Session

Building Tech at Presidential Scale

With a small and scrappy team, the Biden campaign endured a highly talented primary field, an onslaught of misinformation, and made an all-staff transition to fully remote at the onset of the global pandemic. The global-scale challenges the campaign faced needed to be backed by a world-class tech platform to meet the moment.

In this talk, CTO Dan Woods will discuss the unique challenges of building and running tech for a presidential cycle. He will highlight the digital duct tape that held the pieces together and the data flowing. Dan will discuss how ML was applied at foundational points to reduce operating costs and give the campaign answers quickly. Furthermore, he will talk about how tools with names like CouchPotato, Tattletale, Conductor, and Pencil became a force multiplier of presidential scale.


SPEAKER

Dan Woods

Distinguished Engineer @Target, previously CTO for @JoeBiden & @HillaryClinton

Dan Woods was CTO for Biden for President during the 2020 election. Previously he worked building tech for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and before that he was a senior software engineer at Netflix. Dan is an O'Reilly author, an avid public speaker, and technologist. He's currently a Distinguished Engineer at Target where he focused on enterprise-wide technology initiatives.

3 weeks of live software engineering content designed around your schedule.

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