Chris Ward

Android Engineering Manager, Nord Security

Talk Title

War in Ukraine – How Can Devs Help?

Room

Lovelace

Date

08.07.2022

Time

11:20 > 00 min

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Technology is being used in many ways to help drive aid into Ukraine, to help fight Russian aggression and support refugees who need housing, medical help, employment and more. This panel will look at some of the current solutions and look at where we as a community can fill the gaps. What are the most urgent needs and what can we do to help? What apps would be useful to develop? How can we support Ukrainian devs who have lost jobs and homes? How can we drive fundraising and support for Ukraine within the apps that we are already developing?

Talk Title

Green Tech Development & Social Responsibility

Room

Lovelace

Date

08.07.2022

Time

10:10 > 00 min

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Developing “green” software is a skill that will rapidly become an imperative in order to help achieve the ambition of climate neutrality. Beyond developing energy-efficient software and optimizing device performance, Android devs can reach over Android over 2.5 billion active users spanning more than 190 countries worldwide. This reach gives our community an unparalleled opportunity to develop apps that help drive climate neutrality and drive social change on a global scale. - How can we develop more sustainable software? - What skills do we need to learn to develop “green”software? - What apps can we develop to drive more social change and initiative to combat climate change? - How can we promote more investment in climate action projects? - What tech-solutions can we develop to help meet climate-change goals?

Talk Title

Concurrency for Imposters

Room

Booth

Date

06.07.2022

Time

14:30 > 40 min

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Do you find concurrency hard, but don't want to admit it because people might think you're a "rubbish developer"? Guess what, there are more like you than you think. Chris is one of them, and after forcing his ADHD-addled brain to overcome his concurrency gremlins, he wants to change the way it's taught. So come to this safe-space session, and let's explore coroutines with octopuses.

Speaker Bio

Chris started coding life as a full-stack developer and moved between all sorts of weird and wonderful disciplines and industries before he settled on Android. In addition to coding life, he’s been an elected official in the UK, had a key role in legalising same-sex marriage in the UK through his LobbyALord app, and has addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on atrocities against LGBT+ people abroad. Diagnosed with depression, anxiety and ADHD, he taglines himself as Very Mentally Ill(TM) and writes/speaks about his experience of being diagnosed very late in life and how he deals with the unique challenges ADHD brings to an individual working in tech.

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