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Thursday, September 7

10:15am CDT

1/5th Of Your Users May Not Be Able To Use Your Site
Most studies find that about one-fifth of the population has some kind of disability that can include visual, hearing, motor and cognitive disabilities. While not all of these disabilities effect users of websites, for most businesses it would be unwise to purposely exclude 20, 10, or even 5 percent of their potential customers from their web sites. For schools, universities, and government entities, it in many cases also violates the law.

Join us to learn more about these disabilities, what it is like to surf the web with a disability, and what we as good citizens of the web can do to help.

(This is a high level introduction to ADA for the web and is targeted to designers, front-end developers, project managers, and product owners)


Elizabeth Davis

Systems Application Developer, Gallup, Inc.
Gallup, Inc.

Thursday September 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am CDT
Windsor III-IV

11:15am CDT

Guerilla UX Testing
Getting fast and accurate feedback from users is key at all stages of design and development. In this session, I will present tips on getting users to talk to you, where and how to test, how to capture feedback, and how to get useful information at the very inception of an idea. You'll leave this session with a better understanding of user testing and how to do it yourself.

Jo Elliott is a noted researcher and instructor in HCI and user testing. She started as a UX engineer at IBM and has been on the faculty of Human Factors/UX programs. Her former students are across the United States improving the user experience for Verizon, Cerner, Sprint, Pearson, and Honeywell.

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Jo Elliott

Owner, Jo Elliott
Jo Elliott, I am passionate about UX and teaching it.

Thursday September 7, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
Windsor III-IV

1:15pm CDT

Scaling Your API's Data Relationships Using GraphQL
We have higher expectations of our APIs than ever before. API servers need to be able to communicate with thick clients, web frontends, and mobile devices, and the needs of each client can vary considerably. Reducing network calls and being able to query for exactly the data you need are key to simplifying client-side development and keeping things fast. However, many apps are reasoning with complex graphs of data, the relationships of which are sometimes expressed poorly over REST. Fetching related pieces of data can require many interactions between the client and server and, most of the time, many facets of that data aren’t needed for the immediate view.

At Hudl, we’re moving from our humble beginnings as a coaching tool for high school football programs into a world-class app used across the globe by the likes of the English Premier League and the NBA. We’re reimagining how our data should be expressed to best serve all our markets, and we’ve adopted GraphQL as a new means of querying our data - and all its complex relationships - over our API. GraphQL is an open-source query language developed by Facebook that enables efficient and declarative querying of data. In this talk, I’ll present an overview of the technology, how it compares to its REST counterpart, and the benefits we’ve seen (as well as the pitfalls we’ve encountered) in the transition to this new technology.

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Jordan Degner

Engineering Manager, Hudl
I'm an Engineering Manager at Hudl - a software company for sports video and analytics - and have been with them for three years. I've written production React and GraphQL apps for two of those three years, so feel free to come chat with me about frontend apps or GraphQL!

Thursday September 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Windsor III-IV

2:15pm CDT

Indoor Location with Beacons
Having a highly capable and accurate GPS in everybody's pocket has fundamentally changed the way we live, with broader impacts like self-driving cars, yet to come. The moment you step inside the HDC conference center however, all that technology is virtually useless. In order to solve this problem, various vendors, from Apple to Google, and many others, have been implementing indoor location technologies, predominantly via beacons.

In this session learn how beacons function at the physical layer, how that gets interpreted at the network layer, how to use the APIs at the presentation layer, and how to make sense of it all at the application layer. This will be accomplished as IBM Developer Advocate, Kevin Hoyt, configures and deploys a set of beacons in the conference room, live, during the session. We will also explore how various industries are using indoor location from shopping malls to hotels, and airports to grocery stores.


Thursday September 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Windsor III-IV

3:15pm CDT

Who Needs A Flashlight, When You Can Use Your Shirt
Watch how to make an IronMan Arc Reactor with LEDs, Arduino, and some wire. Learn how to program wearable lights to blink, twinkle, and respond to movement. I'll also have a demonstration to show how you can add some lights to your own shirt with an led light and a battery. WARNING: If you have an interest in wires, lights, electronics, wearables, or coding you may find this topic addicting.

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Kris Boedigheimer

Educator, Aspen Academy
I am a computer programmer turned homeschool mom who loves learning, travel, exercise, reading, finding exciting new hobbies, and spending time with family. Besides teaching homeschool I am a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Advanced Level Toastmaster Speaker, and group fitness... Read More →

Thursday September 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm CDT
Windsor III-IV
Friday, September 8

10:15am CDT

Virtual Actors - Exploring Patterns, Algorithms and Examples using Service Fabric Reliable Actors
 Actors implement a form of message passing concurrency which abstracts away low-level concurrency primitives such as threads, locks, mutexes, and semaphores.

After a brief intro into the basics of Actor Model, we'll dive into various patterns for parallel computations, we'll also look into various sorting algorithms, along the way we'll walk thru code examples using Service Fabric Reliable Actor as the technology.


Naveen Akode

Software Developer, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Friday September 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am CDT
Windsor III-IV

11:15am CDT

Getting Started with Aurelia
Angular 2 and React aren’t the only choices when it comes to building front-end web applications. Aurelia is a relatively new player, but certainly one to be taken seriously. It places a strong emphasis on convention over configuration allowing you to spend more time writing your core business logic, and less time writing repetitive framework code. Aurelia has a powerful routing engine, excellent two-way binding system, and is extremely flexible when it comes to the language you choose or the front-end build system to integrate with.

In this session, I’ll go over everything you need to get started building apps with Aurelia. I’ll be using TypeScript and ASP.NET Core on the back-end, but Aurelia will fit nicely in to many other scenarios as well.

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Adam Barney

Owner, Amegala, Inc
Amegala, Inc.

Friday September 8, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
Windsor III-IV

1:15pm CDT

Into The Next Dimension: Our future With Big Data, AI And Augmented Reality
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of data; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of the imagination. In this talk we will learn the relationship between Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Augmented Reality. We'll discuss the past, present and futures of these technologies to determine if we are heading towards paradise or into the twilight zone.

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Ed Charbeneau

Developer Advocate, Progress / Telerik

Friday September 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Windsor III-IV

2:15pm CDT

Overcoming Hybrid App Apprehension With Ionic
The mobile web has come a long way since Facebook decried the death of their mobile app in 2012. Web standards have progressed to allow mobile websites the ability to access native features like GPS, Camera and file storage. With the adoption and advancement of advanced Javascript engines, page animations are approaching native speed.

If your company is looking at mobile development, it's time to think long and hard about whether you need to invest the time and energy into separate code bases for iOS and Android. In this session, we're going to look at how Ionic, a hybrid mobile app framework, can deliver mobile applications that rival their native counterparts and produce the same business value at a fraction of the cost and time of native app development. We'll look at the economics and pros/cons of hybrid vs native development as well as build a fully functioning Ionic app ready for submission to the app store in 15 minutes.

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Brock Ellis

Sycamore Education

Friday September 8, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Windsor III-IV
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