Schedule

Main Event
Workshops
Side Events
2PM

Welcome: Spark! As a Resource During the Hackathon
Hosted By
2:45PM - 3:00PM | Hariri Institute Room 180 (111 Cummington Mall, Boston MA)

A friendly introduction to Spark! and how they will act as a guide throughout the hackathon for high school students and beginners. Sheneita Graham, the Associate Director of Admissions will also be present to discuss and highlight the unique opportunities at Boston University.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
3PM

BU Admissions
Hosted By
3:00 - 3:30PM | Hariri Institute Room 180 (111 Cummington Mall, Boston MA)

Learn more about the what to expect from a degree in tech from Boston University! Hear from Boston University's Associate Director of Admissions, Sheneita Graham and receive a college interest form that will be logged by the University. Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

Computing at BU
Hosted By
3:30PM - 4:00PM | Hariri Institute Room 180 (111 Cummington Mall, Boston MA)

Learn more about a computing degree at Boston University from current CS faculty members and representatives from various student clubs on campus. Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

4PM

Hackathon 101
4:00PM - 5:00PM | Hariri Institute Room 180 (111 Cummington Mall, Boston MA)

Learn more about the what to expect from a hackathon, hear from a BU CS student, and network with other high school students and beginners attending the hackathon. Afterwards, we will walk to the Agganis Arena to attend the TechTogether opening ceremony. Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
5PM

Buses Arrive
~ 5:00PM | Agganis Entrance

Buses from New York City and UMass will be arriving around 5PM.

Hacker Check-In
5:00PM - 7:00PM | Main Lobby

Check in, grab your SWAG, and snag some food! Snacks will be available in the catering area.

Sponsor & Partner Networking
5:00PM - 9:00PM | Concourse

Hang out with our sponsor and partner companies to learn about their challenges, ask about their internship opportunities, and grab even more SWAG!

Team Formation
5:00PM - 7:00PM | Hacking Floor Corner

Need a team? Come to our guided team formation session to meet other hackers & build your dream team!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
7PM

Opening Ceremony!
7:30PM | Center Stage

The TechTogether Boston Team & sponsor and partner companies officially welcomes hackers!

9PM

food
Dinner
9:00PM - 11:00 PM | Catering Area

Serving up tacos and fajitas!

Buses Arrive
~ 9:30PM | Agganis Entrance

Buses from Princeton NJ will be arriving around 9:30PM.

Rapid Prototyping: A Glimpse Into Design
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 523

Jazz is a designer and pixel pusher at Atlassian. She’s been designing things for just over 3 years when she joined as a grad back in 2016. A year ago she made the jump from Sydney to California and hasn’t looked back! (That's a lie, moving countries is hard).

Learn how to bring your early ideas to life so you can quickly test them with users and iterate on any pain points.

Design Thinking: How to Get Started
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 527

In this workshop we will discuss how to tackle the problem you would like to solve over the weekend, so that you have a clearly defined goal. We will discuss and define three things:
1) What is the problem you are trying to solve?
2) Why are you passionate about this?
3) What do you think is a possible solution for the problem - what approach could you take?

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Showing and Testing your Idea: Rapid Prototyping for Engineers, Designers and Business Development
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 505

Hosted by Zaid Haque from Microsoft.

Great! You've come up with an idea. What happens next? We'll work on seeing how you could go from an idea to a prototype, using Adobe's free tool called XD. We'll also discuss how you could test this out on others, and what questions to ask (and what not to ask!) when doing so.

In interest of time, please download AdobeXD before the workshop!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
How to Organize Your Own Hackathon
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 515

Want to bring an event like TechTogether or HackHer413 to your campus, but not sure how?

This workshop is a unique opportunity for aspiring and current hackathon organizers to connect with organizers from TechTogether Boston and HackHer413, and learn how you can organize an event just like this!

10PM

Wayfair's 3D Model API
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 515

Johan is a Boston University alum (Computer Engineering '17) and currently a Next Gen Apps Engineer on Wayfair Next - Wayfair's Research & Development team.

Wayfair believes everyone should live in a home they love.his workshop will share how Wayfair is using technology and innovation to enhance our customer shopping experience. Come join to learn more about our sponsored challenge and how to use our 3D model API.

Hello World: An Introduction to Coding
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 523

Learn alongside Tech Team Developer Sarah Manlove as she walks you through the fundamentals!

What is coding? What can we use it for? In this workshop, we’ll discuss these questions, talk about some tips and tricks to learning how to code, and even code a little ourselves!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
In Depth: Wayfair's API Demo
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 527

Are you trying to tackle Wayfair's API challenge and win a VR headset? Come to this demo to increase your chances of success and learn about their API!

Facemasks with the TechTogether Boston Team
Hosted By
10PM | TechTogether Boston Table on Concourse

Come grab a free face mask to use whenever you want to take a quick spa break ;)

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Bollywood Dancing with MIT Bhangra
10PM | CGS 113

Come and relax at our first dancing mini event for the weekend! Bring your team, and bond over some bollywood dancing! No experience required :)

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
11PM

food
Snack Session #1
11:30 PM | Catering Area

Make sure to grab some midnight fuel!

Introduction to App Development with Swift
Hosted By: Adrian Adamkovic from Shutterstock
11PM | CGS 515

This course is designed to get practical experience with the tools, techniques, and concepts needed to build a basic iOS app from scratch. Basic programming experience is required for this course.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
IBM Watson Studio Cloud Workshop
Hosted By:
11PM | CGS 505

IBM Watson Studio provides tools to build and train AI & machine learning models, prepare and analyze data – all in a flexible, hybrid cloud environment. In this hands-on workshop, we will demonstrate how to get access to the IBM Research Watson Studio Cloud account and will show how to use Watson Studio, the integrated Jupiter notebook environment, and the Watson Machine Learning service. The tutorial will include the steps required to run a notebook called Use Keras experiment to transfer style. Workshop participants will get credits for use of IBM Cloud for one month for free!

5PM

Buses Arrive
~ 5:00PM | Agganis Entrance

Buses from New York City and UMass will be arriving around 5PM.

Hacker Check-In
5:00PM - 7:00PM | Main Lobby

Check in, grab your SWAG, and snag some food! Snacks will be available in the catering area.

Sponsor & Partner Networking
5:00PM - 9:00PM | Concourse

Hang out with our sponsor and partner companies to learn about their challenges, ask about their internship opportunities, and grab even more SWAG!

7PM

Opening Ceremony!
7:30PM | Center Stage

The TechTogether Boston Team & sponsor and partner companies officially welcomes hackers!

9PM

food
Dinner
9:00PM - 11:00 PM | Catering Area

Serving up tacos and fajitas!

Buses Arrive
~ 9:30PM | Agganis Entrance

Buses from Princeton NJ will be arriving around 9:30PM.

11PM

food
Snacks
11:30 PM | Catering Area

Make sure to grab some midnight fuel!

4PM

Hackathon 101
4:00PM - 5:00PM | Hariri Institute Room 180 (111 Cummington Mall, Boston MA)

Learn more about the what to expect from a hackathon, hear from a BU CS student, and network with other high school students and beginners attending the hackathon. Afterwards, we will walk to the Agganis Arena to attend the TechTogether opening ceremony. Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
9PM

Rapid Prototyping: A Glimpse Into Design
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 523

Jazz is a designer and pixel pusher at Atlassian. She’s been designing things for just over 3 years when she joined as a grad back in 2016. A year ago she made the jump from Sydney to California and hasn’t looked back! (That's a lie, moving countries is hard).

Learn how to bring your early ideas to life so you can quickly test them with users and iterate on any pain points.

Design Thinking: How to Get Started
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 527

In this workshop we will discuss how to tackle the problem you would like to solve over the weekend, so that you have a clearly defined goal. We will discuss and define three things:
1) What is the problem you are trying to solve?
2) Why are you passionate about this?
3) What do you think is a possible solution for the problem - what approach could you take?

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event

Showing and Testing your Idea: Rapid Prototyping for Engineers, Designers and Business Development
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 505

Great! You've come up with an idea. What happens next? Some people might jump straight into code or development. Before you do that, though, it might make sense to 'show' your idea to others, rather than just tell them. We'll work on seeing how you could go from an idea to a prototype, using Adobe's free tool called XD. We'll also discuss how you could test this out on others, and what questions to ask (and what not to ask!) when doing so.

In interest of time, please download AdobeXD before the workshop!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
10PM

Wayfair's 3D Model API
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 515

Johan is a Boston University alum (Computer Engineering '17) and currently a Next Gen Apps Engineer on Wayfair Next - Wayfair's Research & Development team.

Wayfair believes everyone should live in a home they love.his workshop will share how Wayfair is using technology and innovation to enhance our customer shopping experience. Come join to learn more about our sponsored challenge and how to use our 3D model API.

Hello World: An Introduction to Coding
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 523

Learn alongside Tech Team Developer Sarah Manlove as she walks you through the fundamentals!

What is coding? What can we use it for? In this workshop, we’ll discuss these questions, talk about some tips and tricks to learning how to code, and even code a little ourselves!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
11PM

Introduction to App Development with Swift
Hosted By: Adrian Adamkovic from Shutterstock
11PM | CGS 515

This course is designed to get practical experience with the tools, techniques, and concepts needed to build a basic iOS app from scratch. Basic programming experience is required for this course.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
2PM

Welcome: Spark! As a Resource During the Hackathon
Hosted By
2:45PM - 3:30PM | Hariri Institute Room 180 (111 Cummington Mall, Boston MA)

A friendly introduction to Spark! and how they will act as a guide throughout the hackathon for high school students and beginners. Sheneita Graham, the Associate Director of Admissions will also be present to discuss and highlight the unique opportunities at Boston University.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
3PM

BU Admissions
Hosted By
3:00 - 3:30PM | Hariri Institute Room 180 (111 Cummington Mall, Boston MA)

Learn more about the what to expect from a degree in tech from Boston University! Hear from Boston University's Associate Director of Admissions, Sheneita Graham and receive a college interest form that will be logged by the University. Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

Computing at BU
Hosted By
3:30PM - 4:00PM | Hariri Institute Room 180 (111 Cummington Mall, Boston MA)

Learn more about a computing degree at Boston University from current CS faculty members and representatives from various student clubs on campus. Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

5PM

Team Formation
5:00PM - 7:00PM | Hacking Floor Corner

Need a team? Come to our guided team formation session to meet other hackers & build your dream team!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
9PM

How to Organize Your Own Hackathon
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 515

Want to bring an event like TechTogether or HackHer413 to your campus, but not sure how?

This workshop is a unique opportunity for aspiring and current hackathon organizers to connect with organizers from TechTogether Boston and HackHer413, and learn how you can organize an event just like this!

10PM

In Depth: Wayfair's API Demo
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 527

Are you trying to tackle Wayfair's API challenge and win a VR headset? Come to this demo to increase your chances of success and learn about their API!

Facemasks with the TechTogether Boston Team
Hosted By
10PM | TechTogether Boston Table on Concourse

Come grab a free face mask to use whenever you want to take a quick spa break ;)

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Bollywood Dancing with MIT Bhangra
10PM | CGS 113

Come and relax at our first dancing mini event for the weekend! Bring your team, and bond over some bollywood dancing! No experience required :)

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
11PM

IBM Watson Studio Cloud Workshop
Hosted By:
11PM | CGS 505

IBM Watson Studio provides tools to build and train AI & machine learning models, prepare and analyze data – all in a flexible, hybrid cloud environment. In this hands-on workshop, we will demonstrate how to get access to the IBM Research Watson Studio Cloud account and will show how to use Watson Studio, the integrated Jupiter notebook environment, and the Watson Machine Learning service. The tutorial will include the steps required to run a notebook called Use Keras experiment to transfer style. Workshop participants will get credits for use of IBM Cloud for one month for free!

Main Event
Workshops
Side Events
2AM

Build Your First Android App
Hosted By
2AM | CGS 515

Varsha is an Android developer and Senior Engineering Manager at Wayfair. She is passionate about building beautiful applications and running diverse and happy teams.

This no-experience-required workshop will get you up and running with the Android ecosystem. Learn how to create a brand new application, and see for yourself how easy it is to build intuitive user interfaces.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
3AM

Tech Talk: Augmented Reality on Android
Hosted By
3AM | CGS 515

Varsha is an Android developer and Senior Engineering Manager at Wayfair. She is passionate about building beautiful applications and running diverse and happy teams.

This talk will introduce the current state of AR on Android and how to work with it. Learn how to design AR experiences that are easy to use, followed by a deep dive on building your AR experience.

7AM

food
Breakfast
7:00AM - 9:00 AM | Catering Area

Classic hot breakfast will be served :)

Lost & Found: Furthering Your Mission and Finding Your Audience with SEO
Hosted By: Shannon K. Murphy from Shine Content Strategy, LLC
7AM | CGS 527

Shannon Murphy is the Founder and Chief Strategist of Shine Content, a content marketing consultancy. An alum of Boston-based technology start-ups like Brightcove and HubSpot, Shannon has worked in SEO and content since 2008.

Great ideas need an engaged audience. So if no one can find you, it doesn’t matter how much you want to help others. Attend this session to learn how to optimize your website, engage your users and test your current design with a mix of free tools and quick hacks!

Design Thinking How to Get Started
Hosted By
7AM | CGS 129

This workshop is intended to help you and your team get off to a good start. In this workshop we will discuss how to tackle the problem you would like to solve over the weekend, so that you have a clearly defined goal.

We will discuss and define three things:
1) What is the problem you are trying to solve?
2) Why are you passionate about this?
3) What do you think is a possible solution for the problem - what approach could you take?

Tech Talk: How We Can Empower One Another
Hosted By
7AM | CGS 523

Carol Liang is a sophomore Computer Engineering student at Boston University and Partnerships Chair of TechTogether Boston. This past summer, she worked in Operations Strategy at a tech startup, working to remove bias in its hiring process for engineers as well as launching on Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Come learn about ways we can work together to make environments more inclusive and empowering for individuals from different backgrounds.

8AM

Intro to GitHub for Team Collaboration
Hosted By
8AM | CGS 527

Kaitlin is part of the IT Leadership Development Program at Travelers, an early in career rotational program for IT professionals. She has experience in web development, web app security and is currently working in information security architecture.

This beginner-friendly tech talk will introduce GitHub and how to use it in an interactive way. Participants will learn how to use GitHub for more effective team collaboration.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
History Rewind: The Women's Liberation Movement
Hosted By
8AM | CGS 515

Fiona Whittington is a senior in the College of Communications at Boston University studying computer science and advertising. She is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of TechTogether. She is also the Founder of The Bit, an online community of women learning to code together as well as a marketing intern at Armored Things, where she will be joining full-time when she graduates in May 2019.

This tech talk will be a brief overview of the prominent figures and notable events of women's rights movements in America.

Office VR Demo
Hosted By
8AM | Agganis Arena, Room 118

Join Facebook for a VR Demo of their office!

9AM

Keynote: Being an Introverted Leader with Margaret McKosky
9AM | CGS 505

Maggie McKosky is the Head of UX & Product Design at Shutterstock, leading a team of designers, UI engineers and researchers in building experiences and innovative products for creative professionals around the world.

Leadership comes in many forms. In an increasingly distracted and fast-changing world, we need thoughtful, calm leaders whose capacity for focus and observation are absolutely necessary for leading teams to reach their full potential. In this talk, Maggie McKosky draws on her experience from her time as a graduate student and freelance designer to now an in-house design leader to address ways introverted designers can better inform, influence and ultimately grow themselves into strong, effective leaders.

Lean & Agile Practices
Hosted By
9AM | CGS 527

Medina Ali is a Software Engineer for JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Consumer & Community Banking Call Center Technologies

Workshop on Lean & Agile Practices will be an interactive workshop where participants will get to learn about Lean & Agile principles, concepts, real world applications (examples of popular firns using Agile & why), Agile practices at a hackathon & they will get to do Agile simulations. The goal of the workshop is to make participants exercise the learning materials of the workshop.

How to Hack with AI
Hosted By
9AM | CGS 129

Hosted by Cassie Siljander, Cloud Advocate at Microsoft.

This beginner-level tech talk will explain what AI and cloud computing are in simple terms then show you how to add AI to your project in just a few lines of code.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Microservices vs Monolith
Hosted By
9AM | CGS 523

Monolithic software architectures are nearly gone. Microservices offer faster development cycles, easier maintainence,dynamic scaling and improved failover behavior. Learn how to implement micoroservices and to see how we architect them at Validity.

Hackathon 101 + Team Formation
Hosted By
9AM | Agganis Arena, Team Formation Section

Don’t have a team? We’ll match you with one here! Learn more about the what to expect from a hackathon, hear from a BU CS student, and network with other high school students and beginners attending the hackathon. Afterwards, we will walk to the Agganis Arena to attend the TechTogether opening ceremony. Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Office VR Demo
Hosted By
9AM | Agganis Arena, Room 118

Join Facebook for a VR Demo of their office!

10AM

Networking Part II!
10AM | Concourse

Another chance to hang out with our sponsor and partner companies!

How to Hack with AI: A Deeper Dive
Hosted By
10AM | CGS 129

Hosted by Bernd Verst -- Cloud Advocate at Microsoft.

This beginner-level workshop will explain what AI and cloud computing are in simple terms then show you how to add AI to your project in just a few lines of code.

Technical prerequisites:
- Basic understanding of cloud computing
- Basic coding skills (call REST APIs, work with JSON, etc.)

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Expanding Your Skills & Getting Unstuck
Hosted By
10AM | CGS 527

Annie Lace graduated cum laude with a BS in Informatics from the University of Washington in 2017. She has been a software engineer at Slalom ever since, where she has worked with a variety of technologies and architectures.

This workshop will go over an approach for learning new things quickly as well as tips and tricks for how to get past it when you get stuck on a technical challenge.

CMD+CTRL Cyber Range Hackathon
Hosted By: Lisa Parcella from Security Innovation
10AM | CGS 515

Want to test your skills in identifying web app vulnerabilities? Join the CMD+CTRL cyber range, a unique, immersive environment where players exploit their way through hundreds of vulnerabilities that lurk in business applications today. Success means learning quickly that attack and defense is all about thinking on your feet.

For each vulnerability you uncover, you are awarded points. Climb the interactive leaderboard for a chance to win fantastic prizes!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Tech Talk: The Ubiquitous AI Revolution and Trusted AI
Hosted By
10AM | CGS 505

Ubiquitous smartphones with a large number of sensors, such as optical, audio, and GPS are emerging as a fast, intelligent and contextually aware computing platform. At the same time, powerful cloud computing and fast networks make large computing resources available relatively inexpensive and accessible. Together, ubiquitous real world data and ubiquitous access to inexpensive high-performance computing are propelling artificial intelligence to become foundational technologies for a new generation of intelligent applications by teaching computers to learn, to recognize and understand real world data. As AI advances and is more widely relied on, it is essential that we trust the output of these systems to be safe and fair.

305 Fitness Class
Hosted By: Kate Lux
10AM | CGS 113

What better way to kick off hacking on Saturday than with a dance break hosted by Kate Lux from 305 Fitness! Bring sneakers and get ready to sweat! Not familiar with 305 Fitness? It’s the best way to get your sexy sweat on while crushing it on the dance floor. This 30 minute blend of dancing and high intensity cardio will get you moving and ready to crush the rest of the weekend! We recommend bringing workout clothes and sneakers for the best experience!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
11AM

How to build digital products? Tell me more!
Hosted By
11AM | CGS 523

At Blue Cross, we build digital products that engage better with our members and continually support their needs. Join us at this workshop as Xiomara Lorenzo, Director, Digital Experience Strategy showcases the agile, collaborative process our team took to create the MyBlue digital experience, an app which helps millions of people across Massachusetts.

How to Build a Chatbot in AWS
Hosted By
11AM | CGS 527

Have you always wanted to build your own chat bot? At this workshop students will have the opportunity to build a chat bot and learn about Artificial intelligence!

Intro to Programming
Hosted By
11AM | CGS 129

First time programmer? This workshop is for you! With other beginners, code together and learn from the Hack4Impact student team at Boston University by getting a crash course into the HTML and CSS languages! Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
12PM

food
Lunch
12:00PM - 2:00 PM | Catering Area

Soup & pasta will be served!

Keynote: Three Crossroads That Defined My Career Journey with Rashi Khurana
12PM | CGS 505

Rashi is the VP of Engineering at Shutterstock where she oversees the E-commerce and Platform engineering teams.

The path from aspirations to reality is a path we carve for ourselves. There are many crossroads on that road that are tough decisions that we need to make but are also the opportunity for us to pick the reality that would take us closer to our future life and career aspirations. I will share my journey and three tough crossroads that pushed my aspirations further and lead me into the leadership role at a technical company like Shutterstock that I have now. This talk will go into how I now make sense of this journey as it’s in my rear view mirror.

Intro to Web Development with React
Hosted By: Christopher Trinh from Boston University
12PM | CGS 515

Christopher Trinh is a software engineer, full-stack web developer, and game development hobbyist. He's especially passionate about clean design and virtual reality. In his free time, you can find him coming up with exciting ideas that help and inspire people to be their best selves.

React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces that's quickly becoming a standard in the web development industry. With some prior experience in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, learn how you can make a single-page web app faster than ever with React!

Hackathon 101 + Team Dynamics
Hosted By: Boston University Spark!, TechTogether, BU CS, BU Admissions, Hack4Impact, & Girls Who Code
12PM | CGS 129

If you’re a beginner to hackathons and don’t really know how to navigate through the event, this workshop is for you! We will provide you with the proper tools and resources to succeed at this hackathon and give you some applicable advice that can help you make the most of this event. We will also discuss how you can go about finding team members and working with people of different experience & skill levels.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Bollywood & Hip Hop Dancing with DFD Academy!
12:15PM | CGS 113

Let loose and have a dance break with award winning DFD Academy!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
1PM

Keynote: Many Pathways -- a panel of high achieving women in higher education IT with Tracy Schroeder
1PM | CGS 505

Tracy Schroeder joined Boston University as Vice President of Information Services and Technology in July 2009. In that capacity she has responsibility for networking and telecommunications, systems infrastructure, communication and collaboration services, enterprise information systems, teaching and learning technologies, research computing, information security, and client computing support. While at BU, Tracy has worked to improve technology governance and strategic planning, while building IT service management and project management best practices across the organization.

This panel will share the career stories of four women in different areas of IT at Boston University, including how they came into their roles, what motivates them, and key factors that contribute to their success.

Keynote: How To Create Your Dream Career with Scott Stolze
1PM | CGS 523

Scott is the Founder of Create Your Great Career Coaching, through which he is working to help thousands of people take ownership of their career and create fulfillment in the work they do. Scott's Coaching helps people eliminate regret and regain control in their career.

In today's world, it's not as much about what you know as it is about how you make others feel. What kind of value you bring to others. In order to create a career full of fulfillment and impact, learn how to bring value to others in a way that makes you invaluable, a linchpin, instead of just another cog.

Tech Talk: A Day in the Life of a Software and QA Engineer
Hosted By
1PM | CGS 515

There are many career journeys for a female/femme non-binary interested in tech. Come learn about management, developers, data analytics and test automation careers at Blue Cross and what it takes to get there. Tijna Jose, Sr. Engineer, and Denise Duchesney, Sr. Manager, QA, have been paving the way for women in tech for over 20 years. Join us as they explain how the field has changed over the years and where it’s headed in the future, as well as offer advice on what you can do now to make the most of your own personal journey.

Tech Talk: Interpretable Machine Learning
Hosted By
1PM | CGS 527

Xiang is an AI Engineer at Two Sigma, focusing on researching and building tools to better interpret results from advanced machine learning algorithms.

With the increase of availability of data and computation power, machine learning has become more powerful than ever. It is changing our daily life, and furthermore, gradually reshaping the human society. This talk will discuss why machine learning interpretability is important to individuals as well as business, review some traditional and newly developed techniques in this field, how these techniques are related and when one technique is preferable over another, and how to evaluate the quality of an interpretation.

Panel: Computing Students at BU Panel
Hosted By
1PM | CGS 129

Come learn about what it's like to study computer science and talk with Boston University students Nicole Enos, Sarah Greisdorf, Natalie Pienkowska, Jade Sessions, & Megan Fantes!

Self Care in Tech with Microsoft
Hosted By
1PM | CGS 113

This industry is tough and looking at a screen 24/7 makes it even more challenging. Let's take a moment to unplug and unwind in a 30 minute Self Care Session. Comfortable clothes encouraged, but not required.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
2PM

Keynote: How to Build a Better Product with Heather O’Neill
2PM | CGS 129

The thrill of watching your idea come to life is hard to beat. So it’s no wonder that most entrepreneurs and founders start with an idea and move right to code. But if you want success – and the even bigger thrill of people BUYING your product – you need to tamp down that ‘if you build it, they will come’ enthusiasm and do some intentional planning, research and validation. In this talk, we’ll cover the essential blueprint you can follow to ensure your product’s success, all before writing any code.

The One-Hour Web Site (HTML/CSS + JS)
Hosted By: Shayna Cummings from Women Who Code Boston
2PM | CGS 515

Shayna Cummings is a Software Engineer at Pluralsight. She serves as a Director for Women Who Code Boston and teaches software development classes at General Assembly and Inclusive Tech Lab.

Are you looking to build a slick looking website for your project? Using free and open source tools, this class will help you get started with HTML, CSS, and Javascript - as well as provide lots of resources for further learning. No prior coding experience is necessary! Before the class, please create a Github account and download the free Sublime text editor.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Human Centered Engineering
Hosted By: Chumeng Xu from Stash
2PM | CGS 523

Chumeng has a passion for creative engineering and loves using technology to create social impact.She currently works as a software engineer at Stash, a financial tech startup that aim to provide financial opportunity for all.

As engineers, often times we will have to make technical decisions that impact our users or fellow engineers directly. After all, we build technology for humans, with other humans. This workshop will guide you through the human aspects of software development, and how to write code that is human centered.

Chill Way Out... A Guided Meditation with Wayfair!
Hosted By
2:00 - 3:00 PM | Wayfair Lounge

Need to reset? Come for a meditation session with Wayfair and return to your project afterwards with heightened focus and creativity.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Tech Talk: pwnd: a Star Wars Story (or how not to get hacked irl)
Hosted By
2PM | CGS 505

Chris Lord is the CTO and Co-Founder at Armored Things | Former Head of R&D at Carbon Black | Cybersecurity Geek | Decentralization Solutionist | Emergence Apologist.

With the Empire's failures as lessons, we'll analyze several common cybersecurity attacks, how they work, why they work, and what you can do to keep yourself and your organization safe.

Bloomberg Speed Puzzle Challenge
Hosted By
2PM | CGS 527

Join Bloomberg to hear more about our puzzle challenges and have the opportunity to solve our Bloomberg puzzles and win prizes.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
3PM

Keynote: Global Issues, Local Solutions with Manisha Mohan
3PM | CGS 505

Women all across the world are trying to break the barriers. Fighting for freedom and independence isn’t new. However, the degree of the problems varies vastly. My work takes into account the challenges faced by women communities in different parts of the world and focuses on devicing technology for their personal safety and means to help them become self-sufficient.

Introduction to Hardware and/or Robotics
Hosted By: Lucas Watson
3PM | CGS 523

Lucas Watson is a student at Boston University studying mechanical engineering and physics. He also works at local robotics startup Piaggio Fast Forward and previously led BostonHacks.

Come learn about how you can interact with hardware and robotics!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Tech Talk: Handling Outages Effectively
Hosted By
3PM | CGS 527

Andrea Guatemala is a Senior Software Engineer on the Warehousing Platform team at Wayfair in Boston.

As tech companies grow and their technology systems become more complex, outages become damaging due to lost revenue, bad brand reputation, decreased customer satisfaction, etc. However, outages and downtime are inevitable. Good teams develop processes to handle issues effectively when they arise and are methodical in preventing the same issue from happening again.

Tech Talk: Transforming to a new way of working in a 150 year old financial company
Hosted By
3PM | CGS 129

Rose Amran is the AVP of Accelerated Delivery at John Hancock.

John Hancock has been on a transformative journey to change the way we deliver software and value to our customers. As a company, our bold ambition is to be "The most digital, customer-centric global company in our industry".

We will share how we got started, how we changed and still changing our culture, and with DevOps automation, we are enabling software faster though continuous delivery.

Tech Talk: Blockchain for Social Ventures and Social Impact
Hosted By: Lindsay Nuon from EmpirEqual
3PM | CGS 515

Lindsay began her career in STEM 15 years ago and has since worked in the US Intelligence Community with government agencies including NCIS, the FBI, and HHS, Fortune 500 companies, and one of the hottest Cybersecurity start​ups in the industry topping ‘Best ​Of’ ​lists from Dark Reading to WSJ.

PreHacks: Boston University Admissions
Hosted By
3PM | CGS 123

Come learn about the admissions process for Boston University! Sheneita Graham, the Associate Director of Admissions will be available to field any questions you may have about applying to study at BU!

Recess!
Hosted By
3PM | CGS 113

Get ready to throw it back to your glory days on the playground with games like tic-tac-toe, hopscotch, and tag. In this mini event, our health engagement strategist, Nicole Pizzi, will show how a “movement break” can help you solve problems faster, become more creative, and increase productivity. So come play a game or two and learn how to foster your creativity through movement!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
4PM

Hands on with Deep Learning and IoT
Hosted By
4PM | CGS 129

This workshop will introduce the meaning of "deep learning" and guide you through a hands-on demonstration using simple tools like your computer’s webcam. No prior experience is necessary!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Hosted By: Gefen Skolnick
4PM | CGS 523

Gefen Skolnick is a linguistics and computer science student at UCLA, venture partner at Contrary Capital, software engineer for Risk Sciences in collaboration with NASA JPL, and former founder at a startup pre-accelerator in Tel Aviv.

This will be a light introduction to entrepreneurship and walk potential founders through ideation, pitch decks, fundraising vs. bootstrapping, and some product management fundamentals.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Tech Talk: You can do THAT with Python?
Hosted By
4PM | CGS 505

Rebecca Perry leads the Applied Technology team within Wayfair’s Emerging Systems Group. Prior to joining Wayfair three years ago, Rebecca earned her PhD in Applied Physics at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Python is widely used in a huge range of fields for a variety of purposes. We'll explore some of that diversity by showing disparate things you can do with some of the most popular Python libraries and only a few lines of code.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Tech Talk: Continuous Integration with Code Quality
Hosted By
4PM | CGS 515

Karlin Kappala is a Solutions Architect at Slalom Build and an expert IT professional with 10+ years of experience in Software Quality Assurance and Testing. She has extensively worked on Agile and DevOps process and methodologies and also helped define, streamline and manage the agile delivery throughout.

As a tester we know that there are many moving parts. One solution to the on going problem is the tight integration of tests scripts in the CI pipeline. I am going to share my experience and provide some insight and hope it will help you in your projects.

Tech Talk: AWS Jumpstart
Hosted By: Chumeng Xu from Stash
4PM | CGS 527

Chumeng has a passion for creative engineering and loves using technology to create social impact. She currently works as a software engineer at Stash, a financial tech startup that aim to provide financial opportunity for all.

Your code works locally, yay! Now it’s time to deploy it to a cloud environment that scales on demand. By the end of this beginner friendly tech talk, you will be able to deploy a simple web application to AWS (Amazon Web Services), Amazon’s cloud computing platform. Bring your laptop.

5PM

Keynote: Be Confident, Be Empowered with Karina Popovich
5PM | CGS 505

Karina has been recognized internationally by the Malala Fund for her dedication to educating minority youth in STEM and her focus on female empowerment. When she is not teaching she enjoys working on fun and unique projects in NYU’s Makerspace.

Too many young women are not confident in themselves whether that be in their skills, their bodies, or in themselves. Yet, a crucial key to leadership is confidence, confidence not only among female peers, but also among male peers. In this workshop, I will discuss ways in which we, women, doubt ourselves, why it is detrimental to our success, and simple techniques as well as big concepts on how to improve our confidence and feel like the empowered strong women we all are.

food
Snack Session #2
5PM | Catering Area

Munchies round 2!

How to win! Presentation storytelling and rapid prototyping that gets you to “yes”
Hosted By: Erin Essex from Shutterstock
5PM | CGS 129

With a background in Psychology Erin's approach to designing user experiences is unique. She takes this knowledge to build human centered, empathetic, and sticky experiences that impact user behavior and enjoyment. Erin currently works at Shutterstock on a handful of products including the mobile apps, Shutterstock Editor, and the team experience.

Your idea might be perfect, but your presentation makes all the difference. In this workshop you will lean the art of storytelling in your presentation AND how tips on how to rapid prototype to best showcase your idea.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Introduction to Design Thinking
Hosted By: Jess Charlap from Perkins Eastman
5PM | CGS 515

Jess Charlap is a champion of the Boston design community with a special interest in innovation. She is the Boston Marketing Manager at Perkins Eastman, one of the largest architecture firms in the country, where she guides market strategy and business development.

This workshop is an introduction to the concepts, stages, and mindsets of design thinking methods developed at the Stanford d.School. Participants will use design thinking methods and work in groups to learn how to make faster, better design decisions by putting the user first.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Tech Talk: UX and Its Importance in Engineering
Hosted By
5PM | CGS 527

Deirdre Costello is a human-centered researcher, storyteller & educator. I'm all about discovering intention, developing empathy and building the right thing.

Come learn about UX, UX Research and how the UX team plays an integral role in Toast's Engineering organization.

Have questions about UX, research or Toast? Message me - I'd love to chat! Especially interested in talking to junior f/m/d/v uxers looking for mentorship in the field.

Tech Talk: Data Science & Machine Learning Challenges in Clean Energy
Hosted By
5PM | CGS 523

Ariel Horowitz is Director of Technology Development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. She oversees MassCEC's grant programs targeted at supporting innovators in the Commonwealth. MassCEC is a quasi-public state agency with a mandate to foster low-carbon economic growth and clean energy innovation in Massachusetts.

In this talk, learn about why the electric grid is becoming a data-rich environment, why data is important for renewable energy, and how innovative coders can help drive our transition towards a clean energy economy.

Cup Stacking with MLH
Hosted By
5PM

Join MLH with some cup stacking fun!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Destressing 101: Boxing with Kann & Sumi
Hosted By
5PM | CGS 113

Cause sometimes you just feel like boxing. We got you covered! Come to our boxing mini event to get energized and return to hacking with more motivation.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
6PM

Keynote: How do I fit in? Overview of careers in the Tech Industry, in panel discussion with Atlassian
6PM | CGS 129

Join us for a Keynote to explore the many career paths in the tech industry whether or not you write code. We will take a broad look at the industry, then a closer look inside a tech company that develops SaaS products for software developers, project managers, and content managers. Followed by a panel and Q&A session with tech professionals who work there. If you aren’t quite sure where you fit in yet - this session will help you get a little clearer on what your options are.

Intro to Reinforcement learning
Hosted By: Ishaan Grover from MIT
6PM | CGS 523

This beginner level workshop will introduce you to the core concepts in reinforcement learning as well as its applications in various domains. You will also have an opportunity to code an agent using a model-free reinforcement learning model to play a classical computer game.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Building Production Grade APIs with Go-lang
Hosted By
6PM | CGS 505

Hi! My name is Austin Ward, I'm a software engineer by trade and a programmer at heart. I enjoy creating robust, production-ready code but also hacking things together when that's not required. My recent areas of interest include go-lang, open source, and dev ops tools.

One thing University doesn't teach you is writing production grade code. This talk will go over how to do so using go-lang.

Tech Talk: LGBT in Tech Panel
Hosted By: Gefen Skolnick from Contrary Capital
6PM | CGS 527

The LGBT in Tech panel is a panel from Boston-based leaders in technology, with the VP of Marketing at Thoughtbot, co-founder of Empirequal, a Senior Data Engineer Associate for the athenaResearch team at athenahealth, and Product Owner at Spotify’s Personalization and Recommendations Platform.

7PM

food
Dinner
7:00PM - 9:00 PM | Catering Area

Serving up gyros and Mediterranean food!

Intro to MongoDB Basics
Hosted By: Meena Chauhan from Ispecimen
7PM | CGS 523

Introduction to the MongoDB basics and fundamentals. Learn how to use one of the most versatile and popular databases for your own projects!

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, & Social Justice
Hosted By: Kyle from Haven Limited Cooperative
7PM | CGS 527

Kyle is a digital nomad and cryptoqueer. They have a background in government, nonprofit, and corporate activism.

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies can be harnessed to create a more equitable world. This workshop covers the fundamentals and get you started using and building decentralized apps.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
arTherapy with Malika Kamboj
7PM | CGS 113

The workshop focuses on mind relaxation and bulbing creativity through art therapy. Art as a therapy helps to distract mind from odds, sets the flow and initiates self care. The motive behind the workshop is to help the participants relieve stress and at the same time unleash their creative side. The workshop requires no pre-requisites.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Women of Color Panel
Panelists: Misty Farrell, Stephanie Castaños, Morgan Foreman and Laureen Lubin
Moderated by: Sreeya Sai
7PM | Wayfair Lounge

Panelists share their experiences working in interdisciplinary areas of technology. Through their personal narratives, this panel will include a discussion on ways communities can better support women and non-binary individuals of color in the workplace. This panel will be followed by an activity for participants and the panelists to engage in a discussion on the topic of their choice.

8PM

Slideshow Karaoke with MLH
Hosted By
8PM | CGS 515

Are you stuck on a bug? Need to destress? Join MLH and sing your worries away with some karaoke!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Salsa + Bachata Workshop with TechTogether Director Ash!
Hosted By
8PM | CGS 113

For the people who love to dance, come join us for another dance session with TechTogether Organizers and Director Ash! (You can never have too many dance breaks ;) ).

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
9PM

MLflow on OpenShift
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 527

Hema Veeradhi is a Software Engineer at Red Hat working with the Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence team. Exploring and integrating open source AI operations across Red Hat.

An introductory workshop on MLflow, the open source platform for machine learning life cycle. Explore how you can run ML experiments and automatically keep track of parameters, results, code and data for each experiment so that you can compare results and find the best performing runs.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Pitch Perfect - How to prepare for the Judges?
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 129

Hosted by TechTogether Organizer Kala Campbell!

In this workshop we will review the key points you will want to make with the judges. We will review how to present an idea that “failed” and how to turn that around into a positive example of what you learned.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Are You Ready to Join the Mafia?
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 113

Join TechTogether Boston Organizer Maggie for a game of Mafia! Do you really know your teammates? Test your trust with this ultimate challenge!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
10PM

Pitch Perfect - Nail Your Elevator Pitch
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 129

Hosted by TechTogether Organizer Kala Campbell!

In this workshop we will focus on 1-1 run throughs of your “30 second elevator pitch.”

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Tech Talk: Understanding Text and the Underlying Sentiment
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 527

BU Masters Alum Oindrilla is an AI Software Engineering intern at Red Hat, working as a part of the AI Center of Excellence team. Oindrilla is currently focused on developing and applying Machine Learning tools focused on Textual Analysis.

In this talk, we look at the basic workflow behind transforming raw language data into machine readable text: or what we commonly call as Natural Language Processing. Further, we dive into perhaps one of the most popular applications of NLP, Sentiment Analysis and get a closer look at what goes into a Sentiment Analysis Pipeline.

12AM

food
Snack Session #3
12AM | Catering Area

Last opportunity to grab any snacks you might need! (Trust us, at 3AM you'll be glad you did)

7AM

food
Breakfast
7:00AM - 9:00 AM | Catering Area

Classic hot breakfast will be served :)

9AM

Keynote: Being an Introverted Leader with Margaret McKosky
9AM | CGS 505

Maggie McKosky is the Head of UX & Product Design at Shutterstock, leading a team of designers, UI engineers and researchers in building experiences and innovative products for creative professionals around the world.

Leadership comes in many forms. In an increasingly distracted and fast-changing world, we need thoughtful, calm leaders whose capacity for focus and observation are absolutely necessary for leading teams to reach their full potential. In this talk, Maggie McKosky draws on her experience from her time as a graduate student and freelance designer to now an in-house design leader to address ways introverted designers can better inform, influence and ultimately grow themselves into strong, effective leaders.

10AM

Networking Part II!
10AM | Concourse

Another chance to hang out with our sponsor and partner companies!

12PM

food
Lunch
12:00PM - 2:00 PM | Catering Area

Soup & pasta will be served!

Keynote: Three Crossroads That Defined My Career Journey with Rashi Khurana
12PM | CGS 505

Rashi is the VP of Engineering at Shutterstock where she oversees the E-commerce and Platform engineering teams.

The path from aspirations to reality is a path we carve for ourselves. There are many crossroads on that road that are tough decisions that we need to make but are also the opportunity for us to pick the reality that would take us closer to our future life and career aspirations. I will share my journey and three tough crossroads that pushed my aspirations further and lead me into the leadership role at a technical company like Shutterstock that I have now. This talk will go into how I now make sense of this journey as it’s in my rear view mirror.

1PM

Keynote: Many Pathways -- a panel of high achieving women in higher education IT with Tracy Schroeder
1PM | CGS 505

Tracy Schroeder joined Boston University as Vice President of Information Services and Technology in July 2009. In that capacity she has responsibility for networking and telecommunications, systems infrastructure, communication and collaboration services, enterprise information systems, teaching and learning technologies, research computing, information security, and client computing support. While at BU, Tracy has worked to improve technology governance and strategic planning, while building IT service management and project management best practices across the organization.

This panel will share the career stories of four women in different areas of IT at Boston University, including how they came into their roles, what motivates them, and key factors that contribute to their success.

Keynote: How To Create Your Dream Career with Scott Stolze
1PM | CGS 523

Scott is the Founder of Create Your Great Career Coaching, through which he is working to help thousands of people take ownership of their career and create fulfillment in the work they do. Scott's Coaching helps people eliminate regret and regain control in their career.

In today's world, it's not as much about what you know as it is about how you make others feel. What kind of value you bring to others. In order to create a career full of fulfillment and impact, learn how to bring value to others in a way that makes you invaluable, a linchpin, instead of just another cog.

2PM

Keynote: How to Build a Better Product with Heather O’Neill
2PM | CGS 129

The thrill of watching your idea come to life is hard to beat. So it’s no wonder that most entrepreneurs and founders start with an idea and move right to code. But if you want success – and the even bigger thrill of people BUYING your product – you need to tamp down that ‘if you build it, they will come’ enthusiasm and do some intentional planning, research and validation. In this talk, we’ll cover the essential blueprint you can follow to ensure your product’s success, all before writing any code.

3PM

Keynote: Global Issues, Local Solutions with Manisha Mohan
3PM | CGS 505

Women all across the world are trying to break the barriers. Fighting for freedom and independence isn’t new. However, the degree of the problems varies vastly. My work takes into account the challenges faced by women communities in different parts of the world and focuses on devicing technology for their personal safety and means to help them become self-sufficient.

5PM

Keynote: Be Confident, Be Empowered with Karina Popovich
5PM | CGS 505

Karina has been recognized internationally by the Malala Fund for her dedication to educating minority youth in STEM and her focus on female empowerment. When she is not teaching she enjoys working on fun and unique projects in NYU’s Makerspace.

Too many young women are not confident in themselves whether that be in their skills, their bodies, or in themselves. Yet, a crucial key to leadership is confidence, confidence not only among female peers, but also among male peers. In this workshop, I will discuss ways in which we, women, doubt ourselves, why it is detrimental to our success, and simple techniques as well as big concepts on how to improve our confidence and feel like the empowered strong women we all are.

food
Snack Session #2
5PM | Catering Area

Munchies round 2!

6PM

Keynote: How do I fit in? Overview of careers in the Tech Industry, in panel discussion with Atlassian
6PM | CGS 129

Join us for a Keynote to explore the many career paths in the tech industry whether or not you write code. We will take a broad look at the industry, then a closer look inside a tech company that develops SaaS products for software developers, project managers, and content managers. Followed by a panel and Q&A session with tech professionals who work there. If you aren’t quite sure where you fit in yet - this session will help you get a little clearer on what your options are.

7PM

food
Dinner
7:00PM - 9:00 PM | Catering Area

Serving up gyros and Mediterranean food!

12AM

food
Snack Session #3
12AM | Catering Area

Last opportunity to grab any snacks you might need! (Trust us, at 3AM you'll be glad you did)

2AM

Build Your First Android App
Hosted By
2AM | CGS 515

Varsha is an Android developer and Senior Engineering Manager at Wayfair. She is passionate about building beautiful applications and running diverse and happy teams.

This no-experience-required workshop will get you up and running with the Android ecosystem. Learn how to create a brand new application, and see for yourself how easy it is to build intuitive user interfaces.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
7AM

Lost & Found: Furthering Your Mission and Finding Your Audience with SEO
Hosted By: Shannon K. Murphy from Shine Content Strategy, LLC
7AM | CGS 527

Shannon Murphy is the Founder and Chief Strategist of Shine Content, a content marketing consultancy. An alum of Boston-based technology start-ups like Brightcove and HubSpot, Shannon has worked in SEO and content since 2008.

Great ideas need an engaged audience. So if no one can find you, it doesn’t matter how much you want to help others. SEO (search engine optimization) is an oft-ignored but vital part of website marketing; creating the proper foundation to connect with the people who are looking for you. Attend this session to learn how to optimize your website, engage your users and test your current design with a mix of free tools and quick hacks!

Design Thinking How to Get Started
Hosted By
7AM | CGS 129

This workshop is intended to help you and your team get off to a good start. In this workshop we will discuss how to tackle the problem you would like to solve over the weekend, so that you have a clearly defined goal.

We will discuss and define three things:
1) What is the problem you are trying to solve?
2) Why are you passionate about this?
3) What do you think is a possible solution for the problem - what approach could you take?

8AM

Intro to GitHub for Team Collaboration
Hosted By
8AM | CGS 527

Kaitlin is part of the IT Leadership Development Program at Travelers, an early in career rotational program for IT professionals. She has experience in web development, web app security and is currently working in information security architecture.

This beginner-friendly tech talk will introduce GitHub and how to use it in an interactive way. Participants will learn how to use GitHub for more effective team collaboration.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
9AM

Lean & Agile Practices
Hosted By
9AM | CGS 527

Medina Ali is a Software Engineer for JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Consumer & Community Banking Call Center Technologies

Workshop on Lean & Agile Practices will be an interactive workshop where participants will get to learn about Lean & Agile principles, concepts, real world applications (examples of popular firns using Agile & why), Agile practices at a hackathon & they will get to do Agile simulations. The goal of the workshop is to make participants exercise the learning materials of the workshop.

10AM

How to Hack with AI: A Deeper Dive
Hosted By
10AM | CGS 129

Hosted by Bernd Verst -- Cloud Advocate at Microsoft.

This beginner-level workshop will explain what AI and cloud computing are in simple terms then show you how to add AI to your project in just a few lines of code.

Technical prerequisites:
- Basic understanding of cloud computing
- Basic coding skills (call REST APIs, work with JSON, etc.)

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
11AM

How to build digital products? Tell me more!
Hosted By
11AM | CGS 523

At Blue Cross, we build digital products that engage better with our members and continually support their needs. Join us at this workshop as Xiomara Lorenzo, Director, Digital Experience Strategy showcases the agile, collaborative process our team took to create the MyBlue digital experience, an app which helps millions of people across Massachusetts.

How to Build a Chatbot in AWS
Hosted By
11AM | CGS 527

Have you always wanted to build your own chat bot? At this workshop students will have the opportunity to build a chat bot and learn about Artificial intelligence!

Intro to Programming
Hosted By
11AM | CGS 129

First time programmer? This workshop is for you! With other beginners, code together and learn from the Hack4Impact student team at Boston University by getting a crash course into the HTML and CSS languages! Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
12PM

Intro to Web Development with React
Hosted By: Christopher Trinh from Boston University
12PM | CGS 515

Christopher Trinh is a software engineer, full-stack web developer, and game development hobbyist. He's especially passionate about clean design and virtual reality. In his free time, you can find him coming up with exciting ideas that help and inspire people to be their best selves.

React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces that's quickly becoming a standard in the web development industry. With some prior experience in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, learn how you can make a single-page web app faster than ever with React!

Hackathon 101 + Team Dynamics
Hosted By: Boston University Spark!, TechTogether, BU CS, BU Admissions, Hack4Impact, & Girls Who Code
12PM | CGS 129

If you’re a beginner to hackathons and don’t really know how to navigate through the event, this workshop is for you! We will provide you with the proper tools and resources to succeed at this hackathon and give you some applicable advice that can help you make the most of this event. We will also discuss how you can go about finding team members and working with people of different experience & skill levels.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
2PM

The One-Hour Web Site (HTML/CSS + JS)
Hosted By: Shayna Cummings from Women Who Code Boston
2PM | CGS 515

Shayna Cummings is a Software Engineer at Pluralsight. She serves as a Director for Women Who Code Boston and teaches software development classes at General Assembly and Inclusive Tech Lab.

Are you looking to build a slick looking website for your project? Using free and open source tools, this class will help you get started with HTML, CSS, and Javascript - as well as provide lots of resources for further learning. No prior coding experience is necessary! Before the class, please create a Github account and download the free Sublime text editor.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Human Centered Engineering
Hosted By: Chumeng Xu from Stash
2PM | CGS 523

Chumeng has a passion for creative engineering and loves using technology to create social impact.She currently works as a software engineer at Stash, a financial tech startup that aim to provide financial opportunity for all.

As engineers, often times we will have to make technical decisions that impact our users or fellow engineers directly. After all, we build technology for humans, with other humans. This workshop will guide you through the human aspects of software development, and how to write code that is human centered.

3PM

Introduction to Hardware and/or Robotics
Hosted By: Lucas Watson
3PM | CGS 523

Lucas Watson is a student at Boston University studying mechanical engineering and physics. He also works at local robotics startup Piaggio Fast Forward and previously led BostonHacks.

Come learn about how you can interact with hardware and robotics!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
4PM

Hands on with Deep Learning and IoT
Hosted By
4PM | CGS 129

This workshop will introduce the meaning of "deep learning" and guide you through a hands-on demonstration using simple tools like your computer’s webcam. No prior experience is necessary!

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Hosted By: Gefen Skolnick
4PM | CGS 523

Gefen Skolnick is a linguistics and computer science student at UCLA, venture partner at Contrary Capital, software engineer for Risk Sciences in collaboration with NASA JPL, and former founder at a startup pre-accelerator in Tel Aviv.

This will be a light introduction to entrepreneurship and walk potential founders through ideation, pitch decks, fundraising vs. bootstrapping, and some product management fundamentals.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
5PM

How to win! Presentation storytelling and rapid prototyping that gets you to “yes”
Hosted By: Erin Essex from Shutterstock
5PM | CGS 129

With a background in Psychology Erin's approach to designing user experiences is unique. She takes this knowledge to build human centered, empathetic, and sticky experiences that impact user behavior and enjoyment. Erin currently works at Shutterstock on a handful of products including the mobile apps, Shutterstock Editor, and the team experience.

Your idea might be perfect, but your presentation makes all the difference. In this workshop you will lean the art of storytelling in your presentation AND how tips on how to rapid prototype to best showcase your idea.

Introduction to Design Thinking
Hosted By: Jess Charlap from Perkins Eastman
5PM | CGS 515

Jess Charlap is a champion of the Boston design community with a special interest in innovation. She is the Boston Marketing Manager at Perkins Eastman, one of the largest architecture firms in the country, where she guides market strategy and business development.

This workshop is an introduction to the concepts, stages, and mindsets of design thinking methods developed at the Stanford d.School. Participants will use design thinking methods and work in groups to learn how to make faster, better design decisions by putting the user first.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
6PM

Intro to Reinforcement learning
Hosted By: Ishaan Grover from MIT
6PM | CGS 523

This beginner level workshop will introduce you to the core concepts in reinforcement learning as well as its applications in various domains. You will also have an opportunity to code an agent using a model-free reinforcement learning model to play a classical computer game.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Building Production Grade APIs with Go-lang
Hosted By
6PM | CGS 505

Hi! My name is Austin Ward, I'm a software engineer by trade and a programmer at heart. I enjoy creating robust, production-ready code but also hacking things together when that's not required. My recent areas of interest include go-lang, open source, and dev ops tools.

One thing University doesn't teach you is writing production grade code. This talk will go over how to do so using go-lang.

7PM

Intro to MongoDB Basics
Hosted By: Meena Chauhan from Ispecimen
7PM | CGS 523

Introduction to the MongoDB basics and fundamentals. Learn how to use one of the most versatile and popular databases for your own projects!

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, & Social Justice
Hosted By: Kyle from Haven Limited Cooperative
7PM | CGS 527

Kyle is a digital nomad and cryptoqueer. They have a background in government, nonprofit, and corporate activism.

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies can be harnessed to create a more equitable world. This workshop covers the fundamentals and get you started using and building decentralized apps.

9PM

MLflow on OpenShift
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 527

Hema Veeradhi is a Software Engineer at Red Hat working with the Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence team. Exploring and integrating open source AI operations across Red Hat.

An introductory workshop on MLflow, the open source platform for machine learning life cycle. Explore how you can run ML experiments and automatically keep track of parameters, results, code and data for each experiment so that you can compare results and find the best performing runs.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Pitch Perfect - How to prepare for the Judges?
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 129

Hosted by TechTogether Organizer Kala Campbell!

In this workshop we will review the key points you will want to make with the judges. We will review how to present an idea that “failed” and how to turn that around into a positive example of what you learned.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
10PM

Pitch Perfect - Nail Your Elevator Pitch
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 129

Hosted by TechTogether Organizer Kala Campbell!

In this workshop we will focus on 1-1 run throughs of your “30 second elevator pitch.”

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
3AM

Tech Talk: Augmented Reality on Android
Hosted By
3AM | CGS 515

Varsha is an Android developer and Senior Engineering Manager at Wayfair. She is passionate about building beautiful applications and running diverse and happy teams.

This talk will introduce the current state of AR on Android and how to work with it. Learn how to design AR experiences that are easy to use, followed by a deep dive on building your AR experience.

7AM

Tech Talk: How We Can Empower One Another
Hosted By
7AM | CGS 523

Carol Liang is a sophomore Computer Engineering student at Boston University and Partnerships Chair of TechTogether Boston. This past summer, she worked in Operations Strategy at a tech startup, working to remove bias in its hiring process for engineers as well as launching on Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Come learn about ways we can work together to make environments more inclusive and empowering for individuals from different backgrounds.

8AM

History Rewind: The Women's Liberation Movement
Hosted By
8AM | CGS 515

Fiona Whittington is a senior in the College of Communications at Boston University studying computer science and advertising. She is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of TechTogether. She is also the Founder of The Bit, an online community of women learning to code together as well as a marketing intern at Armored Things, where she will be joining full-time when she graduates in May 2019.

This tech talk will be a brief overview of the prominent figures and notable events of women's rights movements in America.

Office VR Demo
Hosted By
8AM | Agganis Arena, Room 118

Join Facebook for a VR Demo of their office!

9AM

How to Hack with AI
Hosted By
9AM | CGS 129

Hosted by Cassie Siljander, Cloud Advocate at Microsoft.

This beginner-level tech talk will explain what AI and cloud computing are in simple terms then show you how to add AI to your project in just a few lines of code.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Tech Talk: Microservices vs Monolith
Hosted By
9AM | CGS 523

Monolithic software architectures are nearly gone. Microservices offer faster development cycles, easier maintainence,dynamic scaling and improved failover behavior. Learn how to implement micoroservices and to see how we architect them at Validity.

Hackathon 101 + Team Formation
Hosted By
9AM | Agganis Arena, Team Formation Section

Don’t have a team? We’ll match you with one here! Learn more about the what to expect from a hackathon, hear from a BU CS student, and network with other high school students and beginners attending the hackathon. Afterwards, we will walk to the Agganis Arena to attend the TechTogether opening ceremony. Questions? Email prehacks@bu.edu

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Office VR Demo
Hosted By
8AM | Agganis Arena, Room 118

Join Facebook for a VR Demo of their office!

10AM

Expanding Your Skills & Getting Unstuck
Hosted By
10AM | CGS 527

Annie Lace graduated cum laude with a BS in Informatics from the University of Washington in 2017. She has been a software engineer at Slalom ever since, where she has worked with a variety of technologies and architectures.

This workshop will go over an approach for learning new things quickly as well as tips and tricks for how to get past it when you get stuck on a technical challenge.

CMD+CTRL Cyber Range Hackathon
Hosted By: Lisa Parcella from Security Innovation
10AM | CGS 515

Want to test your skills in identifying web app vulnerabilities? Join the CMD+CTRL cyber range, a unique, immersive environment where players exploit their way through hundreds of vulnerabilities that lurk in business applications today. Success means learning quickly that attack and defense is all about thinking on your feet.

For each vulnerability you uncover, you are awarded points. Climb the interactive leaderboard for a chance to win fantastic prizes!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Tech Talk: The Ubiquitous AI Revolution and Trusted AI
Hosted By
10AM | CGS 505

Ubiquitous smartphones with a large number of sensors, such as optical, audio, and GPS are emerging as a fast, intelligent and contextually aware computing platform. At the same time, powerful cloud computing and fast networks make large computing resources available relatively inexpensive and accessible. Together, ubiquitous real world data and ubiquitous access to inexpensive high-performance computing are propelling artificial intelligence to become foundational technologies for a new generation of intelligent applications by teaching computers to learn, to recognize and understand real world data. As AI advances and is more widely relied on, it is essential that we trust the output of these systems to be safe and fair.

305 Fitness Class
Hosted By: Kate Lux
10AM | CGS 113

What better way to kick off hacking on Saturday than with a dance break hosted by Kate Lux from 305 Fitness! Bring sneakers and get ready to sweat! Not familiar with 305 Fitness? It’s the best way to get your sexy sweat on while crushing it on the dance floor. This 30 minute blend of dancing and high intensity cardio will get you moving and ready to crush the rest of the weekend! We recommend bringing workout clothes and sneakers for the best experience!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
11AM

12PM

Bollywood & Hip Hop Dancing with DFD Academy!
Hosted By
12:15PM | CGS 113

Let loose and have a dance break with award winning DFD Academy!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
1PM

Tech Talk: A Day in the Life of a Software and QA Engineer
Hosted By
1PM | CGS 515

There are many career journeys for a female/femme non-binary interested in tech. Come learn about management, developers, data analytics and test automation careers at Blue Cross and what it takes to get there. Tijna Jose, Sr. Engineer, and Denise Duchesney, Sr. Manager, QA, have been paving the way for women in tech for over 20 years. Join us as they explain how the field has changed over the years and where it’s headed in the future, as well as offer advice on what you can do now to make the most of your own personal journey.

Tech Talk: Interpretable Machine Learning
Hosted By
1PM | CGS 527

Xiang is an AI Engineer at Two Sigma, focusing on researching and building tools to better interpret results from advanced machine learning algorithms.

With the increase of availability of data and computation power, machine learning has become more powerful than ever. It is changing our daily life, and furthermore, gradually reshaping the human society. This talk will discuss why machine learning interpretability is important to individuals as well as business, review some traditional and newly developed techniques in this field, how these techniques are related and when one technique is preferable over another, and how to evaluate the quality of an interpretation.

Panel: Computing Students at BU Panel
Hosted By
1PM | CGS 129

Come learn about what it's like to study computer science and talk with Boston University students Nicole Enos, Sarah Greisdorf, Natalie Pienkowska, Jade Sessions, & Megan Fantes!

Self Care in Tech with Microsoft
Hosted By
1PM | CGS 113

This industry is tough and looking at a screen 24/7 makes it even more challenging. Let's take a moment to unplug and unwind in a 30 minute Self Care Session. Comfortable clothes encouraged, but not required.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
2PM

Chill Way Out... A Guided Meditation with Wayfair!
Hosted By
2:00 - 3:00 PM | Wayfair Lounge

Need to reset? Come for a meditation session with Wayfair and return to your project afterwards with heightened focus and creativity.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Tech Talk: pwnd: a Star Wars Story (or how not to get hacked irl)
Hosted By
2PM | CGS 505

Chris Lord is the CTO and Co-Founder at Armored Things | Former Head of R&D at Carbon Black | Cybersecurity Geek | Decentralization Solutionist | Emergence Apologist.

With the Empire's failures as lessons, we'll analyze several common cybersecurity attacks, how they work, why they work, and what you can do to keep yourself and your organization safe.

Bloomberg Speed Puzzle Challenge
Hosted By
2PM | CGS 527

Join Bloomberg to hear more about our puzzle challenges and have the opportunity to solve our Bloomberg puzzles and win prizes.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
3PM

Tech Talk: Handling Outages Effectively
Hosted By
3PM | CGS 527

As tech companies grow and their technology systems become more complex, outages become damaging due to lost revenue, bad brand reputation, decreased customer satisfaction, etc. However, outages and downtime are inevitable. Good teams develop processes to handle issues effectively when they arise and are methodical in preventing the same issue from happening again.

Tech Talk: Transforming to a new way of working in a 150 year old financial company
Hosted By
3PM | CGS 129

Rose Amran is the AVP of Accelerated Delivery at John Hancock.

John Hancock has been on a transformative journey to change the way we deliver software and value to our customers. As a company, our bold ambition is to be "The most digital, customer-centric global company in our industry".

We will share how we got started, how we changed and still changing our culture, and with DevOps automation, we are enabling software faster though continuous delivery.

Tech Talk: Blockchain for Social Ventures and Social Impact
Hosted By: Lindsay Nuon from EmpirEqual
3PM | CGS 515

Lindsay began her career in STEM 15 years ago and has since worked in the US Intelligence Community with government agencies including NCIS, the FBI, and HHS, Fortune 500 companies, and one of the hottest Cybersecurity start​ups in the industry topping ‘Best ​Of’ ​lists from Dark Reading to WSJ.

PreHacks: Boston University Admissions
Hosted By
3PM | CGS 123

Come learn about the admissions process for Boston University! Sheneita Graham, the Associate Director of Admissions will be available to field any questions you may have about applying to study at BU!

Recess!
Hosted By
3PM | CGS 113

Get ready to throw it back to your glory days on the playground with games like tic-tac-toe, hopscotch, and tag. In this mini event, our health engagement strategist, Nicole Pizzi, will show how a “movement break” can help you solve problems faster, become more creative, and increase productivity. So come play a game or two and learn how to foster your creativity through movement!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
4PM

Tech Talk: You can do THAT with Python?
Hosted By
4PM | CGS 505

Rebecca Perry leads the Applied Technology team within Wayfair’s Emerging Systems Group. Prior to joining Wayfair three years ago, Rebecca earned her PhD in Applied Physics at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Python is widely used in a huge range of fields for a variety of purposes. We'll explore some of that diversity by showing disparate things you can do with some of the most popular Python libraries and only a few lines of code.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
Tech Talk: Continuous Integration with Code Quality
Hosted By
4PM | CGS 515

Karlin Kappala is a Solutions Architect at Slalom Build and an expert IT professional with 10+ years of experience in Software Quality Assurance and Testing. She has extensively worked on Agile and DevOps process and methodologies and also helped define, streamline and manage the agile delivery throughout.

As a tester we know that there are many moving parts. One solution to the on going problem is the tight integration of tests scripts in the CI pipeline. I am going to share my experience and provide some insight and hope it will help you in your projects.

Tech Talk: AWS Jumpstart
Hosted By: Chumeng Xu from Stash
4PM | CGS 527

Chumeng has a passion for creative engineering and loves using technology to create social impact. She currently works as a software engineer at Stash, a financial tech startup that aim to provide financial opportunity for all.

Your code works locally, yay! Now it’s time to deploy it to a cloud environment that scales on demand. By the end of this beginner friendly tech talk, you will be able to deploy a simple web application to AWS (Amazon Web Services), Amazon’s cloud computing platform. Bring your laptop.

5PM

Tech Talk: UX and Its Importance in Engineering
Hosted By
5PM | CGS 527

Deirdre Costello is a human-centered researcher, storyteller & educator. I'm all about discovering intention, developing empathy and building the right thing.

Come learn about UX, UX Research and how the UX team plays an integral role in Toast's Engineering organization.

Have questions about UX, research or Toast? Message me - I'd love to chat! Especially interested in talking to junior f/m/d/v uxers looking for mentorship in the field.

Tech Talk: Data Science & Machine Learning Challenges in Clean Energy
Hosted By
5PM | CGS 523

Ariel Horowitz is Director of Technology Development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. She oversees MassCEC's grant programs targeted at supporting innovators in the Commonwealth. MassCEC is a quasi-public state agency with a mandate to foster low-carbon economic growth and clean energy innovation in Massachusetts.

In this talk, learn about why the electric grid is becoming a data-rich environment, why data is important for renewable energy, and how innovative coders can help drive our transition towards a clean energy economy.

Cup Stacking with MLH
Hosted By
5PM

Join MLH with some cup stacking fun!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Destressing 101: Boxing with Kann & Sumi
Hosted By
5PM | CGS 113

Cause sometimes you just feel like boxing. We got you covered! Come to our boxing mini event to get energized and return to hacking with more motivation.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
6PM

Tech Talk: LGBT Who Code
Hosted By: Gefen Skolnick from Contrary Capital
6PM | CGS 527

The LGBT in Tech panel is a panel from Boston-based leaders in technology, with the VP of Marketing at Thoughtbot, co-founder of Empirequal, a Senior Data Engineer Associate for the athenaResearch team at athenahealth, and Product Lead at Spotify’s Personalization and Recommendations Platform.

7PM

arTherapy with Malika Kamboj
7PM | CGS 113

The workshop focuses on mind relaxation and bulbing creativity through art therapy. Art as a therapy helps to distract mind from odds, sets the flow and initiates self care. The motive behind the workshop is to help the participants relieve stress and at the same time unleash their creative side. The workshop requires no pre-requisites.

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Women of Color Panel
Panelists: Misty Farrell, Stephanie Castaños, Morgan Foreman and Laureen Lubin
Moderated by: Sreeya Sai
7PM | Wayfair Lounge

Panelists share their experiences working in interdisciplinary areas of technology. Through their personal narratives, this panel will include a discussion on ways communities can better support women and non-binary individuals of color in the workplace. This panel will be followed by an activity for participants and the panelists to engage in a discussion on the topic of their choice.

8PM

Tech Talk: A Glimpse into Atlassian's Ecosystem for Women in Tech
Hosted By
8PM | CGS 527

Rayna is a Campus Recruiter at Atlassian, helping connect students to internship and grad opportunities across Engineering, Product, Design, Marketing and more! Rayna is also an avid baseball fan and aspires to visit all 30 MLB parks.

This is an opportunity for students to learn more about our company's ecosystem. Followed by a Q&A panel with our awesome mentors to learn about different opportunities for women in tech at Atlassian.

Slideshow Karaoke with MLH
Hosted By
8PM | CGS 515

Are you stuck on a bug? Need to destress? Join MLH and sing your worries away with some karaoke!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
Salsa + Bachata Workshop with TechTogether Director Ash!
Hosted By
8PM | CGS 113

For the people who love to dance, come join us for another dance session with TechTogether Organizers and Director Ash! (You can never have too many dance breaks ;) ).

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
9PM

Are You Ready to Join the Mafia?
Hosted By
9PM | CGS 113

Join TechTogether Boston Organizer Maggie for a game of Mafia! Do you really know your teammates? Test your trust with this ultimate challenge!

beginner-friendly
Fun Mini Event
10PM

Tech Talk: Understanding Text and the Underlying Sentiment
Hosted By
10PM | CGS 527

BU Masters Alum Oindrilla is an AI Software Engineering intern at Red Hat, working as a part of the AI Center of Excellence team. Oindrilla is currently focused on developing and applying Machine Learning tools focused on Textual Analysis.

In this talk, we look at the basic workflow behind transforming raw language data into machine readable text: or what we commonly call as Natural Language Processing. Further, we dive into perhaps one of the most popular applications of NLP, Sentiment Analysis and get a closer look at what goes into a Sentiment Analysis Pipeline.

Main Event
Workshops
Side Events
8AM

Devpost Submissions Due!
8AM

Every team must submit their project on Devpost. Even if you did not finish your project, please submit your work! On each Devpost submission, please include the names of all your team members and your GitHub repo link. You should not be submitting your source code directly on Devpost and instead Github. Only one person needs to submit a devpost per team.

All other fields in the submission are optional! You can go back and update your submission with details later on (ex. "How we built it", "Challenges we ran into", "What we learned", etc.).

If you are requesting travel reimbursement we will ask for your Devpost submission as proof of your participation.


Submit to Devpost
Pitch Perfect - How to prepare for the Judges?
Hosted By
8AM | CGS 129

Hosted by TechTogether Organizer Kala Campbell!

In this workshop we will review the key points you will want to make with the judges. We will review how to present an idea that “failed” and how to turn that around into a positive example of what you learned.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
food
Breakfast
8:00AM - 10:00 PM | Catering Area

Grab some continental breakfast to refuel after hacking all night!

9AM

End of Hacking!
9AM

The end of hacking! No more changes to your code after this.

Pitch Perfect - Nail Your Elevator Pitch
Hosted By
9AM | Agganis Arena (by Video Room)

Hosted by TechTogether Organizer Kala Campbell!

In this workshop we will focus on 1-1 run throughs of your “30 second elevator pitch.”

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
10AM

Judging Period
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Main Hacking Space

Teams will set up their project at a table in the main hacking space. Judges will walk around, and each team will have 5 minutes to demo. There will be 3 judges per project.

After your demo, please tell your judge what your Devpost ID is and which challenges you are applying for.

12PM

food
Lunch
12:00PM - 2:00 PM | Catering Area

Dominos Pizza will be served!

Hacker Chill Period
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Main Hacking Space

Feel free to grab lunch, relax, look at your friends hacks, and (or) take a nap while the Tech team tallies together the results from the judging period!

1PM

Closing Ceremony!
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Main Hacking Space

The TechTogether Boston team and sponsors will announce the winners of the challenges, and share some closing remarks.

3PM

Buses Leave Boston
3:00 PM

The buses to New York City, Princeton NJ, and UMass will leave at 3PM sharp! They will be waiting by the entrance of Agganis -- make sure to get to the bus area by 2:45PM.

8AM

Pitch Perfect - How to prepare for the Judges?
Hosted By
8AM | CGS 129

Hosted by TechTogether Organizer Kala Campbell!

In this workshop we will review the key points you will want to make with the judges. We will review how to present an idea that “failed” and how to turn that around into a positive example of what you learned.

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
food
Breakfast
8:00AM - 10:00 PM | Catering Area

Grab some continental breakfast to refuel after hacking all night!

9AM

End of Hacking!
9AM

The end of hacking! No more changes to your code after this.

Pitch Perfect - Nail Your Elevator Pitch
Hosted By
9AM | Agganis Arena (near Video Room)

Hosted by TechTogether Organizer Kala Campbell!

In this workshop we will focus on 1-1 run throughs of your “30 second elevator pitch.”

beginner-friendly
Beginner Friendly Event
10AM

Judging Period
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Main Hacking Space

Teams will set up their project at a table in the main hacking space. Judges will walk around, and each team will have 5 minutes to demo. There will be 3 judges per project.

After your demo, please tell your judge what your Devpost ID is and which challenges you are applying for.

12PM

food
Lunch
12:00PM - 2:00 PM | Catering Area

Dominos Pizza will be served!

Hacker Chill Period
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Main Hacking Space

Feel free to grab lunch, relax, look at your friends hacks, and (or) take a nap while the Tech team tallies together the results from the judging period!

1PM

Closing Ceremony!
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Main Hacking Space

The TechTogether Boston team and sponsors will announce the winners of the challenges, and share some closing remarks.

3PM

Buses Leave Boston
3:00 PM

The buses to New York City, Princeton NJ, and UMass will leave at 3PM sharp! They will be waiting by the entrance of Agganis -- make sure to get to the bus area by 2:45PM.