Track: Optimize You
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How can you maximize your impact as an engineer, as a leader, and as a person? Too frequently we don't realize that the things which limit our ability to grow technically or organizationally are often not themselves technical or organizational. It's usually not about mastering one more language idiom or learning one more new framework; it's almost always about bringing more energy, purpose, and focus to our work. It's not about working harder; it's about working smarter.
This track explores the critical personal force-multipliers that can help us all to Optimize Ourselves: mindfulness and meditation, communicating simply and effectively, empathy and emotional intelligence, overcoming overwhelm, etc. From topical experts to engineers speaking from personal experience, you will hear practical ways to achieve and maintain your edge.
by Prakash Raman
Executive development @LinkedIn
We live in a world of constant change, where advances in technology have vastly benefited people around the world. This constant change has fundamentally changed the way people live, and has also created a paradoxical world. On the one hand, people are looking to be more successful and productive. One the other hand people want to feel less stressed, calmer and more energized, and more focused.
How do we solve for this paradox? One way to help drive more focus, get more done in less...
by Ronit Avni
Social Entrepreneur & Media Strategist
The success of any company hinges on its people. Effective leaders must persuade, inspire and enlist others to join them on a regular basis. Whether pitching to investors or speaking with colleagues in a more informal setting, an individual’s ability to influence others stems from a combination of confidence, passion, and emotional intelligence.
This 50-minute session will cover a range of concepts and skills critical to understanding the connection between leadership and presence,...
by Vivienne Ming
Founder/Executive Chair @SocosLearning, Theoretical Neuroscientist, & previous Chief Scientist @Gilt
Ever-improving AI and stubbornly resistant systemic bias is quickly turning human capital into a toxic asset. Problem-solvers take a lifetime to "build", but technological change is outpacing the social and economic institutions entrusted with their future. Applying insights and algorithms from theoretical neuroscience, economics, and psychology to massive datasets, Dr. Vivienne Ming challenges ideas about bias and human potential in education and the workplace. Her research and tools...
by Mitch Shepard
Leadership Development Expert, Founder of a Program for Female Leaders
Conventional advice on how to best manage people rarely addresses gender differences. Talking directly about gender in the workplace, and adjusting your management approach accordingly, can be tricky business. After all, aren’t we all supposed to be the same?
While men and women are equally capable as leaders, the latest brain science has shed new light on 7 distinct regions of the brain that differ between men and women. This hard-wiring has important implications for how we think,...
by Ted DesMaisons
Founder and Principal Anima Learning
by Lisa Rowland
Lecturer @Stanford & Communication/Presence Coach with @Facebook, @Google, @JetBlue, & @Oracle Clients
You put in long hours to make your projects smoothly effective - working to find the cleanest code, the most elegant fix, or the best path to the desired outcome. But sometimes it’s hard to know who to get such results for ourselves rather than just for our products.
This session gives you a hands-on experience with the tools and mindsets of improvisation so you can rewire your own circuitry and open up new capabilities in the way you interact with your work, your partners, and the...
by Angella Okawa
Psychotherapist & Integral Coach with a Design/Tech Background
by Kai Mantsch
Individuals cannot grow and companies cannot thrive when hard truths are hidden. Success is only possible when we engage tough problems and realities rather than avoid them. But difficult conversations are daunting and the stakes are often high. If not heard, those who generously give feedback may later withhold important information and hide problems from us. If they feel attacked, those who receive our feedback may carry resentment and refuse to help us in the future.
In just 50...
Monday Nov 7
Architectures You've Always Wondered About
You know the names. Now learn lessons from their architectures
Distributed Systems War Stories
“A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable.” - Lamport.
State of the art in Container deployment, management, scheduling
Art of Relevancy and Recommendations
Lessons on the adoption of practical, real-world machine learning practices. AI & Deep learning explored.
Next Generation Web Standards, Frameworks, and Techniques
Keeping life in balance is a challenge. Learn lifehacks, tips, & techniques for success.
Tuesday Nov 8
Next Generation Microservices
What will microservices look like in 3 years? What if we could start over?
Java: Are You Ready for This?
Real world lessons & prepping for JDK9. Reactive code in Java today, Performance/Optimization, Where Unsafe is heading, & JVM compile interface.
Big Data Meets the Cloud
Overviews and lessons learned from companies that have implemented their Big Data use-cases in the Cloud
Lessons/stories on optimizing the deployment pipeline
Software Engineering Softskills
Great engineers do more than code. Learn their secrets and level up.
Modern CS in the Real World
Applied, practical, & real-world dive into industry adoption of modern CS ideas
Wednesday Nov 9
Architecting for Failure
Your system will fail. Take control before it takes you with it.
Stream Processing, Near-Real Time Processing
Bare Metal Performance
Native languages, kernel bypass, tooling - make the most of your hardware
Culture as a Differentiator
The why and how for building successful engineering cultures
//TODO: Security <-- fix this
Building security from the start. Stories, lessons, and innovations advancing the field of software security.
Bots, virtual reality, voice, and new thought processes around design. The track explores the current art of the possible in UX and lessons from early adoption.