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Favorite sessions for this user

* A Community-Driven Future for Open Data Kit (ODK)

Open Data Kit (ODK) replaces paper surveys with smartphones. ODK tools are open-source and are primarily used by social good organizations to collect data quickly, accurately, offline, and at scale. ODK has been used to collect billions of data points around the world. In this talk, Yaw Anokwa and Hélène Martin, two of the leaders of the ODK community discuss the problems that inspired ODK’s design, demonstrate the impact the tools are having, and describe how the Open Source Bridge community can contribute to an open-source, community-driven future for mobile data collection tools.
Activism
Yaw Anokwa, Hélène Martin

* Real Life Experiences Balancing a Viable Vendor Eco-system with Open Source Community

Experiences balancing Open Source Community and a viable vendor/consultancy model to promote a sustainable eco-system.
Culture
Tony McCormick

* The Hardest Problem in Tech(nical Interviewing) is People: The personal skills in interviewing

Technical interviews can be intimidating, but it’s easier if you have confidence in yourself and your ability to answer complicated questions. The hardest questions are not about sorting algorithms, but how you’ll work in a team, how you’ll resolve conflicts, and what it will be like to manage and work with you. This workshop exists to address the skills and theories of presenting yourself as confident, capable, and coachable.
Culture
Carol Smith, Heidi Waterhouse

* The Set of Programmers: How Math Restricts Us

People new to programming often have to work through barriers of language and learning in order to become proficient and being contributing. Does one of those barriers need to be one's math skills? Most schools and textbooks seem to think so. Let's discuss how we're introducing new developers to programming and whether we can make it more inclusive by removing the mathematics and replacing it with logic.
Culture
Carol Smith

Favorite proposals for this user

* Nice 'Gestures' via FOSS and ML

While movies like Harry Potter and Iron Man taught us many things, the only lesson that stood out for me was "there are really cool ways to interact with things around us". A missing piece of the puzzle to convert our hands into wands is gestures. There has been an incredible rise in the number and types of proprietary products for virtual reality, augmented reality and smart home systems in the last couple of years. However, the corporate atmosphere and market competition has stymied the true potential of such devices and they often restrict users, developers and hackers to a particular platform. I believe FOSS, a place where collaboration over competition is the driving force, is the key to 'alohomora' the doors to the next level of HCI. I hope you'll join me as I talk about one step in this direction!
Hacks 2017-04-01 06:39:56 +0000
Mayank Sharma