Jenn Schiffer is an artist and engineer in Jersey City. She's community engineer on glitch.com at Fog Creek where she builds and helps others build the apps of all our dreams. She began her speaking career talking about learning to code using art, created vart.institute to learn art using code, and is a proponent of open source technology as a medium for both artistic and practical work.
The Intersection of Art and Code
The "intersection of art and code" has been a concept that was once balked at by the greater tech community and, now that it's garnered popularity, is close to mainstream in the art world. As we create art with code, there are issues we encounter just like the non-digital art world - ephemerality, theft, capitalism. I'm going to bring up these points and hopefully start a conversation about the responsibilities we hold when both creating and consuming digital art.
Jasmine Greenaway is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, and an adjunct lecturer at LaGuardia Community College, teaching front and back end web development. Outside of work, Jasmine volunteers as a co-organizer of BrooklynJS, a monthly local meetup held in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn, NY.
Teaching the Web: Engaging Students Starting their Journey Into Web Development
Jameson Hampton is an artist who turned into a programmer after one too many animation classes that were computer science classes in disguise. They are a ruby and android developer and they love writing code because they love solving puzzles. They’re currently working as a professional plant-liker (and software engineer) for Agrilyst, a startup that’s doing data analysis and crop management for indoor farms. They previously worked as a contractor, working on projects such as Medicapt, a Human Rights Tulip award nominated mobile app to help physicians in third world countries to collect medical evidence of sexual violence crimes in order to increase prosecution.
There is No Spoon? Understanding Spoon Theory and Preventing Burnout
Spoon theory is a metaphor about the finite energy we each have to do things in a day. While a healthy, advantaged person may not have to worry about running out of 'spoons,' people with chronic illnesses or disabilities and members of marginalized groups must consider how to ration their energy to get through the day. Understanding this can help companies lessen the everyday burdens on their underrepresented employees, leaving them more spoons to do their best work, avoid burnout and lead fulfilling lives.
Ruthie Nachmany is a software developer on the systems development team at Warby Parker. When she's not trying on glasses and building software that helps people try on glasses, she organizes the NYC Voice Interaction meetup, the NYC Salon speaker series, and a sunrise adventure club, and studies at Genspace, a community biology lab based in Brooklyn.
Getting started with DIY Bio for Software Developers
In this talk, I will talk about what software engineers need to know to get started with DIY biology and biohacking. I will start by going over some of the major discoveries that allow us to do scientific research easily and affordably in untraditional settings like community biology labs and home labs. I will then discuss the ways that better tooling and technologies have led an increasingly rapid flywheel for these discoveries, and how software engineers are uniquely capable of contributing to advances in this field. I will conclude by talking about what this journey into DIY bio has meant for me as a software engineer, systems developer, and biological being.
Sean Dague is a Developer Advocate at IBM, focusing on the needs developers working in and with open source. He's been involved in Open Source projects for the last 20 years, and currently an active contributor to OpenStack and Home Assistant. He's the president and founder of the Mid Hudson Valley Linux Users Group, which has been running a technical lecture series in the Hudson Valley for the last 14 years.
Why we can't have the Internet of Nice Things
Are you interested in making your home smarter, but intimidated by the range of incompatible consumer gear out there? Would you like your home automation to work even when the internet is out? Do you want your investments in hardware to work even when vendors move on? If you answered yes to any of these, Home Assistant may be for you. It's an open source home automation hub written in python, that talks to a wide range of devices. Come and learn about why IoT is hard, and best practices for making a smarter home using Home Assistant.
Thalida Noel is a Trinidadian-American Sr. Software Engineer at Etsy, who enjoys creating beautifully responsive and accessible experiences. In addition to her work at Etsy, she volunteers for organizations focused on creating inclusive intersectional environments in tech for underrepresented groups, spends her time hiking, and too much time on Twitter.
Before the First Hire
Within tech many of us have acknowledged the importance of diversity and inclusion, but a lot of the focus is generally on improving the hiring and promotion process. Instead, I'd like to discuss what organizations can do before their first under-indexed employee hire, to make a more inclusive and welcoming environment.
Michael is a Front-end Developer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is also the past organizer Bmoresponsive, a conference dedicated to creating things for the multi-device web. Prior to joining the FDA Michael worked for the Department of Defense.
Seeing the Forest through the Trees
In the rapidly evolving world of digital product design, it is often hard to see the forest through the trees when creating a consistent experience across teams of designers and developers in large organizations. As a result, we have moved from focusing on the design of individual applications to focusing on creating design systems composed of a combination of design aesthetics, ui components, interaction patterns, code standards and even voice and tone that can be used across the entire ecosystem. In this session, we will explore how to build and sustain a design system and I’ll share lessons learned from building and maintaining the FDA's Labcoat design system.
Amanda is a full-stack software developer and consultant. She works at Pivotal Labs in Boston, where she teaches other developers new technologies and agile methodologies. She enjoys finding new ways to optimize her life, both on and off the keyboard.
Agile Garden Development
I was ecstatic when I received a plot in my local community garden, but quickly overwhelmed with the amount of work that had to be done to build the urban haven I’ve always dreamed of. In this talk, I will tell the story about how I applied agile software development practices into turning an overgrown plot of land into a maintainable, fruitful garden. I hope to inspire attendees to apply the philosophies we use to create software to projects outside of tech.