Session Track: Keynote

The Future is Community

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After leading the world’s largest Meetup group, and now leading the growing community at Civic Hall – a collaborative workspace focused on building tech for the public good – Jessica Quinn has first-hand experience with the power of community. In this talk, she’ll share her experiences with how networks are stronger than any one individual […]

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Say Yes to Premature Optimizations

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You work in a large codebase and (surprise!) it has performance issues. Realistically, you can’t halt feature development to overhaul your core infrastructure. You also can’t expect a single person to tackle the growing heap of tech debt while everyone else plows ahead. So what can you do? Embrace premature optimizations! As it turns out, […]

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Five Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Programming

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There’s more to being a successful developer than simply being great at programming. The gotchas that slow us down or trip us up are often outside of the code we write, manifesting instead in our process or how we work with our peers. Whether you’re new to programming or a veteran of many projects, these […]

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Build Exciting Things With Boring Technologies

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Elm. Rust. Spark. TensorFlow. R. Haskell. Mesos. AR. Diggory. Got you. ‘Diggory’ is a character from Harry Potter, not a technology. Or at least it wasn’t one at the time of writing. By the time you read this abstract, Diggory will probably be a JS build system. If you read Hacker News on a regular […]

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The Future is Terrifying and I Can Hardly Wait For It

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The world of ones and zeroes made much more sense five years ago. There were clear winners, and there were runners-up who were pivoting towards a “let’s cut apart the heating system and look for copper pipes” sort of business model. We relied on old but reliable technologies and standards as we fashioned shaky but […]

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