Andreae Pohlman, Microsoft

So you want to be technical? Lets build a virtual lab!

Bringing your laptop will be optimal for getting the maximum benefits out of this session.

Andreae PohlmanThis workshop will cover the steps and tools needed to get hands-on basic technical skills. We will learn about virtualization and cloud environments and how to leverage these environments into making your own virtual playground. This workshop will cover what you need to build your own virtual lab and will give you the understanding of what most organizations have built in their network.


Andreae Pohlman is a Microsoft IT Consultant (read more about her in the Microsoft Jobs blog Microsoft hires military veterans). She got her start serving as a system administrator in the United States Air Force. Since then, she has held several local and federal government IT positions. She holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from The George Washington University’s School of Business.


Andreae is a member of several professional communities such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Womens Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) and loves STEM outreach volunteering (see Annual Cool Careers for Cyber Security for Girls Workshop shown in the middle picture teaching girls about steganography). She tries to reach out to students, including young women about careers in IT and her experience at Microsoft, such as this feature “UW’s Women in Informatics (Winfo)and the Computer Science Guest Speakers via Skype initiative to help increase STEM career knowledge and excitement in students grades K-12. Andreae is also the co-Managing Director of the Girls in Tech DC Chapter nonprofit organization.


Sarah Withee, Commerce Bank

Intro to Hacking With the Raspberry Pi


Sarah WitheeYouve heard lots of hype about the Raspberry Pi, the credit-card sized computer available for under $40. This talk will introduce some of the Pis features, explore some sample projects you can create, and show you how to write code to control hardware through its IO pins. After this talk you will be ready to make your own cool hacking projects with the Pi.


Sarah recently started as a software developer at Commerce Bank. She just completed her computer science degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


While at UMKC, Sarah gained three years of experience writing artificial intelligence code for the UMKC Robotics Team, was a member of the UMKC Programming Competition Team, and was the president of UPE (the CS/IT honor society). She also taught an Intro to Programming 2 (C++) course, and a Intro to Programming 2 lab course while working towards her undergraduate degree.


Sarah is currently a mentor for a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team and has previously mentored two FIRST LEGO League robotics teams, all whom have won numerous awards, including a top award at the FLL world competition.


In her free time Sarah enjoys hacking on various projects (including the Raspberry Pi!). She has participated in three hackathons, including one in which her team won the Best Mobile App award.


Sarah is also committed to supporting women in computer science. She is currently planning the curriculum for a Girls Who Code after school program at a high school. She is alson on the planning committee for the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas Women in Computing conference. She has also been a mentor for the Tech sHeroes program for middle schoolers, and a member and conference planner for the Society of Women Engineers.

Dr. Michael Rogers, Northwest Missouri State University

A Swift Introduction to Swift


In June of 2015, Apple surprised and delighted the entire development community by announcing a new programming language, Swift, to supplant Objective-C as the language of choice for iOS and OS X development. In this fast-paced presentation, we will outline the key features that make Swift so popular, and provide a brief demo of how Swift is used in iOS development.


Dr. Michael Rogers is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems at Northwest Missouri State University, where he teaches an assortment of Computer Science courses, including Mobile Computing on both Android and iOS platforms. He has published two apps in The App Store, with a third on the way!