Join us for TAG Summit 2019 on November 8th as we gather expertise, discuss insights, and share valuable experiences in technology.
Our theme this year is Strengthening Our Technology Community and will highlight both professional development and technical education with breakout tracks for business leadership, software/web developers, and IT/cybersecurity professionals. Activities will allow for networking, socializing, and additional discussion.
Panel Discussions, and Breakout Track Topics. We strive to bring valuable professional and technical education to our regional technology community with deeper dives in our breakout tracks for:
- Business leadership
- Software/web developers
- IT/cybersecurity professionals.
Stay tuned for the full agenda schedule!
Director of Security and IT, Pensar
Program Manager, Appen
Solutions Architect, General Dynamics Information Technology
Technical Project Manager, Leviathan Security Group
Director, Western Washington University Small Business Development Center
Development Manager, Faithlife
Software Development Team Lead, Faithlife
Software Engineer II, Emergency Reporting
Scrum Master, Emergency Reporting
Employment Inclusion Manager, Western Washington University
Principal of IT Operations & Security, Emergency Reporting
Director of Software Development, Faithlife
Instructional Technologist, Western Washington University
Economic Development Specialist, Port of Bellingham
Executive Director, Northwest Innovation Resource Center
Owner, Veritas Media Productions
Human Resources Manager, Emergency Reporting
Canvas LMS Admin, Western Washington University
IT Instructor, Bellingham Technical College
Faculty, Western Washington University
Owner, Whatcom IT
Senior Software Engineer, Olo
Security Engineer, 3D / NPI
We’ve got three tracks and some great talks headed your way.
Check back soon, we’ll be adding specific tracks and speaker details.
Welcome to TAG Summit 2019!
PLOT TWIST! A practical (and, perhaps, counter-intuitive) approach to building the capacity to adapt.
How many times have you recently heard your industry leaders talk about how your
organization and team needs to be adaptive? How many job postings have you seen lately
that suggest ‘adaptability’ as a desired skill for new team members?
We speak about adaptability as if it’s self evident. But what does it really mean? How do
we teach it? How do we develop it? How do we embed it in our organizational strategy?
And, more importantly, how will we respond when being adaptable forces us to confront
old organizational habits, beliefs and performance infrastructure that may be getting in our
way? What will we, our leaders and our teams have to learn – and unlearn – to build the
capacity to adapt well?
Breakout Tracks (Morning)
Lunch Panel: Technology Happens Here
Technology program highlights from the TAG Community, featuring Northwest Innovation Resource Center and Port of Bellingham. Moderated by Michael Gan.Diane Kamionka, Gina Stark
Lunch Panel: Bellingham Podcast
Moderated by Meg Weber.AJ Barse, Chris Powell
Breakout Tracks (Afternoon)
Retaining Women in STEM
There is a shortage in the STEM workforce in the U.S.A. As an example, there are over 300,000 job openings (and growing) in the cybersecurity field. While women make up roughly 50% of the general workforce, they are significantly underrepresented in STEM. Again, using cybersecurity, only 12-15% of the workforce are women. The two main causes for the shortage of women in STEM are pipeline (not enough women joining the field) and retention (women not staying in the field). This presentation is based on doctoral research on the retention of women in cybersecurity, but much of the background research used was regarding STEM in general. The research results provide insights into how schools and employers can help improve the retention of women in STEM.Carl Willis-Ford
Outside the Box - A Case Study of a Multi-Cooperation eCommerce Strategy
In my time in the banking industry, retail, casino, and now working in AI. I have been able to utilize my experience in more than one Private sector to better understand the vulnerability leveraged by bad actors. In my Case Study, I will be talking about one such case that highlights the impact of cooperation and outside the box thinking across multiple agencies and companies working towards one common goal.Margaret Roberts
Deter, Deny, and Defend Against the Three Most Common Cyber Attacks
Cyber attacks are bad and getting worse, and you’d like to turn things around before it’s too late. In this session, you’ll learn how the three most common attacks target people, how to deter and deny threat actors attacking your applications, and how to defend yourself and your community.Kayne McGladrey
Closing Panel & Comments
Closing comments highlighting key takeaways of the day. Moderated by Michael Gan.Shelley Roberts, Carl Willis-Ford, Maggie Roberts, Kayne McGladrey, Kevin Stock, Austin Baar, Meg Weber
Happy Hour Social with light food and beverages for networking, socializing, and additional discussion.
Local IT/Cybersecurity Resources
An introduction to local community resources in IT/Cybersecurity, including Whatcom IT Professionals, who have collaborated with TAG to present the IT/Cybersecurity Breakout Track.Austin Baar
Building the Linuxfest Conference Network – A network in a network in short order
Panel Discussion: Opportunities in IT/Cybersecurity
Learn the skills and qualities in high demand in IT/Cybersecurity and how organizations are building their teams for success. Moderated by Austin Baar.Bryan Brake, Carl Willis-Ford, Kayne McGladrey
Opportunities Are Made... Power of Networking
This 20 minute talk will go over at a high level things one can do to improve their networking, both in your career, personal, and professionally. Personal branding do’s and don’ts will be covered as well.Bryan Brake
The Importance of Password Management and Two-factor Authentication
With the seeming never ending data breaches showing up in the news, and countless others that are not publicly disclosed, it is necessary to up our game on protecting our IT systems and services. If you are not already using password management and two-factor authentication, then this is a must attend. For others who are already practicing this, we will also talk about some tactics the hackers are doing to circumvent two- factor and adding two-factor to important services you may not have thought about or done in the past.Nicholas Gorveatt
Tools and best practices for managing thousands of passwords, or a handful
MSPs (managed service providers) have special risks around password management. Because we have access to client assets, we have a special responsibility to keep them safe with good security practices, and we are a particular target for attackers. This session will cover some of the tools and practices we use for managing passwords and some other security practices around authentication, in the hope that others will adopt them and improve their own authentication practices.David Hirsch
Managing the NonMalicious Insider
While many Insider Threat assessments only include two categories (malicious and unintentional), there exists a strong argument to include a third category, the NonMalicious insider – employees that knowingly violate security policy, but not for malicious purposes. These employees present significant risk that may be at worst overlooked, at best underestimated, and impact both cyber and physical security.
The presentation delves into the underlying causes of NonMalicious Insiders, with examples of how NonMalicious insiders unwittingly participated in major data breaches by malicious insiders and outsiders. Research-based and practical non-technical approaches will be presented for recognizing and managing the NonMalicious Insider Threat, resulting in an improved overall security posture.
Local Development Resources
An introduction to local community resources in Development, including Bellingham Codes, who have collaborated with TAG to present the Software/Web Development Breakout Track.Kevin Stock
Panel Discussion: Opportunities in Development
Learn the skills and qualities in high demand in technology and how organizations are building their teams for success. Moderated by Kevin Stock.Madison Miner, Todd White
Instrumenting Web App Performance
Do you know how fast your web app loads? How about for someone running a five year old drug store phone? We’ll cover some of the tools you can use to answer that question, like some of the new web performance APIs around first contentful paint, listing expensive page resources, and strategies for deferring expensive requests. You’ll leave this talk with some instrumentation code samples you can try in your production app, and widely supported improvements your team can be planning for this next year (http2, selective polyfills, server rendering for SPAs).Dustin Masters
Intro to .NET Core 3.0
Intro to Elastic Search
Users want fast and easy access to information. Every website, every app, and every company has data that users want to see. Furthermore, Google has defined the user experience and expectations for search. How can we deliver the data that users want to see in the way that they expect to search for it but without the budget of Google?
At Faithlife we use the free and open source Elasticsearch (https://www.elastic.co/) to deliver a scalable, fast, intuitive search experience for our users. This talk will go into the basics of: What is Elasticsearch? How does it work under the hood? and How can I quickly spin up a working search experience for my users?Nate Merritt
Schematron: The Forgotten Service
Dive into Schematron and explore how it can be used. Introduce the NEMSIS 3 standard and describe how patient records are validated. Pros/Cons will be covered, as well as an example solution using Azure and related benefits and challenges.Nathanael Crabb
Plot Twist Workshop: Practice makes better!
Building on the keynote session, participants will use real-time examples to learn and
practice specific tools proven to increase their ability to adapt.
Panel Discussion: Getting Work Done
Learn valuable insights from project management experts and discover how to “Get Work Done!”. Moderated by Meg Weber.Josh Burdick, Leigh Woody, Meg Weber
Panel Discussion: Purposeful Team Development
Top Tips and Tricks from your friendly Human Resources folks. Moderated by Meg Weber.Mark Peck, Andy Skipton, Nick Sanchez
Panel Discussion: Experiences of Leadership and Management
Sharing experiences of leadership and management, while exploring key differences between the two. Moderated by Meg Weber.CJ Seitz