UW TechConnect

The TechConnect conference takes place on September 2 and 3. Both days will run for half the day. Day one is on 9/3 and starts at 12:30 pm. Day 2 is on 9/3 and starts at 9:00 am. Review session details below. Zoom details for each session to come.

Wednesday, September 2 – Start time 12:30 pm

Time Session
12:30 to 1:00 Coffee and Networking

We will convene and then break out to small groups.

Zoom info to come.

1:00 to 1:15 President’s Address

President Ana Mari Cauce will open the conference in a pre-recorded message.

Zoom info to come.

1:15 to 2:00 CIO Panel

Join us to hear from Aaron Powell, Vice President and CIO for UW Information Technology, Christy Long, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO for UW Bothell and Eric Neil, Interim Chief Information Officer for UW Medicine. These leaders will discuss their views on the role of IT at our University, responses to current events, and the future of IT for our University and partnerships.

Zoom info to come.

2:00 to 2:15 Break
2:15 to 3:00 Responsible Conduct of IT in the Age of Big Data and the Internet

Presenter: Sean Mooney, Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education; Chief Research Information Officer, UW Medicine

Information technology (IT) has become transformative to almost every aspect of our daily lives. IT professionals, such as ourselves, are constantly tasked with developing, deploying and maintaining the infrastructure that enables this transformation. There are a number of legal, ethical and societal impacts of our work. In this presentation, I will introduce the concept of responsible conduct of IT meant for an audience of IT professionals. I will discuss both real world interests in the deployment of IT services as well as examples of current areas of moral interest in public policy.

Zoom info to come.

2:15 to 3:00 Communicating Tech: The Write Words for the Job

Presenter: Elizabeth Sharpe, Assistant Director, Communications, UW Information Technology

Get tips from a veteran communications professional on how to communicate technical information effectively.

Zoom info to come.

3:00 to 3:15 Break
3:15 to 4:00 Sustainable IT Patterns for Smaller Organizations

Presenter: John Borwick, Director, Project & Innovation Management, Office of Academic Personnel

Units and departments with few IT staff still need a wide range of IT services. In this session, John will describe the key steps he used to create a sustainable IT practice within the Office of Academic Personnel. These steps included:

  • Creating a complete list of technical tools in use
  • Analyzing value, costs, and risks from the unit’s perspective
  • Understanding the regulatory and control framework
  • Understanding which IT services ought to be strategic
  • Reviewing the service landscape, particularly with respect to what UW-IT provides
  • Developing patterns to reuse when encountering new challenges
  • Scheduling periodic reviews to help tools converge towards being more sustainable

Zoom info to come.

3:15 to 4:00 Future of the Student Information System (SIS)

Presenter: Jim Phelps, Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, UW Information Technology

Based on a national conference, we will share what we heard about the future of SIS and then discuss what that means to UW.

Zoom info to come.

4:00 to 4:30 Wrap up and Networking

Zoom info to come.

Thursday, September 3 – Start time 9:00 am

Time Session
9:00 to 9:30 Coffee and Networking
We will convene and then break out to small groups.Zoom info to come.
9:30 to 10:30 Jupyter Notebooks

David Shean, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Chris Land, Software Engineer, Academic Experience Design & Delivery, UW Information Technology

Rob Fatland, Research Computing Director, UW Information Technology

In this session we explore the use of Jupyter Notebooks in the classroom via infrastructure that allows us to scale to any size course across the campus. Jupyter Notebooks are well established in the research community and their potential in teaching is now being realized. The new service from AXDD uses JupyterHub to provide each student in a course their own standardized environment, customized in advance by the instructor. This replaces the tedious process of ‘many installations on many computers’ with a uniform functional python environment for each student accessed through a browser.

Zoom info to come.

10:30 to 10:45 Break
10:45 to 11:30 Data Integration – Critical Capabilities for Higher Ed

Presenter: Jim Phelps, Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, UW Information Technology

In this flipped session, attendees will watch the presentation about the needs for data integration capabilities. The time in session will be spent working on deepening the understanding of the issues, brainstorming steps forward, and building a shared understanding of why this is important.

Zoom info to come.

10:45 to 11:30 Accessibility, Usability & Equity in IT

Presenter: Karen Morrill-McClure, Computer Systems Administrator, Washington Sea Grant

Change how you think and practice accessibility. It doesn’t have to be about avoiding penalties, instead it can be about making everything more usable and more equitable. This session isn’t about the laws but about why you should and how you can add accessibility into everything you do. It covers:

  • Basic terms
  • Models of disability
  • Accessibility in terms of usability
  • General design guidelines to follow
  • How accessibility can lead to equity
  • An introduction to Universal Design

Zoom info to come.

11:30 to 11:45 Break
11:45 to 12:45 Networking Discussion Hour

Join us for the virtual Networking Discussion Hour! Various Communities of Practice, services and special interest groups will be hosting Zoom discussions over the lunch hour. Grab some food, and log on to explore new topics and make connections. Find the discussion topic you want to join today.

Zoom information for each session can be found on the Networking Discussion Hour page.

12:45 to 1:00 Break
1:00 to 2:00 Launching a New Center in the Midst of a Pandemic

Presenter Jevin West, Center for an Informed Public (CIP)

The Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington was launched in December of last year — a few months before COVID-19 closed the University. Its mission is to:

  • Better understand and resist strategic misinformation
  • Promote an informed society
  • Improve democratic discourse

One of our core research areas of expertise is studying rumors and misinformation during crisis events. The current crisis has kept us up day and night. The work we do requires substantial IT infrastructure to collect, curate and analyze the billions of data points tracking misinformation and disinformation online.

In this presentation, I will talk about some of our current research projects, ways that we are translating our findings into practice, and how our IT infrastructure has facilitated this research and these opportunities.

Zoom info to come.