CodeFreeze 2017


The University of Minnesota's Software Engineering Center and DevJam bring you the 12th annual CodeFreeze symposium. This year's program chairs are David Hussman and Dion Stewart of DevJam and Mike Whalen from the University of Minnesota. The program promises to make for another exciting day.

This year, our theme is "software visualization".

We are swimming in a sea of data. Figuring out how to harness it to make faster and better decisions is a huge challenge for businesses and developers. We as humans have innate capacity for understanding and finding patterns in images, and this capacity is largely untapped in our software development, deployment, and business support roles. In this seminar, we will explore how we can visualize large amounts of information to aid in real-time problem solving. Speakers will show how visualizations for architecture and deployment of software at "internet scale" can radically improve the construction and manageability of our systems. Come to Code Freeze 2017 and we will change the way you visualize your work and your world!

We are delighted to have three excellent keynote speakers this year:

- Andrew Clay Shafer, Senior Director of Technology at Pivotal Inc. Andrew Clay Shafer has built a career helping people improve technology and processes for delivering software services. As a co-founder of Puppet Labs, he evangelized devops practices and tools before devops was a word. He got first hand experience implementing and operating cloud infrastructure as the the VP of Engineering at Cloudscaling. Now at Pivotal, Andrew focuses on helping the Cloud Foundry ecosystem and Pivotal customers leverage platforms to build the future.

- Esra Kucukciftci, Managing Principal at Pricing Innovations. Esra leads a team of pricing experts, industry advisors, and analysts who focus on translating product success into business success through pricing and monetization. Esra's experiences have spanned everything product - product development, product management, product launches, and product marketing. Informed by all four of those disciplines, she found monetization to be the most overlooked area of it all.

- Stephen Guerin, principal of RedfishGroup and CEO of SimTable, Inc. Stephen's work centers on visualization, modeling and the design of self-organizing systems. RedfishGroup takes on research projects in the areas of agent-based modeling, human computer interaction, and ambient computing (spatial augmented reality). Simtable produces interactive simulations for firefighters and emergency managers that are projected onto physical 3D sandtables. Over 60 Simtables are deployed - mostly in the western US.

Conference sessions will take many forms: presentation, demonstration, and hands-on. We will have breakout sessions from speakers at local Fortune 100 companies describing how they use visualization for better deployment and management of "internet scale" systems, as well as how visualizations are used to help manage software development. The tentative schedule of events is available at: Cost for the full day is $100 for the general public and $75 for alumni of the Software Engineering (MSSE) and Computer Science (CS) programs.


U of M McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455