Kelly Hopson Named 1904labs Modern Software Engineering Practice Lead

Stepping into the role of practice lead for the largest practice at 1904labs might be intimidating to some but not for Kelly Hopson. Having held previous positions as Full Stack Developer and Assistant Practice Lead in her 3 years at 1904labs, Kelly was recently promoted to Modern Software Engineering Practice Lead.

I’m incredibly excited and honored to be the new Practice Lead for the Modern Software Engineering Team at 190labs! It’s truly amazing to work with such an exceptional team of individuals. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity.

Kelly Hopson

In her new role, Kelly will oversee all of the Full Stack, DevOps, and Mobile Engineers in the company.  She is responsible for career mentoring, advising on tools/techniques, learning resources, and the curation/creation of training materials for members of her practice. Kelly will also support other areas of 1904labs by contributing technical content, presenting at knowledge transfer activities (Lunch-and-Learns, Study Groups, etc.), and facilitating open source adoption.

“I am looking forward to seeing Kelly, as she moves from her Assistant Practice Lead role into the role of Practice Lead, continue the growth of our Modern Software Engineering practice, and using her unique talents to improve it as well.”

Sean Walsh, 1904labs Managing Director and Co-Founder.

Kelly graduated from DePaul University, having studied computer science, user experience, and digital design. She took a Java class for fun but loved it so much that she changed her major. Over the course of her career, Kelly has had the opportunity to help build many amazing things, including an application that tracks nuclear weapons parts, fantasy sports analytics, and beautiful parallax marketing sites. Her favorite piece of software she built was writing a mortgage calculator for one of the big credit reporting agencies.


Our  Modern Software Engineering Practice helps organizations transition to modern software by providing intensely curious teams who design and build solutions that are maintainable, reliable, performant, and secure. Our team focuses on:

  • Cloud Native Development where we work with public clouds, private clouds, or any combination in-between
  • Modern Web and Mobile App Development where we do full stack development, mobile development, and APIs and microservices
  • DevOps & Security Automation where we make CI/CD pipelines, stand up metrics and monitoring, and similar automated infrastructure
  • Geospatial Software Development offering full geospatial architecture design and implementation utilizing FOSS4G technologies