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Friday, March 7 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Online Learning & Maybe the End of Professionalism

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Online learning has been around long enough that the effects on the workplace are starting to become clear. Anyone with patience and an internet connection can advance their career and skill set. For developers, web forums can also quantify the skills of new coders, and now people can prove their worth without a degree. The trend benefits people looking to break into coding, either as a lateral move within a company or as completely self-taught individuals. For mid-career coders, there’s a danger in not keeping up; institutional memory can seem empty compared with objective skills. For employers, it’s tempting to build a team based completely on coding scores – self-taught savants cost less to hire than people with more traditional backgrounds. Still, every team needs someone who knows how to make a presentation, who can look a client in the eye, and owns more than one business suit. This panel will examine the new balance between professionalism and raw talent

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Nik Abraham

Head of Bus DevCodeacademyNik currently manages BD, partnerships, and growth at Codecademy, the easiest way to learn to code online. Prior to Codecademy, he worked at Boston Consulting Group providing strategic advice to Fortune 500 companies, and founded an edtech startup funded... Read More →
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Luca Bonmassar

CTOGild IncLuca Bonmassar is Gild’s Co-founder and Chief Product and Technology Officer, overseeing product vision and development for the company. Luca is a serial entrepreneur with a strong technical background and excellent track record of founding profitable startups. Before... Read More →
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Jeff Diana

CPOAtlassianJeff is a seasoned executive with more than 15 years of experience in the human resources (HR) field. Prior to joining Atlassian in 2012, Jeff was CPO at SuccessFactors, an SAP company, where he built the company's HR function from scratch, led a series of key initiatives... Read More →
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Vivienne Ming

Chief ScientistGild/Socos LLC/UC BerkeleyDr. Vivienne Ming, named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She is chief scientist at Gild, an innovative startup that applies machine learning to predict... Read More →

Friday March 7, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Ballroom

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