April 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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    Joseph Castle

    Open Source Aficionado

    U.S. General Services Administration

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    Joseph Castle

    Open Source Aficionado

    U.S. General Services Administration

    About

    I love all things open source! I am a developer, pracademic, Army vet, and public servant.

    Talk - Open Sourcing GSA

    At Work, 9:15am

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    Owen Beste

    Senior Lead Technologist

    Booz Allen Hamilton

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    Owen Beste

    Senior Lead Technologist

    Booz Allen Hamilton

    About

    Owen Beste spent 10 years on the front lines delivering software to Booz Allen Hamilton's federal clients. After years of watching project delivery teams struggle with the on-boarding of tools for new projects, he joined the firm's Client Solutions Network to build and manage a platform that provides teams across Booz Allen with secure and fast access to enterprise-grade tools, infrastructure, and expertise they need to get software delivery projects off the ground quickly.

    Talk - Enterprise Governance in Software Delivery: Getting from "File a ticket and wait" to immediate Self Service

    At Work, 1:30pm

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    Jamie Jones

    Principal Solutions Architect

    GitHub

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    Jamie Jones

    Principal Solutions Architect

    GitHub

    About

    Jamie is covers North America as a Principal Solutions Architect for GitHub, with a focus on Regulated Industries. He's helped organizations understand how software development processes are changing business outcomes and the role of modern technology in the day to day life of enterprises. He's been with GitHub for three years and is based out of Alexandria, VA.

    Talk - GitHub in 2018

    At Work, 10:15am

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    Rickey Zachary

    Software Research Engineer

    Northrop Grumman

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    Rickey Zachary

    Software Research Engineer

    Northrop Grumman

    About

    Rickey is a software engineer performing research in Agile, Cloud, and DevOps practices for supporting mission critical applications across federal and DoD agencies.

    Talk - Guidance on GitHub

    At Work, 11:45am

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    Ryan Hillard

    Digital Service Specialist

    U.S. Small Business Administration

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    Ryan Hillard

    Digital Service Specialist

    U.S. Small Business Administration

    About

    Ryan Hillard is a member of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Digital Service team. He is a former Scrum Master that previously worked for LegalZoom.com. Ryan’s background is in agile transformation. He claims a perfect record in civic hacking, having been on the winning team of all two events he has ever entered: Washington, D.C.’s National Civic Day of Hacking and George Washington University’s Design Thinking Competition for innovative problem solving. When Ryan is not glued to a computer screen, he likes to... oh, let’s face it, he is always glued to a computer screen.

    Talk - Digital Transformation: Seven Key Ingredients for Change

    At Work, 9:45am

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    Elizabeth Pemmerl

    Director, Public Sector

    GitHub

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    Elizabeth Pemmerl

    Director, Public Sector

    GitHub

    About

    Elizabeth leads GitHub's enterprise sales team for the US East Coast and Public Sector.

    Talk - GitHub in 2018

    At Work, 10:15am

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    Dan Kasun

    Sr. Manager - Technology Partners - WWPS

    Amazon Web Services

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    Dan Kasun

    Sr. Manager - Technology Partners - WWPS

    Amazon Web Services

    About

    EDan Kasun is Sr. Manager for Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector Partners. His organization is responsible for building and supporting the AWS partner channel and ISV ecosystem for government, education, and non-profit customers in the United States. This includes the establishment of programs for, and direct engagement with, system integrators, solution providers, independent software vendors and value added resellers. The depth and breadth of this partner ecosystem is critical to enabling government and education customers to leverage AWS cloud solutions successfully.

    Talk - GitHub and AWS: Security Automation in Highly Regulated Environments

    At Work, 1:00am

  • Jordan Bramble

    USDS

    Jordan Bramble

    USDS

    About

    Talk - Talk #3

    At Work, 11:15am

Part 2

Explore

Explore Speakers

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    Jordan Kasper

    Engineer

    Defense Digital Service, DoD

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    Jordan Kasper

    Engineer

    Defense Digital Service, DoD

    About

    Jordan joined the Defense Digital Service in 2017 to help make tech better in the DoD. DDS is one of many agency teams that are part of the United States Digital Service (USDS). His history includes startups, state and federal agencies, large corporations, and instructional institutions. Jordan has developed in numerous languages since getting his first computer in 1992.

    Talk - Code.mil: Open Sourcing the DoD

    Explore, 6:40pm

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    Joy Whitt

    Developer and Economic Intelligence Analyst

    Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

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    Joy Whitt

    Developer and Economic Intelligence Analyst

    Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

    About

    Joy Whitt is a Developer at the Office of the Chief Technology Office (OCTO), and an Economic Intelligence Analyst at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). She works on open data APIs, and visualization & analysis projects utilizing real estate, affordable housing, and business development data. She also organizes civic Hackathons on behalf of the Mayor’s office and with various tech inclusive groups like Tech Lady Hackathon in Washington, DC. In 2015, Joy transitioned into a career in tech by learning to code with organizations and individuals committed to teaching coding and programming to women and people of color.

    Talk - DC's Open Data Requests

    Explore, 7:00pm

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    Ksenia Coulter

    Web Developer

    Washington Post

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    Ksenia Coulter

    Web Developer

    Washington Post

    About

    Neuroscientist turned web developer, I am a Washington Post engineer solving problems of publishers in the digital age. In my spare time I over-analyze TV, help run Women Who Code DC (one of the most active WWC chapters in the world!), and mentor women in technology. Having had three careers and lived in three countries, I have a passion for making the tech community more inclusive and open to all.

    Talk - Getting The Most Out Of Code Reviews

    Explore, 7:20pm

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    Ben Balter

    Senior Product Manager

    GitHub

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    Ben Balter

    Senior Product Manager

    GitHub

    About

    Named one of the top 25 most influential people in government and technology and Fed50’s Disruptor of the Year, described by the US Chief Technology Officer as one of “the baddest of the badass innovators,” and winner of the Open Source People’s Choice Award, Ben Balter is a Product Manager at GitHub, the world’s largest software development network, where he oversees the company’s community and safety efforts. Previously, Ben served as GitHub’s Government Evangelist, leading the efforts to encourage government at all levels to adopt open source philosophies for code, for data, and for policy development. Prior to GitHub, Ben was a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Innovation Fellows where he served as entrepreneur in residence reimagining the role of technology in brokering the relationship between citizens and government. Ben has also served as a Fellow in the Office of the US Chief Information Officer within the Executive Office of the President where he was instrumental in drafting the President’s Digital Strategy and Open Data Policy, on the SoftWare Automation and Technology (SWAT) Team, the White House’s first and only agile development team, and as a New Media Fellow, in the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of the Managing Director. His paper, Towards a More Agile Government was published in the Public Contract Law Journal, arguing that Federal IT Procurement should be more amenable to modern, agile development methods. As an attorney passionate about the disruptive potential of technology, Ben holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University and is a member of the DC Bar. When not trying to change the world, he enjoys tackling otherwise-impossible challenges to sharing information using nothing more than duct tape, version control, and occasionally a pack of bubblegum.

    Talk - Introduction

    At Work, 9:00am

    Talk - Welcome from GitHub

    Explore, 6:30pm

Schedule

At Work

Thu April 19

8:30am

Doors open/Breakfast

Doors open/Breakfast

9:00am

Introduction

Ben Balter, GitHub

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Ben Balter

Senior Product Manager

GitHub

Introduction

9:15am

Open Sourcing GSA

Joseph Castle, U.S. General Services Administration

A day in the life of a person leading the charge to open source GSA and the government more generally. This includes discussion of complying with the Federal Source Code Policy (FSCP) by automating inventory management and static code scanning. It also includes support of Code.gov, the implementation platform of the FSCP.

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Joseph Castle

Open Source Aficionado

U.S. General Services Administration

Open Sourcing GSA

A day in the life of a person leading the charge to open source GSA and the government more generally. This includes discussion of complying with the Federal Source Code Policy (FSCP) by automating inventory management and static code scanning. It also includes support of Code.gov, the implementation platform of the FSCP.

9:45am

Digital Transformation: Seven Key Ingredients for Change

Ryan Hillard, U.S. Small Business Administration

Ready to brew a delicious stew? Today's recipe: technology transformation. This talk is intended for change agents in the Federal government, wanting to learn how they can take the next steps to modernize their own organization. Through this presentation, Ryan will walk you through the Small Business Administration’s two year journey of digital transformation. By focusing on two of the agency’s key properties, Certify.SBA.gov and SBA.gov, he will trace the agency's success and failure, outlining seven key ingredients, which you need for a tasty medley of true transformation.

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Ryan Hillard

Digital Service Specialist

U.S. Small Business Administration

Digital Transformation: Seven Key Ingredients for Change

Ready to brew a delicious stew? Today's recipe: technology transformation. This talk is intended for change agents in the Federal government, wanting to learn how they can take the next steps to modernize their own organization. Through this presentation, Ryan will walk you through the Small Business Administration’s two year journey of digital transformation. By focusing on two of the agency’s key properties, Certify.SBA.gov and SBA.gov, he will trace the agency's success and failure, outlining seven key ingredients, which you need for a tasty medley of true transformation.

10:15am

GitHub in 2018

Jamie Jones, GitHub

Elizabeth Pemmerl, GitHub

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Jamie Jones

Principal Solutions Architect

GitHub

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Elizabeth Pemmerl

Director, Public Sector

GitHub

GitHub in 2018

11:00am

Break

Break

11:15am

Talk #3

Jordan Bramble, USDS

Jordan Bramble

USDS

Talk #3

11:45am

Guidance on GitHub

Rickey Zachary, Northrop Grumman

As a large engineering organization Northrop Grumman has a huge engineering staff to support, that is geographically dispersed and at varied level of maturity. We will discuss how a large organizations catalog, store and deliver software engineering best practices specifically with GitHub.

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Rickey Zachary

Software Research Engineer

Northrop Grumman

Guidance on GitHub

As a large engineering organization Northrop Grumman has a huge engineering staff to support, that is geographically dispersed and at varied level of maturity. We will discuss how a large organizations catalog, store and deliver software engineering best practices specifically with GitHub.

12:15pm

Lunch

Lunch

1:00am

GitHub and AWS: Security Automation in Highly Regulated Environments

Dan Kasun, Amazon Web Services

DevSecOps has been established as the foundation and key accelerator for successful cloud service transformation. Core to this is enabling organizations to automate and orchestrate large scale operational governance processes, ensuring quality and security across each phase of the software development life-cycle and release process. Our session will focus on how GitHub and AWS create a streamlined approach to deploy this discipline in highly regulated environments, by delivering “Governance & Compliance as Code," keeping all of the policy mandates (FedRAMP, DFARS, PCI, etc.) intact, while allowing users to focus on transformative application migration and modernization on top of AWS.

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Dan Kasun

Sr. Manager - Technology Partners - WWPS

Amazon Web Services

GitHub and AWS: Security Automation in Highly Regulated Environments

DevSecOps has been established as the foundation and key accelerator for successful cloud service transformation. Core to this is enabling organizations to automate and orchestrate large scale operational governance processes, ensuring quality and security across each phase of the software development life-cycle and release process. Our session will focus on how GitHub and AWS create a streamlined approach to deploy this discipline in highly regulated environments, by delivering “Governance & Compliance as Code," keeping all of the policy mandates (FedRAMP, DFARS, PCI, etc.) intact, while allowing users to focus on transformative application migration and modernization on top of AWS.

1:30pm

Enterprise Governance in Software Delivery: Getting from "File a ticket and wait" to immediate Self Service

Owen Beste, Booz Allen Hamilton

Anyone who has done software delivery knows that getting the infrastructure to start a software project is fraught with difficulties. Corporate policies and processes can be painfully slow, teams may need to re-certify infrastructure for each new project. The response is often just to suffer or to move fast and risk security. Booz Allen's Client Solutions Network decided to change the paradigm by centralizing the software delivery infrastructure around a secure, monitored, enterprise-ready system of tools and processes that make it possible to be both fast and secure. Hear how Booz Allen started with the simple request to stand up GitHub enterprise and ended up building an entire platform that operationalizes an enterprise-grade secure collaboration environment with tools teams want and the flexibility to tailor to their needs. See how Booz Allen's Self Service Portal enables project teams to access to an ever-growing portfolio of tools in mere minutes.

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Owen Beste

Senior Lead Technologist

Booz Allen Hamilton

Enterprise Governance in Software Delivery: Getting from "File a ticket and wait" to immediate Self Service

Anyone who has done software delivery knows that getting the infrastructure to start a software project is fraught with difficulties. Corporate policies and processes can be painfully slow, teams may need to re-certify infrastructure for each new project. The response is often just to suffer or to move fast and risk security. Booz Allen's Client Solutions Network decided to change the paradigm by centralizing the software delivery infrastructure around a secure, monitored, enterprise-ready system of tools and processes that make it possible to be both fast and secure. Hear how Booz Allen started with the simple request to stand up GitHub enterprise and ended up building an entire platform that operationalizes an enterprise-grade secure collaboration environment with tools teams want and the flexibility to tailor to their needs. See how Booz Allen's Self Service Portal enables project teams to access to an ever-growing portfolio of tools in mere minutes.

2:00pm

Mingling

Mingling

Explore

Thu April 19

6:00pm

Doors open

Doors open

6:30pm

Welcome from GitHub

Ben Balter, GitHub

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Ben Balter

Senior Product Manager

GitHub

Welcome from GitHub

6:40pm

Code.mil: Open Sourcing the DoD

Jordan Kasper, Defense Digital Service, DoD

No one ever said open sourcing code at the DoD would be easy. [citation needed] Nevertheless, in February 2017 the Defense Digital Service set out to bring some much needed guidance to the Department. These efforts produced the recently launched Code.mil project, an experiment in open source at the Department of Defense. This session will highlight some of the amazing work that goes on in the DoD and the ongoing efforts to enable OSS at the DoD and across the Federal Government.

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Jordan Kasper

Engineer

Defense Digital Service, DoD

Code.mil: Open Sourcing the DoD

No one ever said open sourcing code at the DoD would be easy. [citation needed] Nevertheless, in February 2017 the Defense Digital Service set out to bring some much needed guidance to the Department. These efforts produced the recently launched Code.mil project, an experiment in open source at the Department of Defense. This session will highlight some of the amazing work that goes on in the DoD and the ongoing efforts to enable OSS at the DoD and across the Federal Government.

7:00pm

DC's Open Data Requests

Joy Whitt, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

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Joy Whitt

Developer and Economic Intelligence Analyst

Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

DC's Open Data Requests

7:20pm

Getting The Most Out Of Code Reviews

Ksenia Coulter, Washington Post

There is an inherent hierarchy to a typical code review – the code reviewer has some authority over the one being reviewed. This dynamic can lead to unnecessary tension and a shutdown of open communication on your team (humans are notoriously bad at giving and receiving feedback). But this dynamic plays out only if you view the role of a code reviewer as a gatekeeper guarding the code base from the reviewee. What if I told you there is another way? During this talk, we will reassess the purpose of the code review. How do we judge "good code"? What does it mean for code to be maintainable? How do we create a culture of trust where feedback is not painful? Using real examples and code snippets, we will discuss ways to use the code review process to improve your code base, reaffirm your team values, and promote a culture of learning.

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Ksenia Coulter

Web Developer

Washington Post

Getting The Most Out Of Code Reviews

There is an inherent hierarchy to a typical code review – the code reviewer has some authority over the one being reviewed. This dynamic can lead to unnecessary tension and a shutdown of open communication on your team (humans are notoriously bad at giving and receiving feedback). But this dynamic plays out only if you view the role of a code reviewer as a gatekeeper guarding the code base from the reviewee. What if I told you there is another way? During this talk, we will reassess the purpose of the code review. How do we judge "good code"? What does it mean for code to be maintainable? How do we create a culture of trust where feedback is not painful? Using real examples and code snippets, we will discuss ways to use the code review process to improve your code base, reaffirm your team values, and promote a culture of learning.

7:40pm

Networking

Networking

Washington DC

Sponsors

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 Washington DC 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