 300
Des Moines, IA 50309

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