June 19, 2018

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

Part 1: At Work

Hear from software business leaders and entrepreneurs on how they’re using GitHub with their teams.

Part 2: Explore

Meet people building software in your community and learn about the projects they're working on.

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

Part 1

At Work

At Work Speakers

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    Katie Prizy

    Sr. DevOps Engineer

    HCSC

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    Katie Prizy

    Sr. DevOps Engineer

    HCSC

    About

    Katie is a Sr. DevOps Engineer and has worked at HCSC for 5 years leading CI/CD efforts to support the Enterprise.

    Talk - Baking behavior into tools

    At Work, 12:40pm

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    Cynthia Smith

    Senior Engineer

    Northwestern Mutual

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    Cynthia Smith

    Senior Engineer

    Northwestern Mutual

    About

    Cynthia Smith is a Senior Engineer at Northwestern Mutual and has worked in the tech industry for 14 years. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Cynthia has led multiple transformative efforts, including an Active Directory redesign, establishing public cloud capabilities, introducing Open Source Contributions at Northwestern Mutual, and promoting Continuous Delivery.

    Talk - Journey to Corporate Open Source Contributions

    At Work, 1:10pm

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    Kathy Maher

    Product Owner and Engineering Manager

    Allstate Insurance

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    Kathy Maher

    Product Owner and Engineering Manager

    Allstate Insurance

    About

    Kathy is part of a leadership group driving digital transformation and DevOps culture across Allstate’s new CompoZed labs environments. She is responsible for a portfolio of software products in support of security management and is helping her organization accelerate the delivery and support of business value by making the right thing the simple thing to do. Her vision is to increase the risk posture while reducing the burden on application development teams by integrating security and risk management into the delivery lifecycle. Kathy is passionate about driving innovation forward and contributes her success to her people and collaboration with others. She thrives on challenges and does her best to inspire those around her to be their best. She is also actively engaged with the Women in Technology at Allstate employee group.

    Talk - Reducing Risk Exposure with Iterative Automation

    At Work, 2:30pm

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    Phil Ibarrola

    TechOps Head of Technology

    ThoughtWorks

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    Phil Ibarrola

    TechOps Head of Technology

    ThoughtWorks

    About

    As the Head of Technology for ThoughtWorks, Phil acts as the face of the development and is responsible for the software delivery teams. With over 25 years at ThoughtWorks, Phil provides the technical governance across all projects within the TechOps portfolio and ensures the application of standards and practices across teams.

    Talk - InnerSource to scale teams and deliver innovation

    At Work, 2:00pm

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    Michael Nguyen

    Solutions Engineer

    GitHub

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    Michael Nguyen

    Solutions Engineer

    GitHub

    About

    Mike is a member of the GitHub Solutions Engineering Team -- working with customers to optimize their GitHub experience from configuration to process and practice. He is passionate about continuous improvement of all the things. Mike graduated from the University of Waterloo, starting his career in development and QA. He made the move to technical sales, so he could help and work with customers directly -- earning experience from traditional Waterfall development to modern Agile methodologies, and onto DevOps and Open Source practices and principles.

    Talk - GitHub Production Direction

    At Work, 3:00pm

Part 2

Explore

Explore Speakers

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    Brandon Keepers

    Engineer

    GitHub

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    Brandon Keepers

    Engineer

    GitHub

    About

    Brandon Keepers has been crafting great products with software for almost two decades. He joined GitHub in 2011 and has played a few different roles in engineering and marketing. As Director of Open Source, he helped evolve GitHub as platform for building open source software, and advocated on behalf of communities and companies participating in open source. Most recently, he is focused on improving developer workflows and integration between GitHub and other developer tools. He has maintained and contributed to many popular open source projects over the years. His latest obsession is Probot, an open source framework for building and sharing GitHub Apps. Brandon lives in Chicago with his wife Dustyn and dog Rita.

    Talk - Automating Software Development

    Explore, 7:10pm

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    Saundra Castaneda

    Software Engineer

    GitHub

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    Saundra Castaneda

    Software Engineer

    GitHub

    About

    Saundra graduated from DePaul University with a BS in Computer Science. She had a passion for helping others with the power of coding and teaching. After interning with GitHub twice through fellowships with Code2040, she joined the company full-time as part of the GitCoin team. You can usually find her with a dog or admiring one from afar.

    Talk - Creating safe and welcoming communities

    Explore, 7:30pm

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    Lorena Mesa

    Software Engineer, Data Science

    Sprout Social

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    Lorena Mesa

    Software Engineer, Data Science

    Sprout Social

    About

    Political scientist turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a software engineer on Sprout Social’s data science team, Director on the Python Software Foundation, and PyLadies Chicago co-organizer. Lorena's time at Obama for America and her subsequent graduate research required her to learn how to transform messy, incomplete data into intelligible analysis on topics like predicting Latinx voter behavior. It's this unique background in research and applied mathematics that drove Lorena to pursue a career in engineering and data science. One part activist, one part Star Wars fanatic, and another part Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to "live long and prosper".

    Talk - Data Ethics and Me: What is it and why should I care as a technologist and technology user?

    Explore, 7:50pm

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    Reid Draper

    Engineering Manager

    GitHub

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    Reid Draper

    Engineering Manager

    GitHub

    About

    Reid manages the Machine Learning infrastructure team at GitHub, and has spent the majority of his career in the distributed systems, functional programming, and database communities.

    Talk - Welcome from GitHub

    Explore, 7:00pm

    Talk - Thank you from GitHub

    Explore, 8:10pm

Schedule

At Work

Tue June 19

11:30am

Doors Open and Lunch

Doors Open and Lunch

12:30pm

Welcome from GitHub

Welcome from GitHub

12:40pm

Baking behavior into tools

Katie Prizy, HCSC

Two years ago, HCSC started a giant project to migrate over 1200 users from various legacy source control tools to GitHub. Our financial and audit regulations require all source code changes to be tied to a documented requirement. Prior to GitHub, teams were asked to provide this documentation manually. As part of the migration, we set a goal to automate that connection, but that required some steps from our development teams. Through the use of pre-commit and Pull Request hooks, we were able to force specific behavior from our development teams to make meeting these audit and financial requirements seamless and automatic.

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Katie Prizy

Sr. DevOps Engineer

HCSC

Baking behavior into tools

Two years ago, HCSC started a giant project to migrate over 1200 users from various legacy source control tools to GitHub. Our financial and audit regulations require all source code changes to be tied to a documented requirement. Prior to GitHub, teams were asked to provide this documentation manually. As part of the migration, we set a goal to automate that connection, but that required some steps from our development teams. Through the use of pre-commit and Pull Request hooks, we were able to force specific behavior from our development teams to make meeting these audit and financial requirements seamless and automatic.

1:10pm

Journey to Corporate Open Source Contributions

Cynthia Smith, Northwestern Mutual

While many companies allow developers to use Open Source Software, fewer allow them to also contribute back to those projects. This could be harming your company’s employee engagement, not to mention your bottom line. Northwestern Mutual bucked the trend, and created a process to enable Open Source contributions in 90 days. Learn about it here.

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Cynthia Smith

Senior Engineer

Northwestern Mutual

Journey to Corporate Open Source Contributions

While many companies allow developers to use Open Source Software, fewer allow them to also contribute back to those projects. This could be harming your company’s employee engagement, not to mention your bottom line. Northwestern Mutual bucked the trend, and created a process to enable Open Source contributions in 90 days. Learn about it here.

1:40pm

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

2:00pm

InnerSource to scale teams and deliver innovation

Phil Ibarrola, ThoughtWorks

ThoughtWorks brings strategy, portfolio management, and product design, combined with digital engineering excellence to our clients. In this talk, we'll cover how we use GitHub and the git workflow as a key collaboration tool for a globally distributed team. This allows us to create value for our clients, including how internal contributions create innovation that lets us quickly deliver value.

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Phil Ibarrola

TechOps Head of Technology

ThoughtWorks

InnerSource to scale teams and deliver innovation

ThoughtWorks brings strategy, portfolio management, and product design, combined with digital engineering excellence to our clients. In this talk, we'll cover how we use GitHub and the git workflow as a key collaboration tool for a globally distributed team. This allows us to create value for our clients, including how internal contributions create innovation that lets us quickly deliver value.

2:30pm

Reducing Risk Exposure with Iterative Automation

Kathy Maher, Allstate Insurance

Learn how iterative automation can improve both security and risk management compliance. At Allstate Insurance, we have developed a framework of products that automate blue/green application deployment to our CF environments while enabling automated security scanning and providing full traceability of code all the way through a CI/CD pipeline satisfying audit requirements. Learn how we’ve done this by integrating with standard backlog, repository and pipeline delivery tools making it easy for Audit to come in and prove we are 100% compliant. We are hoping to open source this solution for future collaboration!

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Kathy Maher

Product Owner and Engineering Manager

Allstate Insurance

Reducing Risk Exposure with Iterative Automation

Learn how iterative automation can improve both security and risk management compliance. At Allstate Insurance, we have developed a framework of products that automate blue/green application deployment to our CF environments while enabling automated security scanning and providing full traceability of code all the way through a CI/CD pipeline satisfying audit requirements. Learn how we’ve done this by integrating with standard backlog, repository and pipeline delivery tools making it easy for Audit to come in and prove we are 100% compliant. We are hoping to open source this solution for future collaboration!

3:00pm

GitHub Production Direction

Michael Nguyen, GitHub

A glimpse at the GitHub platform vision for this year and beyond

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Michael Nguyen

Solutions Engineer

GitHub

GitHub Production Direction

A glimpse at the GitHub platform vision for this year and beyond

3:30pm

Drinks and Networking

Drinks and Networking

4:30pm

Close

Close

Explore

Tue June 19

6:00pm

Doors open

Doors open

7:00pm

Welcome from GitHub

Reid Draper, GitHub

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Reid Draper

Engineering Manager

GitHub

Welcome from GitHub

7:10pm

Automating Software Development

Brandon Keepers, GitHub

Software is more than code, and a lot of time and overhead that goes into building software can be automated. This talk will look at the tools and techniques that software teams are using to automate everything from project management, to code review, to product feedback.

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Brandon Keepers

Engineer

GitHub

Automating Software Development

Software is more than code, and a lot of time and overhead that goes into building software can be automated. This talk will look at the tools and techniques that software teams are using to automate everything from project management, to code review, to product feedback.

7:30pm

Creating safe and welcoming communities

Saundra Castaneda, GitHub

Just about everyone can identify at least one community that they are a part of whether it's an online group, a club that meets in person, or a hybrid of both. But not all create a welcoming environment that's inclusive and makes their members feel safe. What does it take to ensure that you're running a community that's both welcoming and safe? In this talk, you'll learn about what defines a community, Code of Conducts, inclusivity, and how to resolve issues.

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Saundra Castaneda

Software Engineer

GitHub

Creating safe and welcoming communities

Just about everyone can identify at least one community that they are a part of whether it's an online group, a club that meets in person, or a hybrid of both. But not all create a welcoming environment that's inclusive and makes their members feel safe. What does it take to ensure that you're running a community that's both welcoming and safe? In this talk, you'll learn about what defines a community, Code of Conducts, inclusivity, and how to resolve issues.

7:50pm

Data Ethics and Me: What is it and why should I care as a technologist and technology user?

Lorena Mesa, Sprout Social

We've heard about GDPR, the data leak from Facebook, and a general cry by data scientsts like DJ Patil that we need an ethical code for data use and consumption. However, do we really know what data ethics is? In this talk, we'll review the current landscape of what data ethics is from the vantage point of both a technologist and a technology user.

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Lorena Mesa

Software Engineer, Data Science

Sprout Social

Data Ethics and Me: What is it and why should I care as a technologist and technology user?

We've heard about GDPR, the data leak from Facebook, and a general cry by data scientsts like DJ Patil that we need an ethical code for data use and consumption. However, do we really know what data ethics is? In this talk, we'll review the current landscape of what data ethics is from the vantage point of both a technologist and a technology user.

8:10pm

Thank you from GitHub

Reid Draper, GitHub

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Reid Draper

Engineering Manager

GitHub

Thank you from GitHub

8:15pm

Networking

Networking

9:30pm

Doors close

Doors close

Chicago

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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 Chicago presenters will be speaking in English.

  • Will parking be available?

    We highly encourage attendees to take public transportation or ridesharing services to events. Parking is not provided at the venue but can be found in the general area.

  • 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 At Work.

  • 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