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Wednesday, June 19

11:00am EDT

KEYNOTE: Meetup -- The Four Components of High Performing Teams
Do you have a great team & a great mission but don't understand why the pace of delivery is so slow? Architecture & tech stack is only one part of the story.
I believe high performing teams need four things to be effective:
Mastery - The skills & knowledge needed to do a great job, and a clear path to get to the next level.
Autonomy - The space to figure out their own solution to a problem & how they want to work
Purpose - A clear sense of direction, and the knowledge of how what they’re working on fits into the big picture & helps their team succeed.
Safety - A team that is afraid won’t take risks or experiment, a team that is afraid of finger-pointing won’t learn from mistakes.
In this talk I’ll explain why those four things are key to teams being successful and give examples of how I’ve turned teams around by fixing the lack of one or more of them. Attendees will leave with practical examples of how to diagnose & change their teams.

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Lisa van Gelder

VP, Engineering, Meetup
Lisa has been in software for over 18 years, working in a wide range of companies from early stage startups to large media companies like the BBC & the Guardian newspaper. She used to debug code, now she debugs teams for a living. Lisa is currently VP, Engineering at Meetup. She is... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Main Stage
Thursday, June 20

10:30am EDT

KEYNOTE: Foursquare -- Why You Need a Phone’s-Eye-View of the World
In the near future, a digital twin of the world will exist via new technologies, and Foursquare will be there to help developers power it with our phone’s eye view of millions of places. It’s the magic of Pilgrim—our proprietary tech with industry-leading precision and stop detection—that makes all of this possible. The engineers who understand how to use it will have a leg up bridging the gap between location data and understanding of the real world. In its 10 years, Foursquare has always been thinking about the future of location-based and contextual-aware services, and working to invent the pieces of this future that didn’t yet exist. In his first Developer Week session, Foursquare SVP of Engineering Matt Kamen will raise the curtains behind how Foursquare solved the most complex problems inherent in location technology -- like understanding where a phone is in a multi-level, multi-purpose building (ie. shopping malls), as one example. Today, Pilgrim SDK helps developers understand how mobile phones see the world—quietly, efficiently, no action required. Foursquare has evolved from a search and discovery explorer app into something much bigger: the first independent location technology platform. Kamen will unpack the lessons learned along the way, via the creation and commercialization of Pilgrim and our belief that it can help developers create the next generation of contextually-aware services. Kamen’s talk will include: an inside look into how we built our proprietary Snap-to-Place machine learning technology that helps accurately “snap” visits to identifiable venues; our approach to privacy by design; our methodology to separate good data from bad; and a look into the new building blocks Foursquare is inventing to help developers create the future.

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Matt Kamen

Senior Vice President, Engineering, Foursquare
As SVP of engineering, Matt leads Foursquare's industry-leading engineering practice and oversees the tech behind our pioneering products, from the consumer apps to our booming enterprise offerings: Pinpoint, Attribution, Foursquare Analytics, Places API, Pilgrim SDK, and all of our... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Main Stage