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Conlin Durbin Ask Me Anything

How is the local community?

The local community is really great. There are meetups for all sorts of things and you can definitely make an impact here. No one is really a stranger, which I find really wonderful. Are there specific parts about the community you'd want to know more about?

Being away from the major population centers do you find yourself driving far to attend events?

To be transparent, Indianapolis is the 16th largest city in the US. There is a lot to do here. The biggest downside as far as events go is that we don't have a saturation of the tech scene that the coasts have. Most meetups are attended by a lot of the same people every week and you get to know everyone involved pretty quick. However, I am always surprised by the number of people who show up to different events - I always meet someone new at the Indy Hackers Holiday social, which happens every year.

Driving is also pretty easy around here - it's 3 hours to Chicago, 5 to Nashville, 1.5 to Louisville, and ~4 to St. Louis. That is a lot of places within "day trip" status, depending on how you count.

How is the job market in Indianapolis compared to NYC/SFB?

The job market is pretty good, but I don't know if it will ever compare to NYC/SFB. There are just SOO many people there. If you want to get hired at an Indy company though, it is really easy to meet the people you should know to get you an introduction there. Lots of companies are growing and Salesforce now has a headquarters here that is hiring developers like wildfire. It's a great place to be if you want to grow quickly and get involved.

Hopefully, that didn't sound too much like a sales pitch for Indy. We definitely have room to grow and we aren't for everyone - but I think it is an incredibly viable option for a lot of people.