August 21-23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA

A Cross-Discipline Software Conference for Everyone

If you want to attend an event where you can learn from a wide variety of perspectives, then our conference is for you. Abstractions is a multi-disciplinary conference that brings together everyone involved in modern software development to teach, learn, and connect. With three full days of amazing content from a huge list of diverse speakers, we hope you’ll join us and designers, developers, DevOps, managers, quality assurance, support, and community leaders from around the world.

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Featured Speakers

Abstractions features a lineup of world class software influencers that have shaped the way we all work.

Karen Sandler

Executive Director Software Freedom Conservancy, GNOME Foundation

Guillermo Rauch

CEO & co-founder of ZEIT/

J. Paul Reed

Build & release engineering / DevOps consultant

Seth Vargo

Developer Relations Engineer, Google Cloud Author, Learning Chef

Jon Yablonski

Product Designer GM, AIGA Detroit, Author “Humane by Design”

Heather Miller

Carnegie Mellon, Executive Director of the Scala Center

Fereshteh Forough

Founded first coding school for girls in Afghanistan

Aaron Patterson

Github Rails core, Ruby core

Chris Coyier

Founder of CSS-Tricks, Co-founder Codepen, ShopTalk podcast

Jem Young

Netflix Engineering, Frontend Happy Hour Podcast

Adekunle Oduye

Design Technologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Stephen Ball

Senior Engineer, Tanium, Author, "Deliberate Git"

Matt Griffin

UX Lead, Shopify

PJ Hagerty

Founder, devrelate

Simone Giertz

Swedish YouTuber, Inventor, and Robot Enthusiast


Author, "Learn the Hard Way" series

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Abstractions II will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ranked one of the world’s most liveable cities, the former steel city of Pittsburgh is now an advancing leader in education, robotics, and software engineering. Home to companies such as Duolingo, Oculus Research, Uber ATC, Google, and IBM Watson, Pittsburgh is a city of constant reinvention and resilience.

Be closer to the Abstractions community by staying at the official hotel of Abstractions II in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.


Interested in sponsoring Abstractions? Read the sponsorship FAQ, Download the Sponsor Prospectus, and contact our sponsorship team by emailing

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with bookstore by

Manning Publications

and featuring community organizations

Black Tech Nation RedChairPGH Code for Pittsburgh


Abstractions was created in 2016 by a tight-knit volunteer team as part of Code & Supply, a community of software professionals located in Pittsburgh, PA.

Abstractions considers the software creation process from all angles, working with experts of all experience levels, from students to industry veterans. Covered topics included:

  • Remarkable Design
  • Perspectives on Development
  • Practical DevOps
  • Effective Community & Leadership
  • Impactful Support
  • Distractions (a track for off-topic yet meaningful talks and experiences)

Touted as a forward thinking, “uniquely inclusive” experience, Abstractions II promises to be even more exciting and meaningful.

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Questions? Reach out to our team:

  • Executive Director, Justin Reese
  • Sponsorship Director, Colin Dean
  • Programming Director, Sarah Withee
  • Director of Operations, Bartholomew Elliott
  • Marketing Director, Jackie Reese
  • Director of Guest Experience, Brigette Lefever
  • Talent Director, Jennifer Manning
  • Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator, Matthew Beatty

Special Thanks

  • Adam Casto
  • Heather Migliorisi
  • Ari Rivera
  • Jean Lange
  • Sara Tang
  • Jon Shaffer
  • Maureen McElaney
  • Seth Peasley