What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in how technology and the digital products we build on a daily basis influence and shape today's society.

Think About! creates safe and inspirational spaces for everyone, and we really mean everyone. We believe that society needs diversity for a healthy and critical dialogue. For that reason we want to bring together diverse individuals and enable them to challenge themselves and each other.

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Think About! Stammtisch with Sebastian Golasch & Renato Losio

HEADQUARTER[S] Downtown

Think About! (https://think-about.io) is a two-day community event about technology, design and their impacts on society -- a tech conference which focuses not only on technology but also on design and their social impact. It creates a safe and inspirational space for everyone, and we really mean everyone. To further build our community around Cologne we are establishing the Think About! Stammtisch. Join us for great and healthy food with drinks, interesting talks and wonderful attendees. Our first iteration on the 7th of March will have two talks: Talk #1: "Hey, where is my country? Software development and territorial disputes" By Renato Losio (http://saorico.com): What looks like a simple choice in a drop down list, can turn into a nightmare Integrating an external mapping service can unintentionally make many of your users unhappy. How can software developers manage location-based services in disputed territories or partially recognized state? Many airlines were forced recently to change the name of Taiwan on their booking systems. Hotel chain website where banned in mainland China for labelling Tibet as an independent country. Ukrainian users were upset because Crimea was removed from the map of their land. “What is the capital of Israel?” is a question that has triggered different answers from voice virtual assistants. We will go on a virtual tour around the world to see how disputed territories or partially recognized states are handled by online services and understand the impacts and the challenges of geolocation services. And how a developer can fix them. Talk #2: "Your cyclomatic complexity is so 1.9,76" by Sebastian Golasch (https://asciidisco.com/ - https://twitter.com/asciidisco): In 1976 Thomas J. McCabe, Sr. developed metrics to determine the complexity of the code we write. One year later Maurice Howard Halstead formulated the so-called Halstead metric to achieve something similar. 30 years later, we still rely on those abstract numbers that describe the complexity of our code, but do these naked numbers really tell us the truth about our code? Do they really give us the best advice on how to manage our code over its lifetime? I believe not. Thanks to our modern, sophisticated toolchain we have many metrics at hand that Mr. McCabe & Mr. Halstead could only dream of. In this talk, I´ll explain how the combination can give us much better & "more human" advice about the flaws of our codebase - not as abstract numbers, but as concrete pointers to the parts of our code that really need our love & attention. Agenda: 18:30 Opening Doors & Reception 19:00 Food Buffet 19:30 Talk #1 20:30 Talk #1 21:30 Having drinks and fun The talks will be in English, but don't hesitate, your hosts speak German and English.

Think About! Conference about Tech, Design and their impact on Society

Think About! is a two-day community event about technology, design and their impacts on society (23rd & 24th May 2019, Cologne). Think About! is a tech conference which focuses not only on technology but also on design and their social impact. It creates a safe and inspirational space for everyone, and we really mean everyone. Our belief is that society needs diversity in order to continue a healthy and critical dialogue. For this reason we want to bring together diverse individuals and enable them to challenge themselves and each other. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Get your ticket on our website: https://think-about.io/?ref=meetup ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Think About Technology! Technology has become a part of nearly every aspect of human life. We will present quality talks from domain experts in software development, hardware and software hacking, internet of things, artificial intelligence and many more. Think About Design! Nearly everything we use today is designed - whether it’s an app to monitor a menstrual cycle or self driving cars. Beside others we will cover topics such as design ethics and product and UX design. Think About Society! Technology & design continue to shape humanity as a whole. Topics like discri­mination, social and economic equity, and participation in our society are more important than ever. We want to create a platform to talk and discuss these topics. Our Consensus The approach we have chosen to create a safe conference for everyone is based on these layers: 1. All participants have to agree on our Code of Conduct. 2. In our Message of Empowerment we want to encourage everyone to seize their rights! 2. In case of harassment our on-site Awareness-Team is available to support you and to enforce these rules. 4. Moreover do we want to promote an ethical usage of personal Data. -------------------------------------------------------------- More information and tickets on our website: https://think-about.io/?ref=meetup ---------------------------------------------------------------

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