Session Schedule

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

Tuesday

8:00 AM

Hacking Your Emotional API: Emotional Intelligence in Practice

Presented by: John Sawers, Aaron Aldrich
Time: Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Being a good developer isn’t just about slinging code; we’re part of a community. Interacting with others in a community means feelings are involved. But feelings are messy and uncomfortable, so why can’t you just ignore them? Because emotional skills are critical for working well on a team....

Room: CypressTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Wednesday

9:00 AM

Super-Secret Spy Club

Presented by: Matt Insko
Time: Wednesday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Get inducted into the first-ever KidzMash “Super-Secret Spy Club!” Learn the super-secret handshake and super-secret pledge before undergoing training in sending and receiving super-secret messages. This club meeting will cover basics about encryption and ciphers, including how to create and...

Room: AcaciaTrack: KidzMashTags: Hardware, Security, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: Introductory and overview

Thursday

8:00 AM

Threat Modeling on the Family Road Trip and Other Strategies for Delivering Secure Applications

Presented by: Angela Pinney
Time: Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gene Spafford said: “The only truly secure system is one that is powered off...” Everyone wants secure applications, but creating them is hard, and we don't all have security certifications. How do you know where to start when "security" is not your full-time job? And how do you get the rest of...

Room: Aloeswood / LeopardwoodTrack: SecurityTags: Security, Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
11:45 AM

A Mobile App Success Starter Pack

Presented by: Jeff Kelley
Time: Thursday 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

When you’re pitching a mobile app to a prospective client, it’s easy to focus on the app’s raison d’être. A pizza-ordering app should order pizza, a messaging app should send messages, and a game should be fun. For an app to succeed, there are countless other hidden tasks to consider: does...

Room: Indigo BayTrack: MobileTags: Mobile, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Hobby Projects Are Awesome!

Presented by: Joel Byler
Time: Thursday 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

There you are, enjoying a hobby that you love. One that gets you away from your screens and keyboard. Then out of nowhere an idea comes to mind, maybe its spurred by a problem that you encountered or a way that you could improve on a technique, you pull from your experiences and decide to start a...

Room: OrangeTrack: Programming PrinciplesTags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Other, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Why You Fail to Make Good Predictions and What You Can Do About it.

Presented by: Sho Fola
Time: Thursday 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

What sets good predictors apart from others? Is good judgment innate or something you can nurture? As a knowledge worker, your ability to make good decisions will set you apart from your peers. Whether you’re planning out a work project or playing fantasy football good predictions are essential...

Room: Salon ETrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Going Fast: The Art of Delivering Quality Software Quickly

Presented by: Josh Carroll
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Building software is tricky business and the demands are higher than ever. Agile was meant to free us from the confines of red-tape driven software, but most of us can't help but feel something is off in our software process. Do you wonder why startups can launch an entire product in a few months,...

Room: Indigo BayTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Hacking Radiowaves for fun (but not profit)

Presented by: Craig Hills
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

As a child, did you ever play with walkie talkies? Do you remember how fun it was to talk with friends and family from the other end of the house, or across the neighborhood? Capture that feeling again, except this time learn some science behind it and how to use the same technology to contact...

Room: MangroveTrack: HardwareTags: Hardware, Other, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Protecting Yourself Online and IRL

Presented by: Steve Grunwell
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

There's an old adage about fools and money being easily separated, but the same can be said for data. Every day, people are finding new and innovative ways to harvest information about you, whether it's for fame, fortune, or just for the lulz. You don't need to be a victim, though. Applying some...

Room: AcaciaTrack: SecurityTags: Security, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: Introductory and overview
3:30 PM

The Immutable Laws of Software and Life: Code Accordingly

Presented by: Cory House
Time: Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The first Law of Ecology: you can never merely do one thing. Actions have side-effects. In this session, we'll explore how changes in software design can have unexpected, profound impacts. In this story-based session, I'll reference both popular and little-known "laws" of computing and life. I'll...

Room: ZambeziTrack: Programming PrinciplesTags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Other, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
4:45 PM

The Definitive Guide to Organizing Community Events

Presented by: Jennifer Wadella
Time: Thursday 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Community organizing is no small feat and is VITAL to sustaining a technical workforce of learning, growth, and diversity. Since its foundation in 2013, Kansas City Women in Technology has grown to a volunteer team of more than 60 leaders running 6 technical/coding programs and several events per...

Room: Salon HTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Friday

8:30 AM

Technical Leadership 101

Presented by: John Rouda
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

We all have potential to be technical leaders. What is a leader? My daughter says it’s the person in front of you in line. She’s right… in a way. A leader is just someone we follow. This talk will explore how we can lead those to our right and to our left. How to lead from any level, not...

Room: ZambeziTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

The Creative Process of Coding

Presented by: Charlie Sweet
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The process of writing software is often misunderstood. When you write business software you are not doing science, but rather art. Your job is not to build, but rather to design. Designing good software is about more than writing code. Knowing what code to write requires empathy and good...

Room: Portia/WisteriaTrack: Programming PrinciplesTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
2:45 PM

Programmer burnout: how to recognize and avoid it

Presented by: Santosh Hari
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Burnout among software professionals is far more widespread than we would like to admit. It sneaks up on us. At first we dread going in to work each day. We can barely focus enough to get through the day and struggle with otherwise simple-for-us tasks. It starts there and gets much worse. So what...

Room: Indigo BayTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Trans Eye for the Cis Ally: Ensuring an Inclusive Community

Presented by: Julien Fitzpatrick
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Trans and non-binary people are becoming increasingly visible in the workplace, as well as in community spaces such as meetups and conferences. Most managers and event organizers want to be inclusive and welcoming but frequently, in spite of their best intentions, often come up short. Wouldn’t it...

Room: Salon DTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Other, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Walking A Mile In Your Users' Shoes

Presented by: Jameson Hampton
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Developing apps for users in different demographics is inherently differently than developing apps just for ourselves and for other programmers. Understanding the needs of our users and learning to foster empathy for them is just as much of a skill as learning Rails or ActiveRecord — and it’s a...

Room: Portia/WisteriaTrack: UI/DesignTags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
4:00 PM

Example Mapping: The New Three Amigos

Presented by: Thomas Haver
Time: Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Example Mapping is a collaboration technique used by teams to help refine requirements. Every team should have a set of “ready” criteria that includes some kind of workshop between development team members to establish a shared understanding. In a time-boxed Example Mapping session, rules will...

Room: NileTrack: Software QualityTags: Other, Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview