Speaker Details

Dan Hardiker


Dan is a technologist who has been working in industry for over 20 years. With a passion for tech, strategy and leadership, Dan has embraced constantly learning and sharing knowledge through conference speaking around the world. Currently working for Weaver, improving productivity in the construction industry, as well as mentoring / advising CTO and startups.

The Future of Home Automation

Back in 2017 I talked about "Home Automation in Practice" and in the past 4 years things have really changed. The IOT market has exploded, security has evolved, but the core problems still exist. I don't want to be cold, but I don't want to be poor. I don't want to walk in the dark, but I don't want to wake the baby. I need to be able to open the front door if the internet goes down.

Let's revisit the state of the Home Automation world, once again drawing from Dan's experience in automating his home through a pandmiec with the latest tech. Hopefully, you'll leave enlightened about the art of the possible and equippeed to take your first steps building an Alexa skill, build a sensor based machine learning control system, or just get started with a smart security system. If nothing else, you should enjoy the entertaining arduous journey and learn from my mistakes!

Smart Home
Cloud Machine Learning

Coaching vs Mentoring -- What's the Difference?

Many organizations have put formal mentoring programs in place while others seek out a ‘coaching culture’. Often these terms are used interchangeably, but while coaching and mentoring are both valuable tools, they are two entirely distinct approaches to developing people. That’s before the waters are often muddied further with words like management and leadership!

In this session, our speakers will model both of these frameworks to provide a bit of clarity on the distinction between coaching and mentoring, what you should expect from each, where the different approaches work best, and help you learn how to get the best out of giving and receiving both.