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Thursday, May 1
 

9:00am

Mistakes Were Made, Thankfully No One Died
Speakers
avatar for Greg Storey

Greg Storey

Happy Cog
Greg Storey is President of Happy Cog where he oversees marketing, strategic partnerships, product development and events through the Bureau of Digital Affairs. He got his start in web design professionally in 1994. Since that time he has lead a number of design and development teams, creating websites for everything from NCAA sports tournaments to AAA game titles; telemedicine to Fortune 100 brands. | | At the behest of his friend and... Read More →


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
It-ology Suite 200, 1301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

9:00am

Build Right: Build Responsively
Speakers
avatar for Philip Zastrow

Philip Zastrow

Sparkbox
Philip is a developer specializing in frontend design, CSS, and HTML. As a member of Sparkbox, Philip works with his teammates to build a better and unconstrained web. Philip has maintained a reputation of moving while working and wears white glasses.


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
It-ology Suite 200, 1301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

9:00am

Build Right: Frontend Tooling workshop
Speakers
avatar for Adam Simpson

Adam Simpson

Sparkbox
Adam Simpson is a frontend developer at Sparkbox with experience in Javascript, PHP, Ruby, and web design, and he’s passionate about semantic markup, crafting quality code, and creating accessible experiences regardless of device. Adam is a constant evangelist for efficiency and creativity in workflow and development.


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
It-ology Suite 200, 1301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

9:00am

Precreate - Hands-on Creative Process Workshop
Speakers
avatar for Patrick McNeely

Patrick McNeely

Simple Focus
After twelve-ish years designing and developing Web sites, Patrick now spends his days playing with whiteboards, an eye tracker and immensely talented designers at Simple Focus He finds heat maps and content outlines très cool and loves his wife, his daughter and his dog.


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
It-ology Suite 200, 1301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

9:00am

SMACSS Workshops
Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Snook

Jonathan Snook

Shopify
Jonathan writes about tips, tricks, and bookmarks on his blog at Snook.ca. He has also written for A List Apart, 24ways, and .net magazine, and has co-authored two books, The Art and Science of CSS and Accelerated DOM Scripting. He has also authored and received world-wide acclaim for the self-published book, Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS, sharing his experience and best practices on CSS architecture. When not writing books and... Read More →


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
It-ology Suite 200, 1301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201
 
Friday, May 2
 

9:00am

The Unbeatable Mind - Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Mark Divine

Mark Divine

SealFit / USCrossFit / NavySeals.com
Mark Divine is an expert in human performance as it is displayed in mental toughness, leadership and physical readiness. His work is based on an integral warrior-leader model that he developed and tested on over a thousand special operations candidates worldwide. The integrated training, which involves physical, mental, emotional, intuitional and spiritual training, has resulted in over a 90% success rate for the Spec Ops candidates. It is now... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

How to Have a Hard Conversation
Getting good at hard conversations is life-changing. They dot the landscape of our personal and professional lives, and yet we avoid them at all costs. In this talk, I’ll walk through the anatomy of a hard conversation and prompt a rethinking of the anxiety behind the scenes. You’ll leave armed with tools to make hard conversations easier and a reminder that a hard conversation is merely the means through which much-needed change arrives.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Dary

Jennifer Dary

Be Plucky
Jen Dary helps organizations work better. She is the founder of Plucky, a talent strategy consulting firm based in Brooklyn, NY. On a daily basis, Jen coaches, guides, listens closely and finds ways forward. | | She also writes, tweets and gets bagels every Saturday morning with her husband and young son. Carbs. Yum.


Friday May 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

Digital Fluency and User Experience
People have explored the globe since the beginning of history, and have encountered new languages and methods of communication. The Web has done great things to bring us together across languages and cultures, but that doesn't mean we all understand things the same way, even if we are speaking the same language. This new digital landscape still has much to be explored.
In this talk we'll look at the idea of digital fluency and how different levels of understanding can impact experience in ways we might not have considered before. We'll look at some of the psychology behind how fluency influences judgement and perception of digital experiences, and how we can approach experience design to build meaningful connections with the people who use our creations.


Speakers
avatar for J Cornelius

J Cornelius

Nine Labs
J has been making websites and software for the web since 1998, and has been credited with creating several software features web designers and developers take for granted today. He’s passionate about efficient, usable, aesthetically pleasing design, and founded Nine Labs, an experience and usability consultancy, where he works with companies far and wide to improve their products and services. He’s also the President of the Atlanta Web... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

Building in Bits - Package Management with Bower/npm
Moses is going to talking various tools available today that compliment the “front end”developer process and how to piece them together bit by bit. Tools include npm, bower, grunt and require js.

Speakers
avatar for Moses Ngone

Moses Ngone

Mospired
A web developer in Atlanta Georgia, Mo is currently working as a project manager at Epiclabs, building cool stuff at Ninelabs, while running his solo consultancy Mospired. After many years working for the likes of Cengage and Sharecare, he took the leap and is now a regular at Strongbox. When not at the office Moses loves sharing ideas and giving back to the community. As an active member of AWDG and the Atlanta PHP Users Group, he participates... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

Small Screen Navigation
We’ve made a lot of assumptions about what makes for the most usable navigation experience on small screens—hamburger icons, off-canvas solutions, expanding elements. Countless options exist. This presentation is a careful examination of emerging patterns, as well as techniques for determining which of those patterns work best for specific architectures and project types. You’ll be encouraged to stop guessing and start testing—and leave with a clear understanding of what’s possible and the tools to make your case to a client or boss.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Callahan

Ben Callahan

Sparkbox
President of Sparkbox and founder of the Build Responsively workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other industry blogs like .net Magazine and Smashing Magazine. His leadership at Sparkbox has driven the team to be a pioneer in responsive web design techniques, and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.


Friday May 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

Building video games for marketing, entertainment, and offline goodness
Join Justin as he discusses the technologies, techniques and challenges behind his 14 years of casual game development for clients like Google, Coke, Audi, the city of Denver and many more. From the good old days of Shockwave and Flash, to the present landscape of native apps, accelerometer-enabled mobile browsers, physical Kinect-based installations and a wide array of platforms and toolchains... This is creative coding for fun, profit and purpose.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Gitlin

Justin Gitlin

Modeset
Justin Gitlin leads mobile and game development for Mode Set, a Denver-based software consultancy he co-founded in 2011. He is an expert in developing engaging user interfaces, video games, native mobile apps, and optimizing the web for iOS and Android devices. With 14 years of experience building a wide variety of systems and interfaces, he continues to push his skills and explore cutting-edge technologies and new platforms. | | Justin... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

JavaScript and Internet Controlled Electronics
The electronics maker movement has led a massive shift in how people are re-engineering the world around them through rapid hardware prototyping. With the rise of inexpensive, wifi and bluetooth low energy enabled electronics, this hardware revolution is internet and mobile controlled, all through simple bridges to build the electronics intelligence in familiar web languages.
In this session, we will play with Arduino microcontrollers and JavaScript to take a first dive into the world of internet controlled electronics, exploring:
- Setting up an Arduino to be controlled through web APIs
- Using JavaScript language bridges on the Arduino
- The future of web controlled hardware prototyping

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan LeBlanc

Jonathan LeBlanc

PayPal
Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book "Programming Social Applications", and the head of North American Developer Evangelism at PayPal. Specializing in user identity concepts, hardware to web interconnectivity, data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.


Friday May 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

A Focused Path for Good Products
Good design doesn't launch itself, and It takes more than just great design to ensure a successful result. In this talk, Andy will discuss a pattern for successfully integrating good design in a variety of software development scenarios by focusing more on teams rather than specific processes or methods.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Dahley

Andy Dahley

Google
Andy is a San Francisco-based design lead at Google. Over the last 3 years he has led many complex, cross-company design initiatives for products such as Google+ Hangouts, redesign and unifying the overall Google account sign-up experience. Prior, Andy worked as a consultant for clients such as Herman Miller, Casio and others . He has also built and lead design teams for a broad range of companies including HP, Siemens, Philips, BitTorrent, and a... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

11:00am

Let's Be Brutally Honest About Operations and Pricing for Web Agencies
Let's face it—most of us running web shops did not study business. We just love building things, so we started companies where we could build on our own terms. Unfortunately, being a great builder of web things does not necessarily equip us to make sound business decisions.
Co-managing Sparkbox the past five years, I've made plenty of mistakes. From an operations and pricing perspective, let's discuss what didn't work and what is working for us at Sparkbox. We'll talk about different pricing strategies, work estimates, and how we run business operations. My hope is that you can learn from our mistakes—and our successes.
This will be a brutally honest discussion, so please come armed with questions.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Harr

Rob Harr

Sparkbox
Technical Director for Sparkbox, Rob is responsible for operations and leading the development team. On any given day, Rob meets with prospective clients, writes code, or continues to lead the charge in improving development process. Sparkbox has become known as a leader in responsive web design and custom software solutions.


Friday May 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

11:00am

Designing Obama: Identity to interaction
An overview of how design helped President Obama win the 2012 presidential race.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Higgins

Josh Higgins

Facebook
Currently a manager for the Communication Design team at Facebook, last year Josh concluded his role as Design Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign. As the Design Director, Josh built and led the design team for the historic 2012 political campaign in which the web, design, and technology played a pivotal role. The responsibility of Josh and the team was to design the Obama 2012 campaign both online and offline. A main focus of his... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

11:00am

3 Years of CoffeeScript - A Retrospective
Speakers
avatar for Jed Schneider

Jed Schneider

Mailchimp
Jed specializes in building open source web and mobile applications with Mode Set. He spent 17 years as a professional cyclist, adopting software development as a second career. He now focuses his interest in dynamic languages (ruby, coffeescript, and clojure), test driven development, and bettering the software development experience. First and foremost a husband and father, he also geeks out on crossfit, coffee, world travel, and any... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

11:00am

Sass & Compass
We’ve made a lot of assumptions about what makes for the most usable navigation experience on small screens—hamburger icons, off-canvas solutions, expanding elements. Countless options exist. This presentation is a careful examination of emerging patterns, as well as techniques for determining which of those patterns work best for specific architectures and project types. You’ll be encouraged to stop guessing and start testing—and leave with a clear understanding of what’s possible and the tools to make your case to a client or boss.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Fulton

Patrick Fulton

Bearded
Patrick Fulton is a front end developer who has been working with the web since 1998. He understands that the Internet, like the universe, is expanding at a startling rate, and that clean, semantic mark-up and content-driven, responsive layouts are the way forward. He believes in building sites that are device-agnostic, adapting layouts and experiences to a user's viewing environment. | | Patrick is the author of Bearded's front-end starter... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

11:00am

HTML 5 game development with JavaScript and Canvas
Dan will walk us through what it takes to build a game from start to finish using JavaScript and Canvas.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Tello

Dan Tello

Viget
Dan is a Sriracha-powered ex-graphic designer turned front-end dev @ Viget.com who believes that every successful day starts with a plate of bacon. When not sitting with bad posture at his desk typing code, he enjoys listening to vinyl, smoking pipe tobacco, reading C.S. Lewis, and being alive in Falls Church, VA with his wife, Bekah, and his dog Maeby.


Friday May 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

11:00am

Making Musical Instruments & Music + My Successful Kickstarter
Speakers
avatar for Moldover

Moldover

Musician
If technology and music are your life, brace yourself- MOLDOVER is about to reformat your soul. Hailed by over 1,000,000 YouTube viewers as "The Godfather of Controllerism", Moldover is a new breed of music icon. Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor, and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, Moldover is "literally throwing away the rule book and reinventing the wheel" (Remix Magazine... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

11:00am

Product is Design
The lines between traditional Product and Design roles are continuing to blur. Collaboration, empathy and action are just a few of the qualities expected in todays creative problem solver. Jacob will discuss what he's learned designing and shipping products from both Adobe's Experience Design and Product teams and ways you can bring your own ideas to life.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Surber

Jacob Surber

Adobe
Jacob Surber is a Senior Product Manager with Adobe focused on HTML and design. For over 10 years, Jacob has been doing design and development work with several agencies and consulting shops. After joining Adobe’s Experience Design team, he helped create UI’s for several Adobe tools. Using design thinking and a strong technical background, Jacob moved into Product with the goal of creating the next generation of design tools and changing... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Word of Mouth Movements
Speakers
avatar for Geno Church

Geno Church

Brains on Fire
Geno Church is the Word of Mouth Inspiration Officer at Brains on Fire, but he considers himself more of a “WOM Cupid” and a pathfinder for the agency’s clients. Geno shines at uncovering the DNA of sustainable word of mouth movements, and has walked the path with brands and organizations including Fiskars Brands, the National Center for Families Learning, Anytime Fitness, Love146 and The Environmental Defense Fund. He is a highly... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

The Journey, not the Destination
In order to reach our goals in the upside-down world of graphic design, you need to be a rogue. A misfit. A renegade. James White from the Signalnoise Studio has based his career on doing things outside of the ordinary, turning his back on boardrooms and creative briefs in order to chase his design dreams with vengeance and rock n’ roll. He will be telling his story while discussing personal projects built from love and ambition in his small home office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. These led to him working with respected people all over the world, from his favourite metal band to film juggernaut Kevin Smith. James will talk about chasing your creative path, building your personal body of work, the value of supporting friends, and never forgetting the artist inside.
Being “different” isn’t enough anymore. You need to be a renegade!

Speakers
avatar for James White

James White

Signalnoise Studio
James White is a visual artist and designer from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, and is the one-man wrecking crew behind the Signalnoise Studio. Drawing since the age of 4, his career started very early and now with 14 years of design experience, he has worked with clients such as Nike, Google, MTV, Diesel, VH1, Wired, Universal Music, and more. On top of that, James prides himself on the many personal art projects he endeavours in order to... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Intro to Django and it's awesomeness
Django is not just for backend developers. However, after working with PHP-based CMSs and Frameworks for years, starting out on Django/Python stack can seem rather daunting. In this talk, Greg will show you how to have your local development Django stack up and running quickly, how to bootstrap a project and give you an introduction to models, views and templates.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Aker

Greg Aker

nGen Works
A self-confessed workaholic, Greg is Chief Code Thrasher at nGen Works and a dev-ops/systems administrator at Arcustech. After obtaining a degree in music, Greg realized playing the saxophone was probably going to be a hard way to make a living. In 2008, he dug into HTML/CSS and by the end of 2009 he was a core team member at EllisLab, writing PHP and contributing to ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter. | | These days, Greg writes Python... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Responsive Typography
Your content is probably the most important feature of your website, so it’s important to make sure that the text looks good and is easy to read no matter what device type or screen size it’s being viewed on. One size does not fit all when it comes to typography, but you can use media queries to adjust type qualities such as size, line height, column width, margins, hyphenation, and even typeface depending on the viewport size. Learn how you can use CSS to apply design rules that will make your typography look better and perform better across devices.

Speakers
avatar for Clarissa Peterson

Clarissa Peterson

Web Designer
Clarissa Peterson is a UX designer and developer, specializing in building responsive websites and training organizations in responsive design workflow. She frequently speaks on responsive design and mobile content strategy. Clarissa is also the author of Learning Responsive Web Design, coming soon from O’Reilly Media.


Friday May 2, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Creating Narrative
Speakers
avatar for Giovanni DiFeterici

Giovanni DiFeterici

Unmatched Style / Period Three
Giovanni began his career as a fine artists, mostly painting and showing in the south-east. He taught two years of high school and two years at the collegiate level, but disliked the politics of schools and decided to get into commercial art. He got picked up by a web firm in Columbia, SC called Period-Three and fell in love with all things web. He is editor for UnmatchedStyle.com, creative director for ConvergeSE and has written a book "The... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Beer: Deconstructed
We all love a great craft beer. So how does that handcrafted beverage go from an idea to a glass?
Part science and part art, we'll explore the ingredients, process and inspiration that goes into designing a perfectly crafted beer.
To aid in the exploration, Brewmaster Brian will be pouring a divinely inspired homebrew to share with the workshop attendees. After all, you can't talk about beer without a beer in hand.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Cendrowski

Brian Cendrowski

UntamedBeer.com
Brian is on a mission to bring good beer to the people. UntamedBeer.com is his megaphone to the world. He's also not afraid to evangelize on a local street corner. | | A Certified Cicerone and seven-time homebrew competition medal winner, Brian has been a beer blogger and brewer since 2007. Brian's devotion to the creative aspect of hand-crafted beer and the tight-knit brewing community borders on obsession. Fewer things get him more fired... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

UX Design Panel - 'Working Within Teams of All Sizes'
Mike will lead a discussion to better understand how varying team sizes can directly affect aspects such as culture, productivity, and mentorship within creative organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Buzzard

Mike Buzzard

Google
Mike Buzzard is a design manager on the Google+ team in Mountain View where he focuses on culture, talent, partnerships, and community for Google. Prior to his current role, Mike was a founding member of Cuban Council, a boutique design and development agency based in SF and NY that focused on creative services around brand, identity, and UI/UX for notable clients such as Google, Francis Ford Coppola, Evernote, Facebook, Tom Waits, Shinola, and... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

2:30pm

Who Killed Social Media?
Is social media marketing dead? Of course not. In fact, it’s more alive than ever before. Still, there are far too many freelancers, entrepreneurs and even large businesses that are wasting time, money and a tremendous opportunity by doing social media all wrong. Ryal Curtis will walk us through some the current challenges and opportunities that exist in today’s world of social media marketing. He’ll let us know what’s working, what’s not, and exactly who is killing social media.

Speakers
avatar for Ryal Curtis

Ryal Curtis

BlueCross
Ryal Curtis is the first ever social media strategist at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the state’s largest and longest-standing health insurance company. Ryal joined BlueCross in June of 2013 after previously serving as a Director of Communications at the University of South Carolina. At BlueCross, he is responsible for driving a new corporate social media marketing strategy for a company with more than 11,000 employees and over a... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

2:30pm

Design Review of Past Projects
Joshua will talk candidly about his career and how he approaches his work.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Kydro74
Hydro74 is a Orlando based designer, otherwise known as Joshua M. Smith. The soul purpose of my career is to push the boundries in doing what I feel is relevant to the market as well as extract various elements and trends to be able to offer them up in my own personal work. But let’s be honest. I do what I love because I love it. Not because I have to do it, nor am forced to do it, but rather passionate about doing what I do. I firmly believe... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

2:30pm

Internet of Things and the Killer Sentient Home
In this talk, Mark Rickert, Hardware Hacker and Senior Developer at Skookum Digital Works, speaks about myriad consequences for all of the emerging Internet of Things. Eventually, the Internet of Things will improve the quality of life, but either Artificial Intelligence or hoards of programmers will have to create what Mark calls Predictive Algorithms.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Rickert

Mark Rickert

Skookum
Mark Rickert is the Director of Engineering for software development studio Skookum Digital Works in Charlotte, NC. When he's not riding his motorcycle he's writing Objective-C, Ruby, PHP (and just about any other language you can think of) at SDW. Mark has been writing software professionally for over 10 years and has had numerous of iPhone app hits as "Mowhawk Apps."


Friday May 2, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

2:30pm

Responsive Email Design
Fabio will show us great techniques for building Responsive templates for your email marketing. Hard fought lessons learned at Mailchimp.

Speakers
avatar for Fabio Carneiro

Fabio Carneiro

Mailchimp
Fabio Carneiro is an Email & User Experience Designer at MailChimp, where he spends his days neck-deep in HTML email, designing and developing versatile, responsive templates for more than 4 million MailChimp users. He loves helping others conquer email design, and has given talks at the Atlanta Web Design Group, ConvergeSE, and Litmus, recorded a course for Treehouse, and shared his expertise with publications like Smashing Magazine.


Friday May 2, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

2:30pm

Starting 2D Game Development with Unity 4.3
Speakers
avatar for Terrance Smith

Terrance Smith

Father(Father first) | Professional Software Developer (Since 2008 or so) | All around IT Guy(Since 2003 or so) | Amateur artist, musician, writer, philosopher (and whatever else I fancy) | Gamer(Not nearly as much of one as I used to be) | Nerd (All around Nerd and damn proud) | Technology Enthusiast(I like gadgets) | Slight Movie Buff (I like to think I know some of the more obscure titles.)


Friday May 2, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

2:30pm

The State of Being a Maker
Bryce will get us all up to date on what it is to be a maker, the ways he's been able to make money with it and how you should push yourself to do new things.

Speakers
avatar for Bryce Bigger

Bryce Bigger

The Bigger Design
Bryce Bigger is a designer, developer, tinkerer, and habitual line-stepper. He is the Principal of The Bigger Design, where he creates games, apps, animations, videos, and, of course, websites for clients like the US Navy, Oracle, Ping Golf, Lockheed Martin, and the National Institutes of Health. | | Wanting to break free of the confines of computer screens, Bryce took up physical computing with Arduino, and, yadda yadda yadda, ended up... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

2:30pm

Practical ways to incorporate content strategy into the design process
Jared will discuss practical ways to incorporate content strategy into the design process, especially for large CMS-driven sites. Ideas for process steps and things to make/do in the course of a project for designers who don't have the luxury of having a content strategist on their team, as well as ways to work with content strategy instead of separately.

Speakers
avatar for Jared Ponchot

Jared Ponchot

Lullabot
Jared Ponchot is the Creative Director at Lullabot, an interactive strategy, design and development agency known for its expertise in Drupal and open source publishing platforms. Lullabot's clients include NBC, Martha Stewart Living, Harvard and Sony Pictures just to name a few. | | Jared has spent more than a decade designing for the web and interactive applications, and over the course of his career he has led design efforts and provided... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

3:30pm

The Contrarian Salesperson
Nicole Cendrowski will coach you on how to improve your sales strategy in a major way. One of David Sandler's rules was "If your competition does it, stop doing it right away." This is the embodiment of the Contrarian Salesperson. Whether you're managing a business development team or yourself, Nicole will cover the key principles for using a system to master the art of contrarian selling.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Cendrowski

Nicole Cendrowski

Sandler Training
Nicole Cendrowski is a partner with Sandler Training. In her role, Cendrowski is responsible for business development, client coaching, and sales/sales management training. She is a highly trusted and respected professional in her field, known for her discernment and listening skills, positive energy, fearless attitude, and a keen ability to quickly get in tune to prospects' and clients' needs. Prior to joining Sandler, Cendrowski was the founder... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

3:30pm

Logo Tips, Tricks, Triumphs, Turds, Threats and Tales from the DDC
Aaron will review what make a logo work from his vast array of logo work at the DDC.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Draplin

Aaron Draplin

Draplin Design Co
Raised in the Michigan Northwoods, schooled at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and currently hunkered down in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Web Development, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Field Notes, Richmond Fontaine, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Ford Motor Co., Viva... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

3:30pm

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is happening. The last few years of this new industry is changing the way people experience the internet. Before e-commerce websites focused on creating a mobile experience for people. Now, the next wave in user experience will be about how people’s search experiences will change to intelligent , and engaging interaction within websites.
Join Jordi Torras, founder and thought leader as he gives you a provocative look at how people are slowing being retrained from keyword search to Semantic Search. Discover how this technology is creating meaning for machines to understand.
Find out what major search engines are part of this new habit creation and how this will change the expectations of customer service, support and the user experience forever.
Explore the nuts and bolts of how products like Semantic Search are paving the way for a real world experience online. See how Semantic Search Technology is changing the way people interact with customer support now and how machines and humans will be working together as one.

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Jordi Torras

Inbenta
CEO, Founder of Inbenta, Jordi is a Content Disrupter, Semantic Search Engine expert, and Artificial intelligence pioneer. Prior to arriving in the U.S, Jordi was a member of the Rebel Alliance stationed on Alderaan before its destruction. After feeling to this Galaxy, Jordi built a crack-shot team of developers with one mission- Ensure people get the right answers, right away from content in the sites they visit. | | Now based out of... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

3:30pm

Choosing Drupal as a CMS Framework for your next project
What is Drupal and what makes it great?
What is involved with building & theming a Drupal site.
How to get a Drupal site off the ground quickly.

Speakers
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Kendall Totten

Web Designer
Kendall is a graduate and Presidential Scholar (3.8 GPA) from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied Communication Technology and Graphic Design. After graduating, she was recruited by the marketing and creative design department of a consulting firm, where she began working with Drupal. | | Moving beyond her role as a graphic designer, she expanded her knowledge in Drupal front-end development, support, and client training. While also... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

3:30pm

Introduction to 3D Printing
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avatar for Jon Bartschi

Jon Bartschi

IT-oLogy Program Delivery/Services Director


Friday May 2, 2014 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

3:30pm

Content Strategy
What it is and how to produce solid Content Strategy.

Speakers
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Kerry Crawford

SimpleFocus
Kerry Crawford works at Simple Focus in Memphis, where she's the lone content strategist in a room full of crazy talented designers and developers. Her work includes sprawling user research projects involving hundreds of index cards, persona creation, writing meaningful and user-friendly content strategy, and creating voice and tone strategies that help brands talk to their users like humans. | | Prior to working at Simple Focus, she was the... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

4:30pm

Lost and Found - Keynote
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Carl Smith

nGen Works
Carl Smith is an irreverant ditcher of the nine-to-five and mortal enemy of the overworked lifestyle. Owner and founder of nGen Works, Carl’s role is that of an advisor, to nGen and other companies, on how to create self-sustaining teams that perform at the highest levels. Carl has made a name for himself by creating a new framework for how we get things done, and by enabling us to realign our creative communities. When he’s not conducting... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201
 
Saturday, May 3
 

10:00am

Keynote Talk - Ethan Marcotte
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Ethan Marcotte

Responsive Web Design
Ethan Marcotte is an independent designer/developer who is passionate about beautiful design, elegant code, and the intersection of the two. Over the years his clientele has included New York Magazine, the Sundance Film Festival, the Boston Globe, and the W3C. | | Ethan coined the term “responsive web design” to describe a new way of designing for the ever-changing Web and, if given the chance, will natter on excitedly about it—he even... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

Keynote Talk - Jina Bolton
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Jina Bolton

Salesforce.com
Jina Bolton enjoys creating beautiful user experiences. She is a Senior Product Designer with Salesforce UX. Previously, Jina has worked with rad companies including Apple, Engine Yard, and Crush + Lovely. She also coauthored 2 books, Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS. Jina organizes the San Francisco Sass meet up, The Mixin, and she leads Team Sass Design, an open source task force that redesigned the Sass brand and website. She has... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

Keynote Talk - Paul Armstrong
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Paul Armstrong

Choremonster
Paul has over 18 years of graphic design experience with brands like Subway, New Balance, Harrah’s Casino, and Facebook, and then some other brands you’ve never heard of, nor would remember. Currently, he is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of ChoreMonster (though he does not carry a badge), where he designs the overall brand experience on the web and all mobile platforms, helps craft words, illustrates monsters and draws farts. Paul... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

10:00am

Keynote Talk - Sam Kapila
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Sam Kapila

Web Design Educator
Sam Kapila is a design educator & designer in Austin, TX. She grew up on the Dutch island of Curaçao. She has experience in branding, sports and hospitality advertising, web design, and content strategy. Sam teaches Responsive Web Design and Typography at Texas State University. She also is a co-host of the ATX Web Show and Non-Breaking Space podcasts.


Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Keynote Talk - Chris Coyier
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Chris Coyier

CSS-Tricks.com / Codepen.io
Chris is the force behind CSS-Tricks, previously he was with Wufoo and SurveyMonkey as Lead Hucklebucker. | | Chris is a Wordpress expert having authored the Digging into Wordpress book and the Lynda.com Wordpress 3 tutorial series. | | He is also the host of a kick-ass podcast the Shoptalk Show


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Keynote Talk - Jeff Sheldon
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Jeff Sheldon

Ugmonk
Jeff Sheldon is the founder and designer of Ugmonk, a brand focused on creating high-quality, well-designed products. What started as a small side project to create simple, typographic tshirts has grown into a full-blown lifestyle brand which he now runs full time. Ugmonk has shipped products to over 60 countries around the world and has been featured on Uncrate, SwissMiss, Computer Arts, and HOW Magazine just to name a few. When he's not... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Keynote Talk - Jenn Lukas
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Jenn Lukas

Web Designer
Jenn Lukas is a multi-talented front-end consultant and freelancer developer in Philadelphia and is the founder of Ladies in Tech. She writes for The Nerdary, is a columnist for .net magazine, and has contributed to The Pastry Box Project. She has spoken at a variety of conferences including dConstruct, An Event Apart, and CSS Dev Conference. | | Jenn's past experiences range from creating Navy training simulations to leading the front-end... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Keynote Talk - Jonathan LeBlanc
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Jonathan LeBlanc

PayPal
Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book "Programming Social Applications", and the head of North American Developer Evangelism at PayPal. Specializing in user identity concepts, hardware to web interconnectivity, data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Keynote Talk - Mark Boulton
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Mark Boulton

5 Simple Steps
Mark is the founder of a small design studio called Mark Boulton Design; the co-founder of publisher Five Simple Steps; member of the International Society of Typographic Designers; author of Designing for the Web and Web Standards Creativity; Britpack alumni and co-creator of Gridset, a tool for making responsive grid systems. | | Mark runs Mark Boulton Design with a small, exceptional team of designers and researchers. MBD works with... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

1:30pm

Keynote Talk - Moldover
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Moldover

Musician
If technology and music are your life, brace yourself- MOLDOVER is about to reformat your soul. Hailed by over 1,000,000 YouTube viewers as "The Godfather of Controllerism", Moldover is a new breed of music icon. Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor, and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, Moldover is "literally throwing away the rule book and reinventing the wheel" (Remix Magazine... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201