The faculty at Coleman is a diverse and interesting community. We have instructors from across the nation, and outside of it, who have a vast array of experiences and knowledge that make our university that much more dynamic. One of the strongest aspects of our faculty community is the continued effort to learn and grow. That desire to learn drove one of our Software Development instructors, Leticia Rabor, to fly to San Francisco for an exciting conference. We sat down with Leticia to discuss her time at the AnDevCon event and get some insight into what is trending in Mobile Development, which is one of the classes that she teaches.
When we asked her what motivated her to go to the conference, Leticia replied “it was beneficial for my personal and professional growth and I learned a lot from the experience”. The AnDevCon is an Android Development Tech Conference that has multiple events throughout the United States and acts as a networking and learning seminar for individuals in the field as well as companies looking to promote their latest developments. Big names like Google, Amazon, and Android Studio were present to meet with developers and showcase their newest creations. According to Leticia there were over 80 workshops being presented that weekend, and all of them were focused on the up and coming tech being created, and the next generation of mobile development for Android. One of the workshops that Leticia attended discussed Proguard in the Android SDK, a Java Optimizer that was led by the original developer/creator himself. According to Leticia there were multiple workshops that were also lead by original developers, such as one that provided an in depth tour of the Gradle Build System.
One of the best experiences she had was being a part of a “Design Sprint Workshop” presented by Google. Different teams of developers with various backgrounds worked together to create an application that would help match entry level or professional workers with mentors in their career community. The teams had the opportunity to apply the 5 phase framework to accomplish a specific goal. At the end of the workshop the attendees voted on the best designs. The purpose of the Design Sprint Workshop is to gain familiarity with the methods and walk away with a set of tools you can incorporate into your product development process. Leticia plans to bring this type of coding collaboration to her classes to allow students to better prepare for workplace collaboration, communication, and develop their design skills. We also discussed the special events for women in technology that were hosted by the convention. She attended an exclusive luncheon for “Women Who Code” where she was able to meet and network with hundreds of women in the field.
One of the most interesting presentations that she attended was a discussion on the development of Machine Learning at the Google Keynote Seminar. Machine learning is a key evolution in the fields of computer science, data analysis, software engineering, and artificial intelligence. Speakers from around the nation presented the latest advancements in this technology and what may be coming in the near future for this type of programming. One of the biggest takeaways from this experience for Leticia is making sure to encourage students to go to these events. She said “It is really important that students go to these conferences so that they can network and experience this for themselves”. After hearing about all the incredible presentations that were at this conference, it is hard to imagine why someone wouldn’t want to go! The next stop for this conference is Washington D.C. in 2017. If you are interested in attending this event go to http://www.andevcon.com and sign up for their next conference.