Special Event Announcement: Blend Conference & IT-oLogy Cyber Saturday

Blend Conference

Join us for Blend Conference in Charlotte, NC on September 11-13. Blend Conference is a 3-day generalist conference with a diverse speaker lineup and a no-device policy. We’ll feature 60+ speakers covering topics in 8 workshops, 4 keynotes, and 48 sessions. The emphasis is on diversity and personal connections with industry leaders. One such industry leader is Scott Hanselman. On Friday, Scott will be presenting one of the conference keynotes and one session. There’s a lot to choose from whether you’re interested in user experience, design, front-end and/or back-end development.

Keynotes

We are excited to announce that the 4 keynotes will be:

  • Scott Hanselman, Microsoft
  • Mike Monteiro, Mule Design
  • Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America
  • Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code

Workshops

We have 4 great workshops that are focused on development. Workshops will be given by:

  • Sass with Claudina Sarahe
  • Web Components with Micheal Labriola & Michelle Yaiser
  • Enterprise Rails & Angular with Adam Hunter
  • Microsoft Azure Hands On with Mark Wilson

Sessions

There are 48 sessions to choose from across 4 tracks – User Experience, Design, Front-End and/or Back-End Development. We have some amazing speakers presenting on development.

Speakers will include Scott Hanselman, Jenn Simmons, Alex Gaynor, Steve Klabnik, Julia Elman, Dan Denny, Jason Hunter, Martha Girdler, Rebecca Murphey, Aaron Gustafson, Chris Coyier, Jen Meyers, Leah Silber, Rachel Ober, Garret Johnson, Stacey Mulcahy, Darcy Clarke, Eric Suzanne Meyer, Heather Payne, Val Head, and many more.

Tickets

  • Bundle Pass: Sept. 11-13. Includes both the workshop and conference days at a discounted rate.
  • Workshop Pass: Sept. 11th only. You may choose 2, 1/2 day workshops.
  • Conference Pass: Sept. 12-13 only. Choose from 48 sessions, 6 sessions daily.
  • Day Pass: Sept. 12th or 13th only. Choose from 24 sessions, 6 sessions daily on Friday or Saturday.
  • VIP Add-on (only 20 available): Friday night, Sept. 11th. Get access to our speakers green rooms and join us at our speakers dinner. Cost of dinner is included.

Overall it’s going to be a blast and we hope to see you there. If you need more convincing, read what Creative Loafing and the CBJ have to say about Blend Conference. Managers, send your employees! Developers, don’t miss out! To learn more and to register, please visit the event website at 2014.blendconf.com. To save 10%, use Discount Code “shanselman”.


IT-oLogyCyber Saturday

Calling all Middle and High School students to attend Cyber Saturday on September 13th! We have a cool hands-on session planned for you. IT-oLogy is also leveraging some of the Blend Conference ‘best of the best’ tech talent. Middle School students will hear from guest speaker Scott Hanselman. And our College Panel will let High School students hear about college from the people who know it best.

Middle School

  • Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Speaker: Scott Hanselman, Community Architect – Web Platform and Tools at Microsoft. “I’m a teacher. I speak all over to whoever will listen. I’ve written code that you’ve used. I code, write, speak, empower, promote, braid, learn & listen”
  • Session A: Persistence of Vision (PoV) Rocket Badge! Build a PoV display in the shape of a rocket. You will earn how to solder electrical components to a circuit board. After the session, go to a website to customize the displayed message.
  • Session B: Code for America (Charlotte Team) Learn how you can become a part of the solution. The Code for America team in the City of Charlotte is working to increase citizen engagement with access to relevant and accurate information.
  • To Register: mscharlotteseptcybersaturday2014.eventbrite.com

High School

  • Time: 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • College Panel: Hear from college students in the field of technology. What’s cool? Why did they choose it? What do they plan on doing after school? Do you have to have a college degree? Plus your questions answered!
  • Session A: Persistence of Vision (PoV) Rocket Badge! Build a PoV display in the shape of a rocket. You will earn how to solder electrical components to a circuit board. After the session, go to a website to customize the displayed message.
  • Session B: Code for America (Charlotte Team) Learn how you can become a part of the solution. The Code for America team in the City of Charlotte is working to increase citizen engagement with access to relevant and accurate information.
  • To Register: hscharlotteseptcybersaturday2014.eventbrite.com

Cyber Saturday is a free monthly program run by IT-oLogy partners where students can learn more about IT. These creative sessions cover a variety of IT topics including hands-on activities as well as presentations from IT professionals. The content covered on a particular Cyber Saturday rotates each month. The goal of this program is to give students the opportunity to explore and experience technology in new ways, learn about careers in technology, and inspire students to continue to learn through critical thinking so that they increase their skills in STEM.

For information about Middle and High School IT-oLogy Cyber Saturday, contact Kay Read, kay.read@it-ology.org.

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