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Halihax October Virtual Meetup
October 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm ADT
Senior Manager of Engineering @ Gatsby
Nicole is the Engineering Manager for the Cloud team at Gatsby. She cares deeply about improving tech hiring, agile processes, and bridging the gaps between product, design, and engineering. Nicole has previously worked as a frontend engineer for Halifax-based startup Manifold.co and New York travel company Tablet Hotels, and managed the Growth team at CircleCI. Prior to her pivot to the tech industry, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in music performance and spent five years working in banking.
Software Developer @ Pager Duty
Tyler Pachal, is a software developer at PagerDuty. He spends most of his time working in Elixir, as well as giving talks and running workshops. In his non-work time he enjoys biking, skiing, and Formula 1.
7:00pm – Introductions & Welcome
We’ll do a quick introduction and kick off the evening.
7:10pm – Leadership 101: How to turn “junior” into “senior” with Nicole Tibaldi
An engineer looking to learn a new language or framework can find ample resources to help them on their journey, and can often easily apply that knowledge in their day-to-day work. But as engineers look to move to senior and lead roles, they must develop the skills to act as multipliers within their teams: they need to be strong communicators who can share context both verbally and in writing. They need to solve ambiguous problems, and they need to be able to help and support other engineers who are earlier in their careers.
While there are plenty of books and talks that explain these leadership principles, it’s less-obvious how to practice them in a real-life setting. In my time as an engineering leader, I’ve developed some processes that help engineers flex these muscles. In this talk, I’ll share some general guidance that engineers and engineering leaders alike can bring back to help their team members.
7:35pm – A quick break between speakers (10min)
Grab a refill and a snack then come back to hear from our second speaker.
7:45pm – Introduction to Elixir with Tyler Pachal
Elixir is a dynamically-typed functional programming language which runs on the Erlang Virtual Machine. We’ll take a look at some of the language’s defining features, and how they enable the creation of some cool frameworks.
8:20pm – Zoom Beers & Networking