DevFest New Orleans 2019

October 5, 2019

DevFest New Orleans is a single-day, single-track, inclusive conference for all developers. GDG New Orleans and Women Techmakers New Orleans invite you to join us on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Loyola University in New Orleans for our first annual DevFest!

Please note that this event is now SOLD OUT, and tickets will NOT be available at the door. Check us out next year!

Speakers

Diana Rodríguez

Diana Rodríguez

Vue Vixens

Diana Rodriguez is a Full Stack Developer & DevOps lover of all things web and cloud!. With over 18 years' experience and a strong background in back end and infrastructure Diana likes to bring together the best of both worlds. In her spare time she likes to play videogames and loves taekwondo.

Ryan Harvey

Ryan Harvey

TED / Loyola

Ryan Harvey is a software & data engineer, a computer science educator, and an active participant in civic and public benefit tech efforts. He works at TED on analytics & video and teaches at Loyola University New Orleans.

Robin Dykema

Robin Dykema

Taulia

Robin is a UI engineer at Taulia, where she focuses on front end development in React. She is passionate about building stunning user interfaces and intuitive user experiences. She successfully transitioned from teaching ESL to kindergarteners in Shanghai to wrangling code and hasn't looked back since.

Ekaba Bisong

Ekaba Bisong

T4G

Ekaba is a Data Science Lead at T4G. He is a Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning, and is the author of the book "Building Machine Learning and Deep Learning Models on Google Cloud Platform" (In Production) with Apress (Springer Nature) Publishers.

Jen Tong

Jen Tong

Google

Jen is a Security Advocate on Google Cloud Platform. In this role she helps developers and IT professionals stay out of trouble while getting the most out of cloud computing.

Michelle Brenner

Michelle Brenner

ChowNow

Michelle is a Senior Backend Engineer, with 9+ years experience in tech, from engineering support to manager. She runs a tech podcast (From The Source) and works to promote DE&I in tech.

Michael Solati

Michael Solati

Typeform

Michael is a Developer Advocate at Typeform as well as a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies. He has found his love in Angular, Firebase, Progressive Web Apps, and the voodoo ways of the web.

Alex Muramoto

Alex Muramoto

Google

Alex is a developer advocate for Google Maps Platform. His past lives are a mix of web dev, hybrid mobile, chatbots, a lot of documentation, and geo.

Sonia Gupta

Sonia Gupta

InfluxData

Sonia Gupta is a software developer in Los Angeles. Prior to becoming a developer, she was a lawyer in Louisiana. Sonia believes that even if tech can’t change the world, technologists absolutely can.

Master of Ceremonies

Gant G Laborde

Gant G Laborde

Infinite Red

Gant Laborde is an owner of Infinite Red, mentor, adjunct professor, published author, and award-winning speaker. For 20 years, he has been involved in software development and continues strong today. He is an “open sourcerer”, team leader, and aspires to one day become a mad scientist. He blogs, videos, and maintains popular repositories for the community. Follow Gant’s adventures at gantlaborde.com.

Schedule

8:00 am

Registration & Diversity Breakfast

Find your parking spot early and join us for a breakfast sponsored and hosted by Women Techmakers.

9:00 am

Welcome Address

9:10 am

Deployment 101 for Frontenders

Diana Rodríguez

We make amazing applications! how about the deployment process? Is there an easy way to get around shipping apps?. From a DevOps turned Frontend thanks to Vue.js learn quick ‘n easy ways to deploy your applications without frustration.

9:40 am

Modeling the conceptual structure of ffmpeg in JavaScript

Ryan Harvey

A core tool in many video developers’ workflows, ffmpeg has a frustratingly steep learning curve and a difficult syntax to master. Many video developers write code to automate ffmpeg runs, and Node.js is a popular way to do that. However, current JavaScript interfaces to ffmpeg do nothing to ease the underlying difficulty of the tool. In this talk, I’ll introduce you to a new library I’ve built for Node.js to make that process easier and lessen the learning curve, covering both conceptual structure and motivation, as well as practical examples.

10:10 am

Break

10:30 am

CSS For People That Hate CSS

Robin Dykema

What’s the difference between Flexbox and CSS grid? Should I use a preprocessor? Why is it so hard to center a <div>?! Can’t I just use Bootstrap or Materials UI instead? Learn the basics of CSS, along with strategies and resources for writing better CSS. *Hating CSS is not a prerequisite for attending this talk

11:05 am

Building Machine Learning Products with TensorFlow 2.0

Ekaba Bisong

The talk will cover the newly released TensorFlow 2.0 and its exciting features for developing machine learning models and deploying them for integration with software products. Some of these new features include using Keras as the core high-level API for model design, using FeatureColumns to parse data as input into Keras models, and the ease of training on distributed architectures and devices. In addition, the talk will highlight the TensorFlow Extended (TFX) toolset for deploying machine learning models as software products.

11:40 am

Help Keep the Internet Safe with WebAuthn

Jen Tong

Account takeovers continue to be part of major security incidents. Decades of password education haven't helped. Phishing campaigns have become more effective than ever. Sometimes it seems like we're losing. But there is hope! The WebAuthn protocol provides a stronger way for users to authenticate. It uses secure hardware and asymmetric cryptography to provide a strong addition to passwords, or a replacement. Best of all, it's easy to implement, and already widely supported. Come to this talk to learn how WebAuthn works, how you can use it yourself, and how to add support to your software.

12:10 pm

Lunch

1:45 pm

Serverless App Starter Kit: How to choose a cloud provider

Michelle Brenner

Serverless apps are everywhere these days, but how do you get started? How do you decide which provider to go with? I’ve done the work for you. I have created a simple app with AWS, Google Cloud & Microsoft Azure. I’ll compare how each one from an idea to a professional production pipeline.

2:15 pm

Break

2:35 pm

Reader Beware, Choose Your Own Scare...

Michael Solati

Everyone loves a good spooky story! (Or is cowering under their bed sheets… Either/or…) And what better to captivate the audience than letting them choose their own scare? We all can’t be in the same illustrious class of penmen as R.L. Stine, but we can create compelling experiences with tools such as Typeform! Code doesn’t always tell a compelling story, but conversational UIs developer with easy to use logic jumps can help you craft your own interactive adventure. See how to use the Typeform to give your conversational UIs a voice on the Google Assistant with Dialogflow. Now you can spread your stories reach to more than 500 million devices, including smart speakers, phones, cars, TVs, headphones, watches, and more.

3:10 pm

Awesome data visualization on the web with Google Maps Platform and Deck.gl

Alex Muramoto

The Google team recently announced initial support for the Deck.gl framework, which brings beautiful, WebGL-accelerated visualization of large data sets to Google Maps. In this talk we’ll look at how to integrate Deck.gl into maps on the web using the Maps JS API.

3:40 pm

Break

4:00 pm

Digital Ethics in an Unethical Era: How to Not Ruin The World

Sonia Gupta

As we become increasingly reliant upon digital infrastructure and software in all aspects of our lives, technologists hold the safety and well-being of humanity in our hands. In this talk, we’ll take a journey through the history of digital ethics and explore what it means for all of us as technologists today. We’ll also examine some of the technical and social aspects of maintaining an ethical infrastructure and software development practice. Knowing our history and current limitations will help us to ensure that we understand our obligation, as stewards of technology, to do no harm.

4:30 pm

Closing Address

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Organizers

Chris Guzman

Chris Guzman

Leafly

Chris Guzman is an Android developer and recovering Rails developer. He co-organizes GDG New Orleans. A recent transplant from Baltimore, he loves board games and all types of comedy.

Sia Karamalegos

Sia Karamalegos

Clio + Calliope

Sia Karamalegos is the founder and lead developer for Clio + Calliope. She is a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies, a Women Techmakers ambassador, and a co-organizer of GDG New Orleans.

Olivia Sabo-Rush

Olivia Sabo-Rush

iSeatz

Liv is a New Orleans based software engineer. She co-organizes GDG New Orleans and #FrontEndParty, and has a passion for UI/UX.

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