Session Topics

Bring your laptop and have the prerequisites done for the workshops!

Make sure your laptop is fully charged and bring your power cord. Install any operating system and program updates beforehand.


Tech Talk: Security & Privacy  - TBD

Details are TBD and should be finalized very shortly.  Please bear with us - it's going to be fantastic!


Tech Talk: Open Source Technologies and Community - Christine Abernathy, Zaheda Bhorat

Details are TBD and should be finalized very shortly.  Please bear with us - it's going to a tandem talk !


Tech Talk: Zwave+Camera+LED+Microphone on one board - Gloria W

The Matrix Voice is an interesting, fun piece of hardware to play with. Attaching it to a Raspberry Pi, you can take advantage of it's onboard FPGA, LEDs and microphones, Zwave chip and peripheral camera. The best part of it all is that this board is FCC certified, and comes with interesting sample code. We'll be walking through sample code, and running a small integrated example of its features. After the demo we'll be auctioning away this board, and the lucky winner can take it home and play! Join us for some serious embedded fun. 

Panel Discussions

Career Paths for hard-core engineers


Christine Abernathy (Facebook Developer Advocacy), Pat Richards (VMware Program Management), Gloria W. (Consulting), Ben Pfaff (Principal Engineer - OpenVSwitch) 

Moderated by Rupa

A candid discussion about growth paths that make sense no matter what your age, experience level and goals - and keeping balance in your life, health and relationships.

How to handle a difficult manager - techniques and tools


Mimi Hills (Director of Engineering, Globalization, VMware), Van Boughner (NTT), Gisela Bushey (Executive Director, Loaves & Fishes), Inga Tesler (Staffing Lead, Google)

Moderated by Rupa (this might change once closer to the conference)

This is an oft-touted topic.  We will take the gloves off for this one and delve deep into how to make this work for all of us and how to achieve our goals without ending up in a mental institution.  Bring your questions, suggestions and passion - we HAVE to change the status quo.

The fine art of Negotiating  your PAY - $$$$


Liz Krumbach (Mesosphere), Rupa Dachere, 
Moderated by Gloria

A candid discussion on how to get your salary bumped up once you are already working full time.  We all know that yearly raises can be miniscule - how do we get an adjustment that is close to market rate?  When do we decide to bring in external offers or is this not a good idea?


Male Allies:  What it means, How to be a good ally


Christopher Litsinger (Comcast),  Erik Reidel (Dell), 
Moderated by Rupa

A discussion on the what a male ally is, how to become one, what are the day-to-day things that can be done to help women engineers and technologists stay in the industry as well as grow, how women could help in this effort, what upper management can set as policies that might be effective.   

Hands-on Workshops

Workshop: Intro. to Blockchain

Ranga Onkaram

This Workshop helps you understand Blockchain concepts with a focus on permissioned Blockchains. You will learn how to build a block chain application using car buying experience as an example. You will use Hyperledger Fabric for building permissioned block chain, which most of the enterprises are going to use for business. This will help you understand the potential of Blockchain beyond cryptocurrency.

Technologies Used: Hyperledger Fabric 1.0, Node.js, Docker, Electrode (React.js) Platform, Couch DB, Go lang

Workshop: Intro. to Deep Learning

Rachel Thomas

This workshop will cut through the hype around AI to provide clear facts and simple examples, geared towards beginners. You will learn how to use deep learning (a particularly powerful field of AI) to determine whether a picture is of a cat or a dog. We will start by learning the nuts and bolts of how to get the computer to complete the task, using ‘fine-tuning’, perhaps the most important skill for any deep learning practitioner.