This was my second time attending and speaking at the Droidcon NYC Conference. In 2015, my first conference talk was at this event. It was great to get back to New York and reconnect with many I met a few years ago. I put together a few highlights of what took place below:
This was the first year for the DroidCon Boston Conference. I put together a few highlights of the event below:
— Tyler Nappy (@tylernappy) April 10, 2017
This was my first time attending Write/Speak/Code and it was an amazing experience. Not only did I learn useful information for advancing my career I delivered my first Keynote talk. I put together a few highlights of the event below:
— Yash Prabhu (@yashvprabhu) June 15, 2016
— WriteSpeakCode (@WriteSpeakCode) June 15, 2016
So there were a few sessions that I derived a ton of value from, one was about “Ask vs. Guess Culture Communication”. This talk discussed the nuances of the different communication styles, as well as strategies for bridging the gap between the two. During the discussion phase we talked about being successful when pair programming with someone who may have a different communication style from you and I really appreciated the following suggestions:
- Do a Pairing Retrospective
- Include lots of “I” statements
- Establish a baseline for why you’re pairing
- Use a Timer ~10 minutes for the “driver”
- Swap writing tests and code
Then during the “Project Discovery Workshop” I was blown away by the many helpful strategies provided by Annie Passanisi. For instance, when you’re working on a technical blog post and you would like feedback how should you approach it? Well, here are some of the suggestions she offered:
- Only ask people you trust to review your work
- Send them the request with a list of questions to answer, like:
- Did it answer all of your questions?
- How can I provide more value?
- What new questions came up for you?
- What was your favorite part?
Exactly what to say when negotiating from @AshleyPQPQP, I find this so challenging to do. Great advice! #wsc2016conf pic.twitter.com/qVAHTsAi2C
— Annyce Davis (@brwngrldev) June 18, 2016
With all the information that was being shared during the conference, I appreciated the fact that I still had time to step away and grab some ice cream with a good friend.
Taking a break from #wsc2016conf to enjoy some ice cream with @brwngrldev pic.twitter.com/88Vu1P1pmA
— Chiu-Ki Chan (@chiuki) June 17, 2016
This was my first time attending an all women conference and it was just as many have said before a transformative experience. I left feeling empowered to do even more great things and to be okay with doing nothing at all.
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This was my second time attending Google I/O and it was once again a great experience. I put together a few highlights of the event below:
— Ina Fried (@inafried) May 18, 2016
— Corey Latislaw 🐞 (@corey_latislaw) May 18, 2016
— Annyce Davis (@brwngrldev) May 19, 2016
Something that surprised me though was how Firebase has become the de facto standard of all things mobile for Google. In fact, several products were renamed “Firebase X, Y, Z”. The following tweet summarizes it best:
— John Mahoney (@jjmiv) May 20, 2016
Also there were several talks on developing applications for emerging markets. I especially enjoyed the one titled, “Building for Billions”. The speakers talked about the best strategies for making sure your application is always interactive and responsive for users regardless of network and memory conditions.
All in all, I am very thankful I was able to attend; I know that everyone doesn’t get this opportunity. I learned a lot, I drank a lot of coffee, and I met some awesome folks.
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