Billy Hollis

Just how fast are your current platforms and processes becoming obsolete? Possibly faster than you imagine. New platforms, such as Google Flutter, the Uno Platform, and Zoho Creator, are challenging the monolithic way we produce apps now. New cloud-based capabilities promise to transform the architecture of your apps, and allow capabilities in them that would have been impossible just a few years ago. In this session, Billy Hollis will ask you to question just about everything you do in developing apps, and help you see some of the ways you can prepare for the inevitable changes coming in software development. And he'll do it with his trademark humor, so that you'll have fun along the way.

About Billy

Billy Hollis is a UX generalist, developer, software architect, author, and long-time speaker at major tech conferences. He leads a team of world-class native client developers at Next Version Systems, where the team creates and implements trailblazing UX designs for companies from Fortune 100 down to medium-sized technology companies. Billy has been recognized by Microsoft both in their prestigious, business-oriented Regional Director program, and was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) awardee for fifteen years. He has also done video courses for Pluralsight and LinkedIn Learning.

Billy Hollis

Nate Taylor

This talk explores the role of software engineering in human flourishing. You’ll learn how the software you write today impacts the lives of your users, and how you can make that better. You’ll also learn ways to improve interactions with your team, considering them not just as coworkers but also people.

About Nate

Armed with over 15 years of experience and a passion for his profession, Nate is no stranger to developing quality software applications. He applies his expertise in C++, Java, .Net and JavaScript, and his focus on test driven development (TDD) and clean code, to write revenue-generating applications. Nate has the expertise to work solo and the personality to work alongside a larger team. His work positively impacts a variety of industries, from small startups to Fortune 50 businesses. When he’s not working at Aviture, speaking at a conference, or creating courses on Pluralsight, you can find Nate training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and spending time with his wife, kids and herds of cats, rabbits and other pets at home.

Nate Taylor

Ash Banaszek

UX is an expanding and evolving field. You'll see UX titles like Generalist, Strategist, Researcher, Designer, or Architect. Who are these people? What do they do? And why is any of this needed anyway? In this talk, Ash will introduce you to the field of user experience, why it exists, what roles there are, and how to get a better experience out of your products.

About Ash

I am a senior UXer at Union Pacific in Omaha with over half a decade of experience in the UX field. I love melding psychology and technology; that's why I love the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience. Whether it be guest lecturing at universities, training co-workers, or speaking at tech conferences, I love to teach and try to keep my sessions as interesting as possible. At my sessions you will be asked thoughtful questions, come away with some useful information, and (perhaps) leave entertained.

Ash Banaszek

Keith Elder

I threw away my resume 13 years ago, and haven't looked back. Why? I'm all-in on my workplace culture. What would it take for you to plant your roots and be all-in? Research shows, for most technologists, the key is an outstanding workplace environment and a culture that helps them thrive and promotes work-life balance. Join me for a story-filled keynote about the importance of culture and why you (and your company) should place more emphasis on it, so your team members can throw away their resume and be all-in.

About Keith

Keith Elder is the Senior Technology Evangelist at Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender based in Detroit, MI. He is an experienced technologist, systems administrator, software engineer, speaker, trainer and all around geek. He has spoken throughout the United States at major technical conferences on topics ranging from various new technologies, software architectures and soft skills. For over 12+ years he lead the Engineering Tools team as the Director of Software Engineering within Quicken Loans. When not sitting in front of a computer he spends the majority of his time as captain of the vessel Sea Sharp navigating the waters in the Gulf of Mexico in search of large pelagic fish. You can read more about Keith’s interests, hobbies, rants and raves on his blog at http://keithelder.net/ and follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/keithelder.

Keith Elder

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