TABLE XI Channel

 

Table XI is a custom software development firm based in Chicago, and is the web development team behind the newly launched pechakucha.org website. "Table Talks" is a recurring series of PechaKucha-style lightning talks held over lunch at our office. The event is designed to foster idea exchange, collaboration and learning, and features a lineup of top-notch entrepreneurs, technologists, designers and storytellers from Chicago and beyond.

 

Featured Presentation

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Bo Peng

Data Scientist, Datascope Analytics in Chicago

The Importance of Being Empathetic

PRESENTED ON APR 25, 2014
IN CHICAGO @ TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL GOOD

Data scientist Bo Peng offers a few lessons from her personal experiences on how and how not to use data to solve problems. She emphasizes the need to focus on the end user, and how putting yourself in their shoes can dramatically improve your work.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 20, 2014.

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A Billion Messages for Good

BY GREG BAUGUES
@ TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL GOOD ON APR 25, 2014

Faster communication has the ability to save lives. Hear Greg Baugues speak on Twilio.org, which was launched in September with the mission of sending "A Billion Messages for Good," in an effort to do just that. 

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Mindfulness in Education

BY CAROLYN CHANDLER
@ TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL GOOD ON APR 25, 2014

User experience designer Carolyn Chandler discusses the importance of not only educating the minds of young people, but their hearts as well. She discusses the benefits of mindfulness exercises, and goes into depth on her work with UX for Good, an organization that partnered with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace in an effort to develop social and emotional skills for children as well as adults.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 27, 2014.

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Data Science for Social Good

BY MATT GEE
@ TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL GOOD ON APR 25, 2014

Big Brains, Big Buzzwords, and Big Hearts: Matt Gee tells the story of how a disgruntled capaign staffer, a disgruntled PhD student, and a disgrunteld jouranlist stumbled upon a way to make a little bit of good in the world with data. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 13, 2014. 

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Elevate Purpose

BY MICHAEL SLABY
@ TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL GOOD ON APR 25, 2014

Michael Slaby speaks about the discovery of a purpose-driven career and what a purpose-driven technology sector might be capable of accomplishing. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 7, 2014.

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Plus: A Non-Chronological Story of Gleeful Self-Deprecation

BY JC GRUBBS
@ OCTOBER TABLE TALKS: MY WORST IDEA ON OCT 14, 2013

How would you like to slip around a basement coated with laundry soap, or eat 3 cheeseburgers before riding a rollercoaster? In a hilarious retelling of personal stories, JC Grubbs recounts eight of his favorite mistakes, each one more inane than the last. 

"Presentation of the Day" on November 16, 2013.

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My Worst Idea

BY PAUL PAGEL
@ OCTOBER TABLE TALKS: MY WORST IDEA ON OCT 14, 2013

Most entrepreneurs make mistakes along the way. In an illustrated presentation by 8th Light Founder and CEO, Paul Pagel shares a few of his biggest lessons. 

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Make It So

BY SHANNON DOWNEY
@ OCTOBER TABLE TALKS: MY WORST IDEA ON OCT 14, 2013

Shannon Downey tells us of a night she and her friends were out drinking and took pictures with a Captain Picard action figure. Upon returning home she created a Facebook fan page for the photos. What happened next resulted in Shannon exploring strange new worlds.
 
"Presentation of the Day" on November 12, 2013.
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Fear. Pain. Humor.

BY MARK RICKMEIER
@ OCTOBER TABLE TALKS: MY WORST IDEA ON OCT 14, 2013

In a funny story of pain and perseverence, Mark Rickmeier captures the audience's attention as he recounts the story of the one fateful highschool day that could have ended in tragedy... but didn't. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 29, 2013.

 

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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!

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TABLE XI Blog

Developer Education Table Talks: Powered by PechaKucha

Software development is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 30% increase in jobs by 2020, more than double the average growth rate for all occupations. We’ve certainly seen an explosion in Chicago’s tech scene over the past several years, and along with this goes the issue of education. Who is going to train this next wave of developers, and what are the best teaching tools? How can we use mentorship to promote continued learning and improvement internally, and ensure current devs stay on top of the latest technologies and innovations? How will we reach groups typically under-represented in the dev world, like lower income individuals, certain ethnic minorities, and women?
At Table XI we’ve been thinking a lot about the role of education and mentorship in this community. On Thursday, June 13, for our June Table Talks: Developer Education, we’ll be hearing PechaKucha-style presentations from some of Chicago’s best:


  • Ray Hightower, organizer of ChicagoRuby and WindyCityRails - @rayhightower

  • Paul Pagel, CEO and Co-founder of 8th Light - @paulwpagel

  • Vince Cabansag, Director of Operations at The Starter League - @vcabansag

  • Michael D. Hall, Founder of UGtastic - @just3ws

  • Mike Busch, Instructor at Dev Bootcamp - @mikelikesbikes

  • Isaac Sanders, Table XI development intern and mentor at Dev Bootcamp - @isaacsanders


Stay tuned for these presentations on this channel, and in the meantime follow along at #TableTalks.

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