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 talks, generally held quarterly and intended to be inclusive of an array of IT topics and participation.

Tech Talks for July 30, 2020 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

View calendar event with Zoom details for July 30 Tech Talk.
The order of the lineup is as follows:
10:00 – 10:35 Terrill Thompson
10:35 – 10:40 Break
10:40 – 11:15 Evan Silberman
11:15 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 11:55 William Li

Terrill Thompson, Sheryl Burgstahler and Hadi Rangin – ADA Anniversary: 30 Years Of Breaking Down Barriers in IT Accessibility

This Tech Talk is being presented on July 30, 2020, the week of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law. In 1990, Microsoft Windows 3.0 had just been released but most PC users were still using DOS; and Tim Berners-Lee had written a proposal for the World Wide Web, but wouldn’t demonstrate the first web server and browser until later that year. Computers had been around for a while, including on the University of Washington campus, but few if any of us envisioned that 30 years later we would be teaching and working entirely online. Assistive technologies (AT) had existed for a long time, and the UW has long been at the forefront of the AT field. This session will explore how AT and technology accessibility have evolved over the last 30 years, plus barriers that still exist and strategies for addressing them as we move into the future.

Evan Silberman – Galaxy Brain Programming: Building Better Software By Doing Nothing

A software developer’s job description focuses on writing code, and if presented with a problem, their natural inclination will be to write code to solve it. But while writing code may be the most obvious path to solving your users’ problems, it’s also the costliest and riskiest, not to mention the most work. I will discuss advanced programming techniques like deleting code, replacing code with data, and, most importantly, not writing code at all.

William Li – Putting Professional IT Ethics Into Practice

Ethics can seem like some sort of fuzzy ideal or, worse yet, some kind of rigid check-list of do’s and don’t. As presented especially to or by people in IT, it can seem very remote from the actual work that you find yourself doing. In truth, the concepts are not complex, you use it everyday in your work, it is practical, and your team can hone its utility. This gentle introduction to operationalizing ethics talks about the function and operation of ethics in order to help you put it into practice.


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