Session Schedule

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

Tuesday

10:30 AM

Spies, Secret Messages, the Internet, and You!

Presented by: Matt Williams
Time: Tuesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Have you ever wanted to make a secret message? Unreadable without the key? This session will show you ways that you can create your own secret messages! Starting with some cyphers from history up to ones used on the internet, you'll learn how people protected secrets yesterday and today. You'll...

Room: AcaciaTrack: KidzMashTags: Other, SecurityFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Test-Design Based Thinking For Fun and Profit

Presented by: Jenna Charlton, Jenny Bramble
Time: Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Test design-based thinking is critical at every level of software development, starting at the user story and continuing until the code has been deployed to production. Testers, developers, designers, and product owners all benefit from understanding the basic techniques for developing good test...

Room: ZambeziTrack: Software QualityTags: Other, TestingFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Rea11y Simple #A11y: A Focused Accessibility Workshop

Presented by: Chris DeMars
Time: Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Accessibility on the web is increasing in visibility, yet some web creators are still unfamiliar with how to create an amazing, accessible user experience. Spoiler alert, it starts with design, but what happens after that? In this workshop, I will walk the attendees through a site that has multiple...

Room: Salon A/HTrack: Web/Front-EndTags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), OtherFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview
1:30 PM

The Basics of Blender

Presented by: Jonathan Gotfryd
Time: Tuesday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

**Requires Free Ticket** Have you ever wanted to try modeling but didn't know where to start? The world of open source has a great solution called Blender. It can be used for animation, rendering, VFX, and much more. In this session, you will learn the basics of modeling and how to get around the...

Room: IronwoodTrack: KidzMashTags: OtherFormat: KidzMash DivezLevel: Introductory and overview

Wednesday

9:00 AM

[KidzMash] Collaborate on your LEGO(R) vision

Presented by: Thomas Haver
Time: Wednesday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

LEGO(R) sets are amazingly fun to build, but who has attempted to build a complete set without looking at the instructions? In this session, the kidz & adults will form teams and try to build one of sixteen different Creator sets without the instructions. Only one person from each team will be able...

Room: AcaciaTrack: KidzMashTags: OtherFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: Introductory and overview

Thursday

8:00 AM

The Art of Readable Code: Rethink Your Approach to Coding

Presented by: Steve Green
Time: Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

We all have a lofty goal: programming style as documentation. Inspired by Steve McConnel’s “Code Complete,” Uncle Bob’s “Clean Code,” and Andrew Hunt’s “The Pragmatic Programmer,” this session will: • Review some best practices for writing code in a style that’s easy to...

Room: Salon A/HTrack: Programming PrinciplesTags: .NET, OtherFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
9:00 AM

[KidzMash] Fun Things To Do With Alexa

Presented by: Jeff Blankenburg
Time: Thursday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This session will introduce KidzMashers to Alexa, and show them some of the cool things they can do with just their voices. We will have devices to play with, tons of things to try, and an interactive game.

Room: AcaciaTrack: KidzMashTags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), OtherFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: Introductory and overview
9:15 AM

End the Stigma: Become a Mental Health Ally

Presented by: Matt Williams
Time: Thursday 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

It is estimated that in the US, approximately one in five will experience mental illness each year. The incidence among IT professionals is likely higher -- a Japanese study of Software Engineers found that 32% of the participants suffered from depression or other mental illness. And yet......

Room: Sagewood / ZebrawoodTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Other, Soft Skills/Business, Diversity/Equity/InclusionFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
10:30 AM

Let's Talk Bluetooth

Presented by: Leah Vogel
Time: Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Bluetooth has its own lingo. Don't know much about it? Want to learn to speak it? You’ve come to the right place! In this talk, you will hear a high-level overview of Bluetooth Low Energy and explain how it differs from Bluetooth Classic (BR / EDR). You will become familiar with the terminology...

Room: Aloeswood / LeopardwoodTrack: HardwareTags: Hardware, OtherFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Common Accessibility Pitfalls: Climbing out, when you fall in.

Presented by: Chris DeMars
Time: Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

You, your users, and Alice from Wonderland have something in common. At one point, everyone has fallen into a hole of perplexity, confusion, and sometimes hysterical madness. Unlike Alice, we can navigate ourselves and our users around the chaotic abyss that we call the web. Shipping inaccessible...

Room: CypressTrack: Web/Front-EndTags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), OtherFormat: 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

Sabotage Productivity the CIA Way

Presented by: Matt Williams
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

In 1944, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor of the CIA, published the Simple Sabotage Field Manual -- a guide for resistance forces to characterize simple sabotage, outline its possible effects, and to present suggestions for inciting and executing it. Ironically, many of the...

Room: Salon A/HTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Other, Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
2:30 PM

Code that Snack!

Presented by: Leah Vogel
Time: Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Have you ever eaten a sandwich? Could you tell someone else exactly how to make one? Computers require precise instructions to perform their tasks. Incorrect instructions can (and will!) lead to a mess. In this fun session, attendees will be challenged to help Mike and Leah successfully make...

Room: AcaciaTrack: KidzMashTags: Functional Programming, OtherFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: 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

Friday

8:30 AM

Understanding Probabilistic Data Structures with 112,092 UFO Sightings

Presented by: Guy Royse
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

There are three reactions to the title of this talk: - What the heck’s a probabilistic data structure? - UFO Sightings… wha? - 112,092 is an oddly specific number. This is a talk about the first bullet point with the second thrown in just for fun. I like weird stuff—UFOs, Bigfoot, peanut...

Room: Salon E/DTrack: Programming PrinciplesTags: OtherFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
9:30 AM

You Can Comic Too: Making and Writing Your Own Comic

Presented by: Matt Williams
Time: Friday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

**Requires Free Ticket** Comics! Fond childhood memories. Our favorite stories, drawn as pictures. But, how do you make a comic? Today, you’ll learn how you can make a comic of your very own at home! You’ll also be shown different comic artists and what they do, things that can help speed up...

Room: IronwoodTrack: KidzMashTags: OtherFormat: KidzMash DivezLevel: Introductory and overview
11:00 AM

Finding Bigfoot with Redis + RediSearch

Presented by: Guy Royse
Time: Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bigfoot has been a staple of American folklore since the 19th century. Many are convinced that Bigfoot is real. Others suggest he’s merely a cultural phenomenon. And some just want to believe. There is even a group, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, that tracks Bigfoot sightings and...

Room: Salon A/HTrack: DataTags: OtherFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Something from Nothing

Presented by: Damian Synadinos
Time: Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Improv(isational) theater is, essentially, making something from nothing - performers create and perform shows spontaneously, without a script, props, or costumes. But, to be successful at improv, you should learn, practice, and use a few, fundamental improv "rules" - principles and skills that are...

Room: AcaciaTrack: KidzMashTags: Other, Leadership, Soft Skills/Business, Diversity/Equity/InclusionFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: Introductory and overview
2:30 PM

[KidzMash] Get Creative with Duct Tape!

Presented by: Keith Kurak
Time: Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Duct tape is super-sticky, flexible, and waterproof, and can be used as a quick fix for just about anything that’s broken. It’s even been used to repair spaceships! But, it also can be used to make art. You’ll learn briefly about the science and history of duct tape before we turn you loose to...

Room: AcaciaTrack: KidzMashTags: OtherFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: Introductory and overview