Room 327

Startups: Facts and Fantasies - “I am a developer and think I want to start my own company. Where do I start?”

Sara Hand

Sara Hand

Spark Growth

If you want better answers, ask better questions. In this fast paced session we are going to ask a lot of questions, starting with: Are you sure you want to start your own company? Where do I get money? What do I really need to know? How do I get checks…someone has to? And we will dispel some favorite myths. If you want better answers ask better questions. A regular speaker for technology professionals, this is fast paced session with the answers to the questions I hear most often…unless, of course, you want to take the long road.


Beginner
Room 327
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Peter Nealis

Peter Nealis

Peter Nealis

Taft Stettinus & Hollister LLP

Peter will lead a discussion of the basis legal issues that entrepreneurs should consider in starting their business, including with respect to choice of entity, capital structure, and required legal documents. Peter's discussion will place a particular emphasis on capital formation, including structuring you company in a manner that is most likely to attract outside investment capital.


Beginner
Room 327
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Virtualizing the digital word in education

Davis W Graham

Davis W Graham

Great Physician Software Company

Today education is a noninclusive or exclusive delivery system. We have based our education system on how well you read and how well you write. Our education system is not measuring individuals as to how well they gain knowledge and how well they expressed knowledge. By doing so, it has created an economic issue to one extreme, while creating a technological frontier yet to be discovered. This session is providing a glimpse of how technology has made a once exclusive learning environment into an inclusive environment. With the advent of the smartphone focusing specifically on the iPhone/iPad/iPod and how the embedded text-to-speech software (TTS) gives access to the individual whether they can read or not read. Delivering the digital word to our "underutilized auditory network"* through the TTS in our 1st language which is our auditory language is empowering almost all individuals. While Apple's iDevice has the exclusive market on TTS, almost all smartphones have the speech to text (STT), empowering the person to be as creative as they want to be without worrying about how well they spell. Today like never before the printed word, is now a digital word sitting on top of the Internet of things (IoT). This in itself is the gateway to deep and immersive learning at our fingertips. I will demonstrate how technology has led us onto a pathway to a new foundation in education yet to be implemented but for some are ready obtained. Augmented reality and virtual reality is already here in education. The textbook is not a hurdle but an invitation to a virtual education which can be accessible to the world. *Matthew Schneps-MIT-Using Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading, American Scientific.


Advanced
Room 327
01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

Everything Wants to be Connected

Stan Schultes

Stan Schultes

Spark Growth

Smart Cities and IoE and IIoT - oh my! From Cloud IoT connectors to big data analytics and Blockchain, there are a lot of moving parts. Where do you even begin? What are the challenges you will face? What are the opportunities, and for you as a developer or device specialist, where's the money? It has been noted that in the potential $25B-$250B IoT market by 2025, very few of the companies that will lead the charge have even been formed yet. Where might you play? This will be the business side of an architectural-level discussion that slants toward development of Smart Cities, looking at what is the Internet of Everything, overviews security and technical challenges, and covers some of the tools and players out there.


Beginner
Room 327
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM

Why Software Projects Fail

Bob DePree

Bob DePree

The ClearChase Corporation

Why Software Projects Fail. Figures vary, but somewhere around two thirds of software development projects fail. Somewhere around a third of companies attempting large development projects have had their existence threatened by the failure. Of course, for small software start-ups, a major software development failure almost always leads to the failure of the company. In this talk, we will discuss why software projects fail. Topics include management, scheduling, recruiting, architecture, technical debt, open source, security, methodologies, and testing.


Beginner
Room 327
03:00 PM - 03:50 PM

Talking to Humans (Customers)

Michael W. Ritchie

Michael W. Ritchie

Germinal

Informed product development through customer interaction. Considering creating a new startup, developing a new product, or new division? This session offers concrete examples on how to recruit candidates, conduct interviews, and how to prioritize learning from customers through listening. Don't waste your time building products that the customer may not want.


Beginner
Room 327
04:00 PM - 04:50 PM