Ahava Leibtag

Aha Media Group, LLC
Ahava Leibtag, Aha Media Group, LLC

Ahava is passionate about content and prides herself on tackling the toughest content projects—from healthcare to higher education to hip-hop (seriously). She has more than 15 years of experience in writing, messaging, and marketing, and is a well-recognized content expert. Her first book, The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web was published by Morgan Kaufmann in November 2013.

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Erica Raleigh

Data Driven Detroit
Erica Raleigh, Data Driven Detroit

Erica Raleigh is the Executive Director of Data Driven Detroit, a social enterprise whose mission is to provide accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making. After a decade of experience working in Detroit’s community development ecosystem, Erica still believes strongly in the power of data to ensure the efficacy of programs that improve quality of life. She has her Masters in Urban Planning from Wayne State University and is a published author in the Journal of Urban Affairs.

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Peter Shikli

Access2online
Peter Shikli, Access2online

A UCLA engineer with an MBA, Peter Shikli has over 30 years in software development, high-tech business formation, and project management. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, a Registered Professional Engineer, accredited college instructor, guest lecturer, has published over 40 articles & books, and is a Trusted Tester for website accessibility certified by the Office of Accessibility Systems & Technology. As the CEO of Bizware Online Applications Inc, Mr. Shikli has managed over 500 website design projects since 1996.

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Accessibility on a Budget

Developing a task-based accessibility audit workflow instead of a large, fixed-price RFP for increased control and reduced cost. More importantly, the presentation will show how to use this approach to manage accessibility as a process rather than a destination.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. How to break out the task of identifying the "substantial" part of a large legacy website for accessibility auditing.
  2. Breaking out the accessibility audit targeting your CMS vendor and encouraging compliance at their cost.
  3. Focusing the staff accessibility training to just the website contributions involved.

Conference event time: 

  • 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Venue: 

  • Ft. Pitt (Bridges)

Reed Duecy-Gibbs

NextRequest
Reed Duecy-Gibbs, NextRequest

Reed is the Chief Operating Officer and leads product design and business development for NextRequest. He focuses on making applications that are simple, beautiful, and easy to use. Prior to NextRequest, Reed was a fellow with Code for America and before that he was a Fulbright Scholar working on projects to make urban development information more accesible in Istanbul. Reed holds a Masters degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Colorado College

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Public Records: Balancing Government Transparency and Individual Privacy

The arrival of the internet and the increased ease of access for government records moved the debate around transparency away from concerns about secrecy and has in recent years seen a notable trend towards issues of privacy and security. We'll dive into how transparency has changed in the last 20 years and how governments can balance transparency with security. 

Three Key Takeaways

  1. A thorough look into how new technologies (ie, blockchain) are addressing privacy and security and what that means to government agencies at every level.
  2. Ideas on how your agency can put measures in place to keep information secure while at the same time publicly available.
  3. Real-world examples of how are addressing transparency and privacy issues right now. 

Conference event time: 

  • 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Venue: 

  • Smithfield (Bridges)

Conrad Gonzales

Boulder County, CO
Conrad Gonzales, Boulder County, CO

Conrad Gonzales has worked in technology for over 20 years, having held the position of Application Development Manager for the County of Boulder since 2011. Prior to this, his has experience in Application Development in a variety of languages and platforms. Conrad holds a Business Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Trish Hughes

Boulder County, CO
Trish Huges, Boulder County, CO

Trish Hughes has worked in technology for over 20 years, having held the position of Senior Webmaster for the County of Boulder since 2014. Prior to this, she has experience in Application Support, Application Development, Service Desk, and Security. Trish holds a M.S. in Computer Information Technology and Security from Regis University, Executive Master in Organizational Leadership from University of Notre Dame, and Certified Information Security Manager.

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Developing a Cloud Warrior

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The Web Professional will soon be called Cloud Warrior. Why? Because getting up into the cloud is a tough climb but once there the benefits include full view of all services, code flexibility, cost savings, reliability, scalability, and security. Moving our government website from SharePoint 2007 to Lamp Stack WordPress website hosted on AWS came many new challenges. Our success was acknowledging those challenges immediately, agreeing as a team on the process to meet those challenges, and taking time to find the best vendor partnership to help us achieve our goal. It was an exciting and successful project and we would love to share our story.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Acknowledging challenges immediately as a group
  2. Agreeing as a team on the process to meet those challenges
  3. Taking time to find the best vendor partnership to help us achieve our goal

Conference event time: 

  • 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Venue: 

  • Birmingham (Bridges)

Web Security - How to Protect Your Site Online

As hacking evolves, creating and maintaining a secure site becomes more challenging. In this session, we will use hands-on demos show you how hackers exploit vulnerabilities on a website. We’ll explore how to holistically approach web security as you build and maintain your website including what HTTPS does and doesn’t do on your site. Finally, we’ll explore some ways you can protect your site now and in the future.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Treat web security as important as SEO when building your website
  2. Enabling HTTPS is not the same as website security, but it’s important for protecting your users
  3. Protecting your website takes work, but there a few simple steps you can start with

Conference event time: 

  • 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Venue: 

  • Sterlings 1/2/3

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