UW TechConnect

Networking discussion session will take place on Thursday 9/3 from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Connect with colleagues and join conversations with Communities of Practices, IT Services Groups and more. Topic descriptions and Zoom information can be found below for each topic.

Networking discussion topics

Agile Community of Practice

Networking and question and answers time.

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/92405835894

Communications and IT

Join us to discuss hurdles in IT that could be solved with more effective communications. Chat and share how we can effectively present and “package” information and how we can better coordinate, break down silos and be more efficient in amplifying shared messaging. Learn what we risk if we fail to effectively communicate our shared responsibilities when it comes to cybersecurity and influencing security best practices. And brainstorm ways we can make changes less disruptive to individuals when we communicate a plan and send messages meant to support and reassure changes in behavior rather than raise alarm or resistance.

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/94150373665

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) CoP

Our CoP envisions an IT environment at the UW that better welcomes and nurtures individuals with different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds, and is more collaborative, more innovative, and flat out better at building more relevant and effective solutions for the people who use our services. We hope you join us.

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/99942490773

Drupal at UW

Drupal content management at UW

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/98787827021

Enterprise Document Management

We will discuss the two services that we offer under Enterprise Document Management program, eSignatures and Document management.

Learn about new features we have developed, including what to look forward to within the next year with the new backend system.

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/94045414471

Front-end Technologies

Discussion topics may include JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, or ARIA. Break-out groups will be determined at the time based on specific topics or questions participants want to address.

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/93707105297

IT Accessibility

In this session, attendees will receive help with ensuring their IT resources (e.g., websites, digital documents, videos, software) are accessible to students, employees, and visitors with disabilities.

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/94009732524

IT Vendor Risk Management Service

Are you involved in managing an IT Service? Have you had to rely upon an IT Vendor? From start to finish, do you feel like that experience left room for improvement? IT Vendor Risk Management may be a service for you.

Zoom link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/94576825249

Salesforce in Higher Ed

Find out how Salesforce can be used at UW to provide unified data about students, staff and more much like it’s being done at many other large universities and university systems.

Zoom link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/94791499305

UW Connect Lite: New Service Option

UW Connect Lite is a brand new basic ticketing service option available from UW-IT. Join the service management team for a brief demo and Q&A session, including how it compares to the current service option, UW Connect Service Management.

Zoom info https://washington.zoom.us/j/95343461236

UW Finance Transformation Tech Change Management

Learn about the work UWFT Tech Change Management is doing to assist units get technically ready for the implementation of Workday, this includes systems disposition, communication, toolkits, testing and more.

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/5234511931

Web Council (Community of Practice)

The Web Council, under the leadership of the University Marketing & Communications’ Web Strategy team, is made up of any interested UW employees involved in Web work who see the value in coming together to address common Web issues, including standards, best practices, templates, systems and marketing.

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/348716911

WordPress Users Group

Open discussion of general WordPress topics. Users, editors, developers, administrators – if you use or are interested in WordPress, join us! All are welcome, regardless of skill level or job title.

Zoom link https://washington.zoom.us/j/97083468904


Networking can help you:

  • Discover work efforts happening across campus
  • Increase visibility and awareness for you and your department
  • Learn about new tools or disciplines
  • Interact with some of the best and brightest talent

Here are some great ways to make the most out of the networking event:

Networking tips

Have a few conversation starters ready

Interacting with people can seem overwhelming. Be prepared with a few questions like:

  • What did you think of the keynote speaker?
  • Which session provided the most value for you?
  • How did you get started in your career?

Listen intently to the answers and you are sure to learn something at this event.

Prepare an elevator pitch ahead of time

Be ready for the question, what do you do? A witty response that summarizes the value you add to the organization can make a lasting impression and help create relationships that will be valuable to both you and your colleague in the future.

Research the Communities of Practice

Learn which communities exist and see which topics you are most drawn to. You don’t have to join a community to seek out answers to questions or learn tools and resources that could help you in your own career or your work responsibilities.