In addition to sponsoring this event, IBM and StrongLoop will be presenting some of the workshops as well. Here’s a rundown, with descriptions from the CascadiaFest site:
From Zero to Awesome API-driven Apps in 9 Easy Steps – Sponsored by StrongLoop
(Workshop presented by Joe Sepi, Lead Developer Evangelist for IBM/StrongLoop)
We all have a million ideas that may either scratch a particular itch or be the “next Pokemon Go.” Together, let’s work through how we can use an API-driven approach to take our idea from nothing to amazing. We’ll assume you have some web experience, but other than that, we will start at the beginning. You’ll learn: why you may want an API and what it means to make it public; how to design and plan your model; and then how to put it all together: create, run, manage, secure and deploy your APIs. With the power of LoopBack, you can create an API layer in moments, but it’s how you make it awesome that counts.
Outthink the Conference Experience – IBM Hack Event
(Workshop presented by Sam Richard, UI Architect – IBM Watson, Robin Cannon ~ Design Manager – IBM Bluemix)
Use the cognitive computing power of IBM Watson to improve the conference experience.
A conference app can be more than just a listing of scheduled sessions and speakers for you to reference. Utilizing IBM Watson’s cognitive APIs, we challenge you to come up with better conference experience. How could you improve the conference with a custom virtual assistant? What would happen if you could recognize what’s in an image a user uploads? Come by yourself, come with a team, see what kind of new experiences you can create in just a couple of hours.
Portfolio First – IBM Design Thinking Workshop
(Workshop presented by Damon Deaner, Director of Talent – IBM Design, Amber Atkins ~ Head of Global Recruiting – IBM Design)
“Portfolio first” is becoming more and more prevalent when a professional designer or developer is looking for a new job in tech. This workshop is focused on how to envision a better way to prepare and present a portfolio of work you can be proud of, including ways to showcase code you’ve crafted. Using IBM Design Thinking you will be challenged to think of the user first in designing a memorable experience into your body of work and present it in a delightful way. Be prepared to interact, collaborate, and think about what you can be doing to land your dream gig in this workshop.
You can register, check out the other workshops and learn more at the CascadiaFest website.