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THIS MONTH: Lightning talks!
Seeing Sound: Making Podcasts Accessible
Despite the growing popularity of podcasts as a form of media, they remain inaccessible to a large number of people. With the notable exception of a few networks (Radiotopia and NPR), most podcasts do not provide transcripts for their audience. The Podscript project aims to use a speech-to-text engine and crowdsourced moderation to provide transcripts for podcasts to people who would otherwise miss out on them.
Ben Kassman is a software developer at Alma Technologies with a passion for accessibility in tech. His research on speech-to-text engines with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT has been featured at accessibility conferences across the US.
Complexity and commonalities
Can we develop a heuristic to characterize the complexity that we encounter in technology and engineering teams, by drawing parallels from other engineering disciplines?
Caleb Hyde is a Systems Engineer by education, software developer by vocation. I've built platforms for data transport and analytics, participate in open source, and am an organizer and mentor in the STEM community. I like fat stacks and dumb pipes.
The impact of Serverless across the software development lifecycle
Diving into how Serverless can increase developer velocity, lower overhead, reduce cost, and give teams the ability to innovate faster.
Ryan is the Founder and Lead Developer at a Cloud Consulting company called, Serverless Guru. Serverless Guru migrates, optimizes, and builds applications from scratch on AWS and GCP. Ryan has been working as a Cloud Developer for the past couple of years. He started his career in the Innovation Engineering Department at Nike before moving into startup land in the middle of 2018. Ryan holds two AWS certifications and two GCP certifications as well as being an avid writer on the Serverless Guru Medium. Where he shares DevOps, Cloud, and Serverless related insights.
Empowering users and reclaiming your data with UserLAnd and more
For a lot of people, their phone is their primary computing devices, but it’s artificially limited! It can do so much more than play Angry Birds. UserLAnd aims to empower individual users with access to fully functional Linux computers running on their phone or the cloud. But we’re just getting warmed up - utilizing the same platform, we aim to bring cloud-services to the individual, making it as easy to protect your data as is it to use Gmail.
Corbin lives to build things that should exist, but don’t yet. Creator of the first app that allowed people to run linux distributions on Android without requiring root, GNURoot, is back with something that will push this concept much further and empower more people with Linux, UserLAnd, as well a project centered around giving you full control of your personal cloud services, Foxhole. Corbin is a long time hardware engineer, turned open source developer, turned company lead for two open source startups who still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up.
What I've Been Working On: Vouch Proxy (formerly lasso)
Vouch Proxy sits between Nginx and your OAuth provider (Google, Github, Okta, any OIDC) to force user authentication before allowing them access to any (or all) websites.
Benjamin Foote is a Systems Engineer and DevOps pro from Portland Oregon. During his 20 year career Ben has worked with Fortune 500 Corporations, startups and everything in between. In addition to staring at a screens Ben enjoys serving on non profit boards and very long walks (as in months). When he’s not riding his bicycle to another meeting he can be found tending to his garden.