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AIM Heartland Developer Conference is the region’s best developer & designer conference covering the latest trends, techniques, technologies, and best practices in software design and development.

As a conference attendee you have access to all sessions (on Thursday and Friday) so you can plan your own custom itinerary. There is a separate fee of $50 for workshop sessions held on Wednesday, September 7.  

Schedule is subject to change.

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Wednesday, September 7

8:30am CDT

Introduction to Deep Learning with IBM Watson - Morning Workshop
What is the price of not knowing? Every day we generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, and 90% of the data in the world has been generated in the past two years alone. There are 7.3 billion people connected to the Internet around the world, creating 1.7 megabytes of data every minute. Unstructured data - dark data - accounts for 80% of all data generated today. Like dark matter, which cannot be seen, we know dark data exists by its impact (or lack thereof) on our industries.

This is the dawn of the cognitive era - an inflection point that occurs once about every 40 years - that lends itself to machine learning. In this workshop, join IBM Developer Advocate, Kevin Hoyt, and go hands on with IBM Watson. Learn about APIs such as text-to-speech, and speech-to-text, translation, image recognition, natural language processing (NLP), concept and personality insights, and more. Leave with a new toolkit to help you leverage deep learning, and to solve the problems your industry faces.


Watson pdf

Wednesday September 7, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Windsor IV
Thursday, September 8

10:15am CDT

Introducing Node-RED for Faster Development
If you have been programming long enough, you know that certain patterns emerge, and that work often gets wrapped in boilerplate code.  An example would be CRUD (create, read, update, delete) operations on a database, that you might expose via an API.  Sending an email or text message.  What if you could develop, design, and orchestrate business logic using visual tooling?

Node-RED is an open source visual tool for wiring together business logic, built on Node.js.  Expose API endpoints via drag-and-drop.  Consume APIs in the same way.  Access databases, email server, Watson cognitive services, Twitter feeds, and more in a browser-based tool that allows you to visual control the flow of logic.  IBM Developer Advocate, Kevin Hoyt, takes you on a tour of the tool that may just revolutionize how you work, with increased productivity, and faster time to market.


Thursday September 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am CDT
Windsor VIII-X

11:15am CDT

A Lap around ASP.NET Core 1.0!
Man, naming products is hard! But change is in the air for ASP.NET developers, as vNext ushers in a new era.

Let’s talk – .NET Core | ASP.NET Core 1.0 | Open Source | .NET Frameworks Changes| ASP.NET Runtimes | WebForms | MVC 6 | Cross-Platform Tooling | Omnisharp.NET | Homebrew | Yeoman | CLI with VS Code or Sublime Text | Docker.

Join me as we explore all that’s new & shiny. This is one of the best times to be an ASP.NET developer – let me show you why!

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Sam Basu


Thursday September 8, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
Dapper I-II

2:15pm CDT

How Responsive Design is Driving Behavior in Today's Mobile World.
The world is rapidly and exponentially shifting to mobile as their primary window to the digital world and all your content needs to be ready yesterday! This breakout session will look at best practices in the mobile space including UI/UX Design, Responsive Design, Mobile Strategy, Languages & Frameworks and more to get and keep you and your team on point in this new mobile age.

After creating internationally recognized digital media and development for clients large and small for over 15 years, Christopher will give industry insights into trends and practices to set you and your clients up for success in an increasingly mobile landscape. With real world examples and immediately actionable advice, this session should be invaluable for anyone entering the mobile space or trying to elevate their current presence.

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Christopher Kingsley

Speaker, Firespring

Thursday September 8, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Windsor I-II
Friday, September 9

11:15am CDT

Getting Started with Angular 2 and TypeScript
The web world has become increasingly more complex over the past few years. The demand for fast, fluid single page applications (or SPAs) has gone up, along with the seemingly endless number of frameworks used to build them. The most popular among them, Angular 1, took the SPA world by storm seven years ago. Since then, it's been adopted by many developers and firms looking to build rich, feature-fill applications for the web, mobile, and beyond.

Angular 2 looks to continue that trend with a library that is more performant, lighter, and easier to use. In this session, we'll learn about components, directives, services, and dependency injection, as well as the new Angular 2 syntax. We'll also learn about TypeScript, Microsoft's open source superset of JavaScript that enables fast, fluid, fun, and safe development. Learn about some of the features of TypeScript that enable us to rapidly develop and maintain Angular 2 applications with ease, including classes, decorators, and compile-time type checking.

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Spencer Schneidenbach

Platform Architect, Ryvit/Gadellnet
Spencer Schneidenbach is a web developer in the St. Louis area, focusing on JavaScript, AngularJS, C#, and ASP.NET. He currently works as the Platform Architect at Ryvit/Gadellnet, leading the technical decisions on the platform as well as mentoring other developers. While not at... Read More →

Friday September 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
Dapper I-II

1:15pm CDT

Responsive Web Design with ASP.NET Core 1.0
ASP.NET Core 1.0 is a new open-source and cross-platform framework for building modern Web applications using .NET. This session will share the lessons learned in converting an ecommerce site to be responsive a year ago, what would be done differently now, and the results from the last 9 months. You'll gain some useful responsive techniques, and learn how to create a responsive web site that works great on a variety of devices using this new framework, Bootstrap and Visual Studio 2015!

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Robert Boedigheimer

Principal Systems Developer, The Schwan Food Company
Robert Boedigheimer works for Schwans Shared Services, LLC providing business solutions with web technologies. Robert has been developing web sites for the past 25 years. He is a Microsoft MVP, a Progress Developer Expert (Fiddler), an ASPInsider, a Pluralsight author, and a 3rd... Read More →

Friday September 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Dapper I-II