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Code Freeze 2017: Software Visualization

Date of Event: 
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:30am to 6:00pm
McNamara Alumni Center
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Thanks to speakers, attendees and sponsors for making CodeFreeze 2017 a great success!

Slides for all talks are now available (please see links to slides next to talk titles in the schedule below)

The University of Minnesota's Software Engineering Center and DevJam bring you the 12th annual CodeFreeze symposium. 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.

This year, our theme is software visualization.

We are swimming in a sea of data. Figuring out how to harness it to make faster and better decisions is a huge challenge for businesses and developers. We as humans have innate capacity for understanding and finding patterns in images, and this capacity is largely untapped in our software development, deployment, and business support roles. In this seminar, we will explore how we can visualize large amounts of information to aid in real-time problem solving. Speakers will show how visualizations for architecture and deployment of software at "internet scale" can radically improve the construction and manageability of our systems. Come to Code Freeze 2017 and we will change the way you visualize your work and your world!

We are delighted to have three excellent keynote speakers this year:

Andrew Clay Shafer, Senior Director of Technology at Pivotal Inc.
Andrew Clay Shafer has built a career helping people improve technology and processes for delivering software services. As a co-founder of Puppet Labs, he evangelized DevOps practices and tools before DevOps was a word. He got first hand experience implementing and operating cloud infrastructure as the the VP of Engineering at Cloudscaling. Now at Pivotal, Andrew focuses on helping the Cloud Foundry ecosystem and Pivotal customers leverage platforms to build the future.
Esra Kucukciftci, Managing Principal at Pricing Innovations.
Esra leads a team of pricing experts, industry advisors, and analysts who focus on translating product success into business success through pricing and monetization. Esra's experiences have spanned everything product - product development, product management, product launches, and product marketing. Informed by all four of those disciplines, she found monetization to be the most overlooked area of it all.
Stephen Guerin, principal of RedfishGroup and CEO of SimTable, Inc.
Stephen's work centers on visualization, modeling and the design of self-organizing systems. RedfishGroup takes on research projects in the areas of agent-based modeling, human computer interaction, and ambient computing (spatial augmented reality). Simtable produces interactive simulations for firefighters and emergency managers that are projected onto physical 3D sandtables. Over 60 Simtables are deployed - mostly in the western US.

Conference sessions will take many forms: presentation, demonstration, and hands-on. We will have breakout sessions from speakers at local Fortune 100 companies describing how they use visualization for better deployment and management of "Internet scale" systems, as well as how visualizations are used to help manage software development.

Registration: Cost for the full day is $100 for the general public and $75 for alumni of the Software Engineering (MSSE) and Computer Science (CS) programs.
Parking: Parking is not included in registration fee. The University Ramp, located on University Avenue next to McNamara Alumni Center, charges $12 normal daily rate. Here is an overview map of various parking options on the East Bank. (the venue is opposite the southwest corner of TCF Bank stadium).


Check-in 8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
Welcome 9:00 - 9:15 DevJam and UMN
Andrew Clay Shafer 9:15 - 10:15 Do you see what I see? (slides)
AM Break 10:15 - 10:30
Esra Kucukciftci 10:30 - 11:30 From Good Product to Good Business: Using Visualization to Build the Right Business (slides)
Breakout Sessions 11:40 - 12:40
Breakout Sessions (run in parallel)
Topic Speaker
Getting to Big Data Visualization (slides)
(in Memorial Hall)
Dave Hendrickson
Parsing Chaos – Effective Data Visualization at web scale (slides)
(in Johnson Great Room)
Patrick Bergstrom
Visualizing IOT Data for Smarter Decision Support Systems (slides)
(in Swain Room)
Devi Kyanam &
Joe Wartick
Software Visualizations for Fun and Profit (slides)
(in Ski-U-Mah Room)
Brandon Carlson
The immense power of information design on information interpretation (slides)
(in Heritage Gallery)
Max Peterschmidt
Lunch provided by D'Amico catering 12:40-1:40
Breakout Sessions (repeated) 1:40 - 2:40
Stephen Guerin 2:45 - 3:45 Creating and Using Mixed Reality (no slides)
PM Break 3:45 - 4:00
Speakers Panel 4:00 - 4:45 What is Software Visualization? Questions from our audience to our speakers
Closing Remarks 4:45 - 5:00 UMN and DevJam
Reception5:00 - 6:00Post-conference social sponsored by Veritas logo

Thank you to Code Freeze 2017 Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors:

Pivotal Logo
Dell logo

Veritas logo

Target logo
Titan Data and Semantify logo
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Silver Sponsors:

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