Seattle 2013

9:00a – 9:45a Victor Agreda Jr. – Magic and Technology
10:00a – 10:45a Robi Ganguly – How training for and running a marathon prepared me for the job of startup CEO
11:00a – 11:45a Kirby Turner – Underworking
Most Americans are overworked. This is true whether working for “the man” or working for yourself. But Kirby Turner says, “No more!” to being overworked. Instead, this self-proclaimed workaholic chooses to underwork, and spend more time doing what he enjoys, from spending time with his family to thru hiking the Long Trail. Kirby talks about his journey from working long hours for startups and Wall Street to underworking for himself…and enjoying life to its fullest.
12:00p – 1:30p
Special lunch presentation from Josh Michaels 1:00 – 1:30- Tales from Indie Tech SupportFor all the joys of running an indie business one of the challenges that can be hard to escape is handling technical support. Whether it’s angry customers encountering bugs or people who just can’t seem to understand the simplest instructions, it can be easy to get frustrated and want to take it out on the customer. In this talk Josh will discuss what it’s like doing support for his own apps showing countless examples of situations funny and not so funny that have popped up over the years. Even if you don’t have to do your own support, there’s a lot to learn from what it’s like working the front lines.
1:45p – 2:30p Michelle Yaiser – Which one doesn’t belong
When Michelle tells people that she’s a developer, race car driver, clarinetist, and dancer, most people look confused and respond, “But they’re all so different…” Yet to her, they are all connected. She’s learned that everything you do in life should make you better — at everything you do. You can use one area of your life as a source of inspiration in another, a reason to think differently, and a trigger to ask new questions. Allowing the lines separating different parts of life to blur can lead to happiness and success.
3:00p – 5:00p Group Outing
The whole group will board a duck and unwind on a tour of Seattle and the harbor in a WWII amphibious boat/car. The Tour will start and end right at the Triple Door!
6:00p – 8:00p Reception/Dinner
Announced Closer to the Event
9:30a – 9:45a John Wilker – Why 360|intersect
John opens Sunday with a short talk about why 360|intersect, what his goal is, why the event is important, and you know… life in general. It’ll be worth getting up a bit early on a Sunday for :)
10:00a – 10:45a Doug McCune – Physical Maps – From Digital to Analog
I’ve been making digital maps for the past 5 years, but pixels on the screen are getting boring. I’ll be exploring physical experiments that turn geographic data into physical objects. What would a map of sex offenders feel like if you could hold it in your hand? Can we evoke more emotion with a physical representation of a homicide map? Techniques used will include 3D printing, laser cutting, and good old fashioned manual labor with a hacksaw.
11:00a – 11:45a Team Sphero – Why a Robot Ball?
Haven’t seen or played with a sphero? There’ll be a few to play with and explore at the event, but Jon will be talking about the increasing popularlity of robots tied to Bluetooth and mobile devices.
12:00p – 1:00p LUNCH
1:00p – 1:45p Josh Michaels – Live your dream NOW
Josh Michaels is an independent app developer and photographer whose greatest accomplishment has been getting by for over 4 years without a job. Josh created the artistic apps Magic Window, Earthlapse, and Tahoe Blue for iOS and Mac as well as the deviant 4X platinum hit Ow My Balls! In addition to taking pictures and making apps Josh applies his passion for software art to the pop-up iPad art show “Future/Canvas” which will be on display at the event.In this talk Josh will take you on a journey from frustrated Microsoft employee to freebird software artist with many interesting stops along the way including the creation of the first ever iPad art show. If you’ve dreamt of leaving your job to follow your dreams but have never quite been able to make it happen this talk is for you.
2:00p – 2:45p Mike Lee – Insane and Back Again.
Just a few years ago, Mike Lee was a perfectly sane, if slightly flamboyant, Apple engineer. That is, until he ventured from the hallowed halls of Infinite Loop to see a bit of the world.What followed was a multi-year adventure of meeting new people, having new experiences, and being exposed to new ideas.There’s no sense putting yourself out there if you aren’t willing to let yourself be a little “out there,” suspending disbelief and rational thought, at least for a little while.

But all such periods must come to an end, and when they do, we’re left wondering what was real, what really happened, and what, if anything, any of it means.

We’ll explore the spiritual side of programming, looking at the universe and our place within it, as App Makers, as engineers, as artists.

Join the World’s Toughest Programmer in this unique and candid look at technology from the edge of insanity, at the only technology conference in the world where “the crazy ones” are still welcome.

3:30p – 6:00p Straggler dinner/ Wrap up fun at Mama’s Mexican Kitchen.


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