IntoTech
The conference for getting into technology
11th November 2017
Impact Hub, Vienna
#IntoTechConf

- IntoTech 2017 -

Thank you to everyone who showed up and made this event great!
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ABOUT IntoTech

Made by geeks, for geeks.

You have always been curious about technology?
You just got started with studying IT and are a bit lost? You are a non-dev working with developers every day, and would like to improve your own skills and understand whats happening on the backend? You are planning a career change and thinking the tech field might be interesting for you? Or maybe you have a great idea for an IT project, but no idea where to start?

Join us and get inspired, meet the IT community and get into technology at our free (!) one day event in Vienna.



What's IntoTech?

IntoTech is a "get-together" kind of conference, offering spaces for meeting the community, exchanging ideas and getting inspired. There will be a variety of inspiring handpicked talks and workshops, targeted especially at IT beginners and newbies.


Who are we?

We are a small team of tech-enthusiasts that want to create something nice for our fellow geeks. Most of us are students at various stages of studying IT and we have all been there - at that starting point where a terminal is a magic window and code just gibberish.


How is it organized?

IntoTech is organized on a completely voluntary basis in our free time, no one is getting paid or making any money from this. This is why we are very happy about the help of our sponsors and partners and the support of the tech community and those willing to share their excitement and motivation.


OUR VISION

We live in a world where almost everything is in some way controlled or calculcated by a computer, where most people use social media and information is shared online. And while this will increase even more in the future, a lot of people perceive IT as magic, or too difficult to do themselves. We would like to close that breach between the "users" and the "techgeeks", and inspire people to get started with IT and utilize it for their own projects, to hang in there through the maybe tough beginning and find a community to help them get further.

After all, Tech is not that hard and it is a lot of fun to play around with, especially when you are not on your own.

Schedule

At IntoTech there will be english Talks and hands-on Workshops for you to attend.
Both the workshops and the talks can only be attended with a valid IntoTech conference ticket, so make sure you have one before registering for any workshops.


09:30 Registration & Breakfast by Ströck



10:00 Opening


10:30 - 11:00

Laura is a manager at Travis Foundation and the organiser of Rails Girls Summer of Code — a 3-month scholarship program to support women in the Open Source community. With a background in the visual arts and a non-traditional career path, she landed in tech as a web developer somewhat by accident. Laura is passionate about making things, Open Source software, feminism, music and space (as in rockets).

The people who contribute to an OSS project are the ones shaping its future. But if you've never contributed to an Open Source project before, it can be daunting to submit your first pull request and become part of its community, especially if you are from an underrepresented group in tech. This might keep you from contributing in the first place, meaning your voice, experience, and opinions will be lost. What if you could submit a pull request with confidence, contribute your skills & experience, and become a meaningful part of a project?

My talk will explain what contributing to Open Source actually means, show the (social and technical) ways in which you can contribute, and present paths to get started with your first contribution. By the end, you will know how to find a project you’re passionate about, and how you can go about improving it and the Open Source community—one contribution at a time.


10:30 - 12:00

Workshop

Registration
Valid IntoTech ticket required!

Krisztian Sztojanov has studied as a system engineer and has since worked in Hungary – mainly at his own company, Uni-Top Computers. 3 years ago, while participating in an exhibition, he has become touched by the spirit of the global e-NABLE community and became a member. Soon he has started to work with Joe Cross, the founder of the Hungarian community. He could use his IT skills in 3D printing and creating prosthetcs for kids. So far he has made great efforts to help operating the hungarian organisation - the e-NABLE Hungary has already handed over 15 prosthetic hands.

This workshop will cover:

  • Assembling a 3D printed ROBOT hand for kids, the same which is made for kids in need.
  • Connecting a Hexa Pod with a Myo Gesture Control Armband (TM). The participants can try it out and there will explanations on how the technology communicates.
  • How does a 3D printer work and how can I use it in my daily life? There will be two different types of 3D printers to explore.
  • Tools and materials are provided for this workshop.


11:00 - 11:30

DevOps engineer and passionate IT geek at heart. While previously having a gung-ho attitude towards adopting new technologies and trying out things in production that any sane person would have qualified as "sketchy" at best, over the years he has adopted a more careful attitude. Nowadays he tries to use the best of both worlds: willing to try out new things, sketchy technologies and making them ready for prime time production use.

The IT and tech community is one of the most open and helpful ones, yet beginners have a very different experience, being told off and do not get help? Why is that? How do we ask good questons to get good answers? What are the unwritten rules of behaving in an IT community? Let's take a look, let's get better at communicating with our fellow geeks.


12:00 - 12:30

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Jamie is an engineer on GitHub's Professional Services team, where she enables companies to wield the power of GitHub Enterprise responsibly. She has a background in dance and art history, and has worked at Microsoft, Google, and Nintendo of America. She likes Linux, open source, and documenting all the things. When not nerding out, she trains for triathlons, lifts heavy things, and travels around in a Westfalia Vanagon with her partner, Maxwell, and corgi, Yorick. You should give her book recommendations.

Max is an engineer on the Services Tools Team, making migration to GitHub possible one commit at a time. He loves Linux, Docker, Ruby, and works on music-related electronics projects for fun. You can find him building synthesizers, restoring vintage gear, circuit bending toys, and performing music on YouTube at youtube.com/synthead .


We live in a world of tiny connected devices called the "Internet of Things," or IoT. First, we’ll take a look at the makers' movement, where anyone can use technology to make projects at home. Then, we’ll delve into how this movement scales up to commercial and infrastructure use, and end with how IoT can be implemented to have a positive impact on our day-to-day-lives and the environment.


12:30 - 14:00

Workshop

Registration
Valid IntoTech ticket required!

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Jamie is an engineer on GitHub's Professional Services team, where she enables companies to wield the power of GitHub Enterprise responsibly. She has a background in dance and art history, and has worked at Microsoft, Google, and Nintendo of America. She likes Linux, open source, and documenting all the things. When not nerding out, she trains for triathlons, lifts heavy things, and travels around in a Westfalia Vanagon with her partner, Maxwell, and corgi, Yorick. You should give her book recommendations.

Max is an engineer on the Services Tools Team, making migration to GitHub possible one commit at a time. He loves Linux, Docker, Ruby, and works on music-related electronics projects for fun. You can find him building synthesizers, restoring vintage gear, circuit bending toys, and performing music on YouTube at youtube.com/synthead .


Let’s break the ice and get started in the makers’ movement by assembling a pre-designed hardware project from scratch! Come join as as we hit the ground running by prototyping your very own electronics project using Arduino and C++. No electronics or programming knowledge is required!

Requirements: Please bring along a laptop. You don’t need to have any software preinstalled, however please download the Arduino installer ahead of the workshop. We recommend listening to the The IoT Talk from Jamie happening directly before this workshop, as they are connected!

This workshop is supported with material by Conrad Electronics


13:30 - 14:30

Tommy has been tinkering with computers ever since his grandfather first showed him the DOS command line in the 1980s, but he never wrote a program much more complex than a "Hello World" until about 2 years ago when he started experiment with the GitHub API. Now he works as a Solutions Engineer at GitHub, helping to teach others about GitHub and what's possible when you write software in a way that's open and accessible to all.

A lot of people use spreadsheets in their daily lives. You can make lists, manage your finances, or even track your workouts! But it doesn't end there. Did you know that when you put all that data in a spreadsheet, you're basically creating a database? Once you start thinking "outside the spreadsheet", the possibilities for presenting the data in those little cells is endless. You can make interesting visualizations, websites, or even an app! I'll show you some examples of what I've made and talk about how you can use these techniques to collaborate on projects with people with many diverse skills.


14:00 - 15:00

Workshop

Registration
Valid IntoTech ticket required!

Eva is a frontend developer by day and a coding artist by night, where she loves to play with CSS and animations. She is secretly obsessed with tea and her patronus is a porcupine.

This workshop will cover the basics of CSS Transitions and Animations such as easing and keyframes. After this workshop, the participants will be able to implement meaningful movement into their own web projects and have an understanding of what is possible with today's web technologies.

Requirements : Participants must have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS. If you can give a class to an HTML element and select it in CSS, that's all you need to know for this workshop. Bring your own laptop and have a text editor like Atom, Sublime or Visual Studio Code installed. I also recommend having Chrome installed.



15:00 - 15:30

Claudia Garád is passionate about open culture and it's multifacetedness - especially about strategies to promote free knowledge and educational content. Since 2012 she is the Executive Director of Wikimedia Austria and promotes the people behind Wikipedia and their ideas. Claudia also serves on the Advisory Boards of Open Knowledge Maps and the Open Data Portal and co-organizes the netpolitical evenings in Vienna ( #NetzPAT ).

Photo : Jean-Frédéric [CC BY 4.0]

Wikipedia started off as an impossible idea: That every single human could share in the sum of all knowledge and that we can collaboratively build an encyclopedia. Today, more than 16 years later, Wikipedia is one of the top 5 websites in the world. But the world has changed, and continues changing and as many people are grappling with how we connect with common truth, and with each other, free and independent knowledge is more important than ever. Our vision is still a world in which we are all learning, participating, and creating—a world that is better informed, more inclusive, and more open.



15:30 - 16:00

Natalie has worked as IT project manager, UX/UI designer and marketing specialist for over 6 years in Russia and Austria. She is a part of the craftworks team as UX Engineer. Also, she is a curator of the ChatBots community and the Lead of Facebook Developer Circle in Vienna.

Useful tips and lessons I've learnt from changing my career from marketing to tech without any relevant background. My steps and mistakes on how to find a job in the tech field.


15:30 - 17:00

Workshop

Registration
Valid IntoTech ticket required!

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  • Studies master course game engineering and simulation at the FH Technikum Wien
  • Worked as intern at Sproing developing an Angry Birds franchise game
  • Currently working at Trigo GmbH (www.trigo.at) as NodeJS developer
  • Interested into low-level programming, graphics programming, game development and C++ / Rust
  • Really into algorithms and optimizations, performance considerations
  • Spirit Animal: Unicorn
  • Hobbies: Crossfit, Boardgames, Cats, Video Games, ...
  • Working on first own IP title - Titan Twins

Alexander has been working in web development for over 5 years, but always had a passion for games and is now studying game engineering and developing his first bigger game - Titan Twins.


Game engineering student, programmer, creative mind - not commiting to one aspect of game creating, trying to balance various skills to be an all-round game developer.


This workshop will cover the basics of game development in Unity. The participants will learn about the basic game development workflow, the different roles and how a game is developed in Unity. A small game will be implemented together that can be used to further experiment with Unity after the workshop.

Requirements: Please bring a long a laptop and a pre-installed Unity Personal Version 2017.2 (the current one).


16:30 - 17:00

Ramón’s been developing Mac, iOS and Web software for almost 10 years and loving every minute of it. He’s also teaching children to code and at the same time helping run the “Ruby Habits” study group.

'How come we can only define a method once?'

Ever taught kids to code? They have this magical ability to take something you think you understand well and turn it upside down within an instant. They challenge norms and ask questions that you never thought could be asked.

Challenges aside, teaching has been an extraordinary turning point for me. I highly recommend it! You can take the lessons learned from doing so and turn them into valuable skills. These can help you become an active member of the developer community. Everyone can benefit from teaching, and not just from teaching kids!


17:00 - 17:30

Incubator focused on Art and Artificial Intelligence, bringing together people from different fields.

A showcasing of ChatBots built during the Incubator.



17:30
Official Ending




18:00
Schizophrenic Cat Concert




18:30 - Open End
Afterparty at Vrei


Communities

At IntoTech we want to give you the chance to directly connect to local tech communities and tech spaces, so you know where to go after the conference and continue your journey into technology. We asked tech communities to join our event and present their projects and spaces to you.

Registration is full

All free tickets for this conference are taken, however there is a waiting list you can sign up to here.

To not see computers as mechanical, and lonely and boring and magic. To see them as things they can tinker, and turn around, and twist,...

Linda Liukas, TEDX (Our Inspiration)

The faces behind the conference

The Core Team

Melanie Balaz

Janos Pasztor

Contributors

Ramón Huidobro

Tatyana Sandanova

The Location

IntoTech will take place at the ImpactHub Vienna at Lindengasse 56, 1070 Vienna.