CONNECT 2016 focuses on technical and career development sessions, bringing together industry speakers, tech influencers and entrepreneurs who are dedicated to advancing the growth of technical women.  

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Nandini Ramani, VP of Engineering at Twitter

Regina Wallace-Jones, Head of Security Operations at Facebook

Alaina Percival, CEO at Women Who Code 

Mike Curtis, VP of Engineering at Airbnb
 

TECH TALKS

Liz Rush (Algorithmia) - Challenging & Democratizating Algorithm Development

Olivia Waring (Microsoft) - Abstract voodoo or real-world technological powerhouse? Quantum computing demystified

Yana Bernadskaya (Microsoft) - Bridging a gap between design and engineering

Michele Titolo (Capital One) - APIs: The good, The bad, The ugly

Lauren Cipicchio (Bridgewater) - Stop Trying To Be Clever: Constructing Readable Algorithms

Rabeb Othmani (MixRadio) Give A Girl The Right Tools And She Can Share Code And Build Native Mobile Experiences  

Joanna Hatter (CommerceHub) - Advantages and Challenges of Single Sign On

Tasneem Minadakis (Yelp) Monitoring

Haley Elder (DealerSpike) - Craft & Code :: JavaScript Loops and Understanding Knitting Patterns

Neha Batra (Pivotal Labs) - Pair Programming: 2 > 1 +1

Mary Hamilton (Accenture) - Empowering Workers with Machine Intelligence

Kinnary Jangla (UBER) - Strategic Growth in Tech

Alice Steinglass (Code.org); Anna Steffeny (LeaveLogic) - Motherhood and Tech

 

TECH WORKSHOPS

Katie Hempenius (Fitbit) - Setting Sail With Docker

Ona Anicello (Microsoft) - User Centered Design, Mobile Prototyping & User Research

Nadia Yudina (The Barbarian Group) - Hands-on game development with Scene Kit

Erica Stanley (WWCode) - Prototyping for IoT

Amanda Casari (Concur Technologies) & Deborah Siegel (University of Washington - Center for Mendelian Genomics) - Apache Spark for Everyone

April King (Mozilla Corporation) - Introduction to Let's Encrypt!

Mary Anthony (Docker) - Whales, Clouds, and Bubbles (Docker Workshop)

Wendy Grus (INRIX) - Introduction to Python

Ke Cheng (Capital One) - React Native: Native Apps with JavaScript

Emiko Hori (CommerceHub) - Fun in Gerrit Code Review / Git integration with CI

Clarissa San Diego (Particle) - IoT Workshop

 

CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Laura Bellamy (VMWare) - Discover Your Strengths

Janina Kutyn (Silicon Sweetheart) - Passing the Technical Interview

Zoe Madden-Wood (Carbon 5) - Networking? Pshah! Network Weaving

Sweety Chauhan (Microsoft) - Salary Negotiation

Vinu Charanya (Twitter) - That first job switch: Moving from a startup to a big company

Natalya Shelburne (Rooster Teeth) - Waste your time: Catch up and keep up in tech

Kranthi Meka (Visa) - Body Language for Coders

Tasneem Minadakis (Yelp) - “Emotional 360” - Art to Interviewing

Tara Hernandez (Linden Lab) - "Yes I have ovaries" and other great moments towards building an inclusive work environment

Rebekah Bastian (Zillow) - Speak Up! The Importance of Joining the Conversation and Asking for What You Want  

Joey Rosenberg (WWCode) - Becoming a Leader with WWCode

Emily Carrion (Apptentive) - Use Informal Mentorship to Catapult Your Caree

Lori Hill (NBCUniversal) - Returning to a tech career - my journey

Tia Over (The Mathews Group) - Talk engineering to me

Elizabeth Ferrao (WWCode NYC) - Managing Your Technical Career

Fiona Tay (Airbnb) - From College to Airbnb: Thriving In Hypergrowth

Amber Tanaka (Barton Health) Non-traditional coding opportunities in a traditional organization

Maira Benjamin (Pandora)30 Years a Tech Woman

Tara MacLean (Plex) -Side Fling or Main Squeeze

 

PANELISTS

Surabhi Gupta - Engineering Manager at Airbnb

Mary Hamilton - Managing Director, Digital Experiences R&D Lead at Accenture

Lily Chang - VMWare Engineering VP

Carlye Greene - Senior Manager National Partnerships at Capital One

Kim Snipes - VP of Consumer Products & Operations Technology at Capital One

Zassmin Montes de Oca - Chief Maker at WWCode

Alaina Percival - CEO at WWCode

Jennifer Tacheff - VP of Business Development at WWCode


All speaker applications were reviewed using a gender-blind application process. Any information provided by a potential speaker, which could contain gender data (as name, image etc.) was treated as additional information. 

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