UW TechConnect

Tech Talks are University-wide events bringing together information technology enthusiasts from across our campuses to share ideas, knowledge, or even a war story or two. They are informal 40 minute talks, generally held quarterly and intended to be inclusive of an array of IT topics and participation.

2020 Tech Talk dates: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 29. We are now accepting proposals for the July 30 Tech Talks. Submit your idea for a talk today!

Upcoming Tech Talks

April 30, 2020    10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Time Description
10:00 to 10:40 Automated Web Accessibility Testing with aXe

Presented by: Huiai Chan, Senior QA/SDET, UW Information Technology

Testing a website for accessibility can be laborious and even overwhelming especially to those who are new to the subject. While manual testing is still a necessity when it comes to web accessibility, automated tests can provide basic coverage without having to become an expert. In this talk, we will discuss how UW-IT Enterprise Document Management (EDM) added accessibility checks into their automated tests and how automation enforces a minimal level of accessibility on every code merge.

10:40 to 11:20 The Intersection of Technology, Abuse, and Harassment

Presented by: Kiana Swearingen, Prevention, Education, & Communications Manager for SafeCampus: Violence Prevention and Response Program

In our digital age, the misuse of technology to target, harass and coerce individuals is increasing. Professionals working in the Information Technology sector must understand and be prepared to respond to this complex problem. In this training, learn about the issue of Technology-Enabled Coercive Control (TECC) and its potential impacts. We will look at the forms of abuse that can occur on various devices, discuss how IT professionals at UW can support those impacted and practice creating response plans for individuals. We will also share additional resources that are available.

Participants will:

  • Learn how technology can be misused to facilitate intrusive abuse and harassment
  • Identify response strategies to support individuals impacted by TECC
  • Apply strategies to a University of Washington employee case scenario
  • Discuss building future capacity at UW to respond to TECC
11:20 to 12:00 A Brief History of Current and Evolving Student Systems

Presented by: Ani Anirudh, Technical Manager for Systems Engineering, UW Information Technology

This talk will share details on some of the existing student systems, designed and developed to help our students’ journey at UW. It will also cover some emergent trends with technologies and experiences that we want to consider and embrace. Finally, this presentation will share some ideas and the approach for a new consolidated student platform, going under the name of BentoBox.

Propose a Tech Talk

If you have a topic that may be of interest to the diverse multi-campus UW technical support community, please submit a proposal! Past topics have included virtualized computing lab management, web services, and software licensing.


Previous Tech Talks

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