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Friday, February 16
 

4:00pm

Pillar Registration
Friday February 16, 2018 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Entrance B

4:00pm

Satellite Check-In
Friday February 16, 2018 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Entrance B

6:00pm

Band
Friday February 16, 2018 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

6:00pm

6:20pm

Welcome Message
Friday February 16, 2018 6:20pm - 6:30pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

6:30pm

Pillarcoin
Introducing Pillarcoin, the agile crypto currency to bring the excitement of wagering to your pairing process.

Speakers
avatar for Christoph

Christoph

Craftsman


Friday February 16, 2018 6:30pm - 6:35pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

6:35pm

"Superpowers" And "Kryptonite"
Everyone we meet knows something we don't, and everyone we meet needs something WE know. In this speedy intro, I use the example of two cognitive conditions -- synesthesia and prosopagnosia -- that both bolster and limit me. By heightening our awareness of the "superpowers" and "Kryptonite" that everyone carries each day, we heighten our empathy as consultants and human beings.

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen McNeely

Gretchen McNeely

User experience, information architecture, content strategy, naming / labeling, interviewing methods, research frameworks and analysis, LGBT topics, diversity and inclusion, growth and business development, cocktails.


Friday February 16, 2018 6:35pm - 6:40pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

6:40pm

Speed To Value: Lessons From The Drum Stalk
Speed to Value: Lessons from the Drum Stalk

In 2007, I went to 5-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten's Bass and Nature Camp. I spent a week with 60 other bassists to learn from the best. The very first lesson was on speed. If you want to accomplish a goal quickly, you must act with focus and safety. Haste is not speed. The faster you try to go, the longer it is going to take.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Flanders

Todd Flanders

I’m a polyglot developer who never stops learning. Understanding the motivation behind different programming languages helps me to stay open minded and challenges my core beliefs. I’m a passionate code craftsman. We spend more time reading code than writing it, so craftsmansh... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 6:40pm - 6:45pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

6:45pm

Time Travel... The Grandfather Paradox Resolved!
Time travel... The grandfather paradox resolved!

Speakers
avatar for David Kaye

David Kaye

Consultant, Pillar


Friday February 16, 2018 6:45pm - 6:50pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

6:50pm

Keeping It Comfy: How I Maintain A Consistent Dev Environment
As consultants, we hop from project to project, machine to machine, OS to OS. What does a developer want when getting set up on a new machine? A comfy, familiar environment of course! In this talk I will describe a solution I created to address that problem: a unix-like utility that manages my dotfiles for me. Whenever I set up a new machine, I clone my dotfiles repo and use my dotfiles manager utility to create a predictable, updatable, consistent environment for maximum comfiness.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Ucker

Rick Ucker

Software Journeyman, Pillar Technology
I am the one true rucker!


Friday February 16, 2018 6:50pm - 6:55pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

6:55pm

My Pillar Journey And My True Passion
My Pillar Journey and My True Passion

Speakers
avatar for Brandt Kerkhoff

Brandt Kerkhoff

Brandt is a technology and business visionary with executive and hands-on experience. Building and supporting world class technology solutions requires a deep understanding of how, when, and where the customer wants to experience the products. Brandt’s twenty-seven years of ext... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 6:55pm - 7:00pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

7:00pm

Craftsmanship And Craft Beer: Why Your Bud Light Got Thrown Away
Ok, you may have heard stories. You may have experienced this firsthand. There is a cry of utter anguish followed by something like, "Who the #$!! brought this into the Forge!?!??!??"

There's a reason why I react this way when someone brings mass-produced light lager into one of our Forges. It's off-brand. And the reason it's off-brand is that it's anti-craftsmanship. Come to this lightning talk to learn more about the intersection of software craftsmanship and craft brewing. You'll never look at a fizzy-almost-yellow-tasteless-beverage the same way again.

Speakers
avatar for John Huston

John Huston

Aspiring Brewers Apprentice, Pillar - You know what conference you are at, right?
A home-brewer and technologist for over 25 years. I'm also passionate about Healthy teams, What it means to be a Servant Leader at Pillar, Personal growth, Continuous Learning, Pillar Culture and why it matters, Enterprise Account, Bringing Pillar to your account, The role of eve... Read More →



Friday February 16, 2018 7:00pm - 7:05pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

7:05pm

Band
Friday February 16, 2018 7:05pm - 7:45pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

7:50pm

We Are Water
We are water

Speakers

Friday February 16, 2018 7:50pm - 7:55pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

8:00pm

Circles Of Knowledge
Circles of knowledge. It shows why Imposter syndrome is a thing and how that it can be a good thing

Speakers
avatar for Mark Henke

Mark Henke

Software Guy, Pillar Technology
I love talking about architecture and thinking about software at a System level. I am a C# guy at heart.


Friday February 16, 2018 8:00pm - 8:05pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

8:05pm

RSA Animate's Illustrated Video
RSA Animate's illustrated video talks have always fascinated me. I wondered if it would be possible for me to do something similar. Using Procreate on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil, followed by iMovie post-processing on an MacBook Pro allowed me to come close.

Speakers
avatar for Marianne Tromp

Marianne Tromp

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology
I have programmed computers for close to 40 years, but the programming that most interests me is how we program ourselves. I explore ways to develop new beliefs. The Ingredients of an Interaction model has helped me understand what changes I can make in order to communicate more... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 8:05pm - 8:10pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

8:10pm

Nudge
Nudge: How to use principles from behavioural economics to make your team better

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Schultz

Jordan Schultz

Delivery Lead, Pillar Technology
My motto is "results". My mission statement is "value add". And while I rarely get those things I do try pretty hard. My favorite thing is creating an environment that people want to come and work in because it's like family. You may hate your family sometimes but you would do an... Read More →



Friday February 16, 2018 8:10pm - 8:15pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

8:15pm

Bring Your Best Friend To Work (Every) Day
Bring your Best Friend to Work (every) Day! Pillar is growing & now is the time to help choose who your next coworker could be. Join us to learn all of the ways you can leverage Pillar, our people and our places to help us hire more wicked smart people.

Speakers
avatar for Pillar Talent Team

Pillar Talent Team

Talent & Community Ambassador, Pillar Technology
Talk talent to me! I love helping people find their passion at Pillar, let me know how you can help us grow in 2018!


Friday February 16, 2018 8:15pm - 8:20pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

8:20pm

Band
Friday February 16, 2018 8:20pm - 9:20pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

9:25pm

Build Back To Machine Code
I am of the opinion that we need to think about how information systems should be integrated with - and build back to machine code from there. We've been doing it the other way and that is bad.

Speakers
avatar for David Ihnen

David Ihnen

Software Craftsman, Pillar Technology
Event sourced systems, obviously. And various sorts of making things. And housing for the poor too?


Friday February 16, 2018 9:25pm - 9:30pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

9:30pm

The Power Of Timing
The Power of Timing: How to leverage key events in consulting engagements to always get the client to yes

Speakers

Friday February 16, 2018 9:30pm - 9:35pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

9:35pm

What Playing Poker Has Taught Me About Software Development
What Playing Poker Has Taught Me About Software Development

Speakers

Friday February 16, 2018 9:35pm - 9:40pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

9:40pm

If I Had My Way, Pillar Would Be Like This
If I Had My Way, Pillar Would Be Like This...

Speakers
avatar for Daryl Kulak

Daryl Kulak

I'm originally from Alberta, Canada but have lived in the U.S. since 1990. My brother is a truck driver and my sister is a church secretary. My dad was a fireman and my mother was a teacher, but they are both retired now. I've lived in Illinois, Maryland, D.C. and California as... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 9:40pm - 9:45pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

9:45pm

Cubify Objects
Talk about using blender/python/excel(vba)/back to python and into blender 3d. To cubify objects

Speakers
avatar for Jason Hite

Jason Hite

Journeyman, Pillar
I've been involved with GDG (Google Developer Group) for several years now. Have deployed one app to the app store, have built at least three. I've always tried to make testing android simpler while still covering the code. I've built apps in C++, Java, Ruby. I started developing... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 9:45pm - 9:50pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

9:50pm

Concision, Brevity Being The Soul Of Wit
Concision, brevity being the soul of wit.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Belluni

Nicholas Belluni

Delivery Lead, Pillar Technology
Current Focus areas of what people could/should talk to me about: Delivery Practices, Digital Experience | | About me: | I'm a new DL at Pillar. Previous roles include QA, Sales Engineer, Technical Evangelist, Product Manager, Technical Delivery Manager, and Business/Sys... Read More →


Friday February 16, 2018 9:50pm - 9:55pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

9:55pm

DevOops Is A Way Of Life
DevOops is not a role.
DevOops is not a project.

DevOops is a way of life.

DevOps is all the rage right now, but most of the situations we walk into for "DevOps projects" could be more accurately called DevOops. This introduction to DevOops will walk you through some of the funny, some of the sad, and some of the baffling operations decisions I've seen on client projects.

Then, I'll propose ways to make them worse, because that's what DevOops is.

And, oh yeah, maybe ways to make them better too, if there's time.

Speakers
JD

Johnson Denen

Spacemacs Advocate, Pillar Technology
I'm a Software Journeyman and a "DevOps guy." If I have to do something that I can't do in Emacs, I question whether it's worth doing in the first place.


Friday February 16, 2018 9:55pm - 10:00pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)
 
Saturday, February 17
 

7:00am

Breakfast (Pillar and Guests)
Saturday February 17, 2018 7:00am - 9:00am
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

8:10am

Dark (UX) Patterns
Dark (UX) Patterns are tricks used in websites & apps that convince you to stay on the site longer, refresh one more time, continue driving for Uber, or make you buy or sign up for things that you would otherwise avoid. In dark UX, color theory is manipulated to misdirect, language is used to confuse rather than clarify, & the user is exploited to boost company reach or profits. I will look at companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Lyft, & other well-known conglomerations that value profits over people.

Speakers
avatar for Meg Green

Meg Green

Experience Architect
Geek, gamer, UX Researcher, Type 1 Diabetic, sabreist, cat mom. they/them


Saturday February 17, 2018 8:10am - 8:50am
Aloeswood

8:10am

Developing an EV Charger, Test-Driven Using LOOP
*Test-Driving Embedded Development*
Interested in learning some core concepts in embedded development? Has your EV charger seen better days?


In this session I will walk through the steps in developing an Electric Vehicle charger from scratch, leveraging Pillar’s newest product, LOOP, to test drive system level interactions with the electronics. This session will go through acquiring and understanding the specifications necessary for developing an EV charger, take a brief look at some of the solutions available in the market (and, then ignore them), allowing us to walk through custom hardware composition and software development as a learning experiment from scratch. From hardware to software, it’s covered!

Speakers
avatar for Derek Nixon

Derek Nixon

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology


Saturday February 17, 2018 8:10am - 8:50am
Sagewood

8:10am

Get (re)Started In Embedded Development


An overview of software and hardware tools needed to get (re)started in embedded development, how to find them, and how to (re)learn how to use them. Let's get together and (re)learn how to learn how to do it. Good information whether you are just starting to get into the IoT and embedded development world or are returning to that sphere after having not done serious work in it for 20 years (like me).

Speakers

Saturday February 17, 2018 8:10am - 8:50am
Zebrawood

8:10am

Systems Thinking For Office Politics.
Have you ever wondered why best practices don't always work? Does it make you concerned that "office politics" are usually what take our development efforts down (not technology), and yet we don't seem to have a framework for office politics? Join Daryl to find out how to apply the same rigor to the fuzzy, people problems that we've doing with technical problems for so long.

Speakers
avatar for Daryl Kulak

Daryl Kulak

I'm originally from Alberta, Canada but have lived in the U.S. since 1990. My brother is a truck driver and my sister is a church secretary. My dad was a fireman and my mother was a teacher, but they are both retired now. I've lived in Illinois, Maryland, D.C. and California as... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 8:10am - 8:50am
Rosewood

8:10am

The Legend Of Bob Myers 2: Linc’s Awakening
Super Mario Brothers. The Legend of Zelda. Mega Man. Castlevania. Contra. The Legend of Bob Myers: A Link to the Past. These are some of the greatest video games of all time, and they're all for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Turn your NES game ideas into reality, as this talk leads you through the development process of creating your very own NES game from scratch. This talk will also introduce the latest game in the Bob Myers NES series, The Legend of Bob Myers 2: Linc's Awakening. So dust off your consoles, blow into the cartridge and hit the power button, because it's game time.

Speakers

Saturday February 17, 2018 8:10am - 8:50am
Orange

8:10am

The Processing Power Of Your Biocomputer
Your genome has three billion base pairs in each copy of DNA. How does your body process it? Would you believe a Turing machine? Your body uses it to make everything about you! The processing power of your biocomputer is awesome- and that's before we even get to your brain!

Human biochemistry has a lot to teach us about great software design. Find out what biology has to tell us about architecture, parallel processing, independent embedded systems, redundancy, backups, data transfer objects, type systems, messaging, and even managed memory. Not a biologist? That's fine!

Speakers
avatar for R.J. Osborne

R.J. Osborne

Artisan
R.J. Osborne has been addicted to programming since sixth grade. After 20 years of professional software development, he’s made a dizzying number of fantastic development mistakes. He has worked in both public and private sectors with everything from embedded C++ to Clojure and... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 8:10am - 8:50am
Leopardwood

9:00am

Opening General Session / Keynote
Saturday February 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

10:15am

Break
Saturday February 17, 2018 10:15am - 10:30am
North Pathway

10:30am

Brain Power And Movement - If We Don't Move, Our Brain Starts Shrinking. Period.
The key benefits of movement or exercise has been largely marketed as a means for weight loss but research has shown that after 20 weeks of regular exercise, weight loss becomes increasingly difficult.
The marketing around this has been very under-rated.
There is a very powerful connection between the brain and movement. Exercise has proven to help people learn more effectively, increase focus, reduce stress, reduce anxiety and elevate one's mood.
For example, stress causes high levels of cortisol and our body is coded to reduce the level of cortisol if a certain level of movement has been activated. When that movement is not detected, the level of cortisol keeps increasing in our system.


Shared in this talk will be a short story, some shocking statistics and some provocative questions for the audience. Lets make Pillar a place where we treat both our body and mind like a well oiled machine.

Speakers
avatar for Jeeva Nadarajah

Jeeva Nadarajah

Software Craftsman, Shine On You CrazyDiamond!
I am a Sri Lankan American, mother, coder, coach, runner and non conformist. My journey with Pillar Technology started 3 years ago as a Software Craftsman. This year I transitioned into a growth related role, representing Pillar Connect for the GLR Pursuit team. In the last decad... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:10am
Rosewood

10:30am

Emotional Intelligence: What It Is, Why It Matters, And How To Improve It (Mostly The Latter).
EQ is a key component of our ability to work well with others. No matter how strong your intellect is, you will not get far in life (and certainly not as a consultant) if you lack in your ability to understand yourself and others - and respond appropriately to the situation.

Increasing your EQ is a force-multiplier. Your ideas will be better, and easier for your clients to accept. You will be better able to understand and influence poor or short-sighted decisions that well-intentioned client managers make. You will also reduce the anxiety that all of us feel when trying to help others embrace transformational change.

This session will cover:
  • What EQ is.
  • The three components that have helped me build my own.
  • Learning resources you can use to evolve your own strategy.


Speakers
avatar for Erik Przekop

Erik Przekop

Executive Consultant, Pillar Technology
Software craftsmanship | Business consulting | Emotional Intelligence



Saturday February 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:10am
Nile

10:30am

Language Judo - There's Power In Language
There's power in language; in phasing, in grammar, in how you respond to the polishing of a client's poor concept (aka a "turd"). In this break out session,
Angela Peat, Dave Forman, Jonathon Baugh and resident viking Magnus Stahare aim to provide Pillarites with clever tips and tricks to stepping up your consulting game with language Judo. 

Speakers
avatar for Angela Peat

Angela Peat

XA/DL, Pillar


Saturday February 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:10am
Zebrawood

10:30am

Tech Yourself: Diversity And You
You have a plain old cup, some craft beads, and 50 minutes. What can you accomplish? Come “Tech Yourself” and find out! By the end of this session you’ll have a hands on representation of diversity in your life, an understanding of why this is important, and ways that you can add to your cup. Be ready for a thought-provoking activity that’ll shift the way you think about diversity.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Quinn

Matthew Quinn

A learner of the tools necessary to solve business challenges, Pillar Technology


Saturday February 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:10am
Orange

10:30am

The Ethical Dilemma Of The Driverless Car
We humans have been driving for over one hundred years and making decisions on how to drive for just as long.  One of our greatest skills is the ability to determine, at a moments notice, of how to avoid situations that could injure ourselves or others.

In a world where vehicles are heading towards true autonomy they will be required to operate responsibly on the road.  They will need to replicate, or do better than our current human decision-making processes. These decisions will need to be more than a mechanical application of traffic laws and plotting a safe path.  They seem to require a sense of ethics, and this is a notoriously difficult capability to reduce into algorithms for a computer to follow.

We will explore why ethics matter for autonomous vehicles, how ethics will alter the process of programming these autonomous vehicles and broader ethical issues, including publicly owned vehicles, robot cars and hijacking.

Speakers
avatar for DJ Daugherty

DJ Daugherty

aerial robotics and autonomous 'things', Pillar Technology
DJ has been using state models and asynchronous processing for many years to solve business problems for companies of all sizes. As small as a logistics software company responsible for the routing of trucks, a web hosting company responsible for the handling of website malware d... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:10am
Aloeswood

10:30am

Unlocking Your Inner Superhero
Every Clark Kent has a Superman inside. Every Diana Prince has a Wonder Woman inside. The problem is that most of us simply don't know it. As consultants, our clients need a super hero to help them solve real problems, our teammates need us to significantly contribute to achieving team goals, and others in our lives need our superpowers in other various ways. The problem is that most of us do not know who we are and what we carry!


By understanding identity; what it is and how it is developed; people come to a greater understanding of who they really are, how they impact others, and why they respond the way they do in specific situations. As children, most of us think of ourselves as a superhero. We believe we have super powers that can be used for good to save the day. But as we grow we develop a very different sense of identity and that one sticks with us in adulthood. The problem is that everyone picks up some ideas about themselves that are true and others that are false, but no one ever teaches us how to know the difference or how these things impact our emotions and our behaviors. By understanding our true selves, we can unlock the superhero that lies within each of us. We can unlock our superpowers that help us overcome obstacles that lock us in patterns of behavior, leading us to peace, happiness, and a fulfilled life.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Huth

Tom Huth

Delivery Lead, PIllar Technology
I have been with Pillar for almost 1 year. I have been a Delivery Lead for the XPO and Mednax projects. I am currently working toward becoming a Life Consultant outside of my roles with Pillar.


Saturday February 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:10am
Sagewood

10:30am

Why More Forges?
Everything you wanted to know about the new Forges in progress (Raleigh, 711, Autonomous Vehicle, Jefferson) and what's around the corner.

Speakers

Saturday February 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:10am
Leopardwood

11:20am

Hands-On Time Exploring Major Players In The Container Space
NOTE: In order to minimize build times and get your hands on the tools as soon as possible, please clone https://github.com/jeffgrunewald/uncontained prior to the workshop (a day or two in advance if possible) and follow the setup instructions.

Container technology has become ubiquitous in the software development industry, but relatively few devs are familiar with all of the offerings available for containerizing their applications and environments beyond the Docker ecosystem. This hands-on talk will go walk through a series of exercises exploring some of the other major players in the container space and outline the strengths and weaknesses of each for any given project. Attendees will get a high level overview of the capabilities of Docker and Docker Swarm, the relatively more complex Kubernetes, as well as the lesser known rkt container runtime and its open container initiative images, and finally the LXC/LXD system container "lightervisor". We will build a kubernetes cluster on LXD containers and deploy an app to the cluster via rkt containers.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Grunewald

Jeff Grunewald

For a fun distraction, ask Jeff anything about containers and then enjoy the sensation of decaying into a skeleton made of dust and blowing away.


Saturday February 17, 2018 11:20am - 12:00pm
Orange

11:20am

Let’s Get Inclusive!
Let’s get inclusive! Using the Pillar Principles to transform micro-inequities into micro-affirmations. Where others talk about moving faster, we know how to, using speed to value. In this a VERY interactive breakout, you will have the opportunity to see how micro-inequities keep us from reaching our potential. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas and thoughts on tangible ways to tap into our team’s full potential through helping others feel included.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Chellis

Tammy Chellis

Pillar Technology
I am co-leading this session with your regional D & I Champions. Our D & I mission is to enhance our employee make-up by ensuring that marginalized groups are represented, valued, seen, and heard at Pillar. When we walk our talk, with everyone welcomed and respected as themselves... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 11:20am - 12:00pm
Leopardwood

11:20am

Product Katas: One Weird Trick To Make $1 In 90 days
Pillar people are interested in building products. We have a lot of exciting opportunities emerging at Pillar to do just that. Building successful products requires a new set of skills, and most importantly, practice.


Just as code katas help hone our craftsmanship, product katas can give us new perspective, experience, and instincts around shipping products full-stack. We’ll discuss what it takes to ship something valuable and earn that first $1 in 90 days or less. I’ll be drawing from lessons learned in launching and iterating on my outdoor navigation app, Boundary Guide.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Bechard

Josh Bechard

Artisan + Delivery, Pillar


Saturday February 17, 2018 11:20am - 12:00pm
Rosewood

11:20am

React: Writing Clean, Readable, Front-End Applications
Writing clean, readable, front-end applications is often a challenge, and there are tons of frameworks and libraries that seek to solve this problem. One of the fastest growing solutions out there today is React. Developed by Facebook, React (and its companion library, Redux) is a highly scalable and elegant solution to many of javascript's UI challenges. This talk will focus on the basics of how to get started in React, as well as some of the ideas behind writing clean and scalable React applications, and how to implement those ideas in large UI projects. It will also cover Redux, a state management library also developed by Facebook and built to work well with React applications.

Speakers

Saturday February 17, 2018 11:20am - 12:00pm
Nile

11:20am

SciFi DX: A Tour Through Movies
SciFi DX: A tour through movies, TV, games and comics, looking at interaction design in media and thinking about the usability and practicality of those UIs.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Ribolla

Josh Ribolla

DX / GLR


Saturday February 17, 2018 11:20am - 12:00pm
Sagewood

11:20am

Story Mapping And 4D Thin Slicing
Story mapping and 4D thin slicing. Let's walk through standing up a story map and 4 dimensional thin slicing of a product. See how quickly you can map value and better understand your users and stakeholder's needs. Fun will be had!

Speakers
JF

Justin Fitins

Delivery Manager, Pillar Technology
I love all things delivery, people and process. I love talking about all the non-technical parts of a project life cycle and ecosystem.


Saturday February 17, 2018 11:20am - 12:00pm
Zebrawood

11:20am

The Art Of Happiness - It's Not As Easy As It Sounds
The Art of Happiness - It's not as easy as it sounds. In this day and age where life and business are going at lightening speed, heck dark energy speed (it's not scary or metaphysical energy) just SUPER fast, its hard to keep up and to focus on our personal well being. That goes for home and work.

Join me and maybe a special guest to help find your happy place, and a few tricks to help get and keep you there.

Speakers
avatar for Kelley McManus

Kelley McManus

Delivery Executive, Pillar Technology
I'm game for any conversation, and if I don't like it....I'll tell you :) (politely)


Saturday February 17, 2018 11:20am - 12:00pm
Aloeswood

12:00pm

Creative Collision (Pillar Only)
Saturday February 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

1:10pm

YerFace! From Computer Vision to Cartoon Animation
How I used applied computer vision powered by GPU-accelerated algorithms and machine learning to solve my cartoon facial animation problems.

Featuring OpenCV, Dlib, and a live demo!

Speakers
avatar for Alex Markley

Alex Markley

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology
Talk to me about anything!


Saturday February 17, 2018 1:10pm - 1:25pm
Aloeswood

1:10pm

An Adventure In Test-Driving Algorithm-Based Solutions
When we were on the Falcon project, the client had been using the "Closest Points" problem as one of their programming exercises in order to evaluate and vet new engineers wishing to join the project. The "Closest Points" problem is, given a set of points in a plane, find the two points that are closest to one another. In particular, the engineering candidate was to use the "Divide and Conquer" algorithm as the mechanism for solving the "Closest Points" problem. However, the client was not having success at getting suitable implementations of the solution. In addition, they were also convinced that such a problem could not be solved using TDD methods. DJ Daugherty took the "can't solve using TDD" as a challenge and threw the problem at the Falcon folks to see what we would do. A few of us took the time to tackle it. This is my solution.

Algorithms, especially those that are mathematical and/or data-driven, quickly expose the dilemmas presented by typical TDD philosophies, and especially those that are more quixotic in nature. However, when applied pragmatically and with proper forethought, TDD can be used to drive algorithm-based solutions quite well, with the result being much more sensible and reliable implementations.

This talk explores four solution types to the "Closest Points" problem:
  1. Permutation Search - A purely naive matching of all permutations with ordering (even though ordering doesn't really matter). This solution is the easiest to test-drive without knowing any algorithm. However, the permutation search is O(n!), making it the worst possible solution, and impractical for real-world use.
  2. Combination Search - A better naive matching of all combination regardless of ordering. This solution can be test-driven, provided the developer observes that the checking of points does not depend on order. The combination search is O(n!)/2 (i.e., "n choose 2"), making it the second worst possible solution, and impractical for real-world use.
  3. Plane Sweep - An efficient matching of points where the points are ordered by their x position and then the plane is swept, looking for best matches in a sliding window whose size is based on the best match found so far. This solution can be test-driven provided the developer has worked out the algorithm a priori (i.e., the critical operations of the algorithm are test-driven, and then the integration of those operations is test-driven). This method is O(n log n), and is well-suited for real-world use.
  4. Divide and Conquer - An efficient matching of points where the points are ordered by their x position and then recursively bisected into smaller regions until the point set is sufficiently small to easily search. This solution can be test-driven provided the developer has worked out the algorithm a priori (i.e., the critical operations of the algorithm are test-driven, and then the integration of those operations is test-driven). This method is O(n log n), and is well-suited for real-world use.
A live demonstration of my solution developed in Swift on macOS will be given.


Speakers
avatar for Rob Huston

Rob Huston

Electrical Engineer, Embedded Software Engineer, iOS/macOS Developer, and Beer Drinker
Once I was a baby. Then I learned to eat and drink for myself. Now look at me.



Saturday February 17, 2018 1:10pm - 1:50pm
Sagewood

1:10pm

Meet The Marketers
Speakers

Saturday February 17, 2018 1:10pm - 1:50pm
Nile

1:10pm

Potential By Pillar
Did you know, as Pillar people, that you are impacting the future of kids in Detroit?
Find out how Pillar's engagement with Hope House Detroit is contributing
toward the movement of children and youth toward their potential.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Gentry

Becky Gentry

Executive Director, Hope House Detroit
Let's talk about Hope House and my adventures in Detroit | or in Tanzania, Ethiopia, or Albania. | I have stories from decades of working with teens and young adults. | Let me tell you about my 2 fierce granddaughters! | Or my amazing adult daughters. Or my husband... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 1:10pm - 1:50pm
Zebrawood

1:10pm

Visualizing How Machine Learning Works On Applied Problems.
Visualizing how machine learning works on applied problems. So that we gain context and intuition around machine learning and how to use it. Demonstrated on the JVM using a combination of Tensor Flow and OpenCV with a React based front end.

Speakers

Saturday February 17, 2018 1:10pm - 1:50pm
Rosewood

1:10pm

What's Stopping You?
What's stopping you?

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Do you have things you want to accomplish in your life, but you've procrastinated for so long you can't decide if you *should* move forward with it or you just love the dream? Come to this highly interactive workshop that will introduce you to two techniques to get you moving in the direction you want to go!

Speakers
avatar for Michele Cresmen-Block

Michele Cresmen-Block

Consultant/Delivery Manager, Pillar Technology
Delivering business value via: -Learning, adaptive organizations-Individual and Team motivation and evolution-Adopting frameworks that make sense in your context


Saturday February 17, 2018 1:10pm - 1:50pm
Leopardwood

1:10pm

1:50pm

Break
Saturday February 17, 2018 1:50pm - 2:00pm
North Pathway

2:00pm

Design Sprints In Practice
Design sprints allow teams to solve an essential business problems in five days by mapping the problem, sketching alternative solutions, deciding on an approach, then prototyping and testing with representative users. They are useful in a variety of circumstances, but particularly when you’ve got a big problem, little time to solve it, and don’t know where to start.


I will provide a brief overview of design sprints, guide participants through exercises from the Google Ventures design sprint process, and share lessons learned from running more than 10 design sprints across multiple industries and organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Poppink

Derek Poppink

Experience Architect, Pillar
Derek's dream is to make work as engaging as the best games, and he is a passionate Game Master. In pursuit of that goal, he has worked as a Digital Strategist, Product Management Consultant, Design Lead, and Innovation Facilitator. Derek specializes in Design Sprints and Lean Us... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Indigo Bay

2:00pm

Fostering A Love For Science In Our Kids
As parents, how do we get our kids excited about science and technology?  We tend to have a lot of the answers to the questions our kids ask, but is that really what our kids are looking for?  Imagine if your child asked you what Disney World was like, and you answered by showing them a photo album of a trip you took? Would they stay interested for very long? Probably not. But if you answered that question by taking them to Disney World and discovering it with them, that is a completely different experience.  The key to fostering a love for science in our kids is to make the journey with them, and show them we are excited by the fact that we don’t know all the answers. You could probably explain how a potato clock works. But if we chained ten potatoes together, could we generate more electricity? Are there other vegetables or fruit that can do something similar? If you put a battery before the potato in the circuit, what affect would that have on the potato’s electrical output? By thinking beyond the questions our kids are asking us and asking questions that we don’t know the answers to, we can invite our kids to join us on an adventure of discovery where we learn together and share the joy of discovery, and teach them how to ask probing questions at the same time.

Whether you have kids or not, come join us as we discover and learn together.  The talk will be short, but there will be plenty to tinker with.  Build a small motor, a mini-Tesla coil or a mini-potato gun!  Play around with different chemical reactions, magnets and electricity.  There will also be materials to build your own micro-controller for anyone interested.  If you like tinkering, experimenting and learning, come join us, kids or no kids.  But if you have kids, please bring them. 

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Sheeley

Gabriel Sheeley

Software Journeyman, Pillar Technology


Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Zambezi

2:00pm

Get Deeper Insights Out Of Interviews
Skilled ethnography depends heavily on skilled interviewing. This interactive workshop helps participants listen more effectively, gain richer insights from interviews, and connect more deeply with participants. Gretchen McNeely will outline and demonstrate simple methods to elicit interview responses, support effective listening, and shape more insightful conversations. Participants will find that, the moment they walk out the door, they're able to amp up their communication skills at work, at home, and socially.

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen McNeely

Gretchen McNeely

User experience, information architecture, content strategy, naming / labeling, interviewing methods, research frameworks and analysis, LGBT topics, diversity and inclusion, growth and business development, cocktails.


Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Nile

2:00pm

Hands On Git
hands on git

Speakers

Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Orange

2:00pm

How Does An Autonomous Car See?
Autonomous cars are all over the news and the buzz is all over Pillar. How does an autonomous car see? How does it recognize another car, a person, a stop-light, a stop sign, a road sign, an animal, etc. and not just one, but multiple objects at the same time. We are going to take a deep dive into one way of accomplishing this: Convolutional Neural Networks. By the end of this session you will understand CNNs, have the tools, and the knowledge to use them to start implementing your own object detection algorithms.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Bernholt

Chris Bernholt

Metal Head, Pillar Technology
I got interested in computers because of video games. I wrote my first "real" program in the 8th grade. I have an associates degree in micro-computer electronics and a bachelors degree in computer science. I've written desktop and web applications professionally on both Windows a... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Rosewood

2:00pm

Ingredients Of An Interaction And The Tools We Have Available For Developing Our Skills
Direct, Expert and Personal are Pillar values for communicating with others. As much as we'd like to always express ourselves in that way, there are times we come across as Defensive, Evasive and Prejudiced. The family therapist, Virginia Satir developed a model to help us understand what goes on during an interaction so that we might develop more congruent patterns of communication. During this workshop we will explore the Ingredients of an Interaction and the tools we have available for developing our skills of being Direct, Expert and Personal.

Speakers
avatar for Marianne Tromp

Marianne Tromp

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology
I have programmed computers for close to 40 years, but the programming that most interests me is how we program ourselves. I explore ways to develop new beliefs. The Ingredients of an Interaction model has helped me understand what changes I can make in order to communicate more... Read More →



Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Aloeswood

2:00pm

Mini Game Jam Session
Game Jams are a great way to get your creative juices flowing! In this workshop we would be doing a mini game jam session where at the end of the workshop, we will have developed a single featured game and have it ready to deploy.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Shafferman

Jeff Shafferman

Software Artisan
I have loved games since I got my hands on my first NES console on my 5th birthday! I got into the software business to make games and I have found that is extremely rewarding and exhausting to make games. I think far too often we dream up an idea of making an interstellar space... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Leopardwood

2:00pm

Solve Problems And Make Decisions Freaking Fast
Solve problems and make decisions freaking fast. In this workshop, we'll explore how to effectively problem solve as a team—an often clumsy and unstructured activity. We'll learn a simple process, often referred to as a Lightning Decision Jam (or LDJ), that will provide us with a rapid and repeatable method to make decisions and take action on any type of problem.


We'll walk through the how-to and then put it into practice by assessing some of our own real challenges, prioritizing them, producing solutions, and creating actionable and measurable tasks. The Lightning Decision Jam is for one and all.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Branham

Ben Branham

Experience Architect, Pillar
Father of two boys and husband to a lovely wife. | | I've been working as an Experience Architect with Pillar for two years now—working with great teams and on excellent projects in industries like healthcare, cyber security, and energy. | | Solving problems—all kin... Read More →
avatar for Matt Righter

Matt Righter

Pillar Technology


Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Sagewood

2:00pm

What Is A Good Idea?
What is a good idea?
How do you separate good ideas from bad?
How do you stop executive swoop and poop?


Lets make some IP! We're talking to you Labs, Product Teams, and ForgeX!

Do you have an idea that you'd like Pillar Labs or ForgeX to explore?   Do you want to do something for yourself?
Eric Flecher, Kevin McCann, and Greg Short want to share the journey that an idea would take to become viable to be a product or service that should be pursued.
Bring your best idea and let's walk it through!

Speakers

Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Salon H

2:30pm

4:00pm

Closing General Session/Reception
Saturday February 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

5:45pm

On Own (Resort Gift Cards)
Saturday February 17, 2018 5:45pm - 11:00pm
Kalahari

11:00pm

Waterpark Party
Saturday February 17, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday February 18, 2018 2:00am
Waterpark
 
Sunday, February 18
 

8:30am

Breakfast
Sunday February 18, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)

9:30am

Final All Hands Session
Sunday February 18, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Killimanjaro Ballroom (Suite 5)