15 Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss at BADCamp 2015

Are you looking forward to BADCamp 2015 as much we are? In addition to being proud sponsors at the Contrib level (come check out our booth!), CivicActions is also excited to announce several presentations by our own team members.

With the first Drupal 8 release candidate now available, it’s time to start getting serious about learning the ins-and-outs of Drupal 8 and how to prepare your skills for an upgrade. CivicActions’ own Peter Sawczynec will be presenting “Drupal 8 Kickstart for Developers”, on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 10:00am in the Stephens Lounge. Come learn about aspects such as site directory structure, module structure, basic object oriented programming concepts you’ll need to understand, dependency injection, common hooks, Twig and Composer, and more.

Do you find yourself constantly find yourself repeating the following phrases:

“I have no idea what I’m doing”,  “I don’t belong here”, or “Everyone else is smarter than me”? Is the fear of being exposed to your colleagues as a fraud keeping you up at night? You may be suffering from impostor syndrome, which is a lot more common than you would think. While anyone can experience impostor syndrome, women are disproportionately affected by this phenomenon. Hear more about strategies to overcome impostor syndrome and own the career you deserve with engineer Heather Rodriguez, who will be co-presenting “Conquering Impostor Syndrome in the Open Source Community” with agency CHIEF director Kat Kuhl, on Saturday, October 24th at 4:30 p.m. in the Stephens Lounge.

Other notable sessions that you shouldn’t miss this year include:

Looking forward to seeing you all there! Don’t forget to stop by our booth to get a free massage and find out more about CivicActions.

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About the Author:

Heather joined CivicActions in 2015 as an Engineer, bringing over five years of experience in delivering sustainable, scalable, user-focused and content-driven web solutions for both government and higher education clients. Heather combines her front-end development chops with an extensive background in site planning and building to create user interfaces that are simple, elegant and easy to maintain.

Prior to joining CivicActions, Heather served as a front-end developer, technical architect and project lead at Chief on major website projects such as a bulk publication ordering system using Drupal Commerce and Internationalization for the Federal Trade Commission. Her career in Drupal began at the University of Maryland, where she designed and developed multiple Drupal sites for the A. James Clark School of Engineering, including the University of Maryland’s Division of Research, and pioneered the University of Maryland Drupal Users Group.
Heather loves to shares her passion for creating clean, semantic, and easy-to-maintain markup, and has given multiple talks at venues such as BADCamp and Capital Camp on using Sass, and CSS methodology SMACSS, to write leaner, more efficient code.

When she’s not bending your ear about best practices in web design and development, Heather is most likely to be found reading, planning her next travel adventure, or teaching German to her collie pup, Winston.


What do you do at CivicActions?

I’m an engineer focused primarily on front-end development, content strategy, and user experience. Lately, I’ve been involved in leading CivicActions Labs, serving as practice lead for front-end development and participating on our marketing team.

What tools do you use most often?

  • Slack
  • Google Drive
  • Trello
  • Terminal
  • Git
  • JIRA

What do you love most about CivicActions?

What makes CivicActions unique to other workplaces is the emphasis on work/life balance, and growth both personally and professionally.

See my Promoting Personal and Professional Balance: Workplace Culture at CivicActions blog post for more details.

What do you love about what you do?

I love working Agile! Instead of being handed a mockup to code out at the last minute before the deadline, all team members, including clients, constantly work together to deliver the product in increments.

The transparency, open communication, and rapid delivery make development fun again.