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Location: D136
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Average rating: ****.
(4.92, 40 ratings)
The class explores seven basic principles of good presentation, covering preparation, content selection, delivery techniques, and handling questions (or the lack thereof). It also explores a dozen simple and practical techniques for making your slides not suck. Read more.
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Location: D136
Wade Minter (TeamSnap), Mark Cornick (TeamSnap), Emily Dobervich (TeamSnap)
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 14 ratings)
Getting everyone in your company or development team on the same page can be a challenge. Back for a second year, this on-your-feet workshop will teach fast, fun improv techniques for helping your group to bond as a team. Learn the secrets of improv-based team building from two professionals who have decades of experience working in open source, Internet start-ups and corporate training. Read more.
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Location: D138
Mary Jane Kelly (Casaba Security)
Average rating: ****.
(4.10, 10 ratings)
Long have people dreamed of finding psychokinetic powers. From ancient mythology to the Uncanny X-Men, mental superpowers have been the stuff of legend. Now, with an Arduino and an EEG sensor headset, the amazing power of telekinesis can be yours! Read more.
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Location: D138
Brian Capouch (Saint Josephs College)
Pastfinder is a prototype system developed by the software engineering class at Saint Joseph's College to keep track of a wide variety of geolocated historical assets. Based on Open Source tools, it was used to develop an online "virtual cemetery" which represents Independence Cemetery, a large pioneer graveyard in Jasper County, Indiana. Read more.
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Location: D138
Brian Fitzpatrick (Google, Inc.), Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.62, 16 ratings)
We often hear engineers lament how hard it is to get anything done inside of a big company. The trick to overcoming this is to know the right people, understand how power flows in the organization, and, most importantly, what you can get away with and when. We'll help you understand the human element of navigating companies both big and small through a series of (hopefully) amusing anecdotes. Read more.
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Location: D138
Nóirín Plunkett (Eucalyptus Systems), Michael Schwern (eval Empire)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 8 ratings)
This year's college students never had a Commodore 64 - it had been discontinued before they were born. They've grown up with the internet and Google - they're smart, and they're already coding. This talk looks at how we can make open source relevant to the Facebook generation, how our communities can adapt to recognize their itches, and how we can benefit from their insight and work. Read more.
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Location: Portland 256
Keith Fahlgren (Safari Books Online)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 5 ratings)
Modern developers use an ever-expanding set of online tools to help them solve problems, develop skills, and get their work done. Analyzing the usage data from one of these tools reveals a surprising amount about emerging technologies and how some developers are learning more effectively. Read more.
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Location: D138
Allison Randal (DrugDev, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 10 ratings)
Inspired by a friend's X10-wired house in the 1990's, this talk is a modern take on the "smart home", searching for a more organic connection to our digital selves. Read more.
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Location: F151
Brian King (Briks Software), Benjamin Kerensa (Mozilla)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
Grow, Grow, Grow! People are the life-blood of Open Source Communities. Mozilla has always recognised this in regards to their own success, and are now undertaking a project to expand the community even further with the Mozilla Reps program. This talk will discuss the successes and challenges we have had, and our plans for continued momentum. Read more.
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Location: D138
Andy Smith (Rackspace)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
Long before WoW and whatever else the kids are playing these days, we had telnet and multi-user dungeons with huge expansive worlds, clever writing and tons of charm. People still use IRC, why not MUDs? As a huge fan of the genre I wanted to write my own, this is my journey. Read more.

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