At 8th Light we place a high value on continual learning, both in our apprenticeship program and beyond. On Fridays, each of our locations comes together from our various client sites to hang out as a group in 8th Light's office. We always look forward to 8th Light University (pictured here), where we host talks and workshops to share what we've learned, and to learn from others.


  • Founded: 2006
  • Locations: Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City
  • Approx Size: 112 people 
  • Joined OpsConf: 2015


  • Favorite Technologies: Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, React, Angular, Ember, iOS, Android, Java, C#/.NET, Python, Clojure, Elixir, Elm, AWS 
  • Service Offerings: Web and mobile design and development, onsite coaching, training
  • Website: https://8thlight.com/


Mike Jansen, VP of Operations

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I've seen 8th Light grow from 15 people in 65 years, and in the last 3 years I've carved out an operational role inside of an organization with a small-company mindset to allow us to support that rate of growth. I've figured out that writing software is difficult, but it's a walk in the park compared to understanding people.