Session Schedule

Session Schedule2019-01-07T06:25:51-05:00


8:00 AM

Machine Learning's Dirty Little Secret

Presented by: Gary Short
Time: Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

So what is the dirty little secret? Simple; no matter how complicated practitioners make it seem, machine learning is doing one of only 4 things. In this workshop, we'll explore and practice these 4 things so that you'll understand what's going on.

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: DataFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate
1:00 PM

Building Your Own Design System

Presented by: Burton Smith
Time: Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Design systems are incredible tools that help us craft amazing digital experiences. They improve product quality, team collaboration, provide better user experiences, faster product releases, etc. However, there are a few things to consider before you open your favorite design tool or code editor...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: UI/DesignTags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), JavascriptFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate


8:00 AM

The Demystifying Docker DOJO

Presented by: Barry Tarlton, Mark Ramsey
Time: Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hearing all about the container craze, but haven’t had time to really learn about it yet? Well, this session has you covered. Come roll up your sleeves and get ready to learn all about Docker in this hands on session. There will be no long pontificating about how Docker is better than other...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: ArchitectureFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate
1:00 PM

Decouple and Scale Applications with Queues

Presented by: Curtis Darst
Time: Wednesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Queues are not just for theme park rides. Understanding the process of decoupling your application to support massive scale. Session includes discussion and examples around queue type, security, delivery, DLQ, and integration with your existing applications. Workshop includes a hands-on development...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Programming PrinciplesTags: CloudFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Advanced


8:00 AM

Leadership is Not Management, Expectations Versus Reality.

Presented by: Stacie Bacon
Time: Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Moving from the role of a software engineer to a technology leader is both a rewarding and challenging experience. In this session, I will share helpful tips, strategies, resources, and insights regarding the shift into leadership as I pull back the curtain on my journey going from expert doer to...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
9:15 AM

Building rugged DevOps pipelines with GitHub Actions

Presented by: Brian Gorman
Time: Thursday 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

This session dives into using GitHub actions to build out robust DevOps pipelines. In the session, we'll implement an architecture to build a temporary dev environment, and then push the code changes through the pipeline to an end release into production. In addition to just getting the CI/CD...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: DevOpsTags: .NET, CloudFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate
10:30 AM

Promoted From Dev to Team Lead: 8 Things They Didn't Tell Me

Presented by: Yishai Beeri
Time: Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Three years into my software engineering career (that I was loving), a freight train hit me. I was promoted to dev team lead. This is a common trend in the engineering world - where many times the sole paths to success for excellent engineers are through management paths. However, the skills that...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
11:45 AM

Dungeons, Dragons, and Graph Databases

Presented by: Guy Royse
Time: Thursday 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Are you an adventurer? Do you want gold? Experience? Levels? Of course you do! And where do you get these things? The dungeon, where else? That wonderful container of all things adventurous! But, unfortunately, dungeons aren't setup for the convenience of adventurers who wish to extract these fine...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: DataTags: OtherFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Verbs, Not Nouns: Writing Documentation Users Want to Read

Presented by: Brian MacDonald
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Documentation should be complete and comprehensive, but that doesn't mean it has to be dull and boring. Engaging documentation focuses on what your users want to do, the tasks they're trying to accomplish, the problems they want to solve. Writing documentation with the focus on your user, instead of...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Software QualityTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
3:30 PM

Failing Successfully

Presented by: Cassandra Faris
Time: Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Failure is normal. It’s so normal that many software development teams encourage people to fail and fail fast. Failure is also scary. It makes us feel vulnerable. We may even worry that our jobs, relationships, or goals are on the line. Yet we hear countless stories of people turning failure into...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Other, Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
4:45 PM

Better Interviews, Better Work

Presented by: John Lange
Time: Thursday 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Being an interviewer for technical jobs is hard. Checking for technical competency can feel impossible. Asking questions that start with "tell me about a time when" can feel like it has no value. And for many people giving interviews, there is no training; you're left to figure it out on your...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Leadership, Soft Skills/Business, Diversity/Equity/InclusionFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate


8:30 AM

Tribal Knowledge in Agile Teams

Presented by: Jeffrey Miller
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Let's face it. We don't communicate well, and we document even less. Is it possible to wield information well in an Agile software team? Yes, it is! With consideration, change, and commitment to doing your work differently, it is possible to have relevant and vibrant knowledge resources in an...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
9:45 AM

So your company is now remote? How to smoothly onboard your new developers remotely

Presented by: Brittney Braxton
Time: Friday 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Due to the 2020 Pandemic, many companies were thrown into the world of remote working when they may have been previously very cautious and averse to embracing it. Some companies saw this new format as valuable for the business and stuck with it. Unfortunately, we cannot create a positive experience...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
11:00 AM

Let’s Build a VR Game! Oculus Quest 2 + Unity + C#

Presented by: Lance Larsen
Time: Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Oculus Quest 2 has sold over 8 MILLION devices so far and is projected to sell 18-20 MILLION next year! For the first time VR has broken through the early adopter crowd and is increasingly becoming a mainstream consumer gaming and production device! What does that mean for you? Well you now...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: HardwareTags: .NET, HardwareFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
12:15 PM

Introduction to CSS Grid

Presented by: Kara Luton
Time: Friday 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

When it comes to building responsive web layouts we’ve used tables, floats and Flexbox. Now there’s CSS Grid. In this talk, we’ll go over what differentiates it from other techniques and why it’s completely changing the game. Through code examples and demos, you’ll walk out of this talk...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: UI/DesignTags: Design (UI/UX/CSS)Format: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
2:45 PM

You’re Not Just Tired: The Psychology of Burnout

Presented by: Arthur Doler
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

After the events of the last year, burnout has been on everyone’s minds. Are you feeling nostalgia for the days when your job wasn’t such a hassle? Do you find yourself struggling to care about your job… or anything at all? You may be wrestling with burnout.. But what exactly IS burnout? If...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
4:00 PM

Safely Evolving Legacy Code

Presented by: Scott Sauber
Time: Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A new ticket comes in. It's for "that app." You know the one. The one nobody wants to touch, because the code is a mess and yet the application is business critical. In this talk, the fancy technologies will be put to the side, and instead the the reality most people live in will be acknowledged....

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Software QualityTags: TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview