• Intro to Typescript with Ben Ferguson

    Assurity Life Insurance Company

    Abstract: Love or hate it, typescript is a fast-growing language that offers many benefits not yet realized in most javascript environments. This presentation provides an introduction to typescript so you can decide if typescript is right for you. We'll cover language features, how it transpiles into javascript, and some basics on how to set up your environment. Bio: Ben Ferguson is currently a senior programmer/analyst with Duncan Aviation. He's been in the industry since he graduated in 2002 working primarily in a web environment. He has an awesome family with 5 kids and a cat. He is also a youth minister and football coach.

  • Neuroscience of design with Adam Erickson

    Assurity Life Insurance Company

    What do economics, neuroscience, and web usability have in common? Come with me into the intersection of Daniel Kannemahn's Nobel-winning work on how our brains think, Ray Kurtzweil's pioneering research in machine-learning, and Steve Krug's brilliant edict "Don't make me think!" What does "intuitive" mean to the wetware in your skull? How does intuition feel? How does it work? Can you draw a picture of it? If you love the nerdy science behind the seemingly simple things humans do, this is your talk. Bio Adam is 20-year veteran of the web industry, working up and down the stack from Fortune 500 companies, to less fortunate 3-person startups. A full stack developer for the first half of his career, he's now more focused on front-end concerns, from human design factors to React components, and all the Sketch and Sass in between. Now an "Architect" (which means about as much as the "Engineer" did when he was a Software one), he focuses on bigger-picture problems, and hopefully, gives talks.