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Summer Tech Conferences to Attend

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: June 13, 2018

Ahh, the sweet smell of summer is in the air. As the weather feels warmer and the days get longer, we’re ready to sit back and relax. But wait, not so fast. While the summer months are indeed ideal for catching up on some R&R, don’t forget to keep your skills sharp. Attending spring and summer tech conferences is a great way to break up the monotony of the office and stay current on industry trends.

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Here’s what tech conferences we’re looking out for in the coming months:

May

DevOpsCon

When: May 28-31

Where: Berlin, Germany

Follow: @devops_con

Agile processes, microservices, continuous delivery, container and cloud technologies are essential to the current high performance IT transformation. The DevOps Conference offers you a glimpse at popular topics such as innovative infrastructure and modern lean business culture through hands-on workshops, sessions and keynotes. Join us as we enable shorter delivery cycles, faster changes of functionality and a higher software quality.

June

Apple WWDC

When: June 4-8

Where: San Jose, CA

Follow: #WWDC18

When technology connects with creativity, incredible ideas come to life. This summer, we invite thousands of talented minds from around the world to join us and turn their ideas into reality.

Fluent

When: Training June 11-12; Tutorials + Conference June 12-14

Where: San Jose, CA

Follow: @FluentConf #FluentConf

The O’Reilly Fluent Conference was first launched in 2012 as a new event for developers working with JavaScript, HTML5, and other web technologies. Since its initial launch, Fluent has expanded to include all areas of the web, from frontend technologies/frameworks and backend systems to web design, web performance, security, and more.

DockerCon

When: June 11-12

Where: San Francisco, CA

Follow: @DockerCon #DockerCon

DockerCon passes include access to 3 Keynotes, over 120 Sessions, Ecosystem Expo Hall, After Party, Breakfast and Lunch meals, all interactive attendee experiences including Hands-on Labs and Hallway Track.

QCon New York

When: Conference June 27-29; Workshops June 25-26

Where: New York

Follow: @qconnewyork #QConNYC

QCon New York is a conference for senior software engineers and architects on the patterns, practices, and use cases leveraged by the world’s most innovative software shops.  

July

OSCON (Open Source Convention)

When: July 18-19

Where: Portland, OR

Follow: @oscon #OSCON

At OSCON, you’ll find everything open source: languages, communities, best practices, products and services. Rather than focus on a single language or aspect, such as cloud computing, OSCON allows you to learn about and practice the entire range of open source technologies.

August

GopherCon

When: August 27-30

Where: Denver, CO

Follow: @Bizzabo ‏#gophercon

GopherCon, by Gopher Academy, debuted in 2014 and was an instant success! It drew a sellout crowd of 700 attendees and has more than doubled in size since then. With exceptional pre-conference workshops taught by a few of the smartest people we know, some of the very best programming driven by our conference attendees’ feedback, and hours and hours of networking, we can’t think of a single reason to miss celebrating GopherCon’s five-year anniversary with us! So don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets; we’d hate for you to be sad.

Open Source Summit

When: August 29-31

Where: Vancouver, Canada

Follow: @linuxfoundation  #ossummit

Open Source Summit North America is the leading conference for developers, architects and other technologists – as well as open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate, share information, learn about the the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions. Over 2,000 will gather for OSSNA in 2018.

September

Microsoft Ignite
When: September 24-28

Where: Orlando, FL

Follow: @MS_Ignite #MSIgnite

Get the latest insights and skills from technology leaders and practitioners shaping the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork and productivity. Immerse yourself with the latest tools, tech, and experiences that matter, and hear the latest updates and ideas directly from the experts. You’ll leave more equipped than ever to make an impact.

Strange Loop

When: September 26-28

Where: St. Louis, MO

Follow: @strangeloop_stl #strangeloop

Strange Loop is a multi-disciplinary conference that brings together the developers and thinkers building tomorrow’s technology in fields such as emerging languages, alternative databases, concurrency, distributed systems, security, and the web.

 

Don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for job postings and industry insights.

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University of Rhode Island Celebrates 50 Years of Computer Science

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: October 13, 2017

Image: https://www.cs.uri.edu/50th/

We’re excited for the University of Rhode Island as it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Department of Computer Science and Statistics. This is an important milestone for the university, which was the first university to offer a computer science program in New England.

Join them Saturday, October 14th, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in Beaupre Hall, on the Kingston Campus. Interested in learning more? Register for the event on their website.

Founded in 1967, the Computer Science Department at URI offers undergraduate and graduate coursework. Programs include computer science, data science, statistics, digital forensics, and more. Faculty members research machine learning and data mining, bioinformatics, sensor networks, and more. During this celebration, hear from keynote faculty speakers and explore the Department of Computer Science and Statistics!

With Computer Science Education Week quickly approaching, it’s important to recognize and attend events such as these. We need to support tech education. Computing now makes up ⅔ of projected new jobs in STEM. Despite this, high school computer science classes do not count toward math or science requirements in 22 states. Parents, teachers, and IT professionals all have a role to play in spreading computer science to more schools.

In Rhode Island, we are making strong strides to getting computer science integrated into our public school programs. The University of Rhode Island Computer Science and Statistics Department has played a pivotal and leading role. During the 2015/2016 school year, over 100 students at the Academy for Career Exploration received college credit for computer science. URI Professor Victor Fay-Wolfe designed the curriculum. URI also partnered with the State of RI on their CS4RI program. This program aims to have computer science taught in every public school in the state by December 2017. Many RI high schools are adopting the URI developed curriculum.

Women and minorities are under-represented in the computer science workforce. However, URI is a strong advocate to help turn this around. In fact, another URI Professor, Jessie Barrett, has worked with PASA and the Danielle Bessler Foundation for women of high-school age. These programs teach women how to design and build websites as well as mobile apps. Each year, the number of students taking part in this program grows.

It’s appropriate that URI is taking the time to honor this program that is so integral to the success of our technical business climate in RI. Congratulations!

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September 2017 Tech Events

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: September 1, 2017

Check out these tech events happening near you this September!

Connecticut
September 12, 2017
Hartford SQL Users Group
West Hartford, CT | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
The purpose of the HSSUG is to provide an independent local forum for database administrators, developers and general users of Microsoft SQL Server as well as users and vendors of products and services related to Microsoft SQL Server to exchange knowledge and build professional relationships.

September 13, 2017
From HR Metrics to HR Analytics: Steps to take even if you hate statistics!
Norwich, CT | 7:00 am | $25 members; $35 nonmembers
You’ve probably heard the phrase “what gets measured gets done!” Join us for a fascinating evening as Dr. Craig Haas debunks some of the myths that prevent HR Professionals from using analytics to both track and prove their results. Math anxiety? Didn’t take statistics in school? Don’t have time? Let’s call on the Doctor to help us get over these typical humps that prevent us from sitting at the strategic table.

Clever Ways Applicants Try to Beat the System
Farmington, CT | 7:30 – 9:30 am | $25 members; $35 nonmembers | @SMAsonew
The presentation will provide employers with an awareness of these intricacies, along with best practice suggestions that can help employers secure their background screening process to hire top talent. This meeting will add to the attendees’ knowledge in several of the functional areas included in Workforce Planning and Employment, Business Management and Strategy, and Human Resource Development.

September 14, 2017
Young Professionals End-of-Summer Happy Hour Mixer
Rocky Hill, CT | 5:00 pm | @HRACC
Join the HRACC Young Professionals for a Happy Hour and End-of-Summer Mixer. This complimentary event will be full of networking, prizes, and a good time!
*Meet other Young Professionals in the area
*Make connections
*Expand your network
*Enjoy light appetizers
*Enter our drawing to win a cool gift

September 15, 2017
PMI September 2017 Shelton Region Breakfast Round Table
Shelton, CT | 7:30 – 9:00 am | Free for members; $10 nonmembers | @SNECPMI
Radical transparency is allowing people to know everything that isn’t confidential. People with integrity in radically transparent organizations tell others what they’re strengths and weaknesses are — no-holds barred and not behind closed doors. We will discuss what degrees of radical transparency and integrity can be used in project management – not just in choosing stop light indicators for tasks but in daily interactions with project team members and stakeholders. Bring your ideas, opinions, experiences, techniques, or just plain curiosity to our discussion of Radical Transparency, Integrity, and Project Management.

September 19, 2017
Marcum Tech Top 40
Wallingford, CT | 5:00 – 8:30 pm | @CTTech
Now in its 10th year, the Marcum Tech Top 40 honors Connecticut’s fastest growing tech companies across six industry sectors. Applications are in and Marcum LLP’s experts are tabulating the results. Winners will be announced in mid-August, but don’t wait to register for the event! Click the button below to get your tickets to this essential techbiz event.

SNEC-PMI September 2017 Chapter Meeting
Cromwell, CT | 5:00 – 8:30 pm | $35 members; $45 nonmembers
When disaster strikes, the National Guard is among the first to respond to protect people and infrastructure by conducting specific missions leading to recovery.  It is the responsibility of the Intelligence Operations Manager (aka Project Manager) to ensure these missions are fully planned, executed and monitored in coordination with local authorities and support agencies.  Planning for these missions successfully from start to finish is a project critical to the safety and stabilization of all involved.

September 28, 2017
Fairfield County (Stamford) Breakfast Meeting
Stamford, CT | 7:30 – 8:45 am | Free for members; $10 nonmembers
Attending this session will help the audience by outlining the 10 most important lessons learned from recent events and how project management professionals can immediately use them to improve their firm’s resiliency.  It will explain how to prepare for, manage and recover from significant scenarios that impact a firm’s ability to function.

Annual Employment Law Update
Rocky Hill, CT | 4:30 pm | @HRACC | $45 members; $55 nonmembers
Join us for our most popular event of the year, a dinner reception on September 28th in Rocky Hill. HRACC is proud to bring you another evening of legislative changes, trends and information critical to the success of the HR professional.  This meeting is the premier opportunity to get briefed on recent legal decisions that impact your daily work in significant ways.  

Massachusetts
September 11, 2017
The Billion Dollar Opportunity in the Back Office Part II
Boston, MA | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
We all know Financial Services is facing a crossroads.  $130+ Billion of Venture Capital investment in FinTech since 2010 knows it.  Big banks who initially scoffed when financial technology start-ups set out to reinvent their business and have now shifted into a new deal-making phase know.  To make this point, there were 51 acquisitions or IPOS of FinTech firms in deals worth $1.1 billion in 2016.

September 12, 2017
September 2017 WMPMF Meeting
Springfield, MA | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | $15 members; $20 nonmembers
WMPMF is an opportunity to network with your colleagues in an informal setting, benefit from a valuable presentation, and earn a PDU at little cost. Pizza and soft drinks are included in the cost of the meeting.

September 20, 2017
The 3rd Annual Timmy Awards
Boston, MA | 6:00 pm
The Timmy Awards by Tech in Motion is an awards ceremony recognizing the best places for tech professionals to work in Boston. While many awards are given to brilliant individuals and their technological advancements, the Timmy Awards aim to recognize the companies and managers who employ those technologists, for supporting and driving innovation in their communities.

September 22, 2017
Professional Development Day South 2017
Norwood, MA | September 22-23 | @PMI_MassBay
Project Managers and Business Analysts today must focus on their careers to move forward and stay relevant in the new economy. Continual learning and alignment with your company’s strategic objectives has never been more important for your success.

September 28, 2017
Robotics Connect 2017
Cambridge, MA | 6:00 pm
We are partnering with the CIC in September to run a 4-hour mini-conference for Robotics and AI. More details to follow.

Rhode Island
September 6, 2017
Following the Clues with Wait Stats ~ Greg Celentano
East Greenwich, RI | 6:00 pm
Ever get stuck trying to diagnose a performance issue but not certain where SQL Server is feeling the hurt? How do you see patterns in SQL Server activity? The story of what SQL is waiting on is a good place to start. We’ll go through using the sys.dm_os_wait_stats and sys.dm_os_waiting_tasks management views.  We will also review some ways to mine and trend this wealth of data from SQL Server.

September 12, 2017
Providence Technology Leadership Roundtable
Providence, RI | 3:30 – 8:00 pm | $60 members; $80 nonmembers | @BostonSIM
We all know the threats that exist “out there”. We spend countless hours and massive resources protecting the kingdom from the invaders. But, how much effort do we expend protecting ourselves from, well, ourselves?  Attend and learn where the greatest internal threats exist, what to guard against, and how to mitigate the potential disasters that can occur if nothing is done.

Boston New Technology September 2017 Startup Showcase #BNT81
Boston, MA | 6:00 – 9:00 pm | $12 | @BostonNewTech
Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with 150 attendees from the Boston/Cambridge startup community! Dinner, beer, wine and more are included.

September 14, 2017
Rhode Island Transportation Innovation Partnership Expo
East Greenwich, RI | 8:00 – 11:00 am
Be a part of the conversation and participate in an interactive event where you can see for yourself the testing grounds for new and emerging technologies. Join us at NEIT on September 14 for a day-long forum where you’ll experience lively panel discussions on infrastructure planning, workforce changes and more.

September 20, 2017
Network After Work at AQUA
Providence, RI | 6:00 pm | $15
Join our community of millions across the US and expand your network at our next event. You’ll make great connections in a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere while expanding your network of contacts to fuel your career or business goals. We’ve become America’s premier face-to-face networking organization with hundreds of events each month, in over +100 cities across the US. Grab your business cards to get out and network with Network After Work.

September 26, 2017
Providence UX Meetup: Designers with Drinks
Providence, RI | 7:30 pm | @pvdUX
The ancient and loyal order of user experience professionals gathers monthly to toast beautiful, efficient, practical, and awe-inspiring digital design. The UX meetup is a casual gathering to meet local designers, swap industry techniques and news, and celebrate the remarkable design talent in Providence. Grab a cocktail, sling a wireframe, and meet some new and awesome people.

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August 2017 Tech Events

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: August 1, 2017

Summer may be flying by, but there’s still time to get out and network! Check out our list of August tech events:

Connecticut
August 1, 2017
HRACC Employment Connection Committee
Windsor, CT | 5:00 – 6:30 pm | @HRACC
These meetings are typically small group discussions. Attendees will have their individual questions answered and participate in open dialogue about best practices in job search for HR professionals. The focus of the meeting is to share best practices with respect to current issues and concerns around job search, and to provide networking opportunities for attendees.

August 3, 2017
Hartford Power BI User Group
Hartford, CT | 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Join us for our very first Hartford Power BI User Group meeting on August 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Microsoft Office at 280 Trumbull St. in Hartford.

August 9, 2017
Annual SMA Wine Tasting
Wallingford, CT | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | $10/person
Join SMA for a wine tasting on August 9th at Paradise Hills Vineyard in Wallingford.

August 11, 2017
Hartford Eastside Project Management Roundtable
East Hartford, CT | 7:30 – 9:00 am | Free for members; $10/person
In this path breaking talk, Dr. Ripi Singh highlights the way to inspire innovation for enterprise excellence. He further defines 5 levels of innovation Robustness Profile, and the 4 primary activities required to systematically progress the journey of innovation in your organization.

Massachusetts
August 8, 2017
Mass TLC ReDev
Cambridge, MA | 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
ReDev is the Boston’s premiere conference for Developers and Technical Executives who are striving to push limits and bring their organizations to the next level.

Boston Amazon Web Services Meetup
Boston, MA | 6:30 – 9:00 pm
This presentation will be on Cloud Security: discuss why organizations moving to AWS, AWS’s shared responsibility model, and what customers need to do in AWS. More info to come!

August 14, 2017
HackerNest Boston August Tech Social
Cambridge, MA | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
HackerNest Tech Socials are a fun, relaxed way to connect with your local tech community. Atmosphere: chill, friendly, unpretentious, agenda-free (no sales pitch), and brimming with Ultra Smart People.

Rhode Island
August 3, 2017
A JavaScript Stack to Build On: Intersecting UX and DX
Providence, RI | 7:00 pm
The front-end landscape has changed dramatically over the past couple years since the release of the latest EMCAScript specification in 2015 which has brought a new sense of maturity to JavaScript, in particular with the introduction of two key features; modules and classes. In this presentation, we will examine how a stack focusing on Yarn for package management, webpack for application bundling, and TypeScript for writing our application’s source code can give developers and organizations the building blocks to write more maintainable and optimized applications.

August 10, 2017
Rhode Island SHRM Summer Social
Cranston, RI | 5:30 – 8:30 pm | $30/person

August 15, 2017
Network After Work
Providence, RI | 6:00 pm | $15/person
Join our community of millions across the US and expand your network at our next event. You’ll make great connections in a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere while expanding your network of contacts to fuel your career or business goals. We’ve become America’s premier face-to-face networking organization with hundreds of events each month, in over +100 cities across the US. Grab your business cards to get out and network with Network After Work. 

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