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Tuesday, October 2
 

9:30am

Developer Track | Breakfast Tech Talks: The Anatomy of a Successful JavaScript Application & Using Elixir to Build a Suite of Platform APIs
9:30 AM - 10:10 AM

The Anatomy of a Successful JavaScript Application


Tim Robertson, Software Architect Front-End, Spredfast

Building a modern, robust, and complicated front-end JS application is a huge challenge. Balancing reliability, new feature velocity, application performance, deployments, error reporting, styling, code reuse/shareability, and a mountain of tooling overwhelms many of us.

At Spredfast, we’ve built some incredible JavaScript applications that are thriving under the stress of real-world demands. As an early adopter of React (6 years ago), we’ve been on the forefront of UI development. This talk will walk you through the key decisions we’ve made for technology, process, and people to continue to ship world-class JS applications.

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM

Making space between the rock and the hard place - Using Elixir to build a suite of platform APIs on a legacy system and loving it


David Bernazal, Director of Product at Chiron Health

At Chiron Health, we provide a service for providers to conduct video visits with their patients. We also provide a platform for healthcare companies to easily integrate video visits into their existing applications.

Earlier this year we were tasked with building infrastructure to support our growing platform business while still maintaining backwards compatibility with products built for our direct business. We took this as an opportunity to improve upon past decisions and take advantage of new technologies at the same time. Come learn about why we choose Elixir for our new infrastructure and how we've been able to move quickly while still serving our existing products.

Speakers
avatar for David Bernazal

David Bernazal

Director of Product & Engineering, Chiron Health
Passionate technologist and leader interested JavaScript, Elixir, and building products that people love. On any given weekend, you could find me in my yard trying to master the art of gardening in Austin or running after my twin toddlers.
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Tim Robertson

Software Architect Front-End, Spredfast
I'm a software engineer that's worked on compilers, debuggers, big middleware servers, automation platforms, mobile apps, and for the last 7ish years heavily focused on JavaScript and front end applications. I'm also a woodworker and would love to talk about making sawdust.

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:50am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

11:00am

Developer Track | Inside a High Scale Data Platform Engineering Team
The data platform at Optimizely receives billions of events a day from customer’s digital experiments and campaigns while reliably and rapidly processing, storing and serving results and reports. In this talk, Evan and Mike will cover the how the team works together to build and scale this platform and share some exciting technical details of the production platform.

Speakers
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Mike Borsuk

Engineering Manager, Data Platform, Optimizely
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Evan Weiss

Product Manager, Optimizely
Evan is the Product Manager for Analytics at Optimizely. He is passionate about enabling our customers to learn from and take action on their data.

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

12:30pm

Developer Track | Learn to Code: A Taco Website (@ Galvanize)
Do you love tacos? Then this Learn to Code workshop is for you. This beginner lesson will help you build your first website with the theme of tacos! And yes - there will be tacos to eat as well. Come eat & build with us while learning HTML & CSS. The Workshop|In this Learn to Code workshop, you'll learn the essentials of HTML and CSS, both of which combine to make up the tools of virtually all web design.

What You'll Learn:

  • The foundations of HTML (structure, elements, tags, implementation)
  • CSS (attributes, selectors, the box model, page layout)

How to Prepare:


Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Developer Track | Lunch Tech Talks: Getting Started With Augmented Reality & DOCKER! CONTAINERS! KUBERNETES! GAAAAH!
12:30 - 1:10 PM - Digital Meets Physical: Getting Started With Augmented Reality

Tricia Katz , Senior Software Engineer, Outdoor Voices

Augmented Reality has the power to enhance digital experiences, or create new ones entirely. In this session we’ll discuss the fundamentals of AR and begin augmenting the world around you. You’ll learn how to seamlessly blend virtual objects into the real world, a world where technology and consumers are ready to interact. The question is - AR you?

1:10 - 1:50 PM - DOCKER! CONTAINERS! KUBERNETES! GAAAAH!

Mando Escamilla, Senior Software Engineer, Spredfast

If you don't know a Docker from a Kubernetes in the ground, don’t panic - I gotchu.  We'll start off easy and go through what is even a docker container and why you should probably care about them.  Next, we'll develop a mental model of a kubernetes cluster and what it does, and finally jump into a demo of how you’d build and deploy a simple JavaScript application inside a kubernetes cluster.

Don’t worry — if we were able to figure this out, you can too.


Speakers
avatar for Mando Escamilla

Mando Escamilla

Senior Software Engineer, Spredfast
avatar for Tricia Katz

Tricia Katz

Senior Software Engineer, Outdoor Voices
Tricia Katz is a Senior Software Engineer at Outdoor Voices working on web, mobile and emerging applications. As a technologist, she believes in building applications that have a positive impact, make our life simpler, and more enjoyable. In her pursuits to do so, Tricia has experimented... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:50pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

2:00pm

Developer Track | Learn to Code: Taste of PIE-thon (@ Galvanize)
Interested in Data Science? Love PIE? Looking to gain some understanding of Python? Join us at Galvanize for a live demo of how Python can be used in data science with a slice of pie!

Data scientists need to know how to code, and Python is the most useful and versatile programming language for doing data science. This event will be great for anyone looking to see actual examples of python being used in data science enabling you to gain exposure into data science or simply brush up on your Python skills.

What you will learn:
  • The basics of Python
  • How to view and analyze data sets with Python 
  • How Python can be used in Data Science

Prerequisites: 

This Meetup is for beginners and does not require prior programming experience. Participants who are familiar with concepts of data analysis and statistics will be better equipped to apply their skills after the conclusion of this Meetup.

What you need to bring:
  • Fully charged computer (optional, if you'd just like to watch, that's fine too)
  • Download Atom.io prior to class https://atom.io/

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Developer Track | Tech Talks: Product Dev's Secret Weapons & Taking the Pain out of Support Engineering
2:00 - 2:40 PM - Empathy & Inclusion: Product Dev's Secret Weapon

Annie Hsieh, Dev Lead at Square Root, Inc

Inclusion in tech -- beyond recruitment and retention -- what about the often undiscussed impact on product development? In this session, Annie Hsieh will share her personal journey as a minority woman in tech, discussing why divergent thought is critical for product development, and offer tips on how to foster inclusion throughout the process. Annie will discuss how an empathy-oriented approach to product development -- from user interviews to internal processes and meeting structures -- drives better end products and bigger impacts. She'll also cover how individuals and companies can partner with organizations like Women Who Code to help solve the inclusion challenge and redefine the tech talent pool of tomorrow.

2:40 - 3:20 PM - Taking the Pain out of Support Engineering

Cecy Correa, Software Engineer, Return Path 

Production support is not a priority. No one on the team wants to work on support cards. Being on-call is a pain. Does this ring a bell? We’ve all been there! There is a better way to handle Support Engineering for your product. A way that will level up your team, and create positive support experiences for your customers. Drawing on 3+ years of Support Engineering at two different companies, I will share successful Support patterns and tools you can start using today to improve your product support.


Speakers
avatar for Cecy Correa

Cecy Correa

Software Engineer, Return Path
avatar for Annie Hsieh

Annie Hsieh

Dev Lead, Square Root, Inc.
I’m a startup veteran, having worked as an engineer at several startups. I recently became a dev lead at Square Root, where I lead 2 application engineering teams. Outside of work, I am into animal rescue and love to foster dogs.

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

3:30pm

Developer Track | Engineering Excellence: Technological Communication & Best Practices of High-Performing Teams
3:30 - 4:10 PM - Technological Communication

Adam Coulon, Cofounder and CTO, WiGo Trips

Communication within any technical field is becoming increasingly significant to building an effective team. In order to successfully execute the vision of a product requires collaboration between those who understand its requirements, and those who have the technical expertise to create it. Teams are comprised of variety of roles, and often each role brings a different set of professional experience and expertise to the overall effort. This creates a non-trivial, multi-dimensional communication problem. Because there is not a standard solution, it is important to understand the fundamentals of how communication occurs between different types of roles on a team in order to successfully complete a product.

The purpose of this talk is to share my personal observations and conclusions on communication within a technological team. The talk will begin by touching on the interactions between those with common roles, then move on to the difficulties that are faced within the interactions between those with different roles. The talk will conclude with recommendations on techniques that I believe will improve overall team communication, and then shift into an interactive discussion (pending interest).

4:10 - 4:50 PM - Engineering Excellence: Best Practices of High-Performing Teams

Shaun Martin, Rebase LLC

Technology has the ability to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, and it’s usually the dynamic, growing organizations who are best positioned to create these solutions.

Yet the biggest factor that separates companies who are massively successful from those that wither and die is NOT the funding, the founder, or one killer feature.

No, it’s the team's ability to execute effectively, to perform at a high level, to repeatedly build and deliver solutions quickly and efficiently.

I recently got to witness an interview with two mega-successful entrepreneurs: Uri Levine (Waze, Moovit) and Jennifer Fleiss (Rent the Runway, Jetblack), where they confirmed what I already knew: They both said the #1 most important contributor to their success was building a great team.

Join us as we dive into the habits and practices that make the talented teams in Engineering truly elite.




Speakers
avatar for Adam Coulon

Adam Coulon

Cofounder and CTO, WiGo Trips
Talk to me about anything nerdy and technological!
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Shaun Martin

Founder, Rebase

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:50pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

5:00pm

Developer Track Happy Hour Sponsored by Optimizely
Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm
CU29 720 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701