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Code Freeze 2013: Software Anthropology

Date of Event: 
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus

The University of Minnesota's Software Engineering Center brings you the 8th annual CodeFreeze symposium open to all software engineering professionals. This year's program chairs are David Hussman and Dion Stewart of DevJam and Mike Whalen from the University of Minnesota. The program promises to make for another exciting day.

CodeFreeze 2013 focuses on the importance of Software Anthropology. From Steve Jobs' challenge to “make the world a better place" to social networks that can connect a billion people, software can improve the way people connect, communicate, and create. We need to build a better understanding of how humans interact with software and how they come together to produce it: what do we do when we succeed and where do we go wrong when we fail? How well do we build systems that can adapt to the ever increasing rate of human change? How do we blend technology and process into a way that helps people produce and learn about their market, their users and their teams?

Conference sessions will take many forms: presentation, investigate and hands on. We will investigate how well we infuse humanity into our designs and how well our designs meet the ever changing needs of humans. From iPhone apps to larger scale systems, speakers and sessions will challenge you to inspect how well you learn to learn about the users, builders and producers as well as the context for each.


Thursday, January 10
8:30am - 5:00pm
University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center (200 Oak St. SE.)

Cost for the full day is $95 for the general public and $80 for alumni of the Software Engineering (MSSE) and Computer Science (CS) programs.

Registration / Breakfast 8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
Welcome 9:00 - 9:15 DevJam and UMN
8:45 - 9:45 Connected Learning: Harnessing Digital Play to Advance Children’s Learning
AM Break 10:15 - 10:30
Jenny Quillian 10:30 - 11:30 Culture under the Microscope
Breakout Worshops 11:30 - 12:30 Interactive breakout sessions:
Albert Linderman: Essential Conversations: How Basic Anthropology Will Improve Your Outcomes
David Hussman: Customer Empathy: Do you feel what they feel?
+ more sessions from other conference speakers
Lunch 12:30-1:30 provided by D'Amico catering
Dave West 1:30 - 2:30 Software Development in the Ethnographic Mirror
Lightning Talks 2:30 - 3:30 Your show: people pair up to share discoveries in short lightning talks
PM Break 3:30- 3:45
Richard Gabriel 3:45 - 4:45 I Throw Itching Powder at Tulips
Closing Remarks 4:45 - 5:00 DevJam and UMN