Angela Schoellig, Assistant Professor in Robotics, University of Toronto
Topic: Machine Learning for Robotics
Despite the rapid progress of robotics hardware over the last decade, the majority of robots are still deployed in extremely predictable environments. In order for robots to operate in increasingly unstructured and human-centered environments, we must develop the machine learning algorithms that enable them to adapt to unknown situations. I will show how machine learning can enhance the capabilities of self-flying and –driving vehicles, what the challenges are when developing learning algorithms for robots, and how machine learning may pave the way for new robot applications.
Ania Halliop, Director of Engineering, Freshbooks
Topic: Scaling Engineering Talent
In a competitive market, your most valuable hires are often those already in the building. But keeping them there is harder than it looks. Free lunches and perks are great, but investing in your engineers’ careers is even more effective. As your company grows, you need to ensure your engineers' careers grow with it. In this session, we’ll share learnings from our recent overhaul of our engineering career ladder so that you can create a flexible yet structured career ladder that will attract and retain top talent.
Ideshini Naidoo, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Wave
Topic: The Journey From Functional Applications to Intelligent Software
The world is going through an evolutionary leap based on AI. Every industry is affected. As a tech company, not born an AI native, making the transition to intelligent software is a necessity to remain relevant. There are some key steps that are crucial to making this transformation successfully. Let's discuss!
Karney Li, VP of Engineering and Site-Lead, Instacart North
Topic: Identifying Waste in Agile
There are a few different methodologies for implementing Agile. Lean Software Development is built around the central idea of waste reduction and continuous improvement. This talk will dive into how delivery speed and quality can be improved by identifying and eliminating types of waste.
Margaret Syms, Senior Security Engineering Manager, Shopify
Topic: Scaling Security and Compliance Without Slowing Down
Building security and compliance programs is a difficult task! There are many demands placed on security teams to meet internal requirements, customer expectations, compliance obligations and constantly evolving security threats. This task becomes even more challenging when attempting to implement these programs in a startup and high growth environment. This doesn’t have to be the case! In this talk, I’ll share some practical advice on how to build and scale security and compliance programs in a startup culture.