Top 10 Tech Talks from ELEVATE 2022 Conference

March 8, 2022

Our 5th annual ELEVATE Conference sessions are online! Watch the conference talks on our YouTube playlist. Scroll through the speaker highlights below as we’ve re-watched, conducted attendee surveys, and found you the BEST sessions to watch from Elevate 2022!

We’ve compiled the best of 2022 Tech Talks, from NEW TECHNOLOGY (and the latest startups), to tactical advice for ENGINEERING LEADERS – both individual contributors and managers!

#1 – Michelle Yi, Senior Director of Applied AI at RelationalAI, talks about why knowledge is the future of data. Harnessing knowledge and data together leads teams to faster modeling and insights. In this session, she demos relational knowledge graphs.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the RelationalAI session on knowledge graphs.
RelationalAI is hiring!

#2 – Julie Choi, Chief Growth Officer at MosaicML, in conversation with Laura Florescu, AI Researcher at MosaicML, about their unique career paths to machine learning. Laura is working on accelerating neural network training with research in natural language processing and computer vision, combining multiple algorithms to train models faster. Check out the Composer open source ML library on GitHub.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the MosaicML session on accelerating machine learning.
MosaicML is hiring!

#3 – Izzy Clemenson, Senior Staff Engineer at Slack, talks about leading and launching a product as a IC, along with Tracy Stampfli, Principal Engineer at Slack. The engineers talk about large projects they led at Slack, tips for getting stake-holder buy-in, and metrics.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the Slack session on leading a project as an engineer.
Slack is hiring!

#4 – Melissa Andrews, Sales Engineering Manager at Splunk, talks about Sales Engineering (SE) as a career for mid-career women with a curiosity for tech. She talks about the confusing set of job titles SEs can have, the skills and activities for the role, and how to get started!

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the Splunk session on how to start a Sales Engineer career.
Splunk is hiring!

#5 – Maria Lucena and Divya Mahajan, Directors of Architecture at Fidelity Investments, discuss AWS, GraphQL, with Apollo: Vue.JS delivering enterprise grade-applications. They review the architecture for a project, explaining the decision-making process behind the tech stack.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the Fidelity session on AWS, GraphQL, with Apollo, Vue.JS.

#6 – Ashu Ravichander, Principal Product Manager at Workday, builds resiliency into her professional life to successfully navigate the ups and downs of a mood disorder. She lays out tried-and-true toolkits, playbooks, and best practices for setting herself for success on bad mental health days to bring her best self to work, every day she needs to.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the session on navigating bad mental health days in the workspace.

#7 – Ali Littman, Director of Engineering at Modern Health, shares scaffolding for getting promoted. She lays out alignment with manager, understanding the career path at your company, having a growth plan, asking for regular feedback, and effectively sharing your achievements across all levels (manager, department, and company).

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the session on how to get the promotion you deserve.

#8 – Jen-Mei Wu, Community Organizer and Founder, balances healthy skepticism with her excitement for the web3 opportunity to address financial inequity. She reveals different ways to make a difference with a small and mighty entrepreneurial team (e.g. decentralized finance helping fund non-profits, dealing with carbon).

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the session on economic justice and cryptocurrencies/web3.

#9 – Arquay Harris, VP of Engineering at Webflow, asks how do you know what is the โ€œrightโ€ decision? Which actions are easily reversible and which cause irreparable harm? Perfect is not the goal.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the session on decision-making at scale.

#10 – Mina Hsiang, Administrator at the United States Digital Service, and Clare Martorana, Federal CIO, discuss the challenges of government tech, and how they are building a team transforming government services for millions by putting people at the center of everything they do.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Watch the USDS session on tech as a team sport.
Apply to the USDS!

Check out the top 10 ways our speakers spoke about interrupting bias (this year’s #IWD2022 theme) and blazing a new path forward. ๐Ÿ†

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