• Less Snark, More Spark

    Widen Enterprises, Inc.

    Even the most introverted, self-sufficient developer interacts with other people. Sometimes these folks are a joy to work with, sometimes not. Sometimes as a developer, you might be the difficult one to work with (we’ve all been that snarky developer a time or two!). These touch-points with others can lead us to being unproductive. However, these unproductive interactions can be remedied with a framework to help us and the folks we work with communicate more clearly so we can get things done. SPEAKER Nate Finch has been building websites since 2011. He loves web development because it is the perfect mix of problem solving, helping people, and lifelong learning. As VP of Development at The Digital Ring, Nate splits his time between developing websites and developing developers. Prior to joining TDR, Nate freelanced, working with dozens of clients through platforms like Toptal and Codeable, and completed a brief stint as a web engineer with 10up. Nate collects masters degrees, has traveled to six continents, lived on four, speaks Spanish, and outside of work, family, friends, food, coffee, and cooking are his favorite activities. He lives in Wisconsin with his wonderful wife and two daughters. A huge thanks to Widen (https://www.widen.com/) for hosting us! TRANSPORTATION Widen is located by the Beltline and John Nolan Drive; there's a large lot in the back where folks can park, and that's where the main entrance is, as well: "We'll have a sign when they enter, leading them to the North Freedom room just around the corner - first left when they enter." More info: https://tinyurl.com/widen-parking The following bus lines come within a few blocks of Widen: #11, #16, #L5, #X16

  • "Show & Tell" with Madison Women in Tech

    Widen Enterprises, Inc.

    We're excited to co-host this event with the Madison Women in Tech meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Madison-Women-in-Tech)! (Note: Please only RSVP on one of our pages so we have an accurate headcount.) A huge thanks to Widen (https://www.widen.com/) for hosting us and sponsoring snacks and drinks 🙌🏻 All genders are welcome at this event. * What's Show & Tell? * Schedule * Transportation * Accessibility / Inclusion * Code of Conduct ___________________________________ WHAT'S SHOW & TELL? We did this a few years ago per member request, and decided it's high time to do another edition. The idea is to provide a space where people can share projects they're working on and get feedback in a safe, positive environment. For example: * You're trying your hand at web design and want thoughts about a new template * You built a new game and want to get reactions * You built yourself a portfolio site, or maybe a landing page for your grandma's church, and want tips * You designed a sweet new robot and could use some friendly faces to test it out * You're helping with the company blog and want feedback * You're working on a presentation for a conference or professional event and want to brainstorm * You have a kickass project you're doing at work and just want to show it off ;) Sign up here (https://tinyurl.com/wit-show-tell) to secure a spot, or sign up in-person at the event. SCHEDULE Feel free to arrive anytime between 5:30 and 6pm; presentations will begin at 6pm. TRANSPORTATION Widen is located by the Beltline and John Nolan Drive; there's a large lot in the back where folks can park, and that's where the main entrance is, as well: "We'll have a sign when they enter, leading them to the North Freedom room just around the corner - first left when they enter." More info: https://tinyurl.com/widen-parking The following bus lines come within a few blocks of Widen: #11, #16, #L5, #X16, ACCESSIBILITY / INCLUSION Widen's building is accessible, and we'll have designated gender neutral bathrooms. Children are welcome :) CODE OF CONDUCT While this event is open to all genders, Madison Women in Tech deliberately curates spaces for and by women and nonbinary folks. Men who attend are expected to listen, and not center themselves or their experiences. All attendees agree to adhere to the Madison Women in Tech code of conduct: http://coc.madisonwomen.tech

  • Stress at Work: Changing the Narrative with Cognitive Therapy

    Everyone has stress at work. We can't make the stressful events go away, but we may be able to change how we think about them, and how we react to them. In this session, you will learn about what Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is, and what it can do for you. We will go over tips and tricks to deal with workplace stressors, big and small. I will share my experiences with workplace trauma and stress to give you some perspective. You will leave this session with tools to handle your stress at work, helping you to handle situations that may have seemed impossible before. Bio: Ross became a software developer through the nontraditional path of obtaining a double major in Psychology and French from Luther College. He later obtained a software development degree from Fox Valley Technical College. He works as a Software Developer for Paradigm in Middleton, WI. He is a volunteer with the TEALS program. He enjoys retro video games, board games, the NFL Draft, creating obscure fantasy leagues, and making charts.

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  • A/B Testing Basics to Drive Incremental Growth and Learn About Your Users

    Data is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage in business. A/B testing is a statistically backed way to compare two experiences and measure the differences between them, giving you crucial information about how people use your site. A/B testing allows organizations to compare ideas and pick the best one for their customers and for their bottom line based on hard quantitative data. Websites just happen to be the perfect place to run tests and get meaningful results. This talk will give you the basics on A/B testing covering strategy, tool landscape, development process and as much statistics as I can considering I'm a developer. It will also cover commit issues, pitfalls and growing pains we commonly see in testing programs as they get started and grow. Bio: Scott has been creating experiences on the web for 12 years. He has spent the last 5 years focusing on A/B testing and personalization as a Senior Optimization Engineer, problem solver and consultant at Brooks Bell, the premier enterprise A/B testing consultancy. In addition to writing high quality and performant code, he manages a small team of developers, delivers technical training and advisement, assesses and presents on test and learn programs to help them jump-start their programs with a cross-functional team.

  • Branding 101

    Filament Games

    In the beginning, there was the brand. Before a single navigation bar was designed, trade show banner created, or social media icon labored over, there was the brand. And lo, it is often overlooked, but it is so important. A proper brand is the foundation of everything a business communicates. In this talk, Ben walks you through the parts of a brand. Assessing client needs, crafting a logo, color palettes, font families and other guidelines for visual communication. You'll learn: * What a brand is and why it matters * How incongruous branding can hurt your business * How to explain branding to clueless/skeptical clients * Why some businesses succeed in spite of atrocious branding (or none at all) Presenter: Ben Seigel Ben Seigel is a veteran communications creative with expertise across disciplines: design, development, marketing. Ben is currently marketing manager at Machinery Row Bicycles, where he shivers and schemes, awaiting spring.

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  • Web Accessibility Jeopardy

    Filament Games

    Ready, Set, Go! -- In this interactive session, teams of contestants (aka all of you in the audience) will select questions from different categories about web access and accumulate points for correct answers. Gain awareness and test your knowledge of concepts to help your web applications be more accessible and usable to a diverse audience. Presenter: Marsha Schwanke Marsha Schwanke develops web projects, online training, and accessible materials for a grant-funded regional center of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Her focus is maximizing access and usability based on "best practices" and established guidelines, such as the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Ms. Schwanke has a Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation from Ohio University and a Masters in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and has over 30 years experience as a manager, practitioner, and volunteer working with children and adults with disabilities in hospital, long-term care, and community settings. She has authored and facilitated over 100 presentations and trainings on disability awareness, web access, and assistive technology.

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  • PANEL: Tech and public speaking

    Filament Games

    Join us for a panel on tech and public speaking! We're excited to be co-hosting this event with Madison Women in Tech. NOTE: If you have already RSVP'd on the Women in Tech page, please do not RSVP a second time here. This will help us have an accurate count for how many chairs we need. Thank you! We'll be discussing ... - The benefits of conference-speaking (and how to sell it to your supervisor!) - How to brainstorm topics you could speak about - Determining which kind of speaking experience is a good fit for you - What the submission process is like - And more! If there's time, anyone interested can write a sample talk pitch and get feedback from fellow attendees. PANELISTS # Beth Tucker Long Beth Tucker Long is a PHP developer and an organizer of the Madison PHP and Madison Web Design & Development groups. You can find her on Twitter (@e3betht) or on her blog (http://www.alittleofboth.com). Beth is a firm believer in promoting community and mentoring. She runs Treeline Design, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris. # Amy Unger The granddaughter of a former MIT computer (yup, that was a job title), Amy was clearly supposed to be a programmer, but just did not get the message. Her wanderings have taken her through the land of libraries and archives and into software consulting. Now a software engineer at Heroku, she is deeply grateful for every scarce day she does not use vim commands in Google Docs. # Hilary Stohs-Krause (WiT co-organizer) Hilary Stohs-Krause is currently based in Madison, WI, working as a full-stack software developer at Ten Forward Consulting. She came to tech by way of childhood website-building (a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fansite, to be exact). She volunteers regularly with several tech and community organizations, and tweets at @hilarysk. DETAILS Everyone is welcome at this event. Though we won't have any specific activities for them, babes in arms, youth and teens are also welcome.

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  • Get Your Team to Notice Usability

    Filament Games

    You see your website every day. You know exactly how it works, and so does the rest of your team. Your team knows exactly how each function was made (and often, whose fault those decisions were). So how you do you get your team to look at the site with fresh eyes and include usability when planning new features for the site? Come and learn some simple tips you can implement to get your team talking. ==================== Beth Tucker Long is a PHP developer and an organizer of the Madison PHP and Madison Web Design & Development groups. You can find her on Twitter (@e3betht) or on her blog (http://www.alittleofboth.com). Beth is a firm believer in promoting community and mentoring. She runs Treeline Design, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris. -------------------------------------------------------- If your company is interested in sponsoring our group, please drop us a line at: http://www.treelinedesign.com/meetups/

  • Craft CMS

    Filament Games

    Web veteran and long time meetup organizer Ben Seigel presents on Craft CMS. Craft is a flexible, extensible, open architecture CMS which powers sites for Netflix, Associated Press, Midwest Horse Fair and Hootsuite. Built on the LAMP stack, Craft incorporates open source tech like Yii, Twig, Guzzle and jQuery. In this presentation, you'll learn about Craft's theme-free, design-agnostic approach to layout, and how channels, templates, entries, and categories each play their part in the CMS symphony. You'll leave with an overall understanding of Craft, able to weigh it against other popular CMS like WordPress & Drupal. ==================== Ben runs Versa Studio, an agency specializing in custom websites via a collaborative approach. Since 2008 Ben has organized the Madison Web Design & Development Meetup and volunteers each year with Junior Achievement and YWeb Academy. In his spare time, Ben enjoys bicycling, music, travel, spirited conversation and pretending to do Parkour. He also organized the best party his 6th grade class had ever seen. -------------------------------------------------------- The Madison, Wisconsin Web Design & Development Meetup is now being sponsored by Robert Half Technology. Robert Half is a full service staffing firm that helps companies find tech candidates on a full-time permanent basis as well as staffing shorter-term projects. In addition to these types of offerings, we also have a full time professional team that we employ here in WI. They are responsible for truly consulting our clients on their needs and next steps and are often brought in to execute their solution. We would love to talk to anyone in the IT field about their career and next steps they are looking to take. If anything consider us a resource to count on for resume review, local industry knowledge and potential employment opportunities. Both of these recruiters, George Pappamichiel ([masked]) and Mike Zellner ([masked]), are local Madison staffing professionals ready to aid you in any aspect of your staffing needs. -------------------------------------------------------- If your company is interested in sponsoring our group, please drop us a line at: http://www.treelinedesign.com/meetups/

  • Letterpress Printing in the 21st Century: A Tour of Sooper Dooper Letterpress

    This is a tour at the Sooper Dooper facility, not at our normal meeting location. Please note: letterpress inks are permanent and not washable, so participants should dress accordingly. The tour will cover the following areas: - What is letterpress printing, and how does it fit into the history of printing and mechanical reproduction. - In what ways is letterpress printing still relevant in today's marketplace. - Tour of shop to see the presses, learn how they operate, and view various cases of wood and metal type Please note: letterpress inks are permanent and not washable, so participants should dress accordingly. -------------------------------------------------------- The Madison, Wisconsin Web Design & Development Meetup is now being sponsored by Robert Half Technology. Robert Half is a full service staffing firm that helps companies find tech candidates on a full-time permanent basis as well as staffing shorter-term projects. In addition to these types of offerings, we also have a full time professional team that we employ here in WI. They are responsible for truly consulting our clients on their needs and next steps and are often brought in to execute their solution. We would love to talk to anyone in the IT field about their career and next steps they are looking to take. If anything consider us a resource to count on for resume review, local industry knowledge and potential employment opportunities. Both of these recruiters, George Pappamichiel ([masked]) and Mike Zellner ([masked]), are local Madison staffing professionals ready to aid you in any aspect of your staffing needs. -------------------------------------------------------- If your company is interested in sponsoring our group, please drop us a line at: http://www.treelinedesign.com/meetups/