February 26 – February 27, 2018

This is your chance to meet experts, share work, and contribute to the future of software—together.

Part 1: Explore

Hear from the area's top tech and community leaders, and meet fellow builders at this one-of-kind community conference. We’ll spend an evening exploring what’s new, what’s to come, and how you can get involved.

Part 2: At Work

This one-day event brings together team leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss what (and how) they’re using GitHub at work.

Register for the event that fits your interests—or join us for both!

Part 1

Explore

Part 1 Speakers

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    Alicia Carr

    CEO / Founder

    Pevo

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    Alicia Carr

    CEO / Founder

    Pevo

    About

    Alicia is the first woman of color mobile developer to create a domestic violence app Purple Evolution, Inc(PEVO) dedicated to helping victims escape abuse. She used her acquired skills as a developer to make a difference. Alicia also dedicated her time to empowering women in tech with Women Who Code, she has received several major acknowledgment from Apple at WWDC15 and WWDC16 being the first black woman to be in an Apple 2016 new beginnings video and GitHub in there I am a developer video.

    Talk - Is it too late to learn how to program and how being a developer changed my life

    Part 1, 7:15pm

  • headshot of John Britton

    John Britton

    Senior Director, Developer Marketing

    GitHub

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    John Britton

    Senior Director, Developer Marketing

    GitHub

    About

    Talk - Welcome

    Part 1, 7:00pm

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    Luigi Ray-Montanez

    Principal Software Engineer

    Code for America / Code for Atlanta

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    Luigi Ray-Montanez

    Principal Software Engineer

    Code for America / Code for Atlanta

    About

    Luigi has been a proud civic hacker since 2008, when he published an open-source Ruby gem for an early open government API from Sunlight Labs. He currently works as a principal software engineer at Code for America. In 2014, Luigi co-founded Code for Atlanta and continues to help run it today. He also served on the Code for America Brigade National Advisory Council in 2017. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

    Talk - Civic Tech: No one's coming. It's up to us.

    Part 1, 7:45pm

Part 2

At Work

Part 2 Speakers

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    Charles Brian Quinn

    Principal and Product Owner

    Big Nerd Ranch

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    Charles Brian Quinn

    Principal and Product Owner

    Big Nerd Ranch

    About

    Charles Brian Quinn, also known as CBQ, is a passionate technologist, a programmer at heart, an entrepreneur to the core, an investor in people, a builder of products, an ardent salesperson, a loquacious speaker, a fumbling writer, and a self-proclaimed coffee snob. He enjoys sailing, running, and racing two-wheeled vehicles in the mud and on the track.

    Talk - Launching a Month Early?!?

    Part 2, 1:00pm

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    Erica Stanley

    Engineering Manager

    SalesLoft

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    Erica Stanley

    Engineering Manager

    SalesLoft

    About

    Erica Stanley is a software engineer, entrepreneur and tech diversity & inclusion advocate. She is a software engineering manager at SalesLoft – where she’s helping grow the product engineering team for the 4th fastest growing SaaS company in North America. She currently leads the Analytics and Integrations engineering teams--working with amazing engineers, product managers and designers to expose actionable data and insights that optimize our customers' sales processes. Erica also works passionately towards gender and multicultural inclusion in tech, via education and increased exposure to opportunities. As Founder of the Atlanta network of Women Who Code, she organizes events and opportunities to help women thrive in tech.

    Talk - Code Reviews, For the Culture

    Part 2, 1:30pm

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    Matt Terwilliger

    Site Reliability Engineer

    MailChimp

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    Matt Terwilliger

    Site Reliability Engineer

    MailChimp

    About

    Matt is a Site Reliability Engineer at MailChimp where he's touched a little bit of everything. Previously, he studied Computer Science at University of Michigan. He enjoys these mild southern winters, the great outdoors, photography, and coffee.

    Talk - How MailChimp Deploys to Production 50+ Times Per Day

    Part 2, 3:00pm

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    Greg Padak

    Solutions Engineer

    GitHub

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    Greg Padak

    Solutions Engineer

    GitHub

    About

    Greg is a GitHub veteran based in Atlanta, but most often spotted in the field speaking with software professionals, hobbyists, and newcomers of all backgrounds. As a longtime DevOps practitioner, Greg has built teams and systems for teams that reduce friction and break down barriers to collaboration. In order to do this well, Greg spends most of his time working with development tools, both old and new, to constantly stay in tune with an ever-evolving software ecosystem.

    Talk - GitHub Product Direction

    Part 2, 2:30pm

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    Dustin Bennett

    Software Engineer Senior Manager

    The Home Depot

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    Dustin Bennett

    Software Engineer Senior Manager

    The Home Depot

    About

    Dustin is a Software Engineer Senior Manager at The Home Depot responsible for enterprise application platforms and developer tools targeting a community of thousands of software engineers. Current efforts include building out platforms on hybrid cloud architecture, retirement of legacy applications and platforms, Jenkins, Sonar, and GitHub operation, as well as development of software supporting all of these initiatives. Dustin has served as a systems engineer, product manager, and software developer in the transportation and retail industries. Originally from Atlanta, he played football at MIT and moved back down south in search of a warmer climate.

    Talk - Wading into Open Source in the Enterprise

    Part 2, 2:00pm

Schedule

Mon February 26

6:30pm

Doors Open

Doors Open

7:00pm

Welcome

John Britton, GitHub

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John Britton

Senior Director, Developer Marketing

GitHub

Welcome

7:15pm

Is it too late to learn how to program and how being a developer changed my life

Alicia Carr, Pevo

I will talk about how and why I wanted to be an iOS mobile developer at the age of 51. How a 16 year inspired me to learn to code and the challenges I face after becoming an iOS developer being the first self-taught African American woman mobile developer to create a domestic violence app dedicated to helping victims escape abuse and how Apple found me and was highlight at WWDC 2015, 2016 keynote event and GitHub I am a developer video. Some people want to believe that people my age are out of touch with technology and as a woman.

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Alicia Carr

CEO / Founder

Pevo

Is it too late to learn how to program and how being a developer changed my life

I will talk about how and why I wanted to be an iOS mobile developer at the age of 51. How a 16 year inspired me to learn to code and the challenges I face after becoming an iOS developer being the first self-taught African American woman mobile developer to create a domestic violence app dedicated to helping victims escape abuse and how Apple found me and was highlight at WWDC 2015, 2016 keynote event and GitHub I am a developer video. Some people want to believe that people my age are out of touch with technology and as a woman.

7:45pm

Civic Tech: No one's coming. It's up to us.

Luigi Ray-Montanez, Code for America / Code for Atlanta

Across the country and the globe, technologists are realizing the potential they have to make their communities better through the movement known as Civic Tech. By advocating for open data and open source software, data scientists and software developers are pushing governments and non-profits to be more accountable and effective. User experience designers are advocating for modern, people-centered approaches to human and social services. Civic Tech is a movement with strong roots in Atlanta, and you can join it today.

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Luigi Ray-Montanez

Principal Software Engineer

Code for America / Code for Atlanta

Civic Tech: No one's coming. It's up to us.

Across the country and the globe, technologists are realizing the potential they have to make their communities better through the movement known as Civic Tech. By advocating for open data and open source software, data scientists and software developers are pushing governments and non-profits to be more accountable and effective. User experience designers are advocating for modern, people-centered approaches to human and social services. Civic Tech is a movement with strong roots in Atlanta, and you can join it today.

8:00pm

Drinks and Networking

Drinks and Networking

9:30pm

Close

Close

Tue February 27

12:30pm

Doors Open and Lunch

Doors Open and Lunch

1:00pm

Welcome

Welcome

1:00pm

Launching a Month Early?!?

Charles Brian Quinn, Big Nerd Ranch

At Big Nerd Ranch, we launched The Frontier, a new screencast service, a month earlier than planned to our customers via a customer pilot. Yes, it wasn't quite perfect, and we had tons of manual workflows and hotfixes, but through the help of a couple of workflow automation tools including GitHub, the Pull Request workflow, continuous integration, review apps -- we were able to launch early and gain critical feedback, and deploy these changes even quicker. I'll talk about how we changed our workflow a few times, and the resulting measurements of velocity and a few of the things that worked (including a slack notification every time someone signed up), and a few that didn't.

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Charles Brian Quinn

Principal and Product Owner

Big Nerd Ranch

Launching a Month Early?!?

At Big Nerd Ranch, we launched The Frontier, a new screencast service, a month earlier than planned to our customers via a customer pilot. Yes, it wasn't quite perfect, and we had tons of manual workflows and hotfixes, but through the help of a couple of workflow automation tools including GitHub, the Pull Request workflow, continuous integration, review apps -- we were able to launch early and gain critical feedback, and deploy these changes even quicker. I'll talk about how we changed our workflow a few times, and the resulting measurements of velocity and a few of the things that worked (including a slack notification every time someone signed up), and a few that didn't.

1:30pm

Code Reviews, For the Culture

Erica Stanley, SalesLoft

Our engineering workflow at SalesLoft revolves around the tools GitHub provides for our code review process. Code reviews here are more than just a way to make sure we don’t introduce new bugs into the codebase. They have become pillars of our team’s engineering culture—ensuring code quality, encouraging collaboration and providing valuable teaching and learning opportunities. We’ll look at the ways our code review process reflects and reinforces our engineering culture. Then we’ll walk through the process with an actual Pull Request and identify best practices for more useful code reviews.

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Erica Stanley

Engineering Manager

SalesLoft

Code Reviews, For the Culture

Our engineering workflow at SalesLoft revolves around the tools GitHub provides for our code review process. Code reviews here are more than just a way to make sure we don’t introduce new bugs into the codebase. They have become pillars of our team’s engineering culture—ensuring code quality, encouraging collaboration and providing valuable teaching and learning opportunities. We’ll look at the ways our code review process reflects and reinforces our engineering culture. Then we’ll walk through the process with an actual Pull Request and identify best practices for more useful code reviews.

2:00pm

Wading into Open Source in the Enterprise

Dustin Bennett, The Home Depot

In October 2017, The Home Depot joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation, which supports a large open source project. Since then, the world’s largest home improvement retailer developed and has been executing on a strategy to give back meaningful contributions to the open source project. Dustin will discuss the initial approach and activity so far including successes and lessons learned.

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Dustin Bennett

Software Engineer Senior Manager

The Home Depot

Wading into Open Source in the Enterprise

In October 2017, The Home Depot joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation, which supports a large open source project. Since then, the world’s largest home improvement retailer developed and has been executing on a strategy to give back meaningful contributions to the open source project. Dustin will discuss the initial approach and activity so far including successes and lessons learned.

2:15pm

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

2:30pm

GitHub Product Direction

Greg Padak, GitHub

Over the last decade, software teams have counted on GitHub to turn their experimental ideas into some of the world’s most important technologies. In this session, [Presenter Name] will share our vision for the future of the GitHub platform with a preview of the products and trends that will shape your next big project.

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Greg Padak

Solutions Engineer

GitHub

GitHub Product Direction

Over the last decade, software teams have counted on GitHub to turn their experimental ideas into some of the world’s most important technologies. In this session, [Presenter Name] will share our vision for the future of the GitHub platform with a preview of the products and trends that will shape your next big project.

3:00pm

How MailChimp Deploys to Production 50+ Times Per Day

Matt Terwilliger, MailChimp

This is the story of how MailChimp moved one application and 100+ engineers from bespoke, monthly releases to 50+ continuous deployments per day. Now, within minutes of pressing merge, code is live to MailChimp's 16 million customers. We'll cover the process and cultural growth that got us here – with a few technical deep dives along the way.

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Matt Terwilliger

Site Reliability Engineer

MailChimp

How MailChimp Deploys to Production 50+ Times Per Day

This is the story of how MailChimp moved one application and 100+ engineers from bespoke, monthly releases to 50+ continuous deployments per day. Now, within minutes of pressing merge, code is live to MailChimp's 16 million customers. We'll cover the process and cultural growth that got us here – with a few technical deep dives along the way.

3:30pm

Drinks and Networking

Drinks and Networking

4:30pm

Close

Close

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FAQ

  • Do I need my ID for entry?

    An email confirmation is all you need to check you in.

  • What language will the events be in?

    Constellation Atlanta presenters will be speaking in English.

  • Will parking be available?

    We highly encourage attendees to take public transportation or ridesharing services to events. There is a parking lot in Tech Square with hourly parking.

  • Will there be a place for me to store things?

    Yes, we’ll have a coat check area. Please don’t leave any valuables.

  • Where do I go if I lose something?

    Find a GitHub team member if you lose something while at the event. Email constellation@github.com if you realize you lost something after.

  • Do you provide meals?

    We’ll provide light bites and beverages at Explore, and lunch will be served at Align.

  • Do you accommodate special dietary needs?

    Gluten free and vegetarian options are always provided at our events. If you have additional dietary needs, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

  • Will non-alcoholic options be available at the meetup?

    Yes.

  • What if I don’t want my picture taken?

    Please let a GitHub team member know upon check-in. You’ll be provided with a red lanyard to let our photographer know.

  • I have a question which isn't answered here?

    Email it to constellation@github.com