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2020 DMV Software Engineering Compensation Report

Download the Report: From 2016-2019, the hatch IT team has spoken with over 1300 software engineers about their profile and career goals. The majority of these software engineers were located in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV). We compiled the data from these conversations into the ultimate Software Engineering Compensation Report for the DMV. This report […] 

Pros and Cons of Rust and Go

One expert’s take on the Pros, Cons, and Controversies of each language. If you have written code in either Rust or Go, you’ll recognize some similarities and differences between them. While there is some overlap between the goals of the two languages, there are plenty of differences between the two. Each language offers benefits depending […] 

“What was your previous salary?” Why DC area engineers incre...

Salary history questions can severely impact your salary. That’s why state and local governments increasingly ban them. In DC, new data shows that software engineers increasingly refuse to answer. Have you ever been asked “what is your current salary?” during a job interview? Or, have you ever filled out an application that required you input […] 

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What is hatchpad?

A community that is focused on providing software engineers in the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) metro area with an online platform that includes…

Increase awareness of side projects, get feedback from other engineers, collaborate on open-source projects.
Tech events & volunteer opportunities  
Improve technical skillsets, grow your professional network, and hear how speakers are building products and solving programming challenges.
Hear from local thought leaders about a variety of topics – from technical career advice to choosing a tech stack.
Get an original look into some of DC’s most innovative startups, including their tech stacks, products, technical leadership and more.
Search for startup engineering jobs based on tech stack, remote-work options, salary, and more.

We host multiple tech meetups a month, in the DMV, and found in speaking to engineers that there was no website that highlighted startups and engineers in the area. Our primary focus with this site has been matching DMV engineers with content that they care about and provide them a platform to promote their own projects.

Media Inquiries and Content Submissions

If you want share a personal project, speak at a meetup, host an event, or feature your startup, then please contact us at [email protected].

Questions, Feedback, and Discussion

We’d love your feedback! Please email us at [email protected] with any comments or feedback about the hatchpad.

We Value Privacy

We only collect personally identifiable information when it is voluntarily submitted for the purposes of the site. We do not track individual users’ activities on the hatchpad site, use ad retargetting, or sell subscriber emails. We follow industry best practices when we process job applications.



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