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Ignite Velocity (Sponsored by HP)

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If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? Would you talk about your latest passion? Describe the trip of a lifetime? Teach a hack? We’ll find out at in this high-energy, fast-paced, technology show-and-tell. Any topic is fair game as long as it’s interesting, from technology to culture to business to science fiction. Speakers are limited to 20 slides, which automatically advance after 15 seconds—that’s the fun of Ignite!

Watch recordings of Ignite Velocity 2013.

Ignite Velocity 2014 Presentations

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Quality Captioning as Universal Design: Making Aural Information Accessible for Everyone (Svetlana Kouznetsova)
Benefits of good quality captioning access are not limited to those who cannot hear. Captioning also helps foreign language speakers, remedial readers, individuals with learning disabilities, those in noisy or quiet environments, and many others. Even businesses would benefit from captioning as it improves user experience and SEO of their aural information and attracts more loyal customers.

Getting Past Hello… How to Talk to Anyone (Bethany Marzewski)
If you’re like most people, your social group—whether at work or at home—is set. You probably spend most of your time with people who have a lot in common with…well, you. But in your daily life, there are endless opportunities to interact with fresh faces. And with just a few tweaks to your approach, you can have an enriching conversation with just about anyone. We’ll show you how.

Applications that Test Themselves with CatJS (Arik Lewin)
CatJS is an Open Source framework with a new approach and methodology that makes it fast and easy to automate Web (Mobile) application testing, on any combination of device, operating system and browser. The developer is the key since with CatJS he can bring the quality to the web application development since day one. That makes CatJS framework to be more than just an automation-testing framework

Unicorns and The Language of Otherness (Aneel Lakhani)
Google, Amazon, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter et al are unicorns. They’re not like the rest of us, right? There’s something inherently wrong with this idea. And it’s the kind of wrong that insidiously keeps us from building cultures of continuous learning. In which we go through a brief discussion of how we use the words like “unicorn” and what happens when you classify someone as possessing “otherness”, providing a justification for not having to see, understand, learn, change how we do things or our approach to the world for a better one.

Showing Girls How to Break the Tech Gender Stereotypes (Pooja Chandrashekar)
This talk revolves around showing girls how to break the gender stereotypes associated with technology and computer science and the determination that is needed to do so. This talk is intended not only for young women, but also for businesses that seek to increase their diversity and to spread public awareness about why such gender stereotypes have evolved and how best to address them.

Demo This! (Tami Reiss)
We pitch and demo our products and services all the time. What can we all do when we show off our goods to make them resonate more with those who are listening and watching? It’s all about what you say and how you say it.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation…And Why (Dave Langlais)
Exciting summer vacations come in many shapes and sizes – my wife and son went on safari in Africa, my daughter spent the summer in Morocco learning Arabic. I stayed home immersed in a new mobile application monitoring product. Hear about their exciting summer experiences and learn why my summer vacation was pretty cool too.

Commanders, Communication, Context, and Convoys (H. “Waldo" Grunenwald)
Leaders within the Technical fields are often the result of promoting high-performing engineers. While well-intentioned, they are often thrown into a vastly different profession with little guidance or expertise. In this Ignite, I share 12 leadership lessons that I’ve acquired from serving in the Marine Corps.

Know the Playbook: What the NFL has taught me about DevOps (Dave Cliffe)
Are you baffled by the sight of a prolate spheroid being thrown around by 22 guys in pads trying to knock the #MonitoringLove out of each other? I’m talking about FOOTBALL!!! A few years ago, I embarked on a mission to go deeper in my knowledge of the game of football. Come hear some practical tips for how you can do the same, as well as some unexpected parallels for everyone in Operations.

A Tweet Through The Ages (Rakesh Chaudhary)
While we will never stop complaining about slow internet speeds, the time it takes to send a message from point A to point B has never been quicker since the big bang. How long do you think it would take to send a tweet if you lived in another age?

Why Data Has Always Been Big (Kyle Erf)
Every day, an article is published explaining Big Data, our generation’s new struggle to manage more information than it can readily process. But did you know the Ancient Greeks struggled with the very same problem? This talk will present a very brief history of how and why the amount of available information has always outpaced our ability to fully comprehend it.

The Multi-Faceted Roles of the Art of Repair (Vincent Lai)
Fixing, on the surface, challenges and fixer’s skills and in turn, can enhance them. Each and every repair experience enhances mechanical, material, and instructional literacy. What could happen if we introduced new and novel ways to see the art of repair? How could we and our world change if we saw repair as a statement of defiance, a work of art, or even as motivation for urban renewal?

Zen and the Pain of Long-Distance Backpacking (Tara Calihman)
With 1200+ miles logged on trails from Colorado to California, I’ve already made the mistakes and learned the hard lessons – with a few permanent scars from my hipbelt to show for it. If you’ve ever wanted to put everything you need on your back and just walk, then long-distance backpacking is the way to go. This Ignite will provide tips and tricks on: picking your first long trail, training beforehand, packing your stuff, choosing the right hiking partners, planning your trip, managing resupplies and maintaining your sense of humor while fighting for your very survival.

The New Normal: Reframing the Issue of Diversity in Tech (Kathryn Finney)
You can’t innovative without diversity. Period. Yet most of the proposed solutions to increasing diversity in tech involve people of color moving to Silicon Valley (leaving their social and supports networks) or exposing black youth to coding (who then go back to techless homes and schools). So, what’s the solution? In this thought provoking presentation, learn about the very real cultural, technological, and historical barriers to increasing the number of blacks in tech and how digital undivided is directly addressing those barriers and creating a “New Normal”.

Devops and Dr Deming’s 14 Points (John Willis)
This a rapid paced 20 slide Ignite presentation about Edward Deming and his 14 points. More specifically we will analyze each one of his 14 points as to how they apply directly to the Devops movement. The presentation will start with a 4 slide overview of one of the most influential business leaders in the 20th century and continue with a slide for each of his 14 points.