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Brendan O'Leary

Brendan O'Leary


Session Name: The imperative to stop being lazy and do better

There are a lot of challenging, unsolved problems in software. The internet and technology were supposed to be the great equalizer - everyone's ability to contribute, have their voices heard and participate. Yet, we struggle to this day, making our applications fully accessible to those who are differently-abled than us. And a lack of tech diversity can lead to further marginalizing people of color and other minority groups. We can and must do better. In this talk, we'll examine examples of each of these types of inclusion. And then, we'll show how these issues have already been solved; it just requires the determination and compassion to choose to make our products more accessible and more inclusive.

Speaker Bio:

Brendan has a passion for software development and iterating on processes just as quickly as we iterate on code. He is a zealous advocate for the user experience. Brendan can still remember what his first computer - a Tandy 2000 - felt like to use (and break...sorry Dad). Working with customers to deliver value is what drives Brendan's passion for DevOps and smooth CI/CD implementation. Brendan has worked with a wide range of customers - from the nation's top healthcare institutions to environmental services companies to the Department of Defense. The only thing more eclectic is probably his taste in music. Outside of work, you'll find Brendan with 1 to 4 kids hanging off of him at any given time or occasionally finding a moment alone to build something in his workshop.