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Engineering Manager, Twitter
Sep 25, 2017

Droidcon NYC 2017 – Getting to 100% Kotlin: A practical guide

A lot of teams are super excited by Kotlin and are ready to go all-in with it. But while exciting, it can also be stressful — learning a brand new language while converting old code and writing new features, all at the same time? How does a team get there as smoothly as possible? We’re here to help! At Basecamp we’ve worked hard to make our codebase 100% Kotlin over the course of the last year. We learned a lot and want to share a roadmap of how you can get there too. If you're just starting out with Kotlin but can already see its potential, this talk is for you. We’ll share our best overarching strategies and tips based on a year of real-world shipping — how to get started, how to keep moving forward, and pitfalls to keep an eye out for. No theory here, this is all based on our actual experiences getting to 100% Kotlin.
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Engineering Manager, Twitter
Aug 27, 2018

Droidcon NYC 2018 - Keynote: The future of our community is YOU

Every day each one of us turns to community contributions to help us become better developers — blog posts, open source projects, conference talks, podcasts, and so much more. Can you imagine if these resources didn’t exist?!

And while our community is strong today, it’s healthiest when it continues to grow from a broad set of interests, backgrounds and opinions. That diversity and knowledge to keep our community strong can only come from one place: YOU.

I’ll share my thoughts about how this community has helped me (and others) grow, why that’s so important, and ultimately why it’s crucial for all of us to contribute. I’ll discuss five (or so) areas, each with some high level tips to get you started, that we can all contribute to to keep our community strong and healthy.

You’ll leave this talk not just grateful for our wonderful community, but also inspired to get started on contributing back too!

The Android community has proven to be one of the most welcoming, friendly, helpful, generous groups I’ve ever encountered. Let’s keep it going!
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Engineering Manager, Twitter
Aug 27, 2019

Droidcon NYC 2019 – Calm is key A guide to a happier, more productive workplace

Many of today’s work environments are crazy — they run at a frenetic pace, full of interruptions and distractions. They leave us drained, overworked, and frustrated.

And yet we do our best work in the opposite environment — when we’re focused, clear headed, and have time to think. So let’s try to shift the balance by talking about a better, calmer way.

We’ll talk about a variety of ways we can all encourage greater calm at work. How do we maintain focus and prevent interruptions? What are some strategies to manage our time and responsibilities? What can we do both at work and home to keep me sharp mentally? And how do maintain real balance and boundaries between work and home?

By the end of the talk, I hope you’ll have some new ideas and inspiration to work toward a calmer, more productive work environment for you and your team.
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