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ConvergeSE 2012 schedule

Friday 27th April 2012

  • Welcome Keynote and Introductions

    by Leslie Jensen-Inman

    At 9:00am to 9:30am, Friday 27th April

  • Building Mobile Apps With The Tools You Already Have

    by Greg Lunn

    Greg will show you how he goes about building apps for mobile devices using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, covering mobile websites, web apps, and using tools like PhoneGap to create true native apps.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Friday 27th April

  • Get Kicktastic

    by Nate Croft and Jonathan Longnecker

    If you are doing amazing work and still not getting the kind of jobs you want, we'll be covering what we did to clear that hurdle and start getting the kind of opportunities we wanted. Come along for a mad dash through branding, marketing, getting talked about, and making more money. You'll leave with things to do and not just things to think about and forget when you get home.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Friday 27th April

  • HTML5

    by J Cornelius

    HTML5 isn't just about markup; there's a lot more to care about. This talk will cover "why" you should be using HTML5 today.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Friday 27th April

    Coverage slide deck

  • Node.js

    by Tom Wilson

    Tom will take you through an introduction on how to create simple Node.js backend systems.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Friday 27th April

    Coverage slide deck

  • Usability Testing Approaches

    by Jenn Downs

    How to do usability testing. In person, remote and some other scrappy approaches for your design work.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Friday 27th April

    Coverage slide deck

  • CoffeeScript

    by Jed Schneider

    CoffeeScript is a language that compiles to JavaScript, built to take advantage of all of JavaScripts good parts, and trying to mitigate the bad. This session is a hands on coding exploration into the features of CoffeeScript focusing on some of the best reasons to adopt a language like CoffeeScript for your JavaScript needs.

    At 11:15am to 12:30pm, Friday 27th April

  • Could Asking Questions be the Answer?

    by Nicole Z Cendrowski

    We know that we should ask good, compelling questions during meetings with potential clients. But, which questions actually matter? If you’ve found yourself justifying, defending and explaining why you or your firm should be hired, you’re following your prospect’s buying process instead of your own. In this workshop, you will learn how to qualify the potential client harder than they’re qualifying you, and how to ask the questions that matter most. If you’re comfortable in your own skin and operate without a high need for approval, this workshop could be your answer.

    At 11:15am to 12:30pm, Friday 27th April

  • CSS3: Adaptive Images in Responsive Web Design

    by Christopher Schmitt

    The open web doesn’t stop at our desktop. Smart phones and tablets not only contain more computing power and better browsers than the computers that started the Internet economy, they have better displays. In this session, we work through tips and tricks to develop future friendly images in our sites and apps.

    At 11:15am to 12:30pm, Friday 27th April

  • Mobile Design Process

    by Jason VanLue

    Designing for mobile environments is essential in today's world, and as such should be a high priority in your workflow. Mobile design can't be an afterthought, it requires careful planning and an intentional approach. In this workshop Jason VanLue will walk through an effective mobile design process from start to finish, where you'll learn practical tips and design examples that you can apply to your next mobile project.

    At 11:15am to 12:30pm, Friday 27th April

    Coverage slide deck

  • Typography

    by Chandler VDW

    Exploring typography and it's design from print to the web.

    At 11:15am to 12:30pm, Friday 27th April

    Coverage slide deck

  • Ambient Accountability: The Jellyfish Work Model

    by Carl Smith

    Carl reveals the potential of the revolutionary "Jellyfish Work Model" model and uncovers how it has the ability to change the face of work—and the world—as we know it.

    At 2:00pm to 3:15pm, Friday 27th April

  • Conceptual Design: An Approach

    by Giovanni DiFeterici

    Giovanni will discuss how you can approach conceptual or idea driven design projects and produce work that will be legendary.

    At 2:00pm to 3:15pm, Friday 27th April

  • CSS/SASS/Frameworks

    by Robert Pearce

    This workshop will take you through utilizing CSS Frameworks (960, BootStrap, etc...) in your workflow and dig into some advanced CSS things like nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance.

    At 2:00pm to 3:15pm, Friday 27th April

  • Identity is more than just a login: Exploring the depths of identity and personalization.

    by Jonathan LeBlanc

    Every identity service out there portrays themselves to be the be-all end-all of identity, providing some mechanism that was previously unheard of. The truth of the matter is that user authentication is simply the very shallow foundation of user identity online. The true personalization information, the core to a person’s online personality and interests, is in their online actions and groupings, after being identified.

    This workshop will dive into the depths of how a person can be identified online, allowing for the delivery of highly personalized experiences. This will cover a few topics, including:

    • Building the identity foundation using authentication systems like BrowserID, PayPal Access and Facebook Connect.
    • Understanding how cultural identity concepts like tribalism play into how people group themselves innately online.
    • Building personality and interest profiles for users by tracking actions using keyword density scraping and categorization.

    At 2:00pm to 3:15pm, Friday 27th April

    Coverage slide deck

  • Identity: Exploring the depths of identity and personalization

    by Jonathan LeBlanc

    This workshop will dive into the depths of how a person can be identified online, allowing for the delivery of highly personalized experiences.

    At 2:00pm to 3:15pm, Friday 27th April

  • Immersive Mobile Experiences

    by Wren Lanier

    This workshop will go beyond grids, icons, and interface guidelines and explore ways you can create more powerful and engaging user experiences for mobile apps. Wren will discuss designing with gestures, prototyping, and strategies for selling your designs to clients and stakeholders.

    At 2:00pm to 3:15pm, Friday 27th April

  • Beyond Native: Mobile Development with HTML5

    by Hunter Loftis

    Skookum Digital Work's Director of Engineering, Hunter Loftis, will discuss HTML5, Hybrid, and Native mobile application development options. Yes, you, John Q Web Developer, might just be the best equipped person in the room to create lasting mobile application experiences.

    At 3:30pm to 4:45pm, Friday 27th April

    Coverage slide deck

  • Breaking Free from jQuery

    by Dustan Kasten

    Skookum Digital Work's Dustan Kasten will help us explore Ender.js and the micro-framework movement that might allow alternative jQuery options. We'll also go into detail about the pros and cons of jQuery and how to leverage its strengths while mitigating its weaknesses.

    At 3:30pm to 4:45pm, Friday 27th April

  • Death to wireframes, long live rapid prototyping

    by Bermon Painter

    We'll explore a handful of prototyping tools, talk about some handy tips and tricks, and even talk about my favorite prototyping tool, the always fabulous HTML/CSS/JavaScript combo, with their friend, the web browser.

    At 3:30pm to 4:45pm, Friday 27th April

    Coverage slide deck

  • Polyglot Rejected & Computer Science Foundations

    by markgunnels and Jason Dew

    The advantages of a single programming language for web development.

    Computer Science Foundations
    We understand so little about how the computing devices we use on a daily basis work. In this workshop, we will explore the fundamentals of computers from the ground up. Looking at how information is represented and how it is processed. From binary numbers to Turing machines, we'll take a whirlwind tour of the foundations of computer science.

    At 3:30pm to 4:45pm, Friday 27th April

    Coverage slide deck

  • Startups for Starters

    by Assaf Weinberg

    You have a business idea for the next killer app. You're smart, you're passionate, you have money... but you're not a developer. How do you go from idea to business without losing your shirt. In this interactive workshop, we'll talk about what every entrepreneur needs to know about navigating the world of developers and the development process.

    At 3:30pm to 4:45pm, Friday 27th April

Saturday 28th April 2012