About Us

Handmade Seattle

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Handmade is an international community of systems programmers of all ages. Our goal is transforming how the industry builds software.

Handmade Seattle was inspired by the Handmade Hero series which hosted Handmade Con twice. With the hero’s blessing we’ve taken over as the spiritual successor, and now compete as the world’s best systems programming conference.

We are a hybrid conference that treats online attendees as first-class citizens. Each year we host hundreds of engineers at the Seattle Center with tens of thousands of live viewers on stream.

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Handmade Seattle operates on two principles:

1. Independence

We are independent: we depend on ticket sales and donations to survive. We also rent job booths to a few companies, but on the condition they can’t influence how the event is organized.

Why is that?

Abner rejects corporate sponsors because we must scrutinize everyone’s software, often unfavorably. Accepting “free” bags of money compromises our ability to challenge the status quo.

2. Stop the Mining

No one at our events should ever be spied on.

Private Chat Server: We self-host a Matrix server and encrypt private conversations by default.

Keep It In-House: Whatever’s essential to the conference is processed in-house. For example, when you buy a ticket we personally consume the payment notification to generate your ticket – cutting out middlemen like Eventbrite.

We properly own our newsletter data and publish our recordings for free and without ads.

Contact Us

Need help? Send us a note:

Email: abner@handmade-seattle.com

1037 NE 65TH ST #110
Seattle WA, 98115