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2018 Speakers - Stay tuned for More updates

Keynote: bioware & beyond

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Aaryn Flynn is a veteran leader in the games industry. As Former General Manager of BioWare, Aaryn oversaw the development of Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Star Wars: The Old Republic and more. A University of Alberta graduate, Aaryn held many roles at BioWare before overseeing its three locations in September 2015. 
 

 

KEYNOTE: AMA with Anna Koop 

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Anna Koop is a data scientist for the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute at the University of Alberta. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and a sessional instructor at Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. She completed her masters in computing science in 2007.

 

 

 

keynote: Why you should care about entrepreneurship

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Mike Kirkup is the CTO, Encircle Inc. and Former Director of Velocity, University of Waterloo. 

Mike understands both the creative and commercial paths to building successful businesses. For over a decade, he has mentored hundreds of startups focused on developing mobile applications.

 

 

workshop: Reinforcement Learning

Dr. Patrick M. Pilarski is the Canada Research Chair in Machine Intelligence for Rehabilitation, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta. Patrick is also a principal investigator with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) and the Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (RLAI).

He leads the Amii Adaptive Prosthetics Program—an interdisciplinary initiative focused on creating intelligent artificial limbs to restore and extend abilities for people with amputations. Patrick's research includes reinforcement learning, real-time machine learning, human-machine interaction, rehabilitation technology, and assistive robotics. He spends his days wrangling robots (and himself) towards general competency.

PRODUCT TOOLKIT 

Stephanie Enders

One of our most requested workshops, our Product Toolkit helps you build products and services your customers will love. We take a hands-on approach to learning human-centered design principles to move your ideas forward faster, with less wasted resources. 

Stephanie Enders is part of the Startup Edmonton team and manages marketing, communications, and foundational programming.

For more than a decade, her professional practice has focused on bridging the gap between creators and audiences, tech products and customers, and letting the creativity and passion of builders shine at the centre of marketing and communication efforts. She has worked with Cirque du Soleil, Broadway Across Canada, Canadian Cancer Foundation, and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. 

A Taste of Creating with D3 (What Those Cool Visualizations are Made With)

Those beautiful visualizations you’ve seen online? Chances are, they’ve been made with D3.js. In this step by step workshop, we’ll cover the basics and key concepts around D3, enough for you to get a basic, working D3 visualization that you can modify further to make your own, or to explore other datasets.

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Eugene Chen is the Chief Technical Officer at Darkhorse Analytics, and loves creating “wow” and “aha!” moments for people by allowing them to discover previously hidden insights through visualizing data differently. Some of his award-winning projects include the World Chat Clock (www.worldchatclock.com), a story-driven app for finding interesting baby names from Alberta (babynames.dha.io), and Map In Seconds (www.mapinseconds.com), all created with D3. As an undergrad Eugene took a different path to software development, graduating in Electrical Engineering while interning at Microsoft and Blackberry, before ultimately deciding to start his own company and then later joining startups.

Getting Started with Cyber Security: Expectation vs. Reality 

This workshop will provide a general introduction to cyber security and address several common misconceptions.

You’ll learn:

  • How to keep personal and user information secure
  • How cyber security applies to different career paths
  • Hands on Information gathering techniques with tools like Recon-ng, theharvester, maltego, nmap, and openvas
  • What you think you know (but probably don’t) about google search
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Harvinder Singh is certified information system security professional and certified ethical hacker with more than 6 + year official experience (unofficially 10+ year) in Information Security. Harvinder always focus on improving security posture through non-traditional approaches. Harvinder is Blue team with capabilities of Red team. Currently, Harvinder spends everyday keeping UofA Cyber Secure. 

 

How to Hackathon

Ever wondered how to win hackathons? Want to get the most out of your hackathon experience? Or Maybe it’s your first time and you want to see if hackathons are right for you? Then how to hackathon is the right workshop for you! Learn from two hackathon veterans and organizers the secrets to doing well and having an awesome time during your hackathon experience. This workshop will help you get more out of your first or even your fifth hackathon! Laptop recommended.

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Brittany Lamorie - During her undergraduate degree Brittany was the President of the Computer Engineering Club and has helped grow HackED from a small 30 person hackathon in 2014, to an event with over 100 registrants in her graduating year. HackED today now hosts over 250 registrants. Since graduation she has been a judge at HackED every year so far.
Brittany has been working as a .Net developer at Resolver for the past two years. While being there she has helped plan two successful company wide hackathons.

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Nathan Doraty is a Fourth Year Computer Engineering student at the University of Alberta with an extensive experience attending and winning hackathons. During his degree, Nathan has attend some of the largest hackathons in north america including: Hack the North, nwHacks, HackED and the Facebook Global Hackathon Finals. With wins at Hack the North (2016), nwHacks (2017) and HackED (2017 and 2018). Nathan is also the head organizer of HackED Beta 2018 and HackED 2019.

During Nathan’s degree he has had the opportunity to intern with a variety of companies such as Microsoft, Drivewyze and vrCAVE. In his spare time Nathan is an active contributor to several open source project and is the Autonomos Team manager of the EcoCar student vehicle project.

Introduction to Android App Development, Reactive Programming, and Kotlin

A guided tour through the theory and practice of building web-enabled Android applications. You'll learn your way around Android Studio, Android cornerstones like Activities and Services, and patterns for communicating with RESTful web services. As well, advance topics such as RxJava and Kotlin will also be introduced. 

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Stefan Martynkiw is an Android developer at Drivewyze and alumnus of the University of Alberta Computer Engineering program. Drivewyze is an Edmonton-based road safety notification and weigh-station bypass service provider that operates across 41 American states.

In his spare time, Stefan likes to tinker with computers and electronics, and hobby projects ranging from breadboarded Z80 microcomputers to manipulating his car's On-Board Computer. Stefan enjoys mentoring students and builds example projects on GitHub to demonstrate the use and setup of new technologies used in industry. 

PANEL - AN INSIDE LOOk

There are so many career options available to you, how do you balance the rewards and risks of different work environments? Hear from a panel of community members with a wide range of experiences working for startups to global brands. They'll share the good, the bad, and the ugly.

No position or company is perfect! Join in on this session to gain powerful insights on what you can take away to grow from each of your employment experiences to build a fulfilling career.

4 Steps to launch your product & get real users

So, you've built a project at a hack day or hackathon, now what? Join Stephanie for a crash course in how to launch your product in four easy steps. Not just marketing theory, but a real plan of attack to get people using your product and sharing their experience to help recruit even more users. 

Stephanie Enders is part of the Startup Edmonton team and manages marketing, communications, and foundational programming.

For more than a decade, her professional practice has focused on bridging the gap between creators and audiences, tech products and customers, and letting the creativity and passion of builders shine at the centre of marketing and communication efforts. She has worked with Cirque du Soleil, Broadway Across Canada, Canadian Cancer Foundation, and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.