This is the week of white death, winter storms, and snowpacolypse.  Once again, someone invited an awesome snow storm to our area to join us at CodeMash, but I’m not going to let that stop me.

This year, I am honored to be giving two of my favorite talks at CodeMash.  Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m talking about….

The UX Toolbelt for Developers
Thursday, January 8, 2015 in Nile at 8:00am

The basic premise of this talk is that most UX talks I’ve seen are given by designers or UX specialists.  However, as a developer, I’ve found that their talks seem to lack a strong connection to the development world.  So this talk was created to bridge that gap.  This talk is given by a developer for developers, in hopes that the developers learn how to work with the business better and more efficiently, and in the process of doing that, the development process becomes a bit happier and easier.

The actual abstract is…

When people hear the term user experience (UX), many automatically assume it’s a thing for only designers to understand. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Throughout the development of a product – be it an application or a website, it is important to keep the end users in mind. In the beginning, identify the target users and bond with them. Empathy for the end user goes a long way in development, as this talk will show. Interviewing, personas, usability testing, and refactoring are some of the tools that developers can wield while crafting solutions. “The UX Toolbelt for Developers” will show developers how to take advantage of these UX concepts to become better developers.

The History of Women in Tech
Thursday, January 8, 2015 in Sagewood/Zebrawood at 3:30pm

Long ago, in my dorm room at the University of Toledo, I wondered about female role models in the computing realm.  Even though I was active in ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery), I still didn’t find a lot of resources for female role models.  It wouldn’t be until after I graduated where I started to identify women in tech, and the more I looked, the more I found.  This talk will show many of the significant contributions in tech from some of the popular ladies in the past to some surprises.

This talk was originally delivered at Strangeloop 2013 at the Peabody Opera House, center stage during lunch.  It has been given at many conferences since then, and this particular version has at least a half dozen more ladies than the ones mentioned in the abstract on the CodeMash site.  This talk has been revamped specifically for CodeMash 2015, with an interesting road ahead.

Special Thanks

I have no idea who for sure is on the speaker selection committee, but whoever was on it this year… thanks for the opportunities to give these talks.  I’m looking forward to the drive through the snowpacolypse to deliver these fun talks!