Speaker Details

Heather Wilde

TheDifference

Heather Wilde is the digital solutions lead for TheDifference and cofounder of SerenzeGlobal, a nonprofit whose mission is focused around preparing the world for AI. She was the eighth employee of Evernote, where she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100 million customers which she chronicled in her best-selling book, “Birth of a Unicorn: Six Basic Steps to Success.” She's published popular games, trained Fortune 500 brands, advised hundreds of startups, and managed some major nonprofit programs. Her award-winning work keeps the "Unicorn Whisperer" constantly traveling across the globe to find the next unicorn.

How to Build a Unicorn -- or Die Trying

In many developer's lives, there comes a day where they have that dream -- the thought that crosses everyone's mind at least once -- of "I could do that myself!" No matter how it starts -- being passed over for a promotion, someone stealing your idea, or seeing other people seemingly having more glamourous lives than you -- you think you can make a go of it as an entrepreneur.

As a serial entrepreneur, who has contributed as a founding employee to multiple successful startups including the billion-dollar unicorn Evernote, I've literally written the book on what you need to go through to create that type of success. In this talk, you'll get to decide for yourself if it's really worth it.

Development
Health Care
Keynote Session

So, You Wanna Be a Game Designer?

No matter what type of technology background you have, one thing the majority of us have in common is at some point in time you probably thought it would be "neat" to publish a game. I started out in the world of game design, working with major studios to create some pretty awesome titles.

In this talk, I'll take you through what goes into creating a game -- the teamwork, the spiraling budgets, the secrecy, and the stress when years of your life can depend on the outcome of the whims of reviewers.

You've seen Mythic Quest, now hear the real story.

Games
Real Life Cases
Accomplishments

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.


Coaching
Mentoring
Developer