Soft Skills / Business

14 01, 2017

Over-Achiever, Under-Believer: How to Match Your Confidence to Your Competence

By |2017-01-14T09:11:49-05:00January 14th, 2017|

You’re talented, accomplished and successful. You are a technical expert or a high level manager. People think you have it all together. Yet you still think to yourself “Oh my gosh! I don’t know what I’m doing! And everyone is about to figure it out! They’re on to me!” Many smart and successful people suffer from the Impostor Syndrome: the persistent feeling of not measuring up to their resume. They are an overachiever, but an under-believer. It’s a cognitive distortion that is especially prevalent in technical and creative fields. If this is you, you are not alone. It’s estimated that [...]

14 01, 2017

Design Before Code: Thinking About Accessibility from the Ground Up

By |2017-01-14T09:11:47-05:00January 14th, 2017|

In web development, accessibility (i.e. making sure people with disabilities can use your site) is often thought of as a technical challenge which can be overcome by teaching developers to use proper semantic elements and well-placed ARIA attributes. In practice, making a site or application accessible usually involves a developer hacking away at the code (and the design) until all of the automated tests pass. If you start with a design that takes the needs of people with disabilities into account, much less time and effort will be needed to make the finished product accessible. This session will include an [...]

14 01, 2017

Your First Open Source Project – Get Started Right

By |2017-01-14T09:11:45-05:00January 14th, 2017|

Have you thought about starting an open-source project? Are you interested in getting involved by contributing to a project? Is your business thinking about releasing some code to the open-source community? In this session, we will look at how to get started contributing to a project and what you need to look out for. We will take a look at starting a new project and how to get free resources to support your efforts. We'll look at some common pitfalls and tips that you need to know to get on-track. This session will be lead by one of Microsoft's program [...]

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