Asbury Agile — A Unique Conference with a Software Bent — Returns to the Jersey Shore on October 6

Photo: Photos from Asbury Agile 2016 Photo Credit: Esther Surden
Photos from Asbury Agile 2016 | Esther Surden

The Asbury Agile conference is once again coming to Asbury Park. has covered this conference for many years, and can say without a doubt that it’s worth attending.

Organizers Bret Morgan and Kevin Fricovsky have given Asbury Agile a unique flavor that distinguishes it from any other event in New Jersey.  To get a feel for the conference, take a look at our coverage of last year’s here.

Software engineers, user experience (UX) experts, startup evangelists, graphic designers, testing engineers,VCs from New York and folks with interesting side projects give short, often entertaining, talks on their areas of expertise. The conference is often held in a unique setting in quirky Asbury Park. One year, it took place in a beer hall; another, in a movie theater. This year’s conference will take place in the beautiful Asbury hotel, which was last year’s location, as well.

In the past, we learned what it’s like to rise from software engineer to manager in an enterprise, how to make freelancing succeed as a business, how and why one should use microservices in software development, how to design an office for agile workforces and many other interesting topics. We expect this year’s conference to be just as mind-expanding.

The organizers note that, with over 225 attendees, Asbury Agile is the largest annual conference of its kind for entrepreneurs, startups and technology professionals and students at the Jersey Shore. And it comes packed with a diverse lineup of speakers, as well as networking opportunities for the community.

The 2017 speakers will include:

Jake Dawkins – lead engineer, Major League Soccer (New York)

Iheanyi Ekechukwu – software engineer, DigitalOcean (New York)

Sarah Goelitz – UX content strategist, Capital One (Washington, D.C.)

Tyler Hopf – creative director, IrisVR (New York), and adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts (New York)

Mackenzie Kosut – global startup evangelist at Amazon Web Services (New York)

Adekunle Oduye – product designer, Justworks (New York)

Peggy Rayzis – Open Source engineeropen source engineer, Apollo Data

This year’s sponsors include McCarter & English (Newark and East Brunswick), WorkWave (Holmdel), Linode (Galloway), Humble Humans (Asbury Park), SEMGeeks (Belmar), WithumSmith+Brown (Princeton) and more.

New for 2017 will be a pre-party networking event, as well as a “Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program,” which will offer a limited number of free tickets with the goal of increasing participation across all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions and sexual orientation, and among veterans. Interested individuals or groups can email for more information.

“As always, we’re excited to bring such a talented and diverse group of speakers to Asbury Park,” said Morgan. “As the conference has grown, we’ve been very careful to make sure we keep it accessible to the community. And we feel this Diversity Scholarship program furthers that mission.”

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