For the third year in a row I was honored to speak at RevolutionConf in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This time was the best talk I've ever given - it was the first time my 12-year-0ld son shared the stage and presented at a tech conference.

Yup, you read that right. He gave a talk titled "Teaching Kids to Code by a 12-year-old", and did a really amazing job. My presence on the stage was unnecessary, this kid had it under control.

His talk focused on using the Scratch platform by MIT to make coding easy and fun for kids.

The conference organizers did a great job with this conference as usual. I really appreciate them taking a chance on having a kid as a presenter.

Michael was super excited to see his name on this conference materials.

It was super cool to see my kid in the Twitterverse.

I'm one proud dad

Michael at the luau working his magic!

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The conference had a Luau that had to be moved indoors due to bad weather. Michael had a blast dancing and mixing with the crowd.

There were a lot of great speakers at this conference, as always. We were lucky enough to catch Disney's own Sr Software Architect Garth Henson give a talk on serverless.

Virginia Beach

Near the conference was the Cape henry Lighthouse. This historic area was worth the visit and is a cool place to hike around. It is the home to the oldest lighthouse built by the United States.



RevolutionConf 2018 did not disappoint. I'll always recommend this as one of the best language agnostic conferences in the US. The organizers, speakers, and attendees are all wonderful, and Virginia Beach is a great city to visit and explore.