Past Meetup

Michael Carducci - Software Engineer, Magician, NFJS Speaker

This Meetup is past

67 people went

Every 1st Tuesday of the month until April 1, 2019

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5:30pm - Pizza and Networking. Pizza and soft drinks provided by Aurora Pangallo of TEKsystems. Beer and water provided by Abbey Overlee of PeerSource. $5 Starbucks cards to 10 first-timers provided by Marissa Nolan of Experis.

6:00pm - Announcements

6:05pm - Ego-Driven Development - Michael Carducci

Think back over your career as a software developer. How many great–and I mean truly great–software developers have you worked with? The chances are you can count them on one hand? Developers with 20-30 years experience can rarely name more than two or three. What does it take to be considered truly great? Michael can certainly tell you what NOT to do… from cold, bitter experience.

Ego Driven Development is a humorous and brutally honest look at a career spanning nearly two decades. We dive into war stories, train wrecks and so many misguided attempts at greatness. There is a path to becoming a truly great software engineer, but it's not always where we first look.

** Michael Carducci, Magician, CTO Mago:Tech **

For nearly 20 years, Michael was a software engineer moonlighting as a magician. Now he's a magician moonlighting as a software engineer. In both endeavors he has dedicated himself to mastery and has gained deep insights both from his eclectic interests, entrepreneurial spirit, and experience that spans the full stack, the entire project lifecycle, and several technologies,

His time is equally divided between performing around the world, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, and building software that doesn't suck.

7:00pm - 7:15pm Intermission

7:15pm - Art of the Impossible - Michael Carducci

We all have an innate sense of what's possible. Not only is this how magicians fool you, but it might also be what's holding you back.

In this session Michael Carducci shares how he applied lessons learned in his career as a professional magician to his “day-job” as a software engineer.

Magicians have a simple process for creating new material; think of the most impossible thing you can imagine, the engineer a way to make it possible. Michael has been engineering solutions to “impossible” problems for nearly 20 years and this has given him a unique perspective on dealing with challenges in all aspects of his life.

This talk combines illusion, anecdotes and real-world examples to help identify and overcome your mental obstacles.

8:15pm - JetBrains license giveaway