Always Learning Tech (ALT) is the monthly Meet-up series from Shift/Enter. Each session explores a continuing education topic for people in technology and tech-adjacent fields. This meetup is currently hosted on Zoom.
Talks are generally held on one weekday evening (between 6:00 and 8:00 PM) during the second half of each month. To attend, please RSVP on Meetup.com.
Upcoming ALT Talks
A Gentle Introduction to Effect-oriented Programming in Scala
Functional programming is hot these days, but it’s not always clear what we mean by “functional” and why we should care. This talk will get acquainted with pure functional effects and show how they can help us solve practical software engineering problems with speaker Dan Harris.RSVP on Meetup Opens meetup.com in new tab.!
Previous ALT Talks
Better Engineers through Hobbies
Technical concepts can be abstract. Being able to think through coding problems with real-world analogies can help make them concrete enough to solve and explain to other humans. Storytime with Engineering Manager and Shift/Enter co-founder, Courtney Christensen.RSVP on Meetup Opens meetup.com in new tab.!
AWS Cloudformation: One Way to Stage Multiple Environments
A demonstration of an approach for managing multi-stage infrastructure as code in AWS with AWS Cloudformation. An approach that is in production in multiple environments with speaker Dan Goldberg.Get details Interview Red Flags and How To Find Them – opens meetup.com in new tab..
Interview Red Flags and How To Find Them
Come find out how to identify red flags in interviews and job ads, and get help phrasing questions around your specific concerns with Kate Secor, Senior Technical Project Manager.Get details Interview Red Flags and How To Find Them – opens meetup.com in new tab..
ALT Panel Discussion: Should I interview if I’m happy at my current job?
You see a posting or get approached by a recruiter about a job that sounds good, but you already have a job that you are basically happy with, should you interview anyway?Get details ALT Panel Discussion: Should I interview if I’m happy at my current job? – opens meetup.com in new tab..
ALT: Communicating with Unicode
Understanding the basics of Unicode will help software project success by avoiding a tortuous programming path.Get details Communicating with Unicode – opens meetup.com in new tab..
ALT: Engineering Onboarding Made Easy
Discover the process and tools that help you onboard engineers 7x quicker than traditional systems.Get details Onboarding Made Easy – opens meetup.com in new tab..
ALT: Career Switchers – Transitioning into Tech
Career switching -moving from one field of work to another- has become increasingly common in recent years. Career switchers bring their unique first-career skillsets to their second career, often having perspectives that differ from their colleagues who have worked in one field their entire adulthood.Get details Career Switcher panel meetup.com in new tab..
ALT: What is Agile Anyway?
In this presentation, Kendra Schmid – Senior Program Director for Software Engineering at WillowTree – explains the basics of the philosophy that guides a majority of software teams, on projects of all scopes and sizes, to success.Get details to What is Agile? Opens meetup.com in new tab..
Where in Tech do I Fit In?
You know you want to work in tech, but you’re not sure what role you’re best suited for. Maybe, you’re not even sure what the options are.
In this presentation, Ann Lewis –long-time technologist, leader and builder of technical teams– breaks it all down. Learn the roles commonly found on technical teams, their rewards and benefits, the skills required, and how to acquire those skills.
Technical Presentations Aren’t Always Fatal
When you hear “technical presentation”, your first response is usually “How can I get out of this?” regardless of whether you’re giving it or listening to it. But good presentations can balance information with emotional appeal to keep the audience engaged and enlightened. It’s both an art and a science, and this talk will introduce a few key elements of presenting that will help anyone begin to refine their skills and give a great presentation.
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Breaking Down Barriers
Learn how to be part of the solution as we explore ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ of entry for pursuing Tech Careers with Omar Khurshid. Get details on Breaking Barriers ALT Talk. Opens in new tab.
Hiring Practices Panel
Hiring a new person is expensive and stressful. How can we tweak our hiring processes to make them more human, more humane, and also more useful? What do we as engineering leadership need to look for in our new hires? Where does diversity fit into the hiring funnel? How has thought in tech hiring been evolving? Get details on Hiring Practices Panel ALT Talk. Opens in new tab.