THE Geek Fest 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018
9 am - 1 pm

@CPCC Levine Campus

Program

THE Geek Fest (TGF) offers quality conference-style presentations, guest speakers and topic sessions for one amazingly low price -- FREE. Yes, it's really FREE. Session topics range from The Blockchain and Cryptocurrency to explorations of the Digital Age through the lenses of privacy, poetry and branding. There is something for everyone and all levels of geek during THE Geek Fest. Seating is limited so try to get there early and grab your spot!

  • 9:20 a.m.

    280: Tweet-sized Poems Worth Reading @ LV1408

    Join us for a look at some (often surprising) canonical poems that fit the mega-platform’s character limit, with the chance to create your own.

  • 9:20 a.m.

    Navigating and Sustaining Your Brand Through the Fast Pace World of Technology and Media @ LV3315

    As a 25 year technology and Media professional this session will share the many tools I use to sustain your relevance in the fast pace world of Information Technology. From Mainframes to Robotics to Virtual reality. What skills are needed to get in and what do you need to sustain.

  • 9:20 a.m.

    Simple Solutions @ LV1317

    What do you do when you have a complex problem? How do you think through the process? The workshop is a combination of fun, engaging brain games and a hands-on interactive learning session. Each participant will learn how to draw a caricature of Albert Einstein in <5 minutes). They will learn how to use the four colors to connect their brain to fundamental life skills (connecting thought processing & communication) teaching them the tools for being able to solution for complex problems.

  • 9:20 a.m.

    Building Blocks @ LV 2150

    Blockchain will change the world - visibly and invisibly. But what the heck is it? Come hear fascinating predictions and hard realities about the most important innovation in transactions of the last millennia. Maybe you could learn enough to be entertaining at parties?

  • 10:10 a.m.

    Open Source Intelligence and Privacy in the Digital Age @ LV2150

    How much has our privacy eroded in an era of social media sharing and massive data breaches? This discussion will survey OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) tools and data sources collected from publicly available sources, and discuss their potential for misuse and implications for individual privacy.

  • 10:10 a.m.

    Experience. Performance. Analytics. @ LV3315

    High performing organizations rely on data-driven decisions. Corporate learning and development is not immune and must adopt modern practices to demonstrate accountability. In this session we will discuss trends in how professional experiences, performance, and data analytics are merging to reveal impact.

  • 10:10 a.m.

    Your First Program Will Be in Python @ LV1408

    An entry level workshop for those interested in developing web pages using the python programming language. We will touch on client-server architecture, MVC applications, databases, and code versioning. You will also code a rudimentary web application.

  • 10:20 a.m.

    Simple Solutions @ LV1317

    What do you do when you have a complex problem? How do you think through the process? The workshop is a combination of fun, engaging brain games and a hands-on interactive learning session. Each participant will learn how to draw a caricature of Albert Einstein in <5 minutes). They will learn how to use the four colors to connect their brain to fundamental life skills (connecting thought processing & communication) teaching them the tools for being able to solution for complex problems.

  • 10:50 a.m.

    Beautiful, Beautiful Data: Art and Perception @ LV2150

    Todd Stewart and Reuben Bloom discusses the newest public art piece at the Charlotte-Douglas Airport, Refik Anadol's Interconnected, and Basic Cable's brief documentary about the work. How is our approach to data evolving? 

  • 11:20 a.m.

    Navigating and Sustaining Your Brand Through the Fast Pace World of Technology and Media @ LV3315

    As a 25 year technology and Media professional this session will share the many tools I use to sustain your relevance in the fast pace world of Information Technology. From Mainframes to Robotics to Virtual reality. What skills are needed to get in and what do you need to sustain.

  • 11:20 a.m.

    280: Tweet-sized Poems Worth Reading @ LV1408

    Join us for a look at some (often surprising) canonical poems that fit the mega-platform’s character limit, with the chance to create your own.

  • 11:20 a.m.

    Building Blocks @ LV 2150

    Blockchain will change the world - visibly and invisibly. But what the heck is it? Come hear fascinating predictions and hard realities about the most important innovation in transactions of the last millenia. Maybe you could learn enough to be entertaining at parties?

  • 11:20 a.m.

    Simple Solutions @ LV1317

    What do you do when you have a complex problem? How do you think through the process? The workshop is a combination of fun, engaging brain games and a hands-on interactive learning session. Each participant will learn how to draw a caricature of Albert Einstein in <5 minutes). They will learn how to use the four colors to connect their brain to fundamental life skills (connecting thought processing & communication) teaching them the tools for being able to solution for complex problems.

  • 12:10 p.m.

    Open Source Intelligence and Privacy in the Digital Age @ LV2150

    How much has our privacy eroded in an era of social media sharing and massive data breaches? This discussion will survey OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) tools and data sources collected from publicly available sources, and discuss their potential for misuse and implications for individual privacy.

  • 12:10 p.m.

    Experience. Performance. Analytics. @ LV3315

    High performing organizations rely on data-driven decisions. Corporate learning and development is not immune and must adopt modern practices to demonstrate accountability. In this session we will discuss trends in how professional experiences, performance, and data analytics are merging to reveal impact.

  • 12:10 p.m.

    Your First Program Will Be in Python @ LV1408

    An entry level workshop for those interested in developing web pages using the python programming language. We will touch on client-server architecture, MVC applications, databases, and code versioning. You will also code a rudimentary web application.