ACM at Case Western Reserve University is proud to present our fifth annual Link-State conference. Every fall, we invite a group of awesome speakers to talk about all sorts of tech-related topics, ranging from programming to robotics to entrepreneurship. We welcome students and professionals to join us on October 8 for day full of great tech talks, free food, and networking with awesome local tech companies.
If you are driving to Link-State, you can park for free on campus! Please use lot S-53, also known as the Veale Parking Garage. Take a ticket when you enter the garage, and be sure to ask for a parking voucher when you check into the conference. As you leave the garage, present the voucher to the parking attendant and you will not need to pay.
Tickets are free, but you must register in order to attend. Check out our Eventbrite or use the form below.
|Time||Hovorka Atrium||Millis-Schmitt Auditorium||Clapp Lecture Hall|
|9:00am||Check-In and Breakfast|
|10:00am||Ted Shorter||Michael DeAloia|
|11:00am||Scott Seighman||Lynn Nickels|
|12:00pm||Lunch + Networking||Lightning Talks @1:30pm||Professional Head Shots!|
|4:30pm||Closing Remarks, Dinner Served|
This schedule is still subject to change!
Note that there are still a few openings in the schedule. If you'd like to schedule a last-minute talk, contact Stephen Brennan
PKI and digital certificates have been around since the mid-90’s, and although the adoption was slow and painful at first, the technology continues to be used in new and interesting ways. This talk will provide a brief introduction to PKI and digital certificates, a historical progression of how the adoption of the technology has changed over the years, and the challenges that organizations now face when using PKI. If time permits, we may even explore what we’ve learned by trying to capture and analyze every digital certificate on the Internet.
Ted Shorter is the chief technology officer at Certified Security Solutions, Inc. (CSS). Ted has worked in the security arena for over 20 years, in the fields of cryptography, application security, authentication and authorization services, and software vulnerability analysis. His past experience includes 10 years at the National Security Agency, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and an active CISSP certification.
The City of Cleveland is successfully making a transition from “rust belt” to ”tech belt” with the brave help of tech entrepreneurs, civic leaders, tech evangelists and enthusiasts, as well as a new age of investors and accelerators. The best time to ever be an entrepreneur is right now. You are living in the Age of the Entrepreneur.
Michael is currently the tech columnist for the Plain Dealer. Perhaps best known for his term at the City of Cleveland as the Senior Executive for Technology Development, or “Tech Czar,” where he was responsible for the economic development of the technology industries in the City. During his tenure as the “Tech Czar,” Michael was able to recruit 37 tech companies into the City of Cleveland, which brought or created nearly 1,000 jobs. He was also instrumental in developing the e-Tech Hatchery, Hanna Tech Hotel, Idea Center and the Tyler Elevator Complex as tech hubs for the City.
Recently, Michael was an Executive Producer of the culinary documentary film The Steel Fired Story of Chef Nowak. He was also the Co-Founder and CFO of BlueBridge Networks, a Cleveland, OH-based provider of data center services. Michael also Co-Founded and is an investor in EmergingChefs.com, a Cleveland, OH-bases culinary event company. He also worked for The Refinery, LNE Group, FIT Technologies, Saltz, Shamis & Goldfarb, Ernst & Young, National City Venture Capital and National City Bank.
He is the author of “Lost Cleveland,” which was published by History Press in late 2010. His second history book, also published by History Press, “Lost Grand Hotels of Cleveland” was published in September 2014. Michael earned his MBA from Case Western Reserve University and his Bachelors degree from Xavier University. He currently lives in Lakewood, OH with his wife and their daughter.
Join us as we dance through an introduction of the Go programming language. Under the shimmering light of a disco ball, we'll discuss the benefits (and drawbacks) of Go, explain use cases (including Docker & Kubernetes) and even provide some code examples.
Scott Seighman is a Solutions Architect at Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions. Based in Cleveland, Scott roams the Ohio Valley creating possibilities, solving problems, and establishing working relationships with Red Hat’s customers and partners.
Lynn has traveled a long and winding road in her career journey, meeting many interesting and famous people along the way… Actress Linda Blair of the Exorcist movies, singers and celebrities like Eddie Money, Metallica, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Jeff Dunham, just to name a few. And you know what? They all put their pants on just like we do! But one thing that they have learned to do differently (or have paid to have done differently) is the way they brand themselves!
Personal branding is a necessity in this job market and in the world we live in. Branding yourself is vital to getting a job and is not always something that comes second nature to everyone. What kinds of content marketing tools can you use to BRAND YOU? What do hiring managers look for? What is important in a portfolio? Let's find out!
Currently, Lynn is a Global Marketing Communications Representative for Rockwell Automation with 18 years’ experience in the fields of marketing (B2B and B2C), advertising, technical blogging, entertainment writing, editing, public speaking, photography and events planning. A recent presenter at Content Marketing World in Sidney, AU, and Singapore, she also moonlights as an Academic Relations and STEM advocate. Free head shots will be offered to attendees of this session.
Neural networks are perhaps the most commonly-used commercial machine learning algorithm. "Deep learning", which is another way of saying "neural networks with a particular shape", has advanced the state of the art in speech recognition, image recognition, machine translation, winning at Go, and a surprising number of other fields. But unlike "good old-fashioned AI" algorithms, which are usually hand-customized, fully analyzed analytically, and understood by at least someone, almost all neural networks used in practice are understood heuristically (at best). Why is that? And given that, why do they work so well? For that matter, why do they work at all? Talk begins with a brief introduction to neural networks so that everyone can understand why these questions are interesting, before we work on answering them.
Nathan McKinley graduated from CWRU in 2013. His M.S. work was in natural language processing, and he currently works in the research and machine intelligence division at Google. He has returned to CWRU several times to give talks on various AI-related topics, and this is his first time presenting at Link-State.
This talk gives an introduction to the Beam model, a unified batch and streaming data processing model which evolved from Google's work on technologies like MapReduce and FlumeJava. Used for running data processing pipelines on systems like Apache Flink, Apache Spark, and Google Cloud Dataflow, Beam represents the future of distributed data processing technologies based on its ability to break data processing into a set of fundamental questions.
Jason Kuster is a Software Engineer, Tools and Infrastructure (SETI) at Google in Seattle. He graduated from CWRU in Spring 2015 with a double major in Computer Science and Theater (Technical Concentration) and has been with Google since October 2015, working with the data processing and analytics group. Outside of software engineering, he enjoys woodworking, metalworking, and camping. This is his second time speaking at Link State.
The HTC is a 1,600 acre area spanning the heart of Cleveland’s east side, connecting Cleveland’s vibrant Downtown to its cultural hub of University Circle. Because of the immense health, technology, and educational capital that Cleveland’s hospitals and universities provide, the HTC has taken off as the place in the region to develop business synergies and partnerships in the health and technology sector. The opportunities for business attraction to Cleveland by partnering with the area’s institutions are tremendous and have resulted in over 1,800 new jobs, 500,000 square feet of new or renovated office and lab space, and over $4 billion of investment since 2008. The HTC offers companies access to everything they need to grow and thrive – entrepreneurial support services, venture capital funding, a community of like-minded innovators, thought leaders at the academic and health-care institutions, local manufacturing capacity and expertise, a highly skilled workforce, and a commitment from the public sector to help small businesses expand.
Michael is the Project Manager for the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor. He is responsible for business development and marketing for the HTC along with project management for business attraction and expansion projects. Michael promotes community and placemaking in the corridor by coordinating networking events and the HTC newsletter and social media streams. He previously worked at Team NEO for four years where he was a manager in the Research Department. At Team NEO he was responsible for replying to site selector requests as well conducting industry research and producing content for marketing collateral. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Political Science in 2010 and his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University in 2014. He resides in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood.