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Sharpen your technical skills May 2 with lessons from #PTW18 Dev Talks

The speaker list on this one is impressive. Go learn something new!

Last week, we introduced some of the inspiring thought-leaders you can expect to see at Philly Tech Week 2018 presented by Comcast’s Dev Talks on May 2 at Temple University. Well, we ain’t done yet, folks. That’s not all she wrote. The fat lady has not sung. You get it, we have more for you.

Today we present even more of the lineup, featuring innovative thinkers and tech experts speaking on trending issues across AI & Machine Learning, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Leadership & Soft Skills and Big Ideas.

But first, we got the skinny on why a few of the speakers are excited to partake in the event. The responses radiated with the desire to inspire “action” and for attendees to walk away with tangible ideas they can incorporate into their careers immediately.

Let’s go to the blurbs!

“The role of the software developer is changing and changing fast! You should attend this event if you would like to engage in a discussion about how software solutions are created and who is creating those solutions.” — Kevin Roque, Head of Technology Transformation and Innovation, TD Bank

“It’s time to cut through the blockchain ‘hype’ and discuss the potential use cases, benefits, and challenges it will actually provide to the healthcare system.”  — Christoph DeMaskey, Software Engineering Lead for Precision Medicine at Elsevier

“My talk is actionable. Everyone can figure out what AI is, but I want attendees to learn and see how we are actually applying it to move our business forward. I am excited to talk about what opportunities I see and how people can take advantage of them now.” — Timothy Wenhold, CIO of Power Home Remodeling

“I’m looking forward to discussing the results of an experiment I conducted earlier this year where I built an omnichannel app and used natural language as the only API to ‘talk’ to the backend.” — Pavel Veller, CTO, Digital Engagement Practice at EPAM

“As a young professional, change can seem especially daunting. Attendees can expect to take practical strategies for navigating an ever-evolving industry, and will learn the keys to success in building their technical career. And I’ll share my unique perspective as a female leader in the tech sector.” — Brenna Quinn, SVP of Solution Lifecycle Management at Cerner Corporation

Pumped yet? Just wait until you meet the rest of the experts:

Aditi Sriram & Mike McCoy

  • ConsenSys coworkers. Ethereum enthusiasts. Blockchain buds. Call ‘em what you will, Sriram, a Business Analyst, and McCoy, Ecosystem Development/Campus Engagement Lead, are teaming up to throw down some serious knowledge on “ConsenSys ethereum protocols and how to learn the best practices to build web 3.0.” Read this before showing up if you wanna seem smart: “We’re commoditizing trust in the same way that in 1996 the internet commoditized how humans communicate.”

Fraser Stirling

  • In the AI & Machine Learning room, Stirling will explore Xfinity’s approach to “Product Design.” As Comcast’s SVP of Product & Hardware Management, he is the resident expert in device development, including launching the first voice-controlled remote, rescuing tired thumbs everywhere.

Liz Brown

  • Most recently co-CEO and Head of Design at Webjunto, Brown is modern day Renaissance woman in tech. She’s earned two master’s degrees and worked as a designer/developer, urban planner, civic hacker and public speaker. We’re not 100 percent sure when she finds time to sleep, but we’re 200 percent sure you should catch her talk on “Building Better Cross Functional Teams.”

Christoph DeMaskey

  • DeMaskey is the Software Engineering Lead in Precision Medicine at Elsevier. His focus is facilitating the modernization of healthcare, which he’ll discuss in his talk, “Blockchain Opportunities in Healthcare.” We’re secretly hoping he takes a few minutes to explain his hobby for “roasting coffee in a modified popcorn popper.”

Emrah Ercan

  • Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation at Suez Water Technologies, Ercan will take us through changing service models using AI and Machine Learning in Industrial Services. He’s been honored with a GE Corporate Innovation Award for his achievements in the digitalization of the global field service team.

Dan Berry

  • Dan is borderline super human as the Head of Integrated Solutions at Nuix. He will take you through processing massive amounts of data in pursuit of transparency. So he’ll share a bit about how both humans and machines store, process and analyze data (no this is not an episode of Westworld, but sounds pretty close to it).

Lindsay Tabas

  • Lindsay, also known as Lady Engineer™, will debunk common misconceptions technologists have about shipping products. You won’t be guessing anymore if your product has a market. You will get inside the mind of your customer, kind of how plankton controlled SpongeBob’s brain to get the secret crabby patty formula, duh.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Attend the Dev Talks for $20, or get yourself an all-access pass to the entire Dev Conference for $65 (includes workshops and talks).

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Thank you to all our #PTW18 Dev Conference sponsors!


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