live@manning conferences: Women in Tech
live@manning conferences: Women in Tech ran on October 13, 2020.
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0:00 Finding your Community: Together we can be tech leaders of tomorrow | Sarah Kaiser, author of “Learn Quantum Computing with Python and Q#”


31:20 Algorithmic Engineering with Large Datasets | Dzejla Medjedovic, author of “Algorithms and Data Structures for Massive Datasets”


1:10:14 Building a Strong Data Science Portfolio | Emily Robinson, author of “Build a Career in Data Science” 


1:34:28 Path to your Dream job | Michelle Mannering


1:44:47 Earning your seat at the table – 5 tips for building successful career in tech as a woman | Anne Michels


2:13:26 A Career in Tech | Cornelia Davis, author of “Cloud Native Patterns”


2:58:11 Build a Chatbot in 20 minutes and What I Learned from Trying Different ML Libraries | Lizzie Siegel


3:26:33 Toxic workplaces, and the habits they push you into | Jamie Riedesel, author of “Software Telemetry”


3:55:57 Java Certifications as a path to career progression | Mala Gupta, author of ”Java SE 11 Programmer I Certification Guide”

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conference speakers
Cornelia Davis
Cornelia Davis is one of the lucky ones – she was introduced to technology quite by accident and at thirty years in, estimates she is about halfway through a career she could not imagine being more exciting and rewarding. A computer scientist by training and practice, she is one of those rare women who is still a practicing technologist this far into her career.

Cornelia has spent that career at the forefront of technological innovation, starting out doing image processing algorithm development, moving to web-centric computing in the late 1990s, and has now spent nearly the last decade working in cloud-native software and infrastructure (yes, including Kubernetes). She is the author of Cloud Native Patterns: Designing change tolerant software. Cornelia is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Weaveworks, the GitOps company.

Meeting the producers of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap in 2014 was an awakening for Cornelia – only then did she fully realize the systemic issues that were at the root of dwindling numbers of women in tech. Since then Cornelia has been actively engaged with programs such as Girls Who Code, and has become a more active mentor/mentee to/with a wide range of women in all phases of their career trajectory.
Cornelia Davis is the CTO at Weaveworks. A teacher at heart, she’s spent the last 25 years making good software and great software developers.
Marcia Villalba
As mobile has become the primary channel for engaging users, it’s critical that developers deliver applications with uncompromising user experience, performance, and scale. In this session I want to show you how to use AWS Amplify (mobile/web development tools and services), and AWS AppSync (managed GraphQL service) to develop, release, and operate cloud-powered applications. Also we will see how we can manage the lifecycle of the application when working with multiple persons in a team. And while we do all this we will be building a React application from scratch that will be available for everybody to try after the presentation is over.
Marcia Villalba is a senior full-stack developer. She has been designing and developing software professionally for over 10 years for well-known companies such as Rovio, IBM, and Nokia. Marcia has been working with AWS for more than 4 years and works daily with serverless technologies including AWS Lambda.
Jamie Riedesel
Toxic workplaces come in many kinds, and some are so sneaky you won’t know you were in one until you’re long gone. Abuse survival is like that sometimes. Time in the industry helps give you that baseline, but wouldn’t it be nice to know what to look for so you can stop being toxic too?

This talk will be going over various ways that workplaces can be toxic, the psychological safety techniques that work to survive them, and how to identify techniques you’ve picked up. Knowing toxic environment coping strategies helps you isolate the long-term damage, and gives you a leg up in relearning healthier techniques.
Jamie Riedesel is a staff engineer at Dropbox. She has over twenty years of experience in IT, working in both government, education, legacy companies, and startups. She has specialized in DevOps for the past decade, running distributed systems in public clouds and designing software telemetry architectures.
Dzejla Medjedovic
In this talk, we will look at the main techniques and algorithms useful for a software engineer working with large amounts of data, and how massive datasets are changing the algorithm and data structure design in modern software. The talk will first cover different ways in which big data creates bottlenecks in applications, and then offer a quick peek at the basic toolbox of practical data structures and algorithms that a data scientist, backend or data engineer can use when grappling with big datasets. The talk will show practical use cases from a number of different domains.
Dzejla Medjedovic earned her PhD in the Applied Algorithms Lab of the computer science department at Stony Brook University, NY in 2014. She has worked on a number of projects in algorithms for massive data, taught algorithms at various levels and also spent some time at Microsoft.
Sarah Kaiser
Technology can’t be developed in isolation, nor can we separate the tech from the people that develop it. The communities of people you connect with throughout your career will be one of the best resource you have to grow and develop as both a tech professional and human. I will talk a bit about how each of the different communities I have been a part of have shaped my career path and success. I will also give some tips on how we can be intentional about the communities we build and participate in so that they can be that critical resource to everyone.
Sarah Kaiser completed her PhD in physics (quantum information) at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing. She has spent much of her career developing new quantum hardware in the lab, from satellites to hacking quantum cryptography hardware. Communicating what is so exciting about quantum is her passion, and she loves finding new demos and tools to help enable the quantum community to grow. When not at the keyboard, she loves kayaking and writing books about engineering for kids.
Lizzie Siegle
Building a chatbot can be hard, and chatbots get stuck sometimes. Learn to build a chatbot for both the SMS and Voice platforms in 20 minutes using Twilio, Azure Cognitive Services, and JavaScript. The bot will be a hybrid where it offers a fallback option to connect the bot to a human should the bot get stuck. We will also cover lessons learned from using different ML libraries like Google Cloud, TensorFlow, IBM Watson, and more.

Lizzie serves developers in the Bay Area and beyond on Twilio’s developer evangelism team and previously studied Computer Science at Bryn Mawr. She likes Swift, JavaScript, and working with AI, but has been seen writing Python and Haskell. She also enjoys reading, tennis, ping pong, and all things Disney.

Anne Michels
With its reputation of being a ‘land of bros’, many women worry that it is difficult or even impossible for them to pursue a successful career in tech. While much has changed over the past few years, women – especially those early in career – can still find themselves in situations where they have to ‘earn a seat at the table’. In this session, Anne Michels, director at Microsoft, who has worked in tech for over 13 years, will share tips on how to build a successful career in tech as a woman – and why the seat at the table might not always be the right focus.

Anne Michels, director of marketing for Microsoft Teams Free, has been working in the tech industry for over 13 years – driving the marketing strategy for a variety of programs and products. She strongly believes that diversity and representation matter and wants to help women – especially those early in career – to pursue a successful career in tech. Anne holds a Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Bonn. She is fluent in German, English and Spanish, and lives with her family – her husband Michael and their daughter Tori – in Seattle.

Mala Gupta
Java certifications are valuable for developers and organizations around the world, but preparing for the certification exams can be a long and tedious process. This session will cover the relevance and benefits of Java Certifications, and how developers can get started on the path to Java Developer Certification by presenting fun-filled ways to sustain the process of preparing for the exam. The session provides interesting images, cartoon strips, and analogies that help clarify various concepts. The “”Twist in Tale”” section showcases how nearly identical pieces of code can yield different results. With “”Write Your Own Question,”” attendees gain insight into the thought process that goes into writing certification questions, while “”Aha Moments”” gives attendees the opportunity to share any flashes of insight they had during the session.
Mala Gupta is a Java coach and trainer, a developer advocate for Jetbrains, and a Java Champion. She holds multiple Java certifications, and since 2006, she has been actively supporting Java certification as a path to career advancement.
Laura "The VR Girl" Hall
In this presentation, Laura Hall discusses how important avatars are and how she built here entire brand around an avatar.
Laura Hall, also known as The Virtual Reality Girl, is a top VR live streamer. She has built very strong connections within the VR industry and has worked with VR studios across the globe successfully introducing their VR applications to thousands of people.
Marcy Boyle
Virtual reality is expected to grow to an $87 billion market by 2025. VR is currently being adopted in gaming, entertainment, education, and enterprise applications. How might VR change the way we live and work, and where? What opportunities lie ahead for the emerging immersive era?
Marcy Boyle, CEO and co-founder of Hot Bit VR, is excited by the opportunity to re-imagine shopping through VR/AR/XR technology. She was selected by Oculus for their Launch Pad program in 2016, and her VR experiences have been featured at festivals and platforms including FIVARS, VRUK, SamsungVR. Hot Bit has been featured in Entrepreneur, Fox News, and delivered VR live streams for the Emmy Awards, and a futurist themed debate series on Microsoft’s Altspace. She is a frequent speaker on virtual reality, including talks at Augmented World Expo, KAIST University, Carnegie Mellon, ZDnet’s Tonya Hall Show, Digital Hollywood, and currently writes about immersive technology for the Transformative Technology Lab. Marcy graduated from Barnard College, Columbia U. and volunteers for Pledge LA, and the Black Technology Mentorship Program.
Emily Robinson
As data science explodes in popularity, more and more people are vying for entry-level data science jobs. How can you stand out from the crowd? If you’re a junior or mid-level data scientist, how can you continue to grow your skills, meet other data scientists, and share what you’ve learned? In this talk, Emily will show you how you can make a strong data science portfolio, including by giving talks, contributing to other’s open source projects, writing tutorials, and building side projects, that will accelerate your career.
Emily works at Warby Parker as a senior data scientist on a centralized team tackling some of the company’s biggest projects. Previously she was at DataCamp, where she built and ran their experimentation analytics system, and at Etsy, where she worked with their search team to design, implement, and analyze experiments.
Michelle Mannering
Come hear about Mish’s career journey in tech, how she got there, be inspired by her story, and learn tips and tricks on how to navigate your path. Also find out why it’s important to have women in tech in the first place.
Michelle is a highly motivated, curious and compassionate leader with a keen interest in driving entrepreneurial culture and pioneering Melbourne’s esports industry. She has founded several tech companies and, as a result, sits at the forefront of this city’s science, tech, esports and startup scenes.
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