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, engineers, 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
- IT/cybersecurity professionals
- Software/web developers
See the full schedule for more details.
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Director of Security and IT, Pensar
Program Manager, Appen
Solutions Architect, General Dynamics Information Technology
Paraeducator, Bellingham School District
Cybersecurity Grants Special Projects Director, Whatcom Community College
Principle Investigator and Director, NCyTE Center & CAE National Resource Center
Founder and CEO, Hand Crank Films and Pipeline Software
Front End Developer, WompMobile
Managing Partner, Superlative Audio & ElementalsTech
Project Manager, Faithlife
Founder, Bellingham Makerspace
President, RealMax Augmented Reality
Founder, McCoy Innovations
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
Director of Veteran Services, Western Washington University
Principal of IT Operations & Security, Emergency Reporting
Director of Software Development, Faithlife
Economic Development Specialist, Port of Bellingham
Executive Director, Northwest Innovation Resource Center
Chief Administration Officer, Faithlife
Owner, Veritas Media Productions
Human Resources Manager, Emergency Reporting
Co-Host, Bellingham Podcast
Adjunct Instructor, Bellingham Technical College
Faculty, Western Washington University
Owner, Whatcom IT
Senior Software Engineer, Olo
Security Engineer, 3D / NPI
We’ve got FOUR tracks and some great talks headed your way.
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: Beyond the Cubicle - How creatives nurture their “passion projects” outside of the Daily 8-5 grind
In the IT world, many professionals are driven to push the needle, level up, and crush it in the workplace. But when these high-performing individuals get a seed planted in their minds – a new project, an opportunity to “think different,” or a mission to help others – it can lead to a satisfying side hustle, an unexpected second career, or it can even disrupt an industry (just like Gmail, AirBNB, and Uber have done.) Join Max Kaiser and Chris Powell in a conversation exploring the why behind a passion project and how it can lead to something beyond everyone’s expectations. Inspiration is often acquired with one sentence. Join the conversation!Max Kaiser & Chris Powell
Lunch Panel: Technology Happens Here
Technology program highlights from the TAG Community, featuring CyberWatch West (now NCyTE Center), Northwest Innovation Resource Center, and Port of Bellingham. Moderated by Michael Gan.Corrinne Sande, Diane Kamionka & Gina Stark
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.Dr. 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, Dr. Carl Willis-Ford, Maggie Roberts, Kayne McGladrey, Meg Weber, Austin Baar, Kevin Stock & Jeremiah McCoy
Light food and beverages for networking, socializing, and additional discussion.
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: Getting Stuff Done
Join three Pros as they share their distinctly different wisdom on getting great work done. Whether you call it Project Management, Agile, Scrum or … we all can recognize those people who just have a knack for getting great work done while building relationships with their team. We all want to work with them and glean from their top tips. Connect with Josh Burdick from Veritas Media Pros, Celeste Fiorillo, Project Manager from Faithlife and Leigh Woody, Scrum Master from Emergency Reporting. Moderated by Meg Weber.Josh Burdick, Celeste Fiorillo & Leigh Woody
Panel: Top Topics in Talent, Leadership and Belonging
We know that the war for talent is real, and that we yearn to work on teams where we can learn, stretch and thrive. Real world takeaways on these complex issues delivered by a dynamic group. Join Andy Skipton of Faithlife, Mark Peck of Emergency Reporting, Nick Sanchez of Western Washington University, and CJ Seitz of the Small Business Development Center in a dynamic discussion of top talent topics. Moderated by Meg Weber.Andy Skipton, CJ Seitz, Mark Peck & Nick Sanchez
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 a network in a network: LFNW
Join Kevin and the student run Bellingham Technical College Network Team in a dive into the problems and fun that come with building a network for a two day festival dedicated to all things Linux and open source: Linuxfest Northwest. https://lfnw.orgKevin Burkeland
Panel: 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
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: 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
Unlocking Mobile Performance with AMP and PWA
Mobile is the new battleground in retail, as consumers increasingly turn to their mobile devices to search, price compare and buy products. However, an unreliable and slow mobile web has long been a barrier to strong mobile revenue growth. Two new technologies—Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and Progressive Web Apps (PWA)—are changing this, breaking barriers and unlocking new possibilities by delivering a fast and rich mobile user experience. This session will provide an overview of what’s possible with AMP and PWA.Jessica Wood
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
Microsoft announced .NET Core in 2014, and released .NET Core 3.0 in September. This session will introduce this increasingly-popular software development framework, explain its history and differences with Microsoft’s .NET Framework, and review the major improvements in .NET Core 3.0. You’ll learn when and why you might want to develop your next project with .NET Core, and how to get started.Bradley Grainger
Intro to Elasticsearch
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
Local Engineering Resources
An introduction to local community resources in Engineering, including Bellingham Makerspace, who have collaborated with TAG to present the Engineering Breakout Track.Jeremiah McCoy
Design and Custom Manufacturing – From Makerspace to Escape Room
This session will discuss the many options available for small scale, custom manufacturing and prototyping available with current technology, by giving examples from the recent project of building a science-fiction themed escape room using tools available at the Bellingham Makerspace. Topics will cover the usage of 3d printing, laser cutting, CNC milling, vacuum forming, woodworking, and integrating electronics such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, to create an immersive physical environment full of puzzles and challenges, and showcase the many possibilities of small scale manufacturing.Jeremiah McCoy
Augmented Reality and the future of immersive technology
Augmented Reality (or AR) is a blending of both virtual and real environments. Applications for this new technology are nearly limitless, from immersive gaming and escape rooms, to adding virtual effects for concert venues, to police and paramedic training, and many more. This session will introduce Augmented Reality and present details about the hardware and software that is driving this new wave of innovation.Nigel Burton
How the Maker Movement is assisting people with special needs
3d printing and other democratic rapid prototyping technologies have been empowering the development of cost effective alternatives to prosthetics, adaptive controls for games and other day to day devices, to serve people with disabilities and special needs. This session will discuss the group Makers Making Change, which specializes in providing low cost solutions tailored to the needs of individuals, and how the use of 3d printing and basic electronics can be put to use to improve their mobility and independence in the world.Mary Elliott
Augmented Reality as a therapeutic tool
Modern technology and the development of Augmented reality, which overlays virtual information on top of the world around us, has opened up interesting possibilities of providing people who suffer from physical or mental challenges. Augmented reality can give direction and guidance in performing simple tasks that would otherwise require another person to physically be present to give, allowing the users greater autonomy and self-reliance.Chris Porter & Mary Elliott
Hardware Dreaming - Our opportunities are still growing exponentially
Plan a future in a world with almost unimaginable possibilities: What will technology be like in 20 years? Let’s build it! In the past we imagined real time media generation, media networking, media servers, computer tablets and the whole concept of IoT as the foundation for home control and media interfacing. The world of the future will include remote presence, transportation, energy systems, media experiences and, of course, personal assistance. Moore’s Law predicts exponential imagination. Can hardware be the driving force of technological advances?Robert Hoover