Category: Development & Code

Making Accessibility Part of Your Digital DNA

After the National Federation of the Blind sued Target over their inaccessible website, the company knew it was time to change their internal culture. The first thing Ryan Strunk said to the audience was “I’m blind.” He then proceeded to tell a few stories of how difficult being disabled can be. He recalled browsing the top...

Creativity and Coding: Inspiring Future Innovators

There is a growing community seeking to teach children how to code. Saxs Persson, Christina Miller, Mimi Ito and Mitchel Resnick are all exactly those type of people. Persson has worked on Minecraft, Miller works for Cartoon Network, Ito works for UC Irvine and Resnick works for the MIT Media Lab. Miller and Resnick have worked on...

AR Hacking My Way Out Of Deep Depression

Yosun Chang is no novice when it comes to computer hacking. She has participated in and won multiple hackathons, such as the AT&T IoT Hackathon. In her panel, AR Hacking My Way Out Of Deep Depression, Chang discussed how creating 300 augmented reality hacks pulled her out of her slump. Unlike many panelists, Chang had no...

Diversity-Friendly Software

We cannot hack racism and sexism out of a product – Shireen Mitchell Panelists Jon Pincus and Shireen Mitchell were not afraid to tackle the social issues surrounding today’s software and online platforms in their SXSW panel, Diversity-Friendly Software. Unsurprisingly, today’s software works best for the people just like the programmers. This is a major limitation, since...

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Preview: Zero Day Software Vulnerabilities: Deal With It

Tod Beardsley is the Director of Research at Rapid7, an IT and computer security firm. He has over 20 years of experience in computer security, having worked for major tech companies such as 3COM and Dell. These days, Beardsley primarily speaks at security and coding conferences, discussing the disclosure of security vulnerabilities. Of course sometimes, he...

Top 5 Panels for Computer Hackers

The computer hacker lifestyle has always intrigued young technology users. It’s easy to imagine dark rooms, dimly lit by old CRT monitors as one cyber-hero stays up to 3 a.m. probing the dark corners of the web. Okay, so maybe we can’t all be like the Hollywood movie hackers, quickly typing away at a DOS prompt to prevent...

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Preview: CSS in React: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Joe Seifi, a senior javascript engineer for Trulia, has a passion for web development. After all, he’s been working as a web developer since 1998. In the past, Seifi has worked on major front end architecture teams for both Apple and Disney. His experience and knowledge in the coding field should make his panel, CSS in React:...

Preview: Build a Chatbot: The New Consumer Engagement Tool

Tricia Katz is a senior web engineer for Mutual Mobile.  She works extensively with coding and the development of new technologies, in this case, chatbots. Outside of her professional work, Katz is a mentor to women involved in the tech industry. She is the founder of emHERge, which is an annual event that provides girls an opportunity...