DeVaris Brown

DeVaris Brown

Instructor and Co-Founder
Floodgate Academy

DeVaris is a product manager and engineer specializing in building high growth, scalable products. Through strategic vision and technical expertise, DeVaris helps start-up to large companies and brands realize their vision by providing optimal solutions that allows each client to surpass their goals.

With an unwavering ideology that technology should be accessible to everyone, DeVaris recently co-founded a non-profit called Floodgate Academy. Floodgate’s mission is to provide expert level training in developer operations to people from underrepresented backgrounds. He’s spoken around the world at conferences and worked with countless non-profit organizations including NSBE, Black Girls Code, Hack the Hood and many more, to democratize access to technical resources and education.

DeVaris studied Math and Computer Science at the University of Illinois, participating in research fields of security, high performance computing and compilers. His passion for this industry and expertise has led him to work at Zendesk, Klick Push, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, VSCO, and currently Slyce. When he’s not sitting in front of a computer, you can find DeVaris behind a camera capturing moments in time or behind a set of turntables, moving a sea of people through music.

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.