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 – April 28 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

View the calendar event with Zoom details for this Tech Talk.

The order of the lineup is as follows:
10:00 – 10:35 Accessibility in Procurement: How to Read a VPAT
10:35 – 10:40 Break
10:40 – 11:15 Driving Positive Change from the COVID Crisis
11:15 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 11:55 Designing Software for Continuous Deployment
12:00 – 12:30 Networking

Accessibility in Procurement: How to Read a VPAT

Anyone who makes IT procurement decisions is assuming risk on behalf of the university. As the risk owner, you must take steps to ensure the product or service you’re procuring is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. How do you do that? A standard form used by IT vendors to document their level of accessibility is the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT). This session will explore VPATs in detail and provide guidance on how to read them, and what you can learn from them, without being an accessibility expert.

Presented by: Terrill Thompson, Manager, IT Accessibility Team, UW Information Technology

Materials: Accessibility in Procurement: How to Read a VPAT (Video)

Driving Positive Change from the COVID Crisis

Though the COVID crisis was hugely destructive and disruptive, there are positive changes that we can drive towards as we come out of this pandemic. These gains range from sustainability and well-being to better technology and business outcomes. At the end of this session, you should be able to explain the three opportunities described. Hopefully, you will leave with at least one opportunity you want to work on and at least one next step you can take.

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

Materials: Driving Positive Change from the COVID Crisis (Video)

Designing Software for Continuous Deployment

It’s not hard to embrace Continuous Integration (CI), so why do we fear Continuous Deployments (CD)? Often, it’s because the software we want to continuously deploy has been designed for a different practice, and won’t “just work” as a continuously deployed artifact. This talk will give attendees a tool- and language–agnostic overview of what needs to be in place for worry-free CD, along with horror stories (and lessons learned from them) deploying software at scale without a formal, structured release process. Participants will leave with an understanding of why CD is a goal that takes more than just a technical solution, but also requires trust in the process, our peers, and, most importantly, the code we write.

Presented by: Thomas Thorogood, Software Engineer, Identity & Access Management, UW Information Technology

Materials: Designing Software for Continuous Development (Video)

Networking Breakout Rooms

Connect with your peers in the IT community. Grab your lunch, and join us after the talks for a short, informal networking opportunity.


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 talk proposal! Past topics have included virtualized computing lab management, web services, and software licensing.


Previous Tech Talks

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