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. All talks are from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220.

The 2020 dates are: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 29.

Upcoming Tech Talks

January 30, 2020

10:00 am – Noon in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220

Time Description
10:00 to 10:40 Responsible and ethical conduct of information technology in the age of big data, the internet, and the internet of things

Presented by: Sean Mooney

Information technology (IT) has become transformative to almost every aspect of our daily lives. IT professionals 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 IT work. This presentation will introduce the concept of responsible conduct of IT meant for an audience of IT professionals. It 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.

10:40 to 11:20 GitHub for Academic and Administrative Units

Presented by: Joby Walker

This talk will cover the University of Washington’s license with GitHub and how you can take advantage of this free service.

11:20 to 12:00 Using Jira to track non-technical projects, initiatives, and tasks

Presented by: John Borwick

Beyond operational work, our office needs to coordinate smaller tasks, larger initiatives, and big projects in a simple-to-use system. In late 2018, we learned how to configure Jira to be “right-sized” for our needs.

We use a single Jira project with several “boards,” plus dashboards to audit and prepare executive reports, and the “Portfolio” for resource capacity planning. We minimized the number of fields to make it easier to create and track work; at the same time we use workflows to add simple prompts to updates.

In this talk we will discuss our:

  • design approach
  • organizational change approach to ensure Jira is used only as needed
  • specific Jira configurations and techniques
  • lessons learned over the last year

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

Take a look at past presentations in the Tech Talk archive.


Other talks around the UW
Check out other talks and workshops around the UW.