Schedule

Registration

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Opening Ceremony

"Artificial Intelligence: Existential Threat or Our Best Hope for the Future?”

KEYNOTE TALK

We are honored to feature Dr. James Hendler, Tetherless World Chair of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as our keynote speaker. Dr. Hendler will speak about the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the present day, and the implications of this technology as it advances.

A burst in optimism (and unwarranted fear) has grown around a number of high-impact technologies that can solve some of the problems that have...Read more

Solving the Chicken and Egg Problem of Recruiting and Training Tech Talent in the Hudson Valley

Technology companies continue to prioritize flexible work-life balance and healthier lifestyles to help retain valuable employees. And given the easy access to metropolitan hubs, natural beauty, broadband infrastructure plans, and low cost of living, the Hudson Valley should be poised as a desirable region for businesses who prize this kind of culture as a path to growth. However, as local municipalities clamor for more tech talent to move here, the greatest barrier to starting or scaling a...Read more

Transformation Towards Smart Communities & Workforce Readiness for the Future

Every community wants to ensure the smartness and resiliency for its population and transforming towards that objective. If they have not started the journey, they will be starting soon. It is no longer an "if" thing, rather a "when" thing. We want to take you a framework and journey to become a Smart Community, and with "Smart Everything". When we have Smart Everything as an operating model, we need to make sure our workforce is ready to support those. We will discuss combining the...Read more

Storytelling with Open Data and Mobile Technology

The advent and proliferation of smartphones present cultural institutions with valuable new opportunities to display and share their collections. But constantly evolving technology is complicated and costly, demanding resources for implementation and maintenance. These challenges leave many institutions grappling with how to best use technology and keep pace with change. In this session, we’ll explore the changing relationship between cultural institutions and an increasingly mobile...Read more

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Libraries evolving to meet community needs

Everything is changing rapidly in 2019, and libraries are no exception. Libraries have evolved from book warehouses to community hubs that seek to satisfy the new needs for their community members. We'll examine the modern community library, its initiatives and opportunities to use it to connect, learn, and grow. Read more

Opening Doors for those with Disabilities

How can technology increase accessibility for those with physical challenges? This talk will be centered around how personal experiences can lead to creative ideas and inventive solutions utilizing the vast amount of technology available to us today. Read more

Using Technology in Education to Inspire Innovation

Educational institutions today seem to be in a constant state of change. New technologies are always emerging, regulations change, and research evolves. As these changes are happen, how do we infuse positive technology integration across the institution effectively? Through this session, participants will explore various technologies that can be integrated into the classroom to encourage innovative course design and student success, as well as, discuss challenges that may be faced through...Read more

Applied Learning in the Computer Science Education

In this workshop, we'll demonstrate the use of Applied Learning in the Computer Science program at SUNY Ulster. Students participate in teams to develop applications for real customers on campus using Agile methodologies. Faculty will give an overview of this program along with a brief demo of several student projects.Read more

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Utilizing Micro-Credentials (Badges) for Student Learning and Staff Professional Development

The presentation will discuss how school districts can encourage staff and students to pursue self-paced and self-directed learning in academic areas along with life ready, digital literacy, and coding skills. We'll look at how the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District came to adopt the OYO Class platform to create, publish, and manage micro-credentials that promote personalized staff and student learning. .Read more

Future Readiness: Tech Workforce Trends for Startups and Developers

Startups are leading the trend to hire internationally. This panel covers the international approach to building a technical workforce for new companies: sometimes, local resources are ideal; other times, they’re hard to find. What are the benefits and challenges of working on an international team?

This panel also discusses the dilemmas this trend creates for developers seeking opportunities locally: in a world without borders, how do local resources remain competitive?

While...Read more

Lightning Talks

Several brief, informal presentations on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to edutech, and a variety of technologies.

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How Public Clouds Affect Us All

Public cloud services have become increasingly popular. We'll take a look at trends, use cases, and differences between hosting services before wrapping up with a discussion of public cloud security. Read more

RESTful APIs in DevTestOps

We'll discuss how developing RESTful APIs enables services from your team's resources to be utilized by other teams while also allowing for automated testing of the services you provide. 

The speaker has been working on an in-house private cloud solution where Linux virtual machines running on the IBM mainframe are made available to application development and solution teams. The solution offers 'self-service' to the end-user teams and allows for a 'single pane of glass' across the...Read more

What is Semantic I/O?

The talk is designed to promote the idea of using semantic I/O as abstraction and discusses the implications for traditional computing paradigms from doing so. 
Semantic I/O Protocol (SIOP) applies this idea to allow all IoT devices to communicate with one another without adding complexity to the devices. Since this idea is still a very early stage it is intended to promote awareness and discussion of the idea. While a background understanding in the computer of science topics such as...Read more

Bitcoin and the Future History of Money

Bitcoin is the newest technology to serve the function of money. It is an invention for the digital age designed to solve a problem that has persisted for all of humanity’s existence: how to move economic value across time and space. Drawing upon research presented in Saifedean Ammous’ book, The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, Ms. Daverington will discuss the history of money and share thoughts on Bitcoin from her perspective as an attorney and...Read more

Content management for Drupal 8 websites

Too often, content authors are the last to meet their tool of work. Despite all the effort focused on UX/UI for the end users, the needs of content authors are still often neglected. In this talk, we'll discuss the needs of content authors, what initiatives are across open source CMSs (Drupal, Wordpress, Contentful) and how tools such as OpenStory can open a new type of SaaS offering: Content As a Service. Read more

Cybersecurity and you ... yeah, you!

Join us for an unvarnished, broad level presentation about threat and risk considerations for technologists whether it is the development of their products/projects or in their personal use of technology. We'll discuss the cybersecurity mindset and how to apply it, starting with non-technical approaches and moving onto cybersecurity technologies and methodologies.Read more

Integrated UX Design – A practical approach

Overview of daily common and less common tasks and challenges a UX designer might face on the job. How to apply UX design processes and tools to create designs that are fully integrated into the development process and with that help improve communication between cross-functional teams and team members. 

A Look beyond wireframes – what kind of problems can a UX designer help solve? Non-typical user persona – how to apply design thinking to more than just users, but in dealing with...Read more

OWASP 10 Review

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 for 2017 is based primarily on 40+ data submissions from firms that specialize in application security and an industry survey that was completed by 515 individuals. This data spans vulnerabilities gathered from hundreds of organizations and over 100,000 real-world applications and APIs. The Top 10 items are selected and prioritized according to this prevalence data, in combination with consensus estimates of exploitability,...Read more

Application Security Essentials

This presentation covers observations and best practices related to supply chain hygiene in code development, infrastructure choices for “as a platform” architectures (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS), and concerns about open and closed sources. This session will benefit developers and infrastructure architects/engineers.Read more

Your current cybersecurity is ok…until it isn’t

Traditional cybersecurity solutions are inadequate faced with today’s threat landscape. Effective protection requires a well-planned security stack, an integrated, layered set of services, designed to minimize risk, and facilitate business continuity and data recovery.

The discussion will include:

  • Common small business vulnerabilities and how they are exploited.
  • Components of an effective cybersecurity stack.
  • Ethical/legal considerations; how much
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Breaking Glass Ceilings and Walls - Encouraging diverse thought leaders

With the high pace of change in the technology industry, there is a critical need for people who can not only think outside the box but those who can smash the concept of boxes in the first place. We need to not only get rid of the glass ceilings that may still exist in education, business, and government. We also need to recognize that there are "glass silos" shaped by individuals' career paths and experiences. How do we grow and encourage education and careers in the Hudson Valley to...Read more

Understanding the Keys to Breakthrough Teams

Why do some teams become shining innovators and others struggle? This talk will help you understand the natural elements and flow of team problem-solving. We will examine techniques that can be used to tailor the process for each of your team members. By doing so, we will unlock the natural innovative nature of every team member and find the “wisdom of the crowd” — how the people on any team can wring out every last ounce of their creative best in service to their projects and each other....Read more

Human-centered problem solving: Adopting Enterprise Design Thinking in your organization

Design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem-solving used by companies in many industries. It's a highly effective framework that yields better products and increased revenue. But introducing design thinking, especially at scale, can prove challenging. Inertia, risk aversion, and unclear first steps often stand in the way of organizations adopting new working styles. We'll discuss how IBM,have adopted design thinking practices and share tips and tricks on how any organization can...Read more

Communicating Your Value to Everyone

How do technology pros communicate their value? Usually by listing their development skills, programming languages they know, and technology domains in which they are experts. Communicating effectively to land a gig or a job requires a different approach, one that communicates the benefits of IT skills in a manner that everyone can appreciate, regardless of the listener's tech skills. I will teach effective approaches in this talk/workshop.Read more

Unlocking the Power of Marketing Technology

Today’s fast-moving economy requires business leaders to think proactively, act strategically and perform optimally in order to keep up with customer demands and stave off the competition. Yet many organizations are either struggling to realize the full value of their marketing technology investments or need help finding the right solutions for their business. Join Peter Ladka of GeekHive to hear how organizations are leveraging integrated and scalable technology solutions to accelerate...Read more

Unlocking the Mobile Code for Small Business

Google My Business Optimization, The Rise of Voice Search, and Augmented Reality are all changing the way small businesses interact with potential customers. But the question is, "Are they taking advantage of today's technology and if so, are they doing it correctly?" This overview will focus on simple tactics that are often overlooked by small business when building and curating their online presence using today's mobile focused toolbox.Read more

Life as a Freelance IT Consultant

An experienced freelancer provides a peek into his life. This talk will cover concerns like legal structure (such as LLCs), and go deeper into why one might choose to freelance, the pros and cons of freelancing, stories from the freelancing life, etc. Read more

Music Data and The Blockchain: A Perfect Marriage?

Who owns the rights to this song? This question has always been complicated to answer properly, and in today's digital music economy, answering that question systematically is more imperative than ever to ensure the right creators and copyright owners get paid accurately and quickly. This talk will provide a brief overview of how a blockchain anchored solution and leveraging machine learning techniques can modernize how rights management data can be managed properly, and why this is critical...Read more

Open Source Quantum Computing 101

"We are at the beginning of the era of Quantum computers. No longer are they are thing of theory and imagination, but they exist, and you can even access them today over the cloud.

Join us on a journey of discovery that’s the basics of Quantum information theory, what a Quantum computer actually does and looks like, and how you can start playing with quantum systems in Jupyter notebooks and python. We’ll look at the Qiskit open source project, which provides a programming model, an...Read more

Hudson Valley Regional Data Center - An Information Intermediary to help people find and use information to improve the communities they call home

This talk will be an overview of HV's open data initiative (ODI) and efforts towards the formation of a regional data center to serve the mid-Hudson Valley's 7 counties, 15 cities, 235 municipalities and 1.3 million residents. We'll cover the role of the HV Regional Data Center as an information intermediary, the players associated with HV's open data ecosystem, and the innovation opportunities available for app/dev, analysts and publishing professionals, government officials & NGO...Read more

Promoting Open Data: A Case Study

What does promoting Open Data look like in practice. We'll examine a large research organization was having trouble getting its researchers to comply with their open data policy. An in-depth process involving focus groups, one-on-one interviews, a technology audit, and review of policies and procedures identified factors that were discouraging compliance with the open data policy. This review led to recommendations for policy and procedure changes that will encourage researchers to follow...Read more

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Monetization of Drone Video

Drone Video and how to Monetize with Metadata and Media Asset Management through use of the VRmeta Video Meta Hub (SaaS) which offers In Frame Time Based Descriptive Metadata and capability of a media asset management solution.Read more

Business Application Development with 1C:Enterprise Overview

An overview of the 1C:Enterprise - a development platform, which is withal a unique business development framework, enabling business to create required applications really fast. 1C:Enterprise has the breadth of capability to address the diverse needs of today’s business of any scale, and it also dramatically changes the developer’s role in a project. This is achieved through "configurability" – the ability to customize the system based on the specific needs of companies and their business...Read more

4th industrial revolution

Mission-Driven Infrastructure?

The dawn of the 4th Industrial Revolution is here, and the world has an opportunity to create infrastructure for equity. This session will focus on how a collective mission-driven strategy brings focus to how local and global collaboration can unify rather than divide citizens. The key to thriving in this new industrial revolution is preparing and leading. That requires both disruptive technology and to develop talent that can make the most of it.  Learn...Read more

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Registration

Registration and sign in. Get your badges, get your program and get ready!Read more

Hackathon Opening Ceremony

Mount Saint Mary College President Greetings

Welcome and Introductions

Overview of the event

Hackathon starts at 9:30am

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Exhibits

Mini-Hack

Design thinking & rapid prototyping for issues related to the workforce pipelineRead more

Capture the flag

We’ll have a series of technical challenges where points are awarded for every solved task. The more complicated the task, the more points! Developers and administrators new to games will enjoy this workshop.Read more

Pitchfest & Team Development

Lunch

Enjoy lunch with fellow Festival participantsRead more

Lightning Talks

Presentations, Judging & Celebration

Closing Ceremony

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Civitech 101: Where can communities and Civil Governments start

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Unleashing a Transformation in Teaching with Technology

A technology-rich classroom is more than going green, going paperless! It is creating a culture of inquiry, collaboration, and creativity. Join this workshop to harness the power of tech tools (ThingLink, Powtoon, FlipGrid, EdPuzzle, AdobeSpark, and Hyperdocs) that will help you enhance teaching and empower student learning. You will experience the power of educational technology in transforming classwork from mono-dimensional consumption into multimodal, interactive, collaborative creation...Read more

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Startup Sprint: Your job is to launch your company

Accel7 trains startup founders to utilize the Jobs To Be Done (JTBD) method, founded by Dr. Clay Christensen and backed by Harvard Business School (HBS), to prepare founders for product development and launch in the market. Accel7's Managing Director will lead an interactive, engaging design sprint with JTBD experts who work with startup founders in the Hudson Valley region. Participants will leave the session with a clear approach to engaging prospective clients and/or users, and a task to...Read more

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Communicating your Value to Everyone

How do technology pros communicate their value? Usually by listing their development skills, programming languages they know, and technology domains in which they are experts. Communicating effectively to land a gig or a job requires a different approach, one that communicates the benefits of IT skills in a manner that everyone can appreciate, regardless of the listener's tech skills. I will teach effective approaches in this talk/workshop.Read more

Business Application Development with 1C:Enterprise

1C:Enterprise is a business-oriented development platform, which empowers thousands of developers worldwide with a comprehensive toolkit to build flexible and customizable business solutions. The workshop by evangelist Konstantin Rupasow is a perfect starting point for your 1C:Enterprise journey.

During the workshop, you will:

  • - Get a first-hand impression of what it's like to build a 1C application
  • - Learn 1C:Enterprise ropes and principles
  • - Get to know
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Registration

Registration and sign in. Get your badges, get your program and get ready!Read more

Hackathon Opening Ceremony

Mount Saint Mary College President Greetings

Welcome and Introductions

Overview of the event

Hackathon starts at 9:30am

 Read more

Exhibits

Mini-Hack

Design thinking & rapid prototyping for issues related to the workforce pipelineRead more

Capture the flag

We’ll have a series of technical challenges where points are awarded for every solved task. The more complicated the task, the more points! Developers and administrators new to games will enjoy this workshop.Read more

Pitchfest & Team Development

Lunch

Enjoy lunch with fellow Festival participantsRead more

Lightning Talks

Presentations, Judging & Celebration

Closing Ceremony

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Conference Highlights

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How can technology increase accessibility for those with physical challenges? This talk will be centered around how personal experiences...Read more
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An experienced freelancer provides a peek into his life. This talk will cover concerns like legal structure (such as LLCs), and go deeper...Read more
Talk
Drone Video and how to Monetize with Metadata and Media Asset Management through use of the VRmeta Video Meta Hub (SaaS) which offers In...Read more

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