Our Workshops

Speakers

Alecia Orsini Lebeda

Alecia Orsini

CEO | Good Natured Dog Productions

Alecia Orsini is a selfie-queen and an award winning multi-media professional. As CEO of Good Natured Dog Productions she brings the world of filmmaking to her diverse clients, in a wide array of industries. Alecia loves to geek out and does so as Geek Girl #26, traveling the country teaching video production, social media, and personal branding at Geek Girl TechCon.

Jana Eggers

Jana Eggers

CEO | Nara Logics

Jana’s a math and computer nerd who took the business path for a career. Today she’s CEO of Nara Logics, the synaptic intelligence company, providing enterprises a platform for recommendations and decision support. Her career has taken her from 3-person business beginnings to 50,000-person enterprises.

Lynette Young

Lynette Young

Director | Marketing Technologies

Lynette is a marketing technology strategist and published author with focus on digital marketing and implementation services. She has been a highly sought after expert in social media marketing technology since 2006. She is also Hubspot Inbound Certified and heads up the ClaimWizard digital marketing products and team.

Bridget Ayers

Bridget Ayers

Founder | Get Smart Web

Bridget Ayers is the Head Geek and Founder of Get Smart Web & Co-Creator of Get Smart WorkSpaces. Bridget has been a tech obsessed, sales savvy, bottom-line managing, data-driven, innovation seeking, behavior watching entrepreneur for 14 years.

Kristen Dunleavy

Kristen Dunleavy

Content Marketing Specialist | AWeber

Kristen is a ridiculously passionate writer on a mission to put an end to “fluff” content once and for all. At AWeber, she creates educational content to help demystify the often overwhelming world of marketing. When she isn’t writing, you can find her training for her next physical challenge or sampling new cuisines (but not at the same time).

Monica Montesa

Monica Montesa

Content Marketing Specialist | AWeber

Monica is a Content Marketing Specialist at AWeber, where she writes content to educate business owners on how to grow with email marketing. She’s also a contributor for Business.com and runs a homemade dog treat blog, Sit, Stay, Treat. Monica has been creating content for various industries since she graduated from the University of Delaware.

Yan Zhang

Yan Zhang

Sr. Data Scientist | Microsoft Data Group

Yan Zhang is a Sr. data scientist in Algorithm & Data Science team, Microsoft Data Group. She builds predictive models and generalize data driven solutions on Cloud analytics platform - Cortana analytics suite. Her recent projects include predictive maintenance in IoT applications, customer segmentation, and text mining. Yan received her Ph.D. in data mining.

Suzan Czajkowski

Suzan Czajkowski

President | TheCommCoach

Suzan Czajkowski is a an award winning digital marketing consultant and communication coach, helping small business owners design their own marketing strategy and make good marketing decisions that generate awesome results efficiently.

Chris Selland

Chris Selland

Vice President, Business Development, Big Data Platform | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Chris Selland is Vice President of Business Development for HPE Software, Big Data Platform. In this role, he leads global strategic alliances for the HPE Haven platform, including HPE Vertica, HPE IDOL and Big Data/Hadoop partnerships.

Peter Karlson

Peter Karlson

Founder/CEO | NeuEon Inc.

Peter is the founder/CEO of the technology consultancy NeuEon Inc. NeuEon specializes in providing strategic guidance and advice to entrepreneurs and established organizations looking to create and use technology more effectively.

Amy CQ

Amy CQ

Digital Brand Specialist & WordPress Wrangler

Amy is on a mission…a mission to play it big while staying small. A mission to help other solopreneurs, like herself, to learn how to use big business strategy on branding, design, and website optimization on a micro business level. A mission to be HUGEish.

Meghan Blair

Meghan Blair-Valero

Owner | Fogged In Bookkeeping

Meghan Blair-Valero is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and a member of the Association of Independent Professional Bookkeepers. A lover of technology and supporter or women’s causes she is a proud Geek Girl. Having taught bookkeeping, accounting, QuickBooks, and children’s art classes she is quite happy at the front of a classroom.

Lindsay Kolowich

Lindsay Kolowich

Writer | Hubspot

Lindsay Kolowich is a writer for HubSpot's Marketing Blog, where she's helped more than double the traffic 1.5M in the two years since joining the team. She spends her days concepting, creating, and optimizing content for the blog, while also sourcing and editing blog content from internal and external contributors and creating and implementing the blog's editorial strategy.

Xiaoli Xu

Xiaoli Xu

Business Technology | Pfizer

Xiaoli Xu is an informatics analyst in Business Technology team at Pfizer. She has accumulated over 7 years experiences in top pharmaceutical companies, biotech and hospital, e.g. GSK, MGH, and BGI, focusing on data mining and bioinformatics.She is the cofounder of Shuyan Tech, a China-based startup focused on big data. Shuyan Tech provides big data platform, data mining services and business intelligence consulting for banks and corporates in China.

Nikki Nash

Nikki Nash

Marketing & Business Development | Nikki Nash Consulting

Nikki Nash is a public speaker, educator, and marketing consultant specializing in digital and branding. She has worked for and with Fortune 100 companies, tech startups, and small businesses.

Christina Koller

Christina Koller

Full-stack Developer | Launch Academy

Christina is an instructor and full-stack developer at Launch Academy, where she gets to help people from a variety of background actualize their dreams of becoming web developers!

Melissa-Leigh Gore

Melissa-Leigh Gore

Full-stack Developer | Launch Academy

Melissa Leigh Gore is a full-stack web developer and educator at Launch Academy, a company that teaches career changers to code through online and onsite offerings.

Sarah Biller

Sarah Biller

CEO for Innovation, Ventures | State Street Bank

Sarah is the Chief Operating Officer for Innovation and Head of Innovation Ventures at State Street Bank Global Exchange. She has been a Principal in the launch of several successful start-ups and is the Co-Founder and President of Capital Market Exchange (CMX).

Alison Caron

Alison Caron

Creative Director | Alison Caron Design

Alison Caron is the founder and creative director of Alison Caron Design, a Hyannis-based firm specializing in advertising, branding, and publishing. With a BFA in graphic design from UMass Dartmouth and more than 12 years of experience in publishing and advertising—including as creative director of Cape Cod Magazine and its sister publications.

Chelsea Noriega

Chelsea Noriega

Full-Stack Developer | Launch Academy

Chelsea is an instructor and full-stack developer at Launch Academy, a company that teaches code to aspiring developers! She previously worked at Harvard Medical School and has a passion for making code accessible to minoritized communities.

Cara Hogan

Cara Hogan

Content Marketing Manager | InsightSquared

Cara Hogan is the Content Marketing Manager at InsightSquared and the founder, host and producer of Ramp, the SaaS Analytics podcast. She manages every aspect of the podcast, from research to interviews, to sound editing and promotion. Cara finds the most innovative voices in SaaS, sales and Venture Capital to understand how analytics can help businesses drive reliable and sustainable growth.

Linda Thayer

Linda Thayer

Partner | Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Linda Thayer is a former cryptologic mathematician for the National Security Agency where she used her expertise in mathematics to develop and crack encryption algorithms. While now an attorney and partner in the intellectual property law firm Finnegan, she maintains her geek status by using her technical (and legal) expertise to assist clients with patent matters relating to software, digital security, robotics, and electronics.

Jess Barnthouse

Jess Barnthouse

Co-Founder & Director of Video Production | Wicked Bird Media

Jess is a filmmaker and entrepreneur. As co-founder of the Boston-based production company Wicked Bird Media, her clients have included NESN, WGBH, Aetna, and many more. She is currently in post production on a feature-length documentary about a famous horror movie villain who now lives in Maine and runs an all-natural children's toy company out of his house with his wife and three kids who wants to return to horror acting.

Azure Collier

Azure Collier

Social Media Marketing and Community Manager | Constant Contact

Azure Collier is the Social Media Marketing and Community Manager for Constant Contact in Waltham, MA, where she oversees the company’s social media networks, creates educational content, and writes for the Constant Contact blog about social media and email marketing best practices for small businesses and nonprofits.

Corinne Babel

Corinne Babel

Sr. Director of Business Development & Career Services| Launch Academy

Corinne is the Sr. Director of Business Development & Career Services at Launch Academy, a Boston-based coding bootcamp. She’s helped over 250 new developers start careers in technology and is dedicated to establishing dynamic partnerships with local companies.

Maryann Whitley

Maryann Whitley

Director, Analysis and Mining | Pfizer, Inc

Maryann has a doctoral degree in molecular immunology and has been in the industry since 1996. She started at Genetics Institute and now leads a small group of computational staff in the research arm of IT at Pfizer.

Eliza Mulcahy

Eliza Mulcahy

Community Dev Specialist | Microsoft

Eliza Mulcahy is the Community Development Specialist for Microsoft Boston. She is dedicated to impacting her community through workforce development and supporting microbusiness. Talk to her about free Microsoft resources for your business!

Dena Upton

Dena Upton

VP of People and Talent | LogMeIn

Dena is the VP of People and Talent at LogMeIn. “A big part of attracting the best and the brightest talent from the very competitive global tech scene is to provide great careers that take into account every aspect of the working environment. That means in addition to offering exceptional workspaces, like our Boston and Budpest offices, we must provide great benefits, competitive salaries and a work/life balance that empowers our employees to be their best.

Allison Matthews

Allison Matthews

Talent Advocate | Hired

Allison Matthews is a Talent Advocate with Hired, Inc. supporting the Boston (and greater New England) market. Before joining Hired, Inc. Allison worked within the engineering and tech industry in San Diego, CA (since 2008). She worked on and with engineering teams as a consultant and recruiter.

Chris Bullock

Chris Bullock

CEO | ClearGov Inc.

Chris Bullock is the founder and CEO of ClearGov Inc., a municipal transparency and benchmarking platform. Chris has over 12 years of product management and business development experience in data analytics and benchmarking software services.

Heddy Stern

Heddy Stern

Product Manager | Pivotal Labs

Heddy Stern is a Product Manager at Pivotal Labs in their growing Boston office. She works with start-ups and enterprise clients on how utilize user-research, collaboration, and prioritization techniques to improve their software development process.

Jean Kourafas

Jean M. Kourafas

Owner | Basimos Digital Marketing

Jean has been an organizing member of Geek Girl Camp since its inception and is the owner of Basimos Digital Marketing. Since the mid 90’s, she has been designing, marketing, and managing corporate websites.

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Conference Timeline

  • 8:00am - 9:00am Welcome, Registration and Marketplace

    Get registered and settled in for a great day of learning.

  • 9:00am - 10:00am Keynote: Introductions of Instructors, Thank Sponsors, Crowdsource Some Ideas on Diversity and Inclusion
  • 10:00am - 6pm Help Desk

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch, Marketplace, HelpDesk

    Enjoy lunch, check out the Marketplace.

  • 6:00pm End of Conference

  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Offsite Get Together - TBA

    Time to network.

Speakers and Panels

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Panel: How Did Your Get That Job?

    How do I find that DREAM JOB in Tech? What should I have on my RESUME to ensure it will be seen by top companies? How should I be MARKETING myself online for better exposure? What should I NOT be doing that might hurt my chances for employment? What and Where are the RESOURCES to help me find that Dream Job? Where can I find MENTORS?

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Panel: The Rise of the Machines!

    The History, Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data.

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Panel: How to Be a Badass Digital Media Marketing Machine

    The title says volumes! Come learn from industry professionals on what technologies are trending, how effective video live stream is, how to craft your digital media strategy for winning new customers and making your current ones keep engaging with your brand.

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Pitchfest: Jump into the Sharkette Tank!

    Come cheer on 2 local Boston startups as they pitch celebrity judges and vie for bragging rights as the winner! Session 1 features: Karma Crew and the JumpSmart

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pitchfest: Jump into the Sharkette Tank!

    Come cheer on 3 local Boston startups as they pitch celebrity judges and vie for bragging rights as the winner! Session 2 features: Trendy Napkin, PICCPerfect and The Semenette

  • 6:00pm - 6:30pm Winner of Sharkette Tank Announced

10am Workshops

  • 10:00am - 11:00am Tech that Works Best | Digital Marketing Tech Tools - Intermediate
  • 10:00am - 11:00am What to Write in Your Emails: How to Create Killer Email Content That Grows Your Tribe - Sponsored by AWeber
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Intermediate PowerPoint 2016 - Sponsored by Microsoft
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Google Drive - Using Cloud-Based Storage, Collaboration & Sharing - Intermediate
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Photoshop: Basic Training - Beginner

11am Workshops

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Intro to Business Blogging - Beginner/Intermediate Sponsored by HubSpot
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Intermediate Excel 2016 - Sponsored by Microsoft
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Thinking of starting a company? Think Learn! - Beginner
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Photoshop: Survival Guide - Intermediate/Advanced

1pm Workshops

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm The Shakespearean Approach to Writing Winning Website Copy - Beginner Sponsored by AWeber
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Intro to Ruby - Part 1 - Beginner Sponsored by Launch Academy
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm 2 More Weeks of Vacation a Year: Automation and Organization of Your Financial Documents with Hubdoc - Beginner/Intermediate
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm It's not the Network it's the Content | Beating the News Feed - Intermediate/Advanced

2pm Workshops

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm The Power of the Inbox: Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing - Intermediate Sponsored by Constant Contact
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Intro to Ruby - Part 2 - Beginner - Sponsored by Launch Academy
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Writing your First User Interview Script (Software Development) - Intermediate/Advanced
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Podcasting 101: From Idea to Launch - Beginner

3pm Workshops

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm AMAA - Ask Me Almost Anything About WordPress - Advanced
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Empowered Networking to Power Your Business - Intermediate
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm InDesign BootCamp - Beginner/Intermediate
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Podcasting: Marketing & Profiting Your Podcast - Intermediate/Advanced

4pm Workshops

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Measuring What Matters: Intro to Marketing Analytics - Beginner/Intermediate Sponsored by General Assembly
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Video Marketing Strategies for Serious Businesses - Advanced
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Hey Website? You’re hired. (A Solopreneurs Guide to Hiring Your Website as Your First Employee) - Beginner
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Look Good in the Inbox: The 7 Don’ts of Email Design Beginner/Intermediate -Sponsored by Constant Contact

5pm Workshops

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm Bizstagram: Instagram Strategies for Your Business - Advanced
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm Premiere: Making Your First Video Cut (Video Editing) - Beginner
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm WordPress Housekeeping and Maintenance - Intermediate
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm Google Analytics - Uncover The Secrets of Google Analytics to Make the Best Content Ever - Beginner/Intermediate

This year's TechCon is located at the Microsoft NERD Center

The Microsoft New England Research and Development Center is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Located at: 1 Memorial Dr #1, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

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Karma Crew

Boston’s Premier Vintage Private Yacht Charter

Karma Crew Yacht Charters features M/V FULL MOON which accommodates up to 39 guests and has 4 unique gathering areas.

Pop Dildo

Putting the FUN in Function!

Berman Innovations, LLC was founded in Boston, MA in 2012 as a woman-owned and operated LGBT-friendly company, dedicated to the advancement of products designed for men, women and couples.

TrendyNapkin

Inspiring. Charitable. Modern.

Trendy Napkin sells modern products with an inspiring message.

PICCPerfect

Be PICCed Up!

PICCPerfect creates after market medical accessories for patients going through long term treatment.

JumpSmart

Think on your feet!

JumpSmart creates interactive products for children ages 8-12 to learn to code while being physically active and socially engaged.

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