Track: Optimizing You
Day of week:
Ever meet someone that was incredibly charismatic, had a gravitational pull, instilled feelings of trust, and inspired bias towards action? It may not be a surprise that this level of composure doesn’t happen overnight. Fine tuning soft skills will help you grow personally and professionally to get the most out of each experience you encounter. The most effective people can directly and indirectly champion an idea from inception to completion. And understanding how to harness this muscle can be a powerful tool. So if you want to further develop skills around empathy, influence, leading change, mindfulness, and more, this track is for you.
by John Shinner
IT Group Manager, Student of Life
The meditation will be focused on creating awareness of the present moment, setting intention for the day, expressing gratitude to ourselves and others who make the day possible. With this new awareness in mind, we will give ourselves permission to stay present focused throughout the day.
This type of meditation is intended to help people shuck off what happened yesterday, not worry about tomorrow, and stay focused in an open and present way to what unfolds today. This helps to...
by Yingzhao Liu
Design Director, International @LinkedIn
We communicate with people from other cultures more than ever before; though on the surface the American style of communication is prevalent, those who have more nuanced understanding of cultures and of themselves are able to build stronger connections and have more influence. This talk will focus on experiential activities to give you tools to recognize different cultural communication styles; allow you to feel how the differences work in subtle and not so subtle ways, and how awareness...
by Christopher Kelly
Computer Scientist & Lifestyle Hacker
Overall, technologists are sicker than ever, fatter than ever, and perhaps most unfortunately, more tired than ever. Most of us know (deep inside) that we’re not supposed to feel this way. Many people have turned to supplements, diets, exercise programs, doctors, and various other “cures” in order to try to improve their health and wellness. And often, those “cures” will work, but only for a percentage of people, and often not forever.
The problem is that no diet or exercise program...
by John Shinner
IT Group Manager, Student of Life
All day long we are bombarded with requests for our attention. Our brains do an amazing job of sifting through all the stimuli and picking which things should get our attention.
We all know the tug of endless email, seemingly random requests at work, keeping up all the wonderful and tragic worlds of our social network friends. Sometimes enough is enough even for all that gray matter. When this happens, our ability to respond gracefully degrades and starts to impact our jobs,...
by Sarah Singer-Nourie
Author of Tap into Greatness and Culture/Influence Coach
You have many different versions of yourself, right (patient, testy, crafty, strategic, sleepy, psyched…) And you’ve had brilliant moments of greatness, yes? Maybe even streaks of greatness. Yet most of us are inconsistent. What if you could sustain it, tap into it at will, and be reliably, consistently great? You can. While we all have different versions of ourselves, as creatures of habit and pattern, we tend to show up and rely on our instinct to react productively to what comes across...
by Jeanine Spence
User Experience Strategist
Jump in with both feet, step out of your comfort zone and say "yes, and…" to new challenges. Explore the customer centric and iteration concepts of Design Thinking as an approach to problem solving through the lens of the personal. Learn 5 ways to put these into techniques into practice and start to innovate with you at the center.
Covering innovative topics
Monday Nov 16
Architectures You've Always Wondered About
Silicon Valley to Beijing: Exploring some of the world's most intrigiuing architectures
Applied Machine Learning
How to start using machine learning and data science in your environment today. Latest and greatest best practices.
Browser as a platform (Realizing HTML5)
Exciting new standards like Service Workers, Push Notifications, and WebRTC are making the browser a formidable platform.
Modern Languages in Practice
The rise of 21st century languages: Go, Rust, Swift
Our most innovative companies reimagining the org structure
Level up your approach to problem solving and leave everything better than you found it.
Tuesday Nov 17
Containers in Practice
Build resilient, reactive systems one service at a time.
Architecting for Failure
Your system will fail. Take control before it takes you with it.
Modern CS in the Real World
Real-world Industry adoption of modern CS ideas
The Amazing Potential of .NET Open Source
From language design in the open to Rx.NET, there is amazing potential in an Open Source .NET
Keeping life in balance is always a challenge. Learning lifehacks
Unlearning Performance Myths
Lessons on the reality of performance, scale, and security
Wednesday Nov 18
Streaming Data @ Scale
Real-time insights at Cloud Scale & the technologies that make them happen!
Taking Java to the Next Level
Modern, lean Java. Focuses on topics that push Java beyond how you currently think about it.
The Dark Side of Security
Lessons from your enemies
Taming Distributed Architecture
Reactive architectures, CAP, CRDTs, consensus systems in practice
Lessons on building highly effective organizations