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!!Con 2018

May 12-13, 2018 in NYC

The joy, excitement, and surprise of computing

Conference program

Jump directly to the Saturday or Sunday program!

Coffee, tea, water, and light breakfast will be available both days. We will not be serving lunch. Instead, we have a 90-minute lunch break each day, so you have time to go out and try some of the myriad food options in the neighborhood (or bring food and enjoy it at our venue).


Saturday, May 12

Time Event
9:00am Space opens (please don’t arrive before nine!)
9:00-10:25am Registration; refreshments; mingling
10:25-11:10am • Opening remarks
• Keynote talk: Mimi Onuoha
11:10-11:25am Break!
11:25am-12:10pm Session the First:
Telling stories with traceroute! (Karla Burnett)
Tales of ⌧! Can You Tell Your Story When Your Character Is Undefined?! (Persa Zula)
Turning Google Earth into SimCity 2000! (From Light to Pixels to Impossible Perspectives!) (Logan Williams)
We built a map to aggregate real-time flood data in under two days! (Aruna Sankaranarayanan)
12:10-1:40pm Break for lunch (on your own)
1:40-2:25pm Session the Second:
Moving towards dialogue: collaborating with your computer using typed holes! (Vaibhav Sagar)
Compressing the Library of Babel! (David Turner)
It’s super effective! Solving Pokemon Blue with a single, huge regular expression (Alex Clemmer)
Transform live video streams with code and a REPL!! (Mark Wunsch)
2:25-2:40pm Break!
2:40-3:25pm Session the Third:
Creating an Arabic Programming Language! (Ahmed Abdalla)
Evil Twins and the Secret Lives of Linkers! (Josh Bowman-Matthews)
Satellites are talking to us! Let’s hear them out! (Ed Medvedev)
The joys of PICO-8 token crunching!! Or: what I learned about programming from being restricted on every side! (Ayla Myers)
3:25-4:25pm Unconferencing!
4:25-5:00pm Session the Fourth:
If you could solve this word tile puzzle, you could solve the halting problem! (Too bad you can’t!) (Kamal Marhubi)
UX for Cats and Dogs! (Joel Potischman)
So THAT’S how my phone knows where I am! (Mike Lazer-Walker)
5:00 Wrap for the day (dinner, etc., on your own)

Sunday, May 13

Time Event
9:00am Space opens (please don’t arrive before nine!)
9:00-10:25am Registration (for anyone who didn’t register Saturday); refreshments; mingling
10:25-11:00am • Opening remarks
• Keynote talk: Build skills through hobbies! Bring them to work! (Liz Fong-Jones)
11:00-11:15am Break!
11:15am-noon Session the Fifth:
Relativistic Software Calendars: It’s About Time! (John Feminella)
Undo all the things! (Tom Ballinger)
Estimating the Value of Pi with a Dartboard and (Not so Much) Luck! (Stephen Tu)
Ray-tracing and special relativity: Rendering objects near the speed of light! (Lucy Zhang)
Noon-1:30pm Break for lunch (on your own)
1:30-2:15pm Session the Sixth:
Talking to my past self (without introducing temporal paradoxes!) (Andrew Louis)
Four fake filesystems! (Omar Rizwan)
Using Postgres to \watch Star Wars! (Will Leinweber)
If at first you don’t succeed at beating HQ Trivia, try cheating!! (Hung Truong)
2:15-2:30pm Break!
2:30-3:15pm Session the Seventh:
The Man Comes Around: and so does his sound! (Vince Allen)
Step by Step: Algorithms that teach you math! (Evy Kassirer)
Whoa, pictures! A visual history of visual programming languages! (Emily Nakashima)
Fast, but not too fast! What 17th-century windmills can teach us about database migrations (Wander Hillen)
3:15-4:15pm Unconferencing!
4:15-4:50pm Session the Eighth:
The itty, bitty, tiny bytes that make up a Pokemon! (Jan Mitsuko Cash)
How (and why) your CPU re-orders instructions! (Dan Luu) (Note: unfortunately, this speaker had to cancel their talk)
Pseudofractals! Accidental aesthetics where math meets pixels (Jes Wolfe!)
4:50pm Thanks and closing remarks (dinner, etc., on your own)