Connecting Engineers and Product Startups

in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.


What Coding Patterns Should You Actually Pay Attention To?

A Director of Engineering’s perspective on becoming a results-driven engineer Dave Copeland was actively involved in making Washington, DC an East Coast tech hub. He’s been a technical leader on engineering teams at startups like Opower and LivingSocial. Most recently, he was the Director of Engineering at Stitch Fix, the personal styling subscription box. His […] 

A Software Engineer’s Guide to Building a Technical Portfolio

Whether you’re new to tech or a seasoned developer, these technical portfolio tips will help you stand out.  Most software engineers need an online portfolio to establish credibility. Instead of just telling interviewers about your technical skillsets and expertise, a portfolio allows you to show them. Creating a portfolio site can seem daunting and time […] 

How Code Reviews Can be Used to Develop Good Coding Habits

Using Code Reviews and a Culture of Feedback to Develop Engineers Code reviews are essential for a company’s process improvement. But they can also be a critical process for an individual’s career development and feedback. We spoke with Rami Chowdhury about the unique way he approached code reviews while he was a Principal Engineer at […] 

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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.

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