Welcome to Geekend! Our first day's sessions are dedicated to startups and innovative thinking to grow and scale your business. Come ready to learn, share, and connect with your fellow Geekenders. End the day at Pitch Circus, and chase with a few cocktails at the afterparty!
Learn what it takes to create and sustain an emotionally healthy dynamic that fosters innovation and drives outcomes for you and your teams. Devin O’Bryan is a designer-educator with an eye for talent and a heart for cultivating that talent. He currently serves IBM’s Strategic Talent Program as design advocate and facilitator. His past 4 years have been filled with guiding and co-creating within IBM Corporate HR and IBM Design’s global education efforts with programs like IBM Design Bootcamp Experiences, IBM Designweek events, and building the immersive and award-winning, Maelstrom internship program. In this talk, Devin will share his experiences and lessons learned through Maelstrom as it grew to become the prime IBM’s premier software design experience.
1:00pm - 4:00pm
5:00pm - 6:30pm
This is your chance to climb into the shark tank! One by one, local entrepreneurs pitch their ideas, from inventions to businesses to game concepts, to a panel of expert judges who aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions. Jump into their shoes during the open Q&A, and vote on your favorites!
Make like your laptop charger and plug in, because today is all about serious fun. Discover what goes into video game development, explore the world in a new way with the latest in augmented and virtual reality technologies, and play the day away our Indie Game Arcade.
When the tools you use aren’t up to scratch, you can make do…or you can make new. In this session, Max Howell shares his experiences building the Homebrew package manager and its unexpected, explosive success. Homebrew is free and open source; in 2013 it had the most contributors of any project on GitHub. It continues to be used by developers all over the world.
This is the showcase for tech created by local students. Drop in to check out kid-coded video games, cast a vote for your favorite, and learn about the possibilities of coding.
This event is free and open to the public. If you are bringing children, please plan on staying with them for the duration of the event.
11:00am - 4:30pm