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Dynamic Link 2013

Work, Vocation, and Earning a Living

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Registration: 10:00 – 10:40AM
Plenary10:40 – 12:00PM
Lunch/Focus Groups12:00 – 1:40PM
Closing and Photo’s1:40 – 2:00PM

Devos Communication Arts and Sciences Building

What is Dynamic Link: Dynamic Link invites working professionals in the information technology field to spend a day with students about to embark on their careers in an atmosphere that celebrates the Christian perspective. Each year, the conference focuses on a specific topic related to software development. This year’s theme is Work, Vocation, and Earning a Living. The day starts with two keynote speakers, followed by discussion groups which will focus on current issues related to leadership and then closes with a summary of the day’s meeting. A full overview of the previous conference can be found at Dynamic Link 2011.

The conference also has a complementary journal by the same name. In addition to articles about the integration of faith in our work, the journal also summarizes the conference discussions. Click here to see previous issues.

This Year’s Keynotes

Becky Bertram

T.R. Knight

Becky Bertram is owner of Savvy Technical Solutions, a software consulting company based in St. Louis that focuses on SharePoint Server development and implementation. Before starting her company, Becky was an independent consultant for a decade, building web content management solutions for small and medium businesses and Fortune 500 clients such as T.G.I.Friday’s, Conoco-Phillips, the U.S. Navy, and the Federal Reserve Bank. She is one of just several hundred Microsoft SharePoint MVPs worldwide, and co-authored Wrox SharePoint Six in One. She graduated from Calvin in 1999 with degrees in Art History and German and a minor in Art. You can read Becky’s blog at http://blog.beckybertram.com and follow her on Twitter at @BeckyBertram<http://twitter.com/>. T.R. Knight is the Director of Technology Services at Taylor University, Advisory Board member of the Center for Missions Computing at Taylor, and Leadership team member of the International Conference on Computing and Mission (ICCM). Taylor graciously allows him to consult with Mission Organizations and offer hands on support as well. He is always looking for opportunities to assist mission organizations with technology vision, strategies and development. T.R. is a 1993 graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Physics and minor in Environmental Science. He has his Masters from Ball State University in Educational Curriculum specializing in classroom technologies. You can follow him on twitter @TRKnight.

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Lunch and Discussion Groups

After the keynote talks in the morning, a free lunch is provided to those who participate in discussion groups. Discussion groups consist of a balance of students and working professionals who will exam a specific topic related to the conference theme. Each group discussion is co-facilitated by a student and a working professional. After lunch, there is a presentation made by students who offer their initial analysis and recommendation to the group, followed by discussion.

  • Discussion Group A Facilitated by Melissa Bugai (guest) and Sylvia Ampadau (student) – Lost Opportunities: Is There a Corporate Responsibility to Attract Women to Computing Professions? This topic is a continuation of the discussion from last year. In many college level computer science classrooms, it is very noticeable that women form a very small minority. This suggests an enormous pool of talent is not being nurtured to contribute to our growing computing needs. Are we intentionally ignoring a significant part of His creation? The discussion group will try to identify the root causes and form recommendations for educators, corporate executives, managers and the craftspeople in all facets of the industry.

  • Discussion Group B Facilitated by Dr. Roger Ferguson (guest) and Jordan Botbyl (student) – Is Privacy Much Ado About Nothing?:How valuable is your Facebook information? Obviously, people should be prevented from stalking, but should millions be spent to protect someone from knowing about your dog and cat? This group will examine privacy laws in the United States, Europe and China. After an overview, the group will discuss what are the responsibilities of software developers and whether or not laws should change?

  • Discussion Group C Facilitated by Jon Tower (guest) and Cameron PreFontaine (student) – Are Software Developers Part of a Profession? A profession is seen as a vocation requiring deep, ongoing study with a code of ethics and other attributes such as licensing. This group will try to determine if software engineers and analysts truly form a profession, and if so identify its hallmarks. If not, what is missing?

A full overview of the last conference’s discussion groups and topics can be seen at http://cs.calvin.edu/p/DynamicLink2011.

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Registration Is Now Open

Interested in Being a Sponsor?

Our Sponsors

This event is made possible by the generous support of sponsors. Sponsorships are available for $150. In addition to recognition on this web page and at the conference, a business card size display ad will be placed on the back cover of the next Dynamic Link Journal Contact Professor Pat Bailey, Phone:616 526 7543, email:pmb4@calvin.edu

Questions: If you have questions or comments, please send an email to Patrick Bailey (pmb4@calvin.edu)

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