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!!Con 2017

May 6-7, 2017 in NYC

The joy, excitement, and surprise of computing

Conference program

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Saturday, May 6

Time Event
9:15 Space opens; registration; refreshments; mingling
10:20-11:15 • Opening remarks
• Keynote talk: Cyborgs Unite! (Karen Sandler)
11:15-11:30 Break!
11:30-12:15 Session the First:
Serious programming with jq?! A practical and purely functional programming language! (Charles Chamberlain)
Finding Friends in High Dimensions: Locality-Sensitive Hashing For Fun and Friendliness! (Aaron Levin)
What alien invaders, birds, and computer simulations have in common: flocking!! (Jan Mitsuko Cash)
I wrote to a dead address in a deleted PDF and now I know where all the airplanes are!! (Jason McIntosh)
12:15-1:30 Break for lunch!
1:30-2:15 Session the Second:
Requiem for a nemesis! (Nick Sullivan)
Glk! A universal user interface! for interactive fiction! (Andrew Plotkin)
How do Keyboards Work? HIDing, in Plain Sight!! (Scott Vokes)
Making Mushrooms Glow! (Bomani McClendon)
2:15-2:30 Break!
2:30-3:15 Session the Third:
Why So Loud! Geeking Out on Airline Data, Physics and Mapping (Ewan Dennis)
Writing NES games! with assembly!! (Christian Joudrey)
The TOP 5 Queer Feminist Cyberpunk Manifestos! (Jean Cochrane)
Corruption in the Data Center! TCP can fail to keep your data safe! (Evan Jones)
3:15-4:15 Unconferencing!
4:15-4:50 Session the Fourth:
What the heck time is it?!? (Joel Potischman)
HDR photography in Microsoft Excel?! (Kevin Chen)
I got the computer to find words with good anagrams and throw away the boring ones!! (Mark Dominus)
4:50-5:00 Closing remarks
5:00 Wrap for the day (dinner, etc., on your own)

Sunday, May 7

Time Event
9:15 Space opens; registration (for anyone who didn’t already); refreshments; mingling
10:30-11:15 • Opening remarks
• Keynote talk: We Are What We Celebrate: The Joy, Excitement, and Surprise of Who is Making Things (Limor Fried)
11:15-11:30 Break!
11:30-12:15 Session the Fifth:
Synthesizing video and turning it into music! (Jes Wolfe!)
PUSH THE BUTTON! 🔴 Designing a fun game where the only input is a BIG RED BUTTON! 🔴 !!! (Mahtab Sabet)
Simulated Gravity Comes from Within!!! (Paul Frazee)
BEEP!! See AppleSoft BASIC and 6502 assembly language written on an actual Apple IIc from the 80s! Fresh on startup with no software installed! (Richard Harrington)
12:15-1:30 Break for lunch!
1:30-2:15 Session the Sixth:
Om! Nom! Nash! (David Turner)
It’s super effective! Solving Pokemon Blue with a single, huge regular expression! (Alex Clemmer)
The emoji that killed Chrome!! (Julian Squires)
Islamic Geometry: Hankin’s Polygons in Contact Algorithm!!! (Yomna Nasser)
2:15-2:30 Break!
2:30-3:15 Session the Seventh:
How Merkle trees enable the decentralized Web! (Tara Vancil)
Where Are All the Space Robots?! (Lisa Ballard)
Interpolation Search Can Be Fast, in Some Situations, Sometimes, If You Try! (Ruchir Khaitan)
No battery, no (watch) life!! (Michael Kwan)
3:15-4:15 Unconferencing!
4:15-4:50 Session the Eighth:
ENHANCE! Upscaling images with neural networks (Geoffrey Litt)
A punch card ate my program! (Walt Mankowski)
DHCP: IT’S MOSTLY YELLING!! (Mindy Preston)
4:50 Thanks and closing remarks