DC Startup Week 2020 DC Startup Week 2020

Developer Track

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

- EDT
Lunch & Learn: How to Manage Your Product Team*
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Neil Shah
Neil Shah
ThinkNimble, CEO
William Huster
William Huster
CTO, ThinkNimble

Millions of dollars are wasted annually by companies who aren't taking a strategic approach to building technology and managing their product team well. By applying a systematic approach to building your technology, you can ensure you're applying the right pressure at the right time to meet your business goals. Join us and learn more about the agile process ThinkNimble, a software development agency focused on helping entrepreneurs succeed, has developed that has helped dozens of startup clients build technology in a smart, sustainable way.

*ASL interpreting is being provided by Jeenie mobile video interpreting

- EDT
So You Want to Build a Mobile App?
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Aaron Saunders
Aaron Saunders
Inclusive Innovation Incubator (IN3), CEO

We will discuss what has changed in the web and mobile development ecosystem and what we have learned working in the space for the last 10 years, focused on building solutions for large clients like NMAAHC, Red Cross, NAACP Image Awards, Queens Public Library and DC Health Link and working with smaller entrepreneurs with limited access to capital to get an initial Minimal Viable Product or Functional Prototype to demo to raise additional funds.

The event will focus on an overview of mobile development approaches for building your "Minimal Viable Product" (MVP).


Topics Covered:

  • Why Go Mobile First
  • Mobile Development Options
  • PWA, Web, Hybrid, Native (pros/cons of each)
  • Backend As A Service
  • But I need to scale
  • Overview of options

Friday, September 18, 2020

- EDT
The Art of the Possible: A New Story for Data
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Robbie Fraleigh
Robbie Fraleigh
The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory, Assistant Research Professor

In the universe of possibility, you set the context and let life unfold.”
― Rosamund Stone Zander, The Art of Possibility

Every client has that moment in them, the thing that lets you know that what you made was what they wanted and needed, the moment they light up and say, “Yes, this is it.” And it’s the dream for anyone at the intersection of tech development and client services. Because when our clients experience that moment of possibility with a clear ROI, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t made the shiniest new toy on the market. They will move heaven and earth to keep working with you.

But the road to possibility can have many distractions. As data scientists, UX designers, product developers, project managers, software engineers, etc. we live between what we know how to do, what our clients say they want, and what our clients actually want. We’re translators as much as programmers, getting from client needs to technical solutions.

The trick, the goal, the plan, to find pathways that let your clients experience POSSIBILITY.

In this talk, we’ll look at a new lens for tech and clients that increases the effectiveness of what we make for our people.