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Social Responsibility: Implications of Building Modern Software

Software has an ever-increasing impact on individuals and society. Understanding these implications helps build software that works for all users. This track will look at some of the overlooked considerations that are central to building socially responsible modern software: the environmental impact, the impact of certain designs on global audiences, and the ethics of some of the things we build. Tune in for three different but important viewpoints on this topic.


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How to Work in Tech and Not Wreck the Planet

Wednesday Nov 18 / 12:00PM EST

The world is changing. The past five years have been the warmest since records began. Human activity, including the IT industry, is driving worrying climate change. The cloud gives us dazzling computational possibilities, and … potentially uses a lot of energy.The beauty of the cloud is...

Holly Cummins

Senior Technical Staff Member @IBM Garage

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Utopia or Dystopia? 10 Ways Tech Will Destroy Us All! Or Will It?

Wednesday Nov 18 / 12:50PM EST

Killer robots? Cyberwarfare? Mass surveillance? A fast spin through the major ethical issues facing the tech industry. Pros and potential cons...

anne currie

Chief Strategist @containersoluti (Container Solutions)

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Building Inclusive Software: Considerations and Constraints

Wednesday Nov 18 / 01:40PM EST

Going beyond classic web accessibility considerations like screen reader support and multi-language support, Sitati’s talk will focus on less often discussed implementation decisions that exclude millions of users, especially those in the developing world where many classic assumptions...

Sitati Kituyi

CTO @Pula, former CTO @FrontlineSMS

PANEL DISCUSSION

Connecting the Dots: Considerations in Modern Software Development

Wednesday Nov 18 / 02:30PM EST

At QCon, we get the opportunity to hear about new and interesting ways to tackle the technical challenges we face. We leave energized and eager to apply some of the solutions and alternatives that we’ve learned with our own teams. However, it can be difficult to connect the dots between the...

Holly Cummins

Senior Technical Staff Member @IBM Garage

anne currie

Chief Strategist @containersoluti (Container Solutions)

Sitati Kituyi

CTO @Pula, former CTO @FrontlineSMS


Speakers from this track

Holly Cummins

Senior Technical Staff Member @IBM Garage

Holly Cummins is the worldwide development practice lead for the IBM Garage. As part of the Garage, Holly delivers technology-enabled innovation to clients across a range of industries, from banking to catering to retail to NGOs. She has led projects to count fish, help a blind athlete run...

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anne currie

Chief Strategist @containersoluti (Container Solutions)

Anne Currie has been in the tech industry for over 20 years working on everything from Microsoft Back Office Servers in the 90's to international online lingerie in the 00's to cutting edge devops and the impact of orchestrated containers in the 10's. Anne has co-founded tech startups...

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Sitati Kituyi

CTO @Pula, former CTO @FrontlineSMS

Sitati is an engineering team lead based in Nairobi, Kenya. In his current role as CTO at Pula, he leads a distributed engineering team in building agricultural insurance tech infrastructure, through which over 1.3 million smallholder farmers across Africa are insured. As CTO at FrontlineSMS, he...

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Track Date

Wednesday Nov 18 / 12:00PM EST

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David Millar

Content & Product Manager @QCon

I am the Content & Product Manager charged with pulling together QCon and InfoQ Live. Previously, I’ve worked as the product manager for FrontlineSMS - an award wining last-mile messaging platform used across Africa. I’ve also worked as a campaign technologist, assisting political...

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