Codemash 2020!

Lightning Talks are 6-minute prepared talks. You can use slides, or not, and you can talk about anything you want. You can use the link below to submit your own talk. We've not had a year, yet, where we didn't get through everyone who had proposed one. So, if you sign up, you are pretty much guaranteed a spot! So, sign up now!
Please no pitches or advertising for your company!

When: January 08, 2020 at 7pm
Organizer: Corey Haines
Check out these awesome submitted talks!
  1. Matt Williams - End the Stigma: Be a Mental Health Ally (Lightning Edition)

    Readers digest edition of a longer talk on mental health incidence in IT and how to reduce/remove the stigma of mental health issues.

  2. Steven Hicks - 3 Gifts

    Three stories of gifts given or received, to illustrate an important point about feedback. Gifts are most successful when they are for the recipient, not the giver.

  3. Kent Fehribach - The greatest adventure you've never heard of

    Climbing Mt. Everest, running the Boston Marathon, hiking the Appalachian trail... What if there was an even more exclusive adventure that you could embark on, and take your family along as well?

  4. Matthew D. Groves - How Using a Password Manager Saved Me $2900

    I could've sworn I submitted this already. Anyway, this presentation uses some GIFs. If Powerpoint is definitely off the table, please let me know ahead of time so I can prepare an alternative.

  5. Steve Bilogan - Introduction to the Uno Platform

    Uno is a new platform for building cross-platform, native mobile, desktop and WebAssembly with C#, XAML from a single codebase. The Uno Platform is a Universal Windows Platform Bridge that allows UWP-based code (C# and XAML) to run on iOS, Android, and WebAssembly. They have also recently announced a package of custom renderers for Xamarin.Forms that allows a Xamarin.Forms app to run on WebAssembly. In this lightning talk, we will take a quick look at the Uno Platform and how it was recently used to bring the official Microsoft UWP Calculator app to the web!

  6. Bill Dinger - SvelteJS: a lightning framework

    SvelteJS is a modern full featured frontend framework that takes minutes to learn. We'll go over its features and show why it's so compelling and why it's on stackoverflows 'most want to learn about' list for 2020.

  7. Randy Skopecek - Rural Reality: Journey to Better Internet

    A brief walkthrough of the challenge to get viable internet, let alone good internet, for a remote worker in the rural world.

  8. Matt Eland - How Not to Suck as a New Manager

    Matt will share brief lessons learned from his journey from engineer to manager. We'll talk about communication, impostor syndrome, and ways to learn and get ready for a job that's likely completely different than anything you've had before.

  9. Steve Crow - Balloon Twisting: The Esoteric Language You Compile Yourself

    No one knows for sure who twisted the first balloon animal. Several historians believe it may have started back in the 1940s, however, others have linked it back to the Aztecs. In this brief demonstration, I'll show you the basics of twisting balloon animals.

  10. Ash Banaszek - Beginners guide to D&D 5E

    Interested in learning about the tabletop roleplaying game D&D but have never role played before? No sweat! Ash will teach you the very basics of understanding what a roleplaying game is and some resources to get started.

  11. Marvin Laucher - Lessons Learned: Monolith to > 60 services in 2 yrs

    Going from monolith to services. What worked, what didn't and the takeaways.

  12. Sarah Withee - How a Pinball Machine Works

    Have you ever looked inside a pinball machine? It's full of dozens of assorted components and hundreds of feet of wire. There's a lot of really fascinating things going on and I want to take a short journey inside! You'll see (with pictures) how some simple things like bumpers and tilt sensors work. It all looks so simple, but below the surface the complexity is quite awesome to think about. You might not ever look at a pinball machine the same way again!

  13. Leyla Bauer - A (Brief) History of 1920's Movie Palaces (and How It Applies to the 2020's)

    A (very) brief history of the rise of the 1920's movie palace, how they shaped the modern movie-going experience, and what we can apply from their story to the 2020's.

  14. Michael Richardson - Stop Saying "I'm bad with names"

    Let's talk about a hard problem: names. No, not variable names, people names.
    Do you struggle to remember the names of people you meet? Me too! Learn why investing in this skill is important and valuable. I'll pass on some lessons that I've learned in my struggle to become better with names.

  15. Daniel Davis - Remedies For Lead Foot Syndrome

    Even though a good portion of our work can be done remote these days, there are still plenty of us that have commutes back for forth into the workplace. For the latter of those folks that are like me and also happen to suffer from Lead Foot Syndrome, I'd like to share some tips and tricks that can help.

  16. Brian Sherwin - Drop the Mic(e)

    Stop using your mouse and learn a few keyboard shortcuts.

  17. Eemeli Aro - A Story of Intended Consequences and Plural Forms

    A story of unexpected but intended consequences, telling the tale of how participating in JavaScript standards processes and improving even the most obscure corner cases can bring real-world benefits, even if the real world is also a bit of an obscure corner case.

  18. Luc - VueJS vs. Blazor

    My company is at a crossroads in our flagship product’s upgrade direction. I have been looking into VueJS for a few months now and really like it’s flexibility, documentation, and user community. However, I am also very excited about Blazor, but have some reservations due to its age and current state. I have more questions than answers when trying to decide. I would like to see if there are others that have some thoughts and stories with pros and cons for both technologies.

  19. Scott Connerly - Estimates are BS

    As if.

Submission Guidelines

Slide format: We'll be running off a central computer, so PDF or online slides are preferred. I believe we can support powerpoint format, but can't 100% guarantee it.
Slide Delivery: I'll be contacting people for their slide decks. If you want to be super awesome, email me your deck ahead of time. The deadline to send them will be Tuesday, January 7th.