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!!Con West 2019

the joy, excitement, and surprise of computing

Feb 23 - 24, 2019; Santa Cruz, CA

Conference program

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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Time Event
9:00am Space opens (please don’t arrive before nine!)
9:00 - 10:30am Registration; continental breakfast; mingling
10:30 - 11:10am Opening remarks and keynote talk: The Best Parts! Of My Favorite Things!  (Lynn Cyrin)
11:10 - 11:25am Break!
11:25am - 12:15pm First Session!
  • IMUs FTW!! Building IMU-based gesture recognition!  (Jennifer Wang)
  • EarthBound’s almost-Turing-complete text system!  (Alex Rasmussen)
  • /etc/services is made of people! (and also ports!)  (Breanne Boland)
  • “Wheels within whiles!” or possibly “Whiles within wheels!”  (Michael Albaugh)
12:15 - 1:25pm Lunch is served!
1:25 - 2:15pm Second Session!
  • Help! How do you let others know what’s going on when you’re 8000 feet up in the air in a plane without an engine?!  (Tobias Bieniek)
  • Let’s translate old video games! How do they even work?!  (Misty De Méo)
  • if … then … else had to be invented!  (Eric Fischer)
  • Keeping abandoned watches ticking!  (Katharine Berry)
2:15 - 2:35pm Break!
2:35 - 3:20pm Third Session!
3:20 - 4:15pm Unconferencing!
4:15 - 4:50pm Fourth Session!
4:50 - 5:00pm Closing remarks and wrap for the day (dinner, etc., on your own)

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Time Event
9:00am Space opens (please don’t arrive before nine!)
9:00 - 10:30am Registration (for anyone who didn’t register Saturday); continental breakfast; mingling
10:30 - 11:15am Opening remarks and keynote talk: Glitch Nuggets of Resistance!  (VJ Um Amel)
11:15 - 11:30am Break!
11:30am - 12:20pm Fifth Session!
  • Guiding a starship with noise! And blinking!  (Simon Porter)
  • The secret life of Not-a-Number!  (Annie Cherkaev)
  • Hacking Lego! Computer generated Lego instructions!  (Michael Knowles)
  • The world’s first racing-the-beam ray tracer on discarded FPGA hardware!!!  (Tom Verbeure)
12:20 - 1:50pm Lunch is served!
1:50 - 2:40pm Sixth Session!
2:40 - 3:00pm Break!
3:00 - 3:50pm Seventh Session!
3:50 - 4:10pm Break!
4:10 - 4:45pm Eighth Session!
  • Observability in the Kitchen: Improve Your Breadmaking Skills with Open-Source Monitoring!!  (Daisy Tsang)
  • Computers are fast! But how come they sometimes feel slow?  (Mike Lazer-Walker)
  • My, my, TTY!  (Tabitha Sable)
4:45 - 5:00pm Thanks, closing remarks, and end of conference