General Sessions

Keynote: Embracing Constant Change


11:00am - 12:00pm

Level: Everyone

Jasmine Greenaway

Cloud Developer Advocate


Today, the speed at which new technologies, libraries, and ideas are introduced and readily available for consumption is increasing. Innovation is all around us and its velocity can make keeping up with it a challenge. It can feel overwhelming when you’ve been focused on the scope and problems of your day to day development environment.

Believe it or not, we’ve been through this before: when we learned how to code we started from nothing; depending on how long ago that experience was, we most likely don’t remember just how hard it was. Although we have changed in our personal and professional lives since the first time we put our code into production, that fervent learner is still inside all of us. We owe it to ourselves to support the curiosity we all have for the new and/or improved. But how do you find what excites you? Where do you even start?

This talk will explore ways to manage the process of learning and trying new technologies. We’ll do this by talking about why you’d want to keep learning, strategies on how to get started and stay consistent, and finally look at a few interesting technologies to inspire you. This talk is meant to encourage developers to understand that while learning something new can be intimidating, it is an investment in themselves.