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The 5th CTO Colloquium: San Diego 3/27/19

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In partnership with Sapiens Data Science and Kanani Breckenridge of Kismet Search, on 3/27/2019, in San Diego, CA, 7CTOs presents:

Fabio Traversa
Steve Griset
Kuan-Fu Ding

will address the CTO Colloquium with presentations on: 

Computation in the 21st Century

Integrating Clinical Metadata and Genomics to Help Individuals Measure, Protect, and Improve Their Health at the Speed of Science

Machine Learning in Computer Vision

Agenda

  • 5:30pm to 6pm – Arrival Food & Drinks
  • 6:00 to 6:30 pm – Fabio Traversa
  • 6:30 to 7:oo pm – Steve Griset
  • 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Kuan-Fu Ding
  • 8pm Adjourn to closest Pub

On Computation in the 21st Century: Since the EDVAC realized by Von Neumann in 1947, computing architectures have evolved tremendously opening new horizons to both technology and economic advancement. The well established use of transistors and the shrinking of their channel size following Moore’s law for decades, has reached its limit and now we are entering in the “More than Moore” age.

The applications of computing vary from consumers to large corporations, from gaming to data centers and the need for computational resources represents an exponentially growing market. In this picture available architectures, such as CPUs, GPUs, ARM, etc. are sufficient for much of the computing needs of mobile phones and tablets as well as PCs and cloud computing. However, modern computing systems are already falling short when it comes to a growing number of computing needs.
This is only going to get worse unless new computing concepts are developed that represent a radical advancement in computing performance.  Large corporations, academia and start ups, are proposing alternatives such as Quantum Computing, Neuromorphic Computing and MemComputing.  These new technologies promise to solve some of the most challenging problems we face today, such as autonomous vehicles, personalized medicine, financial services and Artificial Intelligence.

On Machine Learning in Computer Vision: Overview of machine learning as it is applied to computer vision. Talk will cover different machine learning model architectures and the trade offs between performance and accuracy. Followed by demonstrations of those architectures as they are applied to object classification and detection in computer vision. Lastly a brief discussion of hardware acceleration and demonstration

On Integrating Clinical Metadata and Genomics to Help Individuals Measure, Protect, and Improve Their Health at the Speed of Science: You will learn how to identify disparate data sources and methods for integration, new opportunities and challenges for model development and validation, and proof of concept: using genomics to improve health assessment.

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending future Colloquiums.

Please contact admin@7ctos.com to for more information or to RSVP for the event.

Sponsored by

Presenters

Fabio Traversa

Co-Founder & CTO, MemComputing

Steven Griset

Co-Founder & CTO, alwaysAI

Kuan-Fu Ding

CSO, Sapiens Data Science

Videos

The 3rd CTO Colloquium: Austin 1/16/2019

By | Austin, Meeting

On 1/16/2019, in Austin, TX:

Ken Cone
Mary Beth Westmoreland
Elijah Wood

will address the CTO Colloquium with presentations on:

“Lean for 7CTOs”
“Fail Brilliantly – a Cloud Transformation Story”
“Tools to help your engineering teams discuss the purpose of their work”

Agenda

  • 5:30pm to 6pm – Arrival Food & Drinks
  • 6:00 to 6:30 pm – Ken Cone
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm – Mary Beth Westmoreland
  • 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Elijah Wood
  • 8pm Adjourn to closest Pub

On Lean for 7CTOs: “The Lean Startup” has made Lean a common word among entrepreneurs. In this talk, Ken discusses the lean foundations that the Lean Startup is based on and how to apply these to your unique business.

On Fail Brilliantly – a Cloud Transformation Story: Mary Beth will share how learning from many failures propelled Blackbaud’s successful transformation to the cloud.

On Tools to help your engineering teams discuss the purpose of their work: The workshop will begin by exploring a method to clarify for individuals and a group what is important in their work. Together we can reveal when a compelling purpose is missing and avoid moving forward without clarity. Next, we will explore individual work, self-selection of ideas, and structured group conversations to make meetings more actionable. The attendees will identify a challenge to ideate on and vote as a group. Then, everyone will write down their ideas about a particular question or problem on sheets of paper for a few minutes; then, you have each participant pass their ideas on to someone else, who reads the ideas and adds new ideas. Finally, we will conclude with sharing the ideas and reflecting on the exercises of the workshop.

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending future Colloquiums.

Presenters

Ken Cone

CTO, Radeus Labs

Mary Beth Westmoreland

CTO, Blackbaud

Elijah Wood

Facilitator, Voltage Control

Videos

The 2nd CTO Colloquium: Portland 1/9/2019

By | Meeting, Portland

On 1/9/2019, in Portland, OR:

Dave Miller
Aaron Longwell
Oleg Pashigorev

will address the CTO Colloquium in 3 talks:

“Defect-Free Software”
“The Paradox of Evolutionary Architecture”
“Distributed Teams: benefits and drawbacks of running a fully remote international team.”

Agenda

  • 5:30pm to 6pm – Arrival Food & Drinks
  • 6:00 to 6:30 pm – Oleg Pashigorev
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm – David Miller
  • 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Aaron Longwell + Discussion
  • 8pm Adjourn to closest Pub

Summary

On Defect-Free Software: Web application development frameworks like Rails allow you spin up web apps quickly. You can hire fast and cheap, and build fast and cheap. Early stage startups usually prioritize speed over quality. Bugs are OK, you can fix them when they pop up or get reported. What if your startup is building back-end accounting software for banks where correctness is paramount? What changes would you make with your development approach?

On the Paradox of Evolutionary Architecture: Software systems and the teams that build them keep getting more complex. Our old approaches are no longer working. Waterfall, SOAP, Agile and REST are all “dead”. Folks are experimenting with ideas that seem more inspired by chaos than engineering. What gives? Are they right? We’ll explore the Serverless, Microservices, “Pizza” Teams and DevOps movements through the lens of patterns found in the natural world. We will conclude pondering a paradox of modern software: that the more successful systems appear to be less “designed” and less “engineered”.

On Leading Distributed Teams: Very often CEOs will come up with an idea to cut down their development cost 3-4 times by hiring an offshore dev team. “Upwork” or similar resources are utilized to try to find super star devs for cheap. We would usually come to a conclusion that they are not that much cheaper and decide to pull the plug on hiring offshore. Then all of a sudden, an offshore dev shop (1 or multiple) contacts us and promises to send us a senior developer(s) for $10 an hour ($15 if they ambitious). At first, we will ignore them, but eventually we will agree to try it out. A Few months into the work we can’t get a reliable build from them, as they can only work with their own in-house source control. Six months into it we are nearing the project deadline, AND after finally seeing the source code we think to ourselves OMG… it’s just unreadable. Somehow it works 80% of the time and we think to ourselves – let’s just have these senior devs fix the few bugs and we will rewrite it once it’s in production. A year into the project – still a few more bugs left and the team has been working for free for the last 3 months, but still can’t get the code into production. If we get lucky the product will hit production, but with a huge delay, but we all know what will happen in production. After all this time, we are forced to hire a very expensive US based dev shop to fix this nightmare – we come to the realization that the entire code has to be rewritten. After experiencing/hearing such stories – No wonder so many lose interest in remote teams, until… you hear a story that it actually worked!
In this talk I will share with you what it took to create a successful distributed development team. We will go over benefits and drawbacks as well as restrictions that we had to put in order to work with people from countries that are at WAR. We will also discuss specifics in the hiring process and practices that help us create the culture we all desperately seek and want.

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending future Colloquiums.

Presenters

David Miller

Sr. Software Engineer

Aaron Longwell

CTO, CultureFoundry

Oleg Pashigorev

CTO, Promomash

Videos

The 1st CTO Colloquium: San Diego 12/19/2018

By | Meeting

Date: 12/19/2018

Location: San Diego, CA

With PhDs in Psychology and the author of Driven

Dr. Doug Brackmann

will present to the CTO Colloquium:

Meditation as a practice in service to your Engineering Team

Agenda

  • 6:00 to 6:30 pm – Food & Drinks
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm – Presentation by Dr. Doug Brackmann
  • 7:00 to 7:30 pm – Discussion/Q&A
  • 7:30 to 8:00 pm – Drinks & Conversation

Summary
CTOs are the brains behind their companies and the faces of their technologies. They are in charge of all technology decisions and it’s easy to see how this can become overwhelming and stressful. Spend an evening with Dr. Doug and fellow CTOs in San Diego and learn how meditation:

  • improves cognitive processes
  • improves restful sleep and energy levels
  • teaches you to maintain a positive mindset
  • fosters discipline
  • supports healthy reactions to challenges

This event is invite-only and exclusive to Chief Technology Officers.  Please contact us if you’re interested in attending future Colloquiums.