BizStream Experts Take the Stage at Beer City Code 2023

Don't miss out on a knowledge-packed day and enlightening talks by our experts at this year's Beer City Code event!

Get ready for an incredible day of knowledge and excitement at Beer City Code in Grand Rapids, MI! This event is jam-packed with talks from a lineup of brilliant minds, including our own Brian McKeiver and Rex Rainey, who will share their expertise on headless CMS​ and how to design for development. You’ll also get the chance to stop by the BizStream booth! Keep reading to find out more.

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About Beer City Code

Beer City Code is an annual conference for software developers in Grand Rapids, MI. Software creators of all types are welcome, even those who don’t care for beer.

The main conference is held Saturday, August 5, with optional day-long workshops the day before, Friday, August 4.

Talks From Our Experts

This year, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from two of our experts speaking at the event. Here’s a closer look at their sessions.

Headless CMS Architecture Patterns

Brian McKeiver, BizStream Co-owner / Solution Architect; Microsoft Azure MVP

Using a Headless and API-First approach comes with a problem. With only an API (or multiple) to start with, how do you know you are budling your project codebase (“head”) to account for best practices such as caching, security, and best performance? How do you know what path allows for the most flexibility with the least headaches? It isn’t the same as just having a database and template engine on the backend.

SaaS-based Headless solutions are a powerful way to build modern enterprise-class websites. They are also becoming more popular by the day.

Luckily, multiple solutions have now been built around these “API first” platforms. Some best practice architecture patterns have emerged as a result, and this session aims to share them. Attendees will see and learn these patterns for designing, building, and deploying Headless based solutions.

Leave the session with proven architecture patterns and how to apply them when working with a Headless CMS and API first stack.


Saturday, August 5, 11:00 am – 11:50 am
Room: 6

Designed for Development

Rex Rainey, Creative Lead

Overview of how our agency structures our Figma files for ease of use throughout the design process. From initial discovery meetings with the client, working through iterations, gathering feedback, all the way to approvals, and into implementation. Our designers and frontend developers have worked together to develop a system for organizing our Figma files that works well for both the designers’ and developers’ needs. Creating a “source of truth” that all team members can rely on.


Time: Saturday, August 5, 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Room: 6

Visit Our Booth

We invite you to drop by our booth at the event to learn more about BizStream, grab some awesome SWAG, and participate in our exciting prize giveaway!

BizStream at Beer City Code 2022
BizStream at Beer City Code in 2022

How to Attend

You can attend just the Saturday conference, add on an all-day workshop on Friday, or even upgrade to a ticket with a VIP party with our speakers, sponsors, and organizers.

Visit Beer City Code to grab your tickets! Early-bird discounts end July 7, 2023.

BizStream is a proud Platinum Sponsor of Beer City Code. See the full list of amazing sponsors here

About the Author

Michelle Lentz

Michelle has an eye for design and aesthetics and enjoys applying these principles to business. Merging her love of all things artisan with her business experience, Michelle joined BizStream in 2013 to take on our marketing efforts. Michelle is skilled in web admin, digital marketing, design, content creation, event planning, driving our unique BizStream culture, and more. In her free time, you’ll find her gardening, doing houseplant chores, or exploring nature with her husband and two daughters.

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