Thunder Plains Developer Conference
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Located at theDevon Boathouse in downtown Oklahoma City
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Women in Tech Panel
Ofi is the President of Nerdy Girls, a group for local women to meet and share ideas and creativity. Ofi is also a developer for Quail Creek Bank, and a diehard Star Wars fan. Follow her on Twitter
Hailing from Tulsa, Trisha is a front end developer and true champion for web accessibility. In addition to her work on the WordPress Accessibility Team, she also works with Modern Tribe to drive improvement initiatives for The Events Calendar suite of plugins.
Susan is a web developer based in Oklahoma City. She is a front-end developer at BigWing Interactive. Susan completed her Bachelor's degree at Oklahoma State University in political science. She is a frequent speaker at RefreshOKC, a web design group in Oklahoma City.
Brittany is a developer located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a member of Tulsa Web Devs, and has spoken at Tulsa Tech Fest.
Matt is a developer for Hobby Lobby in Oklahoma City. He is also a co-organizer for Code for OKC and an open-source enthusiast.
Seth is a Wichita, KS based web application developer with a focus on community and civic tech. He works full time for The OpenGov Foundation and helps organize two Wichita community groups, Open Wichita and devICT.
Beth is a Rails developer in Tulsa at Shipzen. She is a member of Tulsa Web Devs and built Votebyte, an iOS app to track elections and improve voter turnout.
Catherine is a developer in Oklahoma City and a co-organizer for Code for OKC. She is a developer and currently works as a project manager for Praeses.
Carlos is a digital strategist for Dreamclinic Creative, as well as a co-captain of Code for Tulsa. Carlos is also a board member for Smart Growth Tulsa.
At the intersection of computer science and statistics lies machine learning, using applied statistics as a framework to let your application teach itself how to recognize patterns. This talk covers everything from simple regression analysis to natural language processing to deep neural network learning. Learn how to take advantage of one of the most powerful tools in the tech landscape.
Frank D. Evans is a Data Scientist with Exaptive. He primarily works with machine learning and feature engineering using big data systems, specializing in unstructured and semi-structured data. His interests span natural language processing, political analysis, and building semi-supervised machine learning applications. Frank has a BS in Quantitative Social Science from St. Gregory’s University and a Master’s Specialization in Data Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is a co-founder and organizer of the Oklahoma City Big Data User Group.
Underneath every breakout website or app is a horizontally scaling back-end, but how do we get from a single process Node.js server to a highly-available, auto-scaling system? In this talk, we’ll take a high level look at a full production stack before getting our hands dirty with the secret sauce: Node.js, WebSockets and Redis. Through a live coding demo, you’ll learn how to take a single-server app and scale it infinitely. Walk away with a better conceptual understanding of high-scale web systems and practical tools to start implementing these techniques in your own projects today.
James Simpson has spent the greater part of his life pushing the web forward by challenging what is possible in a browser. As founder of GoldFire Studios, he has focussed on real-time gaming, high scalability/performance and one of the largest HTML5 canvas games ever built. He is also passionate about open-source as the author of several projects, including the popular howler.js audio library.
I write web code at Mozilla. I organize some local tech communities:
- Tulsa Web Devs' mission is to make Tulsa on of the greatest cities in the world for web developers.
- Code for Tulsa is our Code for America Brigade.
- Techlahoma is a sate-wide foundation to support grassroots technology communities.
Testing the Web for Accessibility: Free Tools and Techniques that Won't Break the (Resource) Bank
Making the web accessible to people with disabilities is fundamental to the web itself. An accessible web extends opportunities for learning, teaching, working and participating to a larger audience that traditionally faces barriers to access at every turn. You may be good with accessibility already. Some headings here, some alt attributes there. A good start. But how does that work on accessibility actually change things for people with disabilities? Part of the answer lies in testing sites and applications to identify barriers to access. Developing accessible applications is a lot easier if you can work some testing into your development workflow without adding loads of time or money to the process. This session will teach you how you can use a few tools and techniques to diagnose lots of barriers to access that your users with disabilities encounter. As you learn about some of the tools, you will also learn more about what makes the web more accessible.
Rob Carr is the Accessibility Coordinator for Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Oklahoma's Assistive Technology Act Program, housed at Oklahoma State University. Rob helps organizations to embrace inclusion through technology and to stop digital discrimination. He trains and guides state agencies, higher education institutions and the occasional private sector partner to make accessibility efforts into sustainable programs. From high-level topics like accessibility in procurement and building accessibility initiatives to the nuts and bolts of PDF and web accessibility, Rob makes accessibility something that organizations can fit into their existing operations. Rob also speaks at local and national conferences on various accessibility-related topics and spearheads ABLE Tech's web and technology accessibility efforts.
This talk will discuss how to shift culture to give application security the attention that it needs and how to adopt a continuous security process for your team, one that isn't obstructive and annoying but enabling so you can write better, more secure software.
Adam Baldwin is the Chief Security Officer at &yet and the Team Lead at ^lift security where he helps developers secure all the web things! He is the Founder of the Node Security Project & talks about node security non-stop. In his free time Adam enjoys doing basically the exact same stuff he does for work, also raising chickens, and spending as much time as possible with his wife and 2 children.
React + ES.next = ♥
Ben is a Christian, a husband and a father with over 10 years of experience developing for the Web. He currently is a Senior UI Engineer on Eventbrite’s Frontend Platform team. On the side, Ben also enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, and blogging (benmvp.com) / tweeting (@benmvp) about his experiences with new web development technologies.
Lon is a Principal UI Engineer at RetailMeNot. He is fascinated with applying ideas from systems research to the challenge of building cool complicated things on the web.
Kassandra Perch is a dev evangelist at Auth0. She is currently studying Engineering at Arizona State University. Kassandra is also a gamer, catparent, and NodeBots author/addict.
Check out some videos from last yearThunder Plains 2015
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This year we gave away 10 free tickets to attend ThunderPlains as part of our scholorship program.