What is Power BI?
You’ve heard all the buzz about Power BI, but you have no idea what it is or how it works. This session explains what Power BI is, who can use it and why you would want to. It’s an introductory session that gives you the information you need to determine if Power BI is right for you and your organization.
Help! My user story sucks!
As a Agile/Scrum team member, how do I ensure that user stories are written well enough so the team does just enough work to deliver the expected value to stakeholders? In this session, we will cover the basics of story writing, as well as some more advanced approaches for driving team collaboration, backlog management, and story splitting. You should walk away feeling more confident in writing user stories in a way that will bring the most value to the scrum team and stakeholders.
Building Web Applications using R
Often traditional web development languages aren’t well-suited to statistical analysis and data visualization. R is designed for those problems, and over the past five years, two frameworks have enabled building analysis-heavy web applications with R as the backend: Shiny and openCPU.
Watch as we build up an application from a simple start to a more complex, sophisticated final product, and talk about the nuances of how the frameworks function, as well as options for hosting and user management.
VPython: Easy creation of 3D animations that run in a browser
Lean Coffee Conversation on Agile… and because you like cookies at 10am
Bring your biggest questions and challenges with Agile to this discussion based on topics derived from an audience generated backlog. We will provide a panel style discussion on each topic, while the set of topics shall be dynamic based on audience feedback.
Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning
Machine learning systems help you find valuable insights and patterns in data, which you’d never recognize with traditional methods. This presentation is an introduction to how machine learners enable the creation of predictive analytic applications.
Twitter and Hurricane Sandy
With the advent of social-media, classical linear communication model (Source -> Message -> Receivers) is being challenged by a generation of communicators. Such communicators follow the nonlinear Communication Network Model consisting of an original source, multiple categories of intermediate receivers and influencers (internet sources, electronic media, print media, various government agencies), and ultimate receivers (individuals, households, and businesses). Since traditional weather-related warnings have fallen short in prompting evacuations and preparations, information must be parsed/curated in a way that better triggers risk perceptions for proper responses. Towards such a goal, a reactive communication model, leveraging the utility of social-media networks, can be used to garner the requisite weather related response for the new generation of decision-makers. Utilizing a combination of relevant weather information for a social user, monitoring the influencers/spread of information across the networks, and fostering bi-directional information flow, researchers believe such a reactive model can be utilized to save lives in weather-related emergencies.
Please pick up your boxed lunch and browse the exhibits in the Atrium.
ALL CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: The Future is Virtually Here
VR can’t be ignored – it’s a tech portal into storytelling and information delivery that is already changing the world. This tandem keynote will discuss the future and current applications of business transformation using virtual reality. We will explore the sophisticated capabilities and applications of AR/VR as they transform the way businesses will communicate with customers, transform prototyping and augment product usability testing. This presentation will feature forward-thinking insights of what is predicted to be a $120+ billion market by 2020, and how technologists, brands and consumers can play significant, collaborative roles in leveraging and influencing the technology.
Describing Beauty to the Blind
While we must start from a place of empathy, it takes more for designers and developers to understand and meet the needs of visually impaired users. This talk will demonstrate how even the most empathetic and careful designers often come up short when it comes to designing for the disabled, showing interviews with users ranging from low vision to visually impaired.
Accessibility can give your product a huge competitive advantage and as designers we can work with and our bosses/clients to highlight the cost benefits for designing for accessibility from the start. Designing and developing with accessibility from the start will help to create a connected world where everyone—including blind users—can participate.
Building Web Apps with Elm
Starting with the basics of getting your feet web with Elm on the front-end and going all the way through to a live-updating web app, Dave will show you how you can incorporate Elm into your existing codebase to ease your maintenance and improve your life!
Engaging Users to Tell You Their Deepest Darkest Secrets
So you’ve got this great new feature you want to roll out that will enhance how you do business. Or maybe you’re finally pulling the trigger on that mobile app that changes how your customers interact with your organization. But how do you validate all those assumptions that dictate how the application functions at the point of contact? How do you confirm that your end user will benefit from — or even use — the updates or features that you deem so important to your business strategy? The answer is simple: ask them. Join us as we continue the conversation about how best to engage users in a manner that elicits open, honest feedback that you can translate into actionable items that support your organization and the users who use and rely on your product.
Develop & Deploy Java apps as resilient Microservices Architectures
You’ve been hearing about Microservices for months, and probably have taken a look about 12-factor and cloud-native apps too. But there’s a myriad of different Java frameworks and tools that you can use to craft your software and join the pieces together into a Microservices Architecture. You want to use the best platform to deploy all of them.
Join this session to see how you can combine a lot of different technologies and tools in a live demo that will open your eyes for the huge possibilities that Microservices can enable you to achieve. We’ll have it all: containers, Docker, Java EE, Vert.x, Wildfly Swarm, Spring Boot, OpenShift, Jenkins, Kubernetes and perhaps much more.
Implementing Encryption and best practices
Software Development has featured commercial and government-grade encryption libraries from its earliest forms. Encryption libraries make it possible for organizations to protect data with the highest level of security. Through this workshop I will walk you through the various encryption libraries available, how to implement them and best practices when using them.
Understanding your mobile user's POV
A team’s ability to manage change and match shifting business goals is a major component of successful mobile agile development. If an organization is to rise above its competition, teams must not only get apps to market fast but also delight their users. The power is now in the hands of the customer who’s experiences and the feedback is provided to the world through social media and app store reviews. User sentiment can now be the difference between a brand’s success or failure so it’s critical that organizations understand the all-important mobile user point-of-view (POV). Lucas Dargis describes how to leverage the right mix of software testing tools to gain insight into the user’s POV (what customers say, think, and feel about an app) to help brands understand what users crave in their mobile experiences. Learn how to mine customer feedback for insights that can be incorporated into important business decisions, discover what customers value in their mobile app experiences, and see how you can stay connected with your customer’s needs and expectations.
Learn to Code Using Front-End Web Technologies and some C#
Provided by Coder Foundry
Networking Reception Sponsored by Flywheel
Join us for refreshments and cordial networking.