Tech Talks by The Collab Lab
Join us for a new Tech Talk every 2 weeks. RSVP on Meetup.
Secrets of a Stealth Mentee – 5 May 2021
Your dream mentor is right around the corner, but they don't need to know that! In this talk, you’ll discover how to find and work with the great mentors you deserve. You’ll learn how to extract insights tailored to you and to keep the great advice coming. The best part? You can use these strategies even if you're not in a formal mentorship program. Maybe you don’t even know what you want right now, and that’s ok! You can still receive mentorship to help you identify and grow into the next stage of your career. We don’t have to wait to be chosen--let’s help others help us.
KWu is a lead Ruby developer at Heroku. In college, she added a Psychology major to learn how to people--but using books. Besides always analyzing due to lacking intuition, she also enjoys cooking and semi-hate-reading parenting books.
Making Process Work for Your Dev Team – 21 Apr 2021
Working as a developer is so much more than writing code: it’s participating in and collaborating with others on the processes that help teams run, from reviewing pull requests to running retros.
On healthy teams, processes are a force for good: they enhance communication and alignment, document shared values and commitments, and make our work more inclusive and accessible to folks beyond our immediate team.
But at many tech companies, processes can become slow, inflexible, and bloated—leading to poor communication and low morale. Come to this talk to learn how to spot those processes that need improvement, and how to create and refine processes that work for your dev team.
About our speaker:
Adrienne Lowe is an experienced engineering leader and director of distributed development and ops teams, and a keynote speaker beloved for her ability to inspire and motivate. Read her writing at Leading with Spoons and follow her on Twitter @adriennefriend
Lightning talks #2 – 8 Apr 2021
Welcome to our 2nd ever lightning talks Meetup!
Each speaker has 10 minutes (including time for questions!) to present the following topics:
- Shajia Abidi will talk about her journey from a non-technical background (journalism) into tech, and how she used her background to move forward in tech
- James Cox will talk about his experiences with burnout, how he overcame it, and the systems he put in place to improve his mental health and help avoid burn out in the future
- Eddie Solar will talk about testing in React with Cypress
- Liz Bañol will talk (in Spanish!) about assertive communication in the workplace
- Stacie Taylor will talk about meaningful ways to approach learning as an early career engineer that will increase your technical understanding AND the value to you being to your company
So you want to be an engineering manager? – 25 Mar 2021
There are plenty of resources for how to become a more effective manager. Even more resources for how to become a more effective engineer. But what about actually transitioning from engineer to manager?
In this talk, I aim to provide resources for how to proactively prepare for engineering management. In particular, we’ll look at some ways to frame the common types of Engineering Managers (there’s different types?!?), how their work tends to breakdown across a couple of key areas, and some strategies we can enact to build the skill.
Jayson J. Phillips is a technologist and plays one on TV, too! He’s a Sr Engineering Manager at Coursera, leading a team of engineers focusing on building the best possible online course experiences for learners worldwide. Periodically, he also teaches web development and data visualization bootcamps, most recently at UCLA Extension. As for the TV part, Jayson hosts a twice-weekly stream on Twitch entitled “Pull Up and Code!”, where he creates content meant to bring together engineers new and experienced with a bit of light-hearted fun — and a ton of bugs.
Originally from The Bronx, NY, Jayson currently calls Oakland home, and is proud of his “non-traditional” journey over his 19+ years in software engineering.
Storybook with Nick Taylor – 10 Mar 2021
Storybook is a tool for building out components and documenting a system of components. It allows you to build components in an isolated environment. This promotes good component practices as well as potentially faster development time as you do not need to rely on the application(s) that consume them.
What we'll cover:
- Some Examples of Storybook
- Writing your first Storybook story
- Customizing Storybook
- Configuring look and feel of Storybook
- Advanced: Customizing Webpack for Storybook
- Setting up Storybook for your Collab Lab project!
- Live Coding: Let’s Make Some Stories for your Collab Lab Project!
It’s Complicated: Intro to Observability with Aisha Blake – 24 Feb 2021
Software is complicated! Observability is a measure of how much we can observe about our applications so we can deal with that complexity and answer the inevitable questions that crop up as we dig for the root causes of problems. Discover how observability can help you brave the unknown and increase the reliability of the software you build!
PEDAC: A Problem-Solving Approach with Mindy Zwanziger – 10 Feb 2021
About Mindy Zwanziger
Mindy is a math teacher turned software engineer with a goal of supporting folk entering the tech field. She has a degree in math and spent two years teaching middle and high school students before deciding it wasn't quite the right fit.
She attended an online coding school called Launch School and was fortunate to participate in one of the first cohorts of Collab Lab—a project-based collaborative experience for new developers. She currently works as a Software Engineer at New Relic.
Whether approaching your next story on the sprint board or sitting under an interviewer's gaze during a coding challenge - it’s easy to misinterpret requirements, overlook simple solutions, or feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem.
The PEDAC problem-solving approach gives you a tool to work through the challenge in front of you. We’ll explain the why and how behind PEDAC and work through examples both together and individually so you can walk away with a working knowledge of this tool. Particularly useful for early-career developers looking for a leg up in coding interviews, but practicing this mindset is useful for day-to-day development as well.
The Web We Deserve, with Molly Holzschlag – 27 Jan 2021
Molly Holzschlag has been described as the “fairy godmother” of the web. At the forefront of the early-2000s web standards movement, few people have done more to fight for the open web.
In what is sure to be a wide-ranging talk, Molly will attempt to help us answer the question of whether the web we have is the web we deserve.
My Journey Into Tech by Bekah Hawrot Weigel – 13 Jan 2021
Bekah Hawrot Weigel (Twitter), creator of Virtual Coffee, joins us to share her inspiring journey into tech. Bekah is a writer, of screenplays, memoirs, and code. She’s also a mom with ADHD/ADD who switched careers and has found her place as a web developer.
How games are built with Tim FitzRandolph – 16 Dec 2020
The Collab Lab is thrilled to welcome Tim FitzRandolph to give a talk on the process of building games. Tim started in QA at Disney, worked his way into a Producer role, then finally into his calling, Game Designer.
He was the driving force behind early iPhone game hits Jelly Car and Where’s My Water?, the first game that led to a Disney movie rather than the other way around! He then led a games team as a VP at NBCUniversal before striking out on his own as Walaber Entertainment.
Tim is a master game maker and we couldn’t be more excited to spend this hour with him hearing about how he goes about his work.
DevOps 101 by David Lluna – 3 Dec 2020
DevOps is one of these hype words, but, what does it really mean? In this talk, we will try to answer this question by exploring the past, present and future of DevOps. What's the story behind it? Why do companies do use this paradigm? What does it have to do with the 2-pizza rule? Let's find out!
David Lluna manages a small engineering productivity team at Flywire. He focuses on the continuous improvement of tools, practices and processes in all stages of the software development life cycle.
Lightning talks #1 – 18 Nov 2020
Welcome to the first lightning talk event of our meetup!
Each speaker has 10 minutes (including time for questions!) to present the following topics:
- Caching client-side by Rachel Fischoff.
- How I built an application to calculate the fluid level of dehydrated infants by Kehinde Yahaya.
- Intro to AWS by Caitlyn Greffly
- Using grid area to shift elements around the grid by Stacie Taylor.
- Intro to observability by Mindy Zwanziger.
- Usability and user experience by Lizeth Bañol.
Please note that this talk is happening at 1pm instead of the usual 5pm meeting time.
If you're interested in giving a lightning talk in the future, send the organizers a message! We're already planning event #2 🙂
Webpack, A Bundle Of Joy by Steve Gardner – 5 Nov 2020
Building a Learning System by Sam Julien – 22 Oct 2020
In Tech Talk #5, Sam Julien will teach us how to build a learning system and deal with this fast-paced industry with more ease.
Sam works in Developer Relations at Auth0. His job consists of helping developers use Auth0, getting their feedback and sharing it with the engineers who develop the product.
Sam enjoys teaching and breaking down concepts. He did a lot of work using AngularJS as well as Node and GraphQL.
Accessibility by Eric Bailey – 8 Oct 2020
In this talk, Eric Bailey introduces the concept of accessibility on the web. What is accessibility? How do we do it? No, really, how do we do it?! He will give us great tips to make our applications accessible.
What is User Experience? by Dr Michele Williams – 24 Sep 2020
For our third tech talk, Michele Williams will talk about User Experience (UX) with us. What is at the core of UX? How do we define it and how do we engage with it? What are the roles that make improving UX possible?
Plasmic by Yang Zhang – 10 Sep 2020
Yang Zhang gives us a demo of Plasmic, a framework that bridges the gap between design and code in React applications.
Assistive Technologies with Weston Thayer – 27 Aug 2020
We welcome Weston Thayer, founder of Assitiv Labs, to talk about how assistive technologies are used to help people with disabilities access the web.
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