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SFRails: Improving Productivity + Hotel Tonight on Scaling + Lessons on Ed-Tech

Agenda:

7:00 Pizza/Beer/Networking
7:30 Intros/Host/Every Day Carry
7:40 Talk 1: Key Ways to Improve Developer Productivity (Paul Biggar @ CircleCI)
8:10 Lightening Talk: How to Engineer Products for Students and Teachers – Winning in Ed-Tech
8:25 Talk 2: Russell Taga, Hotel Tonight
9:00 End

Talk1: Key Ways to Improve Developer Productivity

Paul Biggar from CircleCI will talk about key ways to accelerate developer productivity. [More to follow]

About the Speaker

Paul Biggar is the founder of CircleCI which provides hosted continuous integration. He's a true developer at heart doing deep into programming languages (especially scripting languages), compilers, static analysis, optimization, sorting, algorithm analysis, caches, branch predictors. Follow him at @paulbiggar.

Talk2: Russell Taga, Vice President, Engineering at Hotel Tonight

Internationalization and localization with Rails - What we learned during our initial push into Europe.

About the Speaker

Russell Taga is the VP of Engineering at Hotel Tonight, a provider of easy mobile booking of same-day unsold hotel inventory. Russell is a developer, an architect, and an engineering manager and prides himself on developing and leading top-notch engineering teams that build solid things very fast.

Lightening Talk: How to Engineer Products for Students and Teachers — Winning in Ed-Tech

Jeff Scheur will give a lightning talk on what he's learned developing an educational site that teaches students grammar/writing skills. He'll share insights on how to avoid pitfalls in ed-tech that get the better of many engineers and discuss what technological advances make him hopeful for the future of education.

About the Speaker

Jeff Scheur founded NoRedInk.com, which helps students improve their grammar/writing skills using adaptive learning and personalization. He won NBC's $75,000 Innovation Challenge in September, and his company is funded by top-tier investors. In a former life, he taught high school English for 8 years, and after grading 15,000 English essays himself, he began leveraging technology to help students eliminate "red ink" from their papers.


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The Climate Corporation helps people and businesses manage and adapt to climate change. The company’s unique technology platform enables the real-time pricing and purchasing of customizable weather risk management products using proprietary global weather simulation modeling and local weather monitoring systems.

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