Our 2016 Workshops
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- Information Architecture, Storyboarding, and Why The Beginning of A Website Project Doesn't Start With Code? - Beginner
- Intro to HTML/CSS - Beginner
- How Exactly Do Web Pages Work? - Beginner
- Google Analytics - Uncover The Secrets of Google Analytics to Make the Best Content Ever - Beginner
- WordPress Housekeeping and Maintenance - Intermediate
- Getting Started with WordPress - Beginner
- Creating and Editing Your Content in WordPress - Beginner
- Exploring Widgets and Plugin in WordPress - Intermediate
- Making Your Site Beautiful in WordPress - Intermediate
- Search Engine Optimization in WordPress - Advanced
Programming & Apps
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- A Slice of Raspberry Pi - Beginner
- Introduction to Cloud Computing and Amazon Web Services - Beginner
- The World of Creating An iPhone App - Beginner
- Dare to be a Data Scientist - Beginner/Intermediate
- Android Mobile Development - Intermediate
- Rails in 60 Minutes - Beginner/Intermediate
- So You Want To Program Ruby - Beginner
- Rails: What's a Web Framework - Intermediate/Advance
- Wait, Microsoft is Open Source now? - Intermediate
- Test Driven Development the secret weapon against bugs - Beginner
- Continuous Integration, Advantages of a rapid feedback - Beginner
- Git, commit responsibly - Beginner
- Design Patterns: solution to software design problems - Intermediate
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- Periscope, Blab, & Snapchat: How to Leverage Live Video Streaming for Your Business - Beginner
- Social Media for the BUSY Professional (Part 1) : 5 Powerful Tools for Saving Time & Improving ROI - Beginner
- The Question of Quora - Beginner
- BEGINstagram - Your beginner class for Instagram - Beginner
- Instagram Part Deux: Video & Selfies Too! - Intermediate
- Social Media for the BUSY Professional (Part 2): 5 Powerful Tools for Saving Time & Improving ROI - Beginner/Intermediate
- Tech that Works Best | Digital Marketing Tech Tools - Intermediate/Advanced
- It's not the Network it's the Content | Beating the News Feed - Intermediate/Advanced
- When to Pay to Play | Social Media Ads - Intermediate/Advanced
- Video Marketing - Advanced
- Bizstagram - Advanced
- Marketing Tips & Strategies for Pinterest - Intermediate/Advanced
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- It’s a Visual World - Beginner
- First Step in creating your app: Prototyping it - Beginner
- Photoshop: Basic Training - Beginner
- Photoshop: Survival Guide - Intermediate/Advanced
- InDesign: Basic Training - Beginner/Intermediate
- UX: It's all about the Feels - Intermediate
- Podcasting 101: From Idea to Launch - Beginner
- Podcasting: Marketing & Profiting Your Podcast (Podcasting Part 2 of 2) - Intermediate/Advanced
- Introduction to 3D Printing - Beginner
- Introduction to Arduino and Microprocessors - Beginner
Click a Business Essentials workshop to learn more
- Your sales look great on paper. So why aren't you driving a Maserati and vacationing in Capri? - Beginner
- From dream to reality - how to work with a mentor to start and grow your tech business - Beginner/Intermediate
- LinkedIn for Seeking First Job or More Rewarding Job - Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
- Marketing Duel of LinkedIn Vs Facebook: How to Make them Both Effective - Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
- Google Drive - Using Cloud-Based Storage, Collaboration & Sharing - Beginner
- Empowered Networking to Power Your Business - Beginner
- How to Launch a Digital Business 101 - Beginner/Intermediate
- Designing Effective Presentations using PowerPoint - Beginner
- Windows 10 for Small Business - Beginner
- Demystifying the Cloud - Beginner/Intermediate
- Fundamentals of Excel 2016 - Intermediate
- Is your Data Protected? Can you or your business survive a loss of data or critical applications? - Intermediate
- LinkedIn to Exceed Sales Goals - Intermediate/Advanced
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our 2016 Speakers
Alison CaronCreative Director | Alison Caron Design
Alison Caron is the founder and creative director of Alison Caron Design, a Hyannis-based firm specializing in advertising, branding, and publishing. With a BFA in graphic design from UMass Dartmouth and more than 12 years of experience in publishing and advertising—including as creative director of Cape Cod Magazine and its sister publications.
Alecia OrsiniCEO | Good Natured Dog Productions
Alecia Orsini is a selfie-queen and an award winning multi-media professional. As CEO of Good Natured Dog Productions she brings the world of filmmaking to her diverse clients, in a wide array of industries. Alecia loves to geek out and does so as Geek Girl #26, traveling the country teaching video production, social media, and personal branding at Geek Girl TechCon.
Lynette YoungDirector | Marketing Technologies
Lynette is a marketing technology strategist and published author with focus on digital marketing and implementation services. She has been a highly sought after expert in social media marketing technology since 2006. She is also Hubspot Inbound Certified and heads up the ClaimWizard digital marketing products and team.
Stefanie BluePhotographer, Pinterest Geek, Image Branding Chick
As a professional photographer, Stefanie incorporates Pinterest into planning client sessions. She also works with other entrepreneurs and small businesses to show them how they can use Pinterest for marketing, whether they sell a product or service. Stefanie has been teaching Pinterest and Facebook classes through Grossmont Adult School for the last 3 years.
Meghan Blair-ValeroOwner | Fogged In Bookkeeping
Meghan Blair-Valero is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and a member of the Association of Independent Professional Bookkeepers. A lover of technology and supporter or women’s causes she is a proud Geek Girl. Having taught bookkeeping, accounting, QuickBooks, and children’s art classes she is quite happy at the front of a classroom.
Leticia RaborOwner | LARTechnologies
Worked as a professional Software and Systems Engineer in the Defense and Aerospace industries for over 13 years such as BAE Systems National Solutions, Lockheed Martin, and Science Application International Corporation (SAIC). Over the years Leticia has designed, implemented, and tested various image formation subsystem components for ground system development.
Rob KaufmanOwner | Notch8
Rob started programming around age 2 and hasn’t stopped since. He’s dedicated to helping businesses make the products they dream of into a reality, and to learning and sharing as much about business and software as possible. He spends time sharing that knowledge with as many people as they can through LEARN the San Diego Developer's Bootcamp and keeping those skills sharp by developing apps at Notch8.
Frances GoCEO | Goldlilys Media LLC
Frances Naty Go has loved playing video games since she was a kid. From video games to playing computer software, her hobbies led her to graduate with a BS Computer Science at UC San Diego in 2008 and focused on Web Development as a career. Frances chose web development because it combines art with logical programming (math) so she can make something pretty as well as functional that people use.
Kaitlin AbrahamsonRuby on Rails Developer | LEARN Academy
Kaitlin is the newest addition to LEARN Academy's teaching staff. She graduated from LEARN's program in the spring of 2015 and is thrilled to return to spreading the rails gospel after spending some time in the San Diego's start-up industry. Before her career shift to web development, she taught college students Shakespeare and Beowulf.
Donna DaltonSystems Integration | ViaSat
Donna Dalton is a Geek Girl and an Evernote aficionado. She currently works as a Systems Test Engineer at ViaSat in Carlsbad, California. For many years Donna owned a computer consulting firm called ByteMarks in Colorado. Her company was also an Apple Authorized Service Provider and Reseller. Donna has been a co-host of Geek Speak, a call-in technology radio show, on KDNK in Carbondale, Colorado.
Juan TorresSenior Software Engineer | MindTouch
Juan Manuel lives in San Diego, California where he works for MindTouch as Senior Software Engineer in the Cloud Platform team. His passions include photography, reptiles and SOLID programming.
Jean M. KourafasOwner | Basimos Digital Marketing
Jean has been an organizing member of Geek Girl Camp since its inception and is the owner of Basimos Digital Marketing. Since the mid 90’s, she has been designing, marketing, and managing corporate websites.
Bridget AyersFounder | Get Smart Web
Bridget Ayers is the Head Geek and Founder of Get Smart Web & Co-Creator of Get Smart WorkSpaces. Bridget has been a tech obsessed, sales savvy, bottom-line managing, data-driven, innovation seeking, behavior watching entrepreneur for 14 years.
Alex CameronFounder & CEO | Signature Social Marketing Consulting
Alex Cameron is the Founder & CEO of Signature Social Marketing Consulting. Signature Social provides social media marketing solutions for businesses and budgets of all sizes. She specializes in social media strategy, helping her clients to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy with clearly defined goals as well as tactics for achieving those goals.
Dennis SladeTechnical Lead/Founder | Social Career Page
Dennis Slade has been a SDPHP member and presenter since he moved to San Diego in 2012. Dennis has over two decades experience in the design and implementation of web, mobile, and desktop apps. He currently works as an independent Web Developer Consultant specializing in backend servers, content management systems, and user-driven tools.
Heather WildeCTO | ROCeteer
Heather is the CTO of ROCeteer, as well as an accomplished speaker and writer.
Tabitha SukhaiCreator & Editor | TheSnug.com
Tabitha started as an editorial intern at Time Inc.’s Teen People magazine about 15 years ago. Fast forward to January 2015 and Tabitha was at the helm of launching Time Inc.’s first-ever, digital-only (a.k.a. “no magazine”) property. While she runs The Snug, Tabitha continues to manage This Old House’s social media and digital engagement
Vanessa VelezSocial Media Producer | TheSnug.com
Vanessa works with Tabitha to deploy hundreds of social media messages for This Old House and The Snug on a fajillion platforms, daily. Together, they reach about 3-5 million people every day. Vanessa is also responsible for some of the most viral content at The Snug and has deployed branded content for companies like Fiskars, and more.
Elina KimXD Prototyper | TurboTax at Intuit
She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. She is passionate about a prototyping-led design process and utilizes her coding skills to deliver design intent via high-fidelity prototypes. She enjoys sharing her experiences in XD and prototyping and has given talks in local communities including Meetup, Girl Scouts and universities.
Yao Morin Ph.D.Data Scientist | Consumer Tax Group at Intuit
Where she is one of the driving forces behind dynamic personalization and data-driven decision making. She has recently spoken in various conference, such as Fluent and EnterpriseJS as the subject matter expert in Product Personalization and Data Science.
Leah ZhaoSr. Software Engineer | Consumer Tax Group at Intuit
She is a key developer on building a platform that enables responsive experiences. Prior to her current role at Intuit, she worked as a R&D engineer at Toyota. She recently spoke at ICCCN15, International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks 2015, on the collection of privacy sensitive mobile data. She holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Brittany RomanoSupport Staff + Video Editor Extraordinaire | ThisOldHouse.com
Brittany is the glue that keeps This Old House HQ together. When she isn’t managing the NYC office and keeping the Editor-in-Chief’s calendar from imploding, she edits how-to video for ThisOldHouse.com and creates viral video clips for social media platforms. In all of her free time, she reviews home products for The Snug. This is her first GeekGirl conference and we’re thrilled that she’s here!
Karen DeschainePartner | Cooley LLP
Karen Deschaine is a partner at the international law firm, Cooley LLP, which is a leading firm for technology companies. Karen works with technology companies of all sizes as well as venture funds investing in technology companies. Karen also enjoys working with nonprofit organizations, particularly ones focused on kids, veterans and women. Karen has a passion for working with entrepreneurs who are passionate about their companies!
Cameron WilbyFounder | Origin Code Academy
Cameron is a tech nerd and Brit who primarily focuses on full stack web development using the .NET Framework while also focusing on secondary skills needed to participate in the enterprise software development lifecycle for his students.
Rocio MontesSenior Software Engineer in Quality | Intuit
She also has a secondary role where she leads the tech assessment effort to identify rockstar software engineer co-ops (six month interns) at RIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, her alma mater. Outside of Intuit, she is the Co-founder of “Emar”, a small business whose mission is to connect small businesses in the US who have tech needs with software engineering interns in Peru.
Chris CorriveauCTO | LocalStack
An Entrepreneurial Technologist who has help the role of CTO for the past 12 years. He currently leads technology fort LocalStack a comapny which aggregates all the social media data of every business in the United States.
Kathleen AltringerE.A | Turbo Tax & Pro Series at Intuit
Certifications in HTML, CSS, Intro to Programming & JAVA from O’Reilly School of Technology. Contributor to test Automation framework. QuickBooks Certified. Prior to Intuit, has worked in Tax Preparation as an Enrolled Agent and small business booking.
Amber Elam, CPA, MSTax Analyst | ProConnect Group
Amber is a Tax Analyst in the ProConnect Group at Intuit which provides professional tax software to the nation’s accountants. Prior to working at Intuit, she worked as a small business consultant providing tax, audit, and bookkeeping services centered around clients that use QuickBooks.
Julian BryantiOS Developer
Julian is a freelance iOS developer building enterprise and consumer-facing apps for clients in San Diego. Julian began programming for iPhone after leaving the world of corporate law. He has a law degree from Georgetown and an undergrad in Government, Japanese, and Computer Applications from Notre Dame.
Elaura RubianoTechnical Project Manager | ScaleMatrix
Elaura Rubiano is a Technical Project Manager at one of the most revolutionary data centers in San Diego, ScaleMatrix. Focusing on Business Continuity and Data Protection, she helps businesses have confidence knowing that they are protected from virus infection and have the ability to recover from a failure quickly.
Janneth Amaya GómezSoftware Developer | Nearsoft
Born in Chihuahua,Mexico. she has been a .Net software developer since 2011 Janneth has written a couple of posts and participated in a variety of projects, she loves and supports the idea of having more women in technology world.
Yesenia Molina BejaranoSoftware Developer | Nearsoft
Yesenia works for Nearsoft in the Chihuahua, México office as .Net developer in the Opentable team, she is a passionate programmer and likes to be involved in the tech community.
Elsa BalderramaSoftware Developer | Nearsoft
Elsa started making websites while little by little got to learn about application development and infrastructure for the web. She currently is a full-stack web developer advocating for accessibility, openness and security on our web applications.
Thannia BlanchetSoftware Developer | Nearsoft
Thannia got into college with an interest in animation and got out having discovered the world of programming. She has always loved doing art but has more of a talent for mathematical stuff, so she currently works as a web developer, where she can do pretty things through code.
Allison Long PettineFounding Partner | Seed San Diego
Allison Long Pettine is the Founding Partner of Seed San Diego, San Diego’s premier venture group that provides both capital and strategic value to startups developing disruptive technologies across multiple industries. Allison is also President and Founder of Crescent Ridge Partners, a local seed stage venture fund.
Susie CawoodCommunity Development Specialist, SW Market Captain | Microsoft
As a Community Development Specialist Susie spends her time working with non-profits, business organizations and education groups. Susie is responsible for all events in-store and out in the community. From Microsoft product launches to Xbox gaming events, she ensures that the greater San Diego community can experience all that Microsoft has to offer.
Robert DucheneProduct Advisor, Business Captain | Microsoft
Robert Duchene has been a Product Advisor for the Microsoft Store Fashion Valley for 2 years. As Business Captain, he ensures that we find the right solution for each and every one of our business customers. He leads business workshops from topics such as Office 365 and Windows 10 in the store’s theater. Robert is a tech enthusiast and a gamer. He loves his Xbox!
Brent HafnerCloud Architect | AIS Data Centers
Brent Hafner is Cloud Architect for AIS Data Centers, where he excels at designing, building and managing cloud infrastructure and corresponding virtual servers and desktop systems. Prior to AIS, Hafner served as Cloud Operations Manager and Senior Architect for Capgemini, a Systems Engineer for Merial, Inc. and a Technical Trainer for American Intercontinental University.
Valarie SparksFounder | Hospitality Social Selling
Valarie founded the organization Hospitality Social Selling, which enables hospitality sales professionals to maximize LinkedIn as a power Social Selling tool. Her professional background includes hotel management. She exceeded her sales quotas through her own usage of LinkedIn and went on to teach others to do the same.
Silvia MahCEO | Hera-Labs
Dr. Silvia Mah is the CEO of Hera-Labs, a business accelerator for women-owned small businesses, founding partner of Hera Angels / Hera Fund, an angel group & fund for female angels investing in female founders and emerging fund, and an angel investor in female-focused endeavors.
Joyce TangChief Customer Happiness Officer | AgilisIT
Joyce founded AgilisIT during the "Great Recession" with $100 and a lot of sweat equity. She helps clients ranging from startups to billion-dollar companies realize their visions with technology, and achieving double-digit growth for AgilisIT at the same time. As the Chief Customer Happiness Officer, she works hard to keep clients delighted while expanding job opportunities to other women in tech so that one day soon women aren't minorities in the technology industry.
Michael RobertsSr. Software Engineer & Co-organizer of SanDiegoJS community
Susan RustPartner, Thunderactive
Susan Rust is a serial entrepreneur and now a partner at thunderactive, an inbound content marketing agency. With 10 years of managing and consulting hardcore web development, she brings a wealth of experience and interesting perspective on how to scale a company profitably.
Jon MoffatCyber Safety Consulting
Jon Moffat has been working with youth for the past 17 years. He started educating youth about Internet dangers 9 years ago. Jon started his own consulting business creating custom Cyber Safety presentations three years ago for people of all ages. He enjoys traveling the country talking to parents and youth about safe use of technology, and helping bridge the digital knowledge gap between parents and their children.
Justine PhillipsSpecial Counsel | Sheppard Mullin
Justine Phillips is a special counsel in both Data Privacy & Security and Labor and Employment Practice Groups in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office. Justine focuses her practice on cybersecurity, data privacy, employment litigation and counseling, and commercial litigation.
Chelsea KaufmanCo-Founder and CEO | LEARN Academy
Chelsea Kaufman is the Co-Founder and CEO of LEARN Academy - a web development bootcamp and training institution. As the leader of this San Diego based tech start-up, she is an integral part of LEARN’s day to day operations and consistent growth, as well as the curator of the company culture of code, collaboration, and community.
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Due to unforeseen incidents, the Schedule may change at any time without notice - please check back often before planning your final itinerary for the day!
8:00am - 9:00am Welcome, Registration and Marketplace
Get registered and settled in for a great day of learning.
9:00am - 10:00am Keynote: TBD
10:00am - 6:00pm HackRoom
10:00am - 6:00pm Mentor Lounge
Come join us in the Mentor Lounge for one-on-one sessions with hiring professionals that will help you with these common questions when looking for a job in tech.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch, Marketplace, HelpDesk
Enjoy lunch, check out the Marketplace.
5:30pm - 6:00pm Announcement of Sharkette Tank Winner
Celebrate the winners of the Sharkette Tank pitches.
6:00pm - 7:30pm Giveaways and Reception
Time to network and win some giveaways.
Our 2016 Speakers and Panels
10:00am - 11:00am Digital Footprint and Personal Branding: What Every Family and Company Should Know
Whether you know it or not, you're a brand and everything you post online will have an impact on your brand, good or bad. Digital Media is an extremely powerful tool in building your personal brand, whether you using it to get into college, applying for that dream job, promoting your company culture while onboarding new employees, acquiring new customers, running for office or becoming a trusted influencer. But it can also be powerful in the wrong hands and even your own hands. Find out what a Digital Footprint is, how to clean up your reputation, steps to keeping a clean record, and learn new trends and scams that everyone should be aware of. This Panel is a must for students and their families!
11:00am - 12:00pm Sharkette Tank Pitchfest - Round 1
Jump into the Sharkette Tank! Come cheer on 4 local startups as they pitch celebrity judges and vie for bragging rights as the winner! The four startups competing are: Hope Bras, Equity Directory, RoomChazer and NerdOut.
1:00pm - 2:00pm Panel: Why I Hire BootCamp Grads
Are you looking to grow your development team with smart, hard-working, and motivated developers? Are you yourself thinking about changing your career to become a developer? Then you should come learn more about bootcamp grads!
Join LEARN Academy and Geek Girl TechCon for a panel discussion about why bootcamp grads stand out in a pool of candidates!
Moderated by: Chelsea Kaufman, CEO, LEARN Academy
Robert Kaufman | Software Consultant and Founding Partner at Notch8
Chris Corriveau | CTO at LocalStack
Dillion Welch | Lead Software Engineer at Q-Centrix
Carlisia Campos | Senior Software Engineer at Verve
2:00pm - 3:00pm Sharkette Tank Pitchfest - Round 2
Jump into the Sharkette Tank! Come cheer on 4 local startups as they pitch celebrity judges and vie for bragging rights as the winner! The four startups competing are: AirBitz, MyClubApp, All Across Africa and KidHire.
3:00pm - 4:00pm How Did You get That Job?
* How do I find that DREAM JOB in Tech?
* What should I have on my RESUME to ensure it will be seen by top companies?
* How should I be MARKETING myself online for better exposure?
* What should I NOT be doing that might hurt my chances for employment?
* What and Where are the RESOURCES to help me find that Dream Job?
* Where can I find MENTORS?
Find out these answers and more from our incredible panel! Sponsored by Hired
4:00pm - 5:00pm Sharkette Tank Pitchfest - Round 3
Jump into the Sharkette Tank! Come cheer on 4 local startups as they pitch celebrity judges and vie for bragging rights as the winner! The four startups competing are: MotorMood, Align, Neqtr and iPlay.
Check out the downloadable schedule above!
This year's tech con is located at Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
The University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is located in San Diego, California. Located at: 5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92110, USA