Co-founder and Managing Director of HGGC and former NFL MVP
Steve co-founded HGGC with Rich Lawson and is a Managing Director of HGGC. Steve's professional football career spanned more than fifteen years in the NFL, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers, where he received numerous accolades, including Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News' Player of the Year from 1992 - 1994 and the NFL's Most Valuable Player for 1992 and 1994. In 2005, Steve was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first left-handed quarterback to be so honored. When he retired, Steve was the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history and has the distinction of being the only signal caller in league annals to win four consecutive NFL passing titles. Steve founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation which is actively involved in children's charities worldwide and is currently the broadcast host as well as the former International Spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network, which has raised over one billion dollars world-wide to benefit children's hospitals. Steve has also served as the corporate spokesperson for companies such as Nike, Visa, Sun Microsystems, Sprint, PowerBar and ICON Health & Fitness and has recently been profiled in a variety of publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Worth Magazine, Sports Illustrated, People, Inside Sports and GQ.
Founder of Pulsra and former Chief Information Officer of Facebook
Tim Campos was one of the early executives at Facebook and served until last year as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. During his tenure at Facebook he was responsible for helping to double employee productivity while also supporting over 20x growth in Facebook’s business. Today, Facebook’s staff of more than 18,000 serves over 1.8 billion monthly users — about a quarter of the world’s population. Tim recently started a new venture – Pulsra - where he is applying his two decades of experience in enterprise software, big data, and machine learning to workforce productivity. Tim sits on the Board of Directors for both Viavi (NASDAQ:VIAV) and Rackspace, as well as at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. One of Tim’s personal passions is closing the opportunity divide. Tim has been a long advocate and board member for YearUp, a Bay Area nonprofit that serves urban youth.
Chief Executive Officer of Stack Overflow
Joel Spolsky, CEO and co-founder of Stack Overflow, is a globally recognized expert on software development and is known by developers around the world for his website, Joel on Software, which has been translated into over 30 languages. In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers, including Trello, which was recently acquired by Atlassian. Previously, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc.magazine. Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions Technology at Nasdaq
Heather Abbott is Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions Technology for Nasdaq. In this role, Ms. Abbott is responsible for overseeing the application development and delivery for Corporate Solutions products and its web properties, as well as the solutions for Nasdaq Private Market companies. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Ms. Abbott was Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co for six years responsible for leading a team of over 400 technologists in Schwab’s core Investor Services business unit. Before Charles Schwab, Ms. Abbott was a Senior Director at PayPal (an eBay company) in their Mobile and New Consumer Products Division. She also held various technology positions at eBay within infrastructure, program management and product development with a focus on eCommerce development, mobile-based applications, product management and product engineering in both commercial and financial services settings. Ms. Abbott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Ottawa and a Master of Business Administration from York University Schulich School of Business.
President and CEO of topwallpaper
Aaron is a co-founder of topwallpaper where he serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Aaron has spent years developing course materials and teaching professional developers throughout the world. He has presented at many popular developer conferences like PDC, TechEd, and VSLive! Microsoft recognized Aaron as an MVP in the "Connected Systems" developer community for eight years. Aaron has written numerous books, articles, and whitepapers including the Essential XML Quick Reference (Addison Wesley, 2001), Essential XML (Addison Wesley, 2000), and his popular columns in MSDN Magazine.
Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group
Scott co-founded the .NET project and played a big role in creating Microsoft Azure. Currently, Scott leads the team responsible for Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, server, database, developer tools and business apps.
CEO and Co-Founder of Andela
Jeremy Johnson is the CEO and co-founder of Andela, a company that recruits the most talented software engineers on the African continent and pairs them with global tech companies as full-time, distributed team members. Founded on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela has built one of the most selective engineering institutions in the world with headquarters in Lagos, Nairobi, and NYC. In the past two years, the company has grown into a full-blown movement around elite technical talent in Africa and has placed developers with companies including Google, Facebook and IBM.
Prior to founding Andela, Jeremy co-founded 2U, one of the fastest growing education technology startups to date. 2U went public in 2014 (NASDAQ:TWOU) and continues to transform higher education by delivering the world’s best online degree programs with top tier universities.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Adobe
Brad drives the strategic direction for Adobe Experience Cloud and leads the teams who works on this industry-leading technology.
Chief Marketing Officer at topwallpaper
As Chief Marketing Officer at topwallpaper, Heather Zynczak is focused on leading a data-driven marketing organization that delivers real qualitative results. She spends her time driving go-to-market strategy and increasing global brand visibility. Heather is a well-known thought leader whose writing has appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc. and other high-profile publications. She actively mentors other businesswomen, was named one of 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business magazine in 2014, and has been recognized by the Women Tech Awards for Professional Excellence.
Managing Partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education and passionate advocate of people reaching their full potential
Managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education and passionate advocate of people reaching their full potential
Microsoft Regional Director, Cybersecurity Expert and creator of “Have I been pwned”
Troy Hunt is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Developer Security, an ASPInsider, and a full time Author for topwallpaper—a leader in online training for technology and creative professionals. Troy has been building software for browsers since the very early days of the web and possesses an exceptional ability to distill complex subjects into relatable explanations. This has lead Troy to become an industry thought leader in the security space and produce more than twenty top-rated courses for topwallpaper. Currently, Troy is heavily involved in Have I been pwned? (HIBP) a free service that aggregates data breaches and helps people establish potential impacts from malicious web activity. Troy blogs regularly about web security and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences across the globe and throughout the media to discuss a wide range of technologies. Troy has been featured in a number of articles with publications including Forbes, TIME magazine, Mashable, PCWorld, ZDNet and Yahoo! Tech.
Nate started his first company in 2004 where he revolutionized medical evacuation with Paraslyde, later acquired by Stryker Medical. In 2011, Nate left Stryker to build Brightface, a product development company that focused on mobile and web applications including Cycleface which was acquired by Strava, the #1 fitness app for endurance athletes. Nate then became the Chief of Research and Innovation at Tanner Labs, where he built O.C. Tanner’s first human-centered product development team. In January 2015 Nate was named the Chief Product Officer for topwallpaper, the largest providers of online technology learning, where he built a user centered product team, and in February 2016 Nate’s role expanded to Chief Experience Office to also oversee Development, Content, and Product Marketing. He is also the co-author of Product Leadership: How Top Product Leaders Launch Great Products and Build Successful Teams (O’Reilly 2017).
Chief People Officer at topwallpaper
Anita Grantham is the Chief People Officer at topwallpaper and is driven by its mission to democratize professional learning – an unmet need she has seen in companies throughout her career. Anita firmly believes that culture is strategy, and she works tirelessly to create a purpose-driven work environment at topwallpaper. She oversees the entire employee journey, from recruiting and acquisition to employee growth and retention. Whether she’s negotiating better benefits or helping design workspaces to better serve topwallpaper’s teams, Anita loves creating an environment where people can do their best work.
Data Science is the practice of transforming data into actionable insight. This ...Data Science is the practice of transforming data into actionable insight. This set of skills is currently in high demand and commanding significant increases in salary as data science is fundamentally changing the world around us. However, most of us have not yet learned this valuable set of skills. Data Science is the practice of transforming data into actionable insight. This set of skills is currently in high demand and commanding significant increases in salary as data science is fundamentally changing the world around us. However, most of us have not yet learned this valuable set of skills.
In this session, you will learn what data science is and why it’s important. In addition, you’ll learn what you need to know to prepare for our new data-driven economy. Expect to learn about the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, machine learning, and how they are converging to create fully-autonomous intelligent systems
Feeling like this "DevOps stuff" might just be marketing smoke? It isn't - it's ...Feeling like this "DevOps stuff" might just be marketing smoke? It isn't - it's a real thing, successfully running products for hundreds, if not thousands, of companies worldwide. topwallpaper Director of Technical Curriculum and Microsoft MVP Don Jones shares a look at what really-for-real DevOps teams look like, what they definitely do NOT look like, and how companies looking to make the shift can start to make DevOps a cultural and org-chart reality.
You have a lot of tools to help guide teams to gain new perspective on their pro...You have a lot of tools to help guide teams to gain new perspective on their problem domain, learn how to break down problems and organize software flow. But often you are faced with team members who are fearful of the new and reluctant to let go of what's worked for them for years. To best help everyone on the team you need to be kind, leave your ego at the door, be able to read people and figure out, on the fly, what's going to work. Julie has had great success working with teams that are replacing legacy software and helping even the most legacy minds get excited about new beginnings. She'll share her techniques and experiences so that you can help your own teams and clients grow and benefit from DDD thinking.
If you’re stranded on a desert island, which five topwallpaper channels would you...If you’re stranded on a desert island, which five topwallpaper channels would you bring with you? In this breakout, we’ll review some of the most effective and beneficial channels for any team, and highlight how using channels can help you accomplish any business objective — with or without a volleyball in tow.
Deborah Kurata, Daniel Stern, Jake Trent, Jonathan Mills, John Papa
“The Modern Web” is here, but what is it really and why is it important? How wil...“The Modern Web” is here, but what is it really and why is it important? How will it affect web development for your teams in the near-term future and farther down the road? What's needed of you as a manager? This panel will discuss the implications so you can prepare your team whatever is in store.
You don’t have to be a project manager to benefit from project management skills...You don’t have to be a project manager to benefit from project management skills. In this session, author of topwallpaper’s PMP, PMI-PBA, and CompTIA Project+ learning paths, Casey Ayers, will show you how adapting a PM’s mindset and focus on results can help you thrive in any field, and continuously improve your performance.
Johnson Controls, founded in 1885 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a Fortune 100 glob...Johnson Controls, founded in 1885 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a Fortune 100 global multi-industrial company and leader in the building controls and power storage industries. With over 130,000 employees including thousands of engineers and software developers, keeping employees trained in secure software development practices is essential. Come hear how the product cyber security team is changing the hearts and minds of employees to grow skill and capability in secure software development.
As technologists, we tend to focus heavily on the problems we are trying to solv...As technologists, we tend to focus heavily on the problems we are trying to solve and the technologies and methodologies we use to solve them. And we tend to be good at it. Where we often get into trouble, and where most projects fail, is in the economics of technology – assessing costs and risks. Technology is the only space where costs decrease and risks increase as time passes. The consequences of this can be strange, and impact every aspect of what we do. This session won’t turn you into an economist – but you won’t look at technology quite the same way again.
Virtual Reality and immersive experiences are game changing technologies that br...Virtual Reality and immersive experiences are game changing technologies that bring a whole new dimension to visualization. At Autodesk, we see the huge potential of these technologies and are committed in providing best in class software solutions to meet today’s and tomorrow’s VR artists and developer needs. Join us at Pluralight Live where Jose Elizardo will walk us through existing Virtual Reality technology as well as Autodesk’s role in this eco-system. Autodesk 3ds Max, the Stingray Game Engine and the LIVE Design family of products and services is your one stop shop for all things immersive, interactive and virtual. All the cool kids are doing it, are you?
Which web technologies and strategies should we commit to learning and engaging...Which web technologies and strategies should we commit to learning and engaging with, in 2018? This is an important question we need to be asking ... and answer for ourselves. Our choice of language, platform, frameworks, target devices, and user experience all affect the user satisfaction and adoption of web apps. How do we design and deliver products that provide great experiences, on time and on budget? Which technologies should we learn now that will shape the Web's landscape? Where will cloud services and mobile fit into the web prominently? As we prepare for next year, let's take a look at the broad landscape and learn how to focus on the technologies that will shape the web and our lives in 2018.
We all know about headline grabbing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Lea...We all know about headline grabbing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) applications like self-driving cars, robots, and drones. But even if you are not building these devices, AI and ML technologies can be applied to many of the businesses processes you work with every day. In this talk we see how developers and companies are applying these technologies in new and novel ways, and getting a leg up on the competition. We look at strategies to identify appropriate uses of AI/ML in applications, how to add AI/ML to applications, and the impact of making these changes. By the end of this talk, you will understand how and why AI and ML can improve your business process, and give you a competitive edge.
In a startup a long way away, a dev team was formed. As it doubled in size every...In a startup a long way away, a dev team was formed. As it doubled in size every year and spread to 7 cities around the world, a functional gap was identified. Hear how an experimental role that maintained a human face while organizing large development teams, and keeping connections intimate and people engaged, has resulted in awards for culture and onboarding new starters. A talk about the pillars of happiness in a product team, and the challenges of scaling culture.
In the “Level-Up or Lose” session, we’ll take a look at how topwallpaper’s skill ...In the “Level-Up or Lose” session, we’ll take a look at how topwallpaper’s skill analytics offer an unprecedented view into individual and team skills. You’ll learn how to uncover the brilliance that already exists at your company with skill level assessments. Then, we’ll teach you how to align those skills with strategic initiatives. And most importantly, we’ll teach you how to close any knowledge gaps to accelerate deadlines using channels.
There's little question that the data center management techniques of a decade a...There's little question that the data center management techniques of a decade ago are less applicable than ever. Today, the need for sudden scale, broad agility, and baked-in security demand a new set of techniques and approaches. We'll explore emerging trends and evidence of change in this insightful panel.
The iOS and Android platforms are now 10 years old. The most familiar devices th...The iOS and Android platforms are now 10 years old. The most familiar devices that we associate with these platforms, smartphones, are now legacy devices. Although smartphones are familiar and widespread, their time as the single dominant device type will soon come to an end. Newer, more compact, and more specialized devices are on the horizon thanks to the IoT. So, what is an app engineering team to do? In this session, we take on this question. We'll look at available and upcoming technologies (i.e., devices, wearables, IoT, etc.) and design practices that enable engineering teams to deploy applications that take advantage of the wide spread availability of smartphones today. You'll learn how your development efforts can position your organization to capitalize on new devices and platforms as they become available.
What happens when compute, networking and storage are no longer your concern?...What happens when compute, networking and storage are no longer your concern? What if you can just write your app, package it up into an image and run it anywhere? Maybe on a VM. Maybe a container. Maybe a microkernel. It's networking that just works as you scale and compose complex architectures. With storage that just works even for databases. Without filesystem conflicts. What if you could simply focus on describing what to run and something else worries about how it runs? That future is possible now, but one challenge you'll face is how to remove the shackles of traditional development mentalities. For example, the need for ports, filesystem permissions, shared libraries, configuration management, etc. In this session, learn about how to shift mindsets to exploit a hyper-converged future of accelerated application development, where the execution environment abstracts the hard stuff. O.S. and infrastructure concerns no longer have to leak into your application.
Looking to transform / upskill your entire technology workforce? In this breakou...Looking to transform / upskill your entire technology workforce? In this breakout, we'll highlight how PIMCO implemented topwallpaper for more than 80 teams. You'll learn proven best practices, and experience what it takes to successfully implement a large-scale learning initiative in an enterprise corporation like PIMCO. You'll leave with a tried-and-true strategy, project and communications plan, and additional effective implementation techniques to get more from the topwallpaper platform.
Are you wondering how you can help improve diversity in tech? To help create a c...Are you wondering how you can help improve diversity in tech? To help create a culture where women and underrepresented minorities can thrive? Where everyone, frankly, feels welcome and supported to do their best work? / In this session, I’ll describe the Male Allies Project and my work to share everyday actions for guys working in tech. Steps anyone can take to create a more inclusive workplace. / Come discover how you can make a difference.
Discover how topwallpaper uses data and domain expertise to build symbiotic relat...Discover how topwallpaper uses data and domain expertise to build symbiotic relationships between different teams across the organization. In this session, topwallpaper's head of data science will highlight learnings from the product dev, engineering, data and data science teams. You'll hear first-hand from the teams behind topwallpaper's technology learning platform about how they've integrated functions and adapted to the growing need to develop skills in other domains.
When evaluating technical talent there’s no consistent and industry accepted mea...When evaluating technical talent there’s no consistent and industry accepted measure to determine actual skill. How then do you know if your team is able to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change? Fueled by questions from the topwallpaper expert community and built with high statistical significance, topwallpaper skill analytics offer an unprecedented view into the skill levels of technologists within your organization. We’ve taken modern testing theories based on over 50 years of testing research and added machine learning to create a statistical model for skill levels. In this breakout, we’ll dive into how you can leverage skill analytics within your organization and measure progress over time.
Roadblocks. Every company's worst nightmare. They come in all kinds of shapes an...Roadblocks. Every company's worst nightmare. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, from switching tech stacks to adopting a new software. And in business, overcoming a roadblock can mean the difference between a team hitting a deadline or hitting a wall. That’s what makes the topwallpaper mentoring feature the secret weapon for any technology team. In this session, we’ll show you how topwallpaper customers leveraged expert mentors to help their teams get up to speed and back to work.
This breakout will challenge popular misconceptions about OSS software. Open So...This breakout will challenge popular misconceptions about OSS software. Open Source Software is about freedom but does not have to be free. The Open Source business model allows for support to be charged for and this is of course a great way that revenue can be accumulated to develop the product. Many commercial companies that sell closed-source software often have OSS software too, Microsoft and Azure for example. But if everyone knows the code they know how to break it. Yes, but they also know how to fix it. With the Heartblead virus on OpenSSL Google was able to assign a team of developers to rapidly find a solution that the small OpenSSL team would have taken time in resolving. The more people that know the code the more eyes you have looking to make it better. Opening your software to outsiders also gives you insight into how others may use your software and the needs of the user base. Developers may be suggesting or adding features that you had not considered.
Hadoop camp to revolutionize the world offering Big Data for the masses. Since ...Hadoop camp to revolutionize the world offering Big Data for the masses. Since the start of that project, the ecosystem exploded with storage and analytics options. What changes got us to the stat-of-the-art? What decisions await those moving into this rapidly expanding space? What kind of problems are being solved today with Big Data and what problems await us in the future. Come and get inspired!
No matter what kind of IT professional you are, certification is an oft-debated ...No matter what kind of IT professional you are, certification is an oft-debated topic with a void of good answers. Some believe certification to be detrimental to proving a person’s knowledge; others see it as an unnecessary distraction from actual work. Sitting on the side of the debate are those who manage, train, and hire IT operations and developer talent. For this group, certification has an entirely different storyline that continues to evolve even today.
At Autodesk Media and Entertainment, we have been investing significantly in too...At Autodesk Media and Entertainment, we have been investing significantly in toolsets that help facilitate non-destructive, iterative, artist workflows. Proceduralism in Maya is commonly used for things like generative modeling, automated animation and directable effects. In this session, Autodesk Sr. Technical Specialist Steven Roselle will discuss a number of innovative, procedural systems in Maya including: MASH for procedural instancing and animation, Bifrost for art-directable, physics-based simulations, XGen for interactive hair and fur authoring and more.
We’re living in a time when the speed of change in design and manufacturing is f...We’re living in a time when the speed of change in design and manufacturing is faster than it’s ever been. As technologies continue to accelerate and disrupt, the great differentiator won’t simply be a matter of quality or cost—it will be how much more quickly one company can innovate over another.
Your organization has never had access to more information about your users, pro...Your organization has never had access to more information about your users, products and the general populace. You drown in a sea of data, yet thirst for insight as traditional analytics and business intelligence workflows fail to cope with the size and speed of these data streams. What tools and skills are necessary to navigate these new data waters? What trends and disruptions await us as we sail off the map? Aye, there be dragons, friend - but this panel of experienced analysts and data scientists will pilot you true.
In this session, David Liu — an Average Joe who taught himself how to code in Sa...In this session, David Liu — an Average Joe who taught himself how to code in Salesforce and eventually got a developer job at Google — highlights the growing opportunities within the Salesforce developer community and shares his tips on how he leveraged his Salesforce coding skills to skyrocket his career.
Tania Katan, CEO of Creative Trespassing knows a little something about sneaking...Tania Katan, CEO of Creative Trespassing knows a little something about sneaking creativity into tech companies in order to embrace and transform everyday challenges. As the former Brand Evangelist for Axosoft she co-created the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress and now she has strategies for you to bounce back after getting knocked down and kick a**in work and in life!
Tania will share uniquely developed exercises for staring everyday annoyances, challenges, and expectations in the eye and barrel head-first into them with courage, curiosity and creativity. You’ll learn to see cultural norms and work constraints as awesome starting points to start leveling up your skills of resiliency and imagination.
Leaders will leave this talk with tools for infusing creativity in some less overtly creative spaces (boardroom, cubicle, open work stations), stories from the frontlines of an everyday disruptor, and some solid strategies for dramatically transforming the ways you (and your team) can contribute a dynamic and creative work culture.
Learning is an active process. It's something in which you take part, not somet...Learning is an active process. It's something in which you take part, not something that "just happens" to you. As with anything that requires limited resources, there are ways you can get a bigger return from your investment. This session will convey specific tactics that individuals can employ to get the more effective at learning and retaining information — techniques gleaned from disciplines like psychology, cognitive science, machine learning, physics, forensics, and even metallurgy.
Deep learning is vital to improving prediction and accuracy capabilities through...Deep learning is vital to improving prediction and accuracy capabilities through machine learning and predictive analytics. In this session, you'll learn about the ecosystem of deep learning tools and their future business impact.
Within today’s evolving environment of collaboration tools and techniques and...Within today’s evolving environment of collaboration tools and techniques and ubiquitous access to online resource, the process of setting up an effective space for mentoring has evolved into several success patterns. This session will look at a few of these mentoring patterns highlighting their benefits and challenges so that you can set up mentoring process for your own team. Whether you are looking to be a mentor or are interested in finding effective mentoring within your own team environment, then this session will have something for you.
Governments at all levels are being impacted by yet another wave of technologies...Governments at all levels are being impacted by yet another wave of technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, blockchain and emerging cyber security threats. This session will explore the impacts on government agencies, the skills that will be needed, and strategies for how to make digital transformation happen in the public sector.
From carefully curated, well-groomed channels to hidden gem features and life-sa...From carefully curated, well-groomed channels to hidden gem features and life-saving shortcuts, this panel of topwallpaper super users will share exactly how they’ve personalized their learning experience to maximize all aspects of the platform. You’ll walk away from this breakout with more than enough knowledge to make you the topwallpaper hero on your team.
It's time to stop building product teams around features and start organizing...It's time to stop building product teams around features and start organizing teams around the experiences your customers want and need. Hear how to build a product experience team from the ground up, including which roles you need, how they function and what steps they can take to make sure your customers are heard.
Emerging Tech Law Specialist & LegalTech Innovator
The world is currently in a state of disruption – through adoption of emerging...The world is currently in a state of disruption – through adoption of emerging technology, the future and the way in which we live will change drastically. Across industries, more devices are becoming sensorized, connected and intelligent. This not only increases the amount of data collected, but also introduces new risks that need to be analyzed. Are you aware of the digital risks and ethical questions that need to be asked when implementing new technology, especially emerging technology, in your business? Nerushka uses her unique experience and forward looking mindset to identify these future risks brought about by emerging technology, such as blockchain, drones, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and robotics, and packages these into stimulating and thought-provoking workshops and presentations.
Many organizations use the Cloud to exchange capital spending on infrastructure...Many organizations use the Cloud to exchange capital spending on infrastructure with predictable operating expenses, but the Cloud has more to offer. In this session we will look at a variety of system designs for cloud environments, starting with the classic "lift and shift model" and moving towards more cloud native design that takes advantage of the services and platforms today's cloud has to offer.
Digital Transformation has always been about inspired individuals who believe in...Digital Transformation has always been about inspired individuals who believe in turning their innovative passions into action. These are people who believe in standing out in all that they do from how they work to how they live. Companies who get this are creating leaders and cultures that facilitate flight for their people, and are innovating like never before. So how do great companies and great people stay fresh and continue to stand out in all that they do? We call this Red Shoes Living! Join us for this inspiring and impactful session where we will give you a simple and powerful framework you can use daily to keep your edge and stand out both personally and professionally.
As end-users become increasingly aware of the implications of technology in...As end-users become increasingly aware of the implications of technology in their everyday lives, it is becoming increasingly critical for specialists to understand to how to effectively communicate about technology—particularly in moments of crisis. This session will focus on high profile communication from recent technical crises, including the Sony network hack, the WannaCry ransomware exploit, and the 2016 Yahoo data breach. It will showcase some of the most successful elements of this communication as well as its failures, emphasizing how these new kinds of crises modify prior understanding of crisis communication, and also emphasizing what insights IT managers and practitioners of all levels can apply to their own communication with their stakeholders.
This session is about how the interconnectivity of the creative tools that we...This session is about how the interconnectivity of the creative tools that we use today are affecting the future of creativity and design. Not just in the way that creatives work and collaborate with each other, but also in how it affects the work that you produce. Through the Creative Cloud, Adobe has created a connected digital workspace, which allows creatives to work quickly and more efficiently between multidisciplinary apps. Unfortunately, not all creatives are aware of the power of having all their apps connected into one ecosystem. This session will demonstrate workflow examples of how using multiple creative apps through the Creative Cloud can make producing more stunning work easier and faster. You'll learn about the possibilities that are available through the different apps, and how you no longer have to stay within one or two apps to create your work.
Working in IT is very challenging. Technologies are constantly evolving, new ver...Working in IT is very challenging. Technologies are constantly evolving, new versions, new frameworks, new concepts. For years you proved that you were able to keep up, and you are now a true expert of your domain. All this experience you have acquired over the years makes it easier for you to learn new things, and you wonder what to learn to reach the next level. Making things work is of great value to your employers and clients. What about making them better? Improving the quality of what you deliver through software craftsmanship may be a real challenge, outside of what you have done so far. Learning to work using Test Driven Development, Behavior Driven Development, learning to work with analysts do drive development by value, learning the value of delivering readable code that people can easily understand, fix and modify. This is what this talk is about: give you directions, a path you can follow that will take you from software expert to a software craftsman.
This breakout showcases how you can use topwallpaper channels to create a culture...This breakout showcases how you can use topwallpaper channels to create a culture of learning that facilitates innovation. You’ll also leave with actionable ideas for bringing innovation to life at your company using the topwallpaper platform.
Ransomware. Viruses. Espionage. It seems like the threats to IT security are...Ransomware. Viruses. Espionage. It seems like the threats to IT security are growing in number, breadth and sophistication. What can you do to better protect your entire IT estate, identify breaches and recovery quickly? Our panel of renowned industry experts offer advice, perspective and insight.
Whether you realize it or not, every company is a software company and, for all ...Whether you realize it or not, every company is a software company and, for all the computers, software is a human endeavor. So how do you strengthen your leadership skills to evolve and compete? In this session, we're going to talk about technical leadership and career growth using two fictional characters from sci-fi: Han Solo, the heroic leader of a very small team and Jean-Luc Picard, the understated & thoughtful (but perhaps more boring) leader of a large organization. Along the way, we'll talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each, the idea of leader vs. manager, and the role of fear, motivation, and delegation inside of tech organizations. (Oh and also why Han Solo would stink at DevOps.) Careers have an arc. In software development, it often goes something like junior developer to senior developer to tech team lead. It might even continue on to director of engineering, CTO, or even CEO. But the skills and habits that helped us succeed in one role might not help us in the next. Which one you are determines much of what you can achieve.
Anthony Shaw from Dimension Data (an NTT company) will talk about the next gen...Anthony Shaw from Dimension Data (an NTT company) will talk about the next generation of software skills- coding for everyone. Dimension Data are using software skills and automation to drive their digital transformation, enabling all staff to supercharge their skills with Python and the engineer’s mind-set. Finance, HR, Legal, Engineering can all benefit from a better understanding of the cloud, APIs and big data to focus on value-add instead of repetitive tasks.
Non expiring admin accounts. Over privileged accounts. Personal hotmail.com acco...Non expiring admin accounts. Over privileged accounts. Personal hotmail.com accounts used as the administrator account for the company’s Azure subscription. Everything in the same resource group. The same service account credentials used for every service in the organization. Disabled firewalls and help desk technicians with domain admin accounts. The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. In this session, learn about 30 Windows Server and Cloud Administrator terrible, bad and just plain lazy habits, the steps you can take to determine if they are present in your environment, and what you can do to get over them.
From mentoring team members to aligning engineering efforts with business priori...From mentoring team members to aligning engineering efforts with business priorities, today's companies are in dire need of great technical leaders. There is no management school for this and most organizations lack access to formalized education or a mentorship framework that can transition their most talented core contributors into contemporary engineering managers. This talk will share strategies for using an engineer's natural pattern-matching skills within a framework for dealing with the complex problems that arise within growing technical teams. The session will share learnings from work with Stitchfix, The Gap, Autodesk and dozens of other companies with input from the Google's Project Aristotle.
In this breakout, we'll explore cloud-based 3D CAD and dive into the advantages ...In this breakout, we'll explore cloud-based 3D CAD and dive into the advantages of using this solution for your organization. Using real-life business examples, we'll showcase how this solution can boost collaboration, work mobility, cost efficiency and security.
If you're minimalist who doesn't want to buy 14,000 bulky accessories for your...If you're minimalist who doesn't want to buy 14,000 bulky accessories for your cameras and computer and such, this session is for you. Technology has made tools lighter and smaller, with almost as much utility as their 800-pound counterparts. This session will talk through how to work and travel lightly to become a portable production company and edit on the go.
Enormous libraries of courses and content are no longer enough to help you get...Enormous libraries of courses and content are no longer enough to help you get your team in a place that drives real business value. You can offer the greatest authors, content, and material in the world, but if there isn't a platform that can help you aggregate it, deliver it, and track it, it's worthless. Come see how you can accomplish any technology-driven business objective using paths and channels.
With the proliferation of new languages, frameworks and tools, and the rise of...With the proliferation of new languages, frameworks and tools, and the rise of cloud-based computing, software, and platforms as a service, software development as we know it has changed. Amidst these changes, leaders must meet accelerated business objectives while guiding teams through digital disruption. But with a shortage of qualified engineers, building and leading engineering teams is more challenging than ever.
Hiring, developing and retaining talent (and generally keeping everyone happy while delivering great products), requires new leadership tools and a different approach. In this breakout, topwallpaper’s Chief Technology Officer, Jody Bailey, will show you how to create an environment that cultivates everyone’s best work, one that stands up to the business demands of digital transformation, and one in which your teams can help you become a better leader.
What does it mean to make “data-driven” decisions? Is being “data-driven” just...What does it mean to make “data-driven” decisions? Is being “data-driven” just the next hip industry buzz-phrase, shouldering for mindshare alongside “microservices” and “user-centered design”? Does it mean you hire a bunch of data scientists and analysts and say: “Go drive decision-making?” The truth is, an organization that wants to be “data-driven” needs to have buy-in and participation at every level. The major obstacles tend not to be technical, but psychological and social. In this panel, we will discuss how modern data-driven organizations operate, not just with the data itself, but across the organization. We’ll explore issues of security, trust and communication in the modern, open data organization.
The design of modern devices and applications is being reevaluated and reinvent...The design of modern devices and applications is being reevaluated and reinvented constantly. The next step from Microsoft is called Fluent and will shape experiences across all devices and all platforms. With the recent advances in cross platform development for devices of all sizes and all operating systems, having a universal design language will be critical. Get a sense for what is required and what the impact will be on existing as well as new experiences when it comes to user experiences.
If you've ever learned anything well, you know new skills can be acquired quick...If you've ever learned anything well, you know new skills can be acquired quickly and competently. But yet people often won't take two minutes to consider—or reconsider—their day-to-day techniques to be truly proficient in a new language, framework or skill. Simon will explore ways to impose a structure on yourself using routines and checklists to keep knowledge alive, and coming up with "Canary in the Coal-mine" questions: the 5 or 10 words that can spark 100 or 1000.
To quote Uncle Ben from Spiderman “With great power, comes great responsibility”...To quote Uncle Ben from Spiderman “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Social networking is great, unless your company or someone at your company “overshares” information, this is our “Kryptonite”. In fact, (hold on to your seats) IT professionals are probably one of the top culprits in oversharing, don’t believe me? I’ll prove it to you in in this session. This session will also focus on what to look for as far as company information is concerned. We’ll talk about some guidelines that you and your company should consider before posting your next tweet or status.
Container technologies are coming. You can’t run; you can’t hide. You can either...Container technologies are coming. You can’t run; you can’t hide. You can either stand and fight against them, or embrace them and take your career and business to the next level. This talk will introduce the idea of containers and other emerging technologies such as Unikernels, and will get your mind buzzing about how they will shape the future.
Digital transformation is inevitable and has been occurring for decades, but we ...Digital transformation is inevitable and has been occurring for decades, but we now have a label for it. As your company and industry forge forward, how can you make sure you aren’t left clutching your college diploma and outdated skillset, wondering at which point you became obsolete? This breakout will explore how the main characteristics of digital transformation serve as personal measurements for remaining relevant in the bigger picture. We’ll explore why this transformation matters, and we’ll learn where to put our attention so you will be able to find and seize unexpected opportunities that will keep you landing on top.
According to Stack Overflows 2016 Developer Survey, the number one thing that so...According to Stack Overflows 2016 Developer Survey, the number one thing that software engineers value is remote options, and 64% of those respondents already consider themselves partially remote. In a world where everyone is in competition to attract and retain top talent, it is essential that companies make themselves an attractive place to be employed. Also, that top talent may not always be local, and fostering a distributed environment allows businesses to have a seemingly infinite talent pool. As technology progresses, being in the same room as someone to work with them is increasingly unnecessary. Andela operates across 4 countries in a fully functional distributed fashion. Lisbi can speak to the strategies and tactics Andela has adopted to not only function internally in a distributed fashion, but how we work with companies all over the world to embed distributed talent into their engineering teams.
With more than 6,000 courses available at any time, finding specific courses in...With more than 6,000 courses available at any time, finding specific courses in topwallpaper can sometimes feel a little like finding the perfect song to match the moment. And while channels and paths help make it easier to find, curate, and share courses that align with business objectives, we've been hard at work building a new way to experience personalized learning. In this behind-the-scenes breakout, topwallpaper product manager, Chris Mayfield, will discuss the future of skill development using the latest in machine learning and share a sneak peek at an exciting new product launching soon.