IoT Dev + Test 2017 - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions offer attendees the flexibility to follow a specific track or to explore various topics throughout the conference in order to customize their learning experience. Learn both enterprise foundations and new methodologies to grow your skills, supercharge your knowledge, and re-energize your career growth.

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Thursday, April 27

Anders Wallgren
Electric Cloud
T3

Connected Devices, Connected Code, and Connected Teams: The Challenges of IoT Software Delivery

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Developing software for the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with its own set of challenges and issues, including security, privacy, and unified standards. Each IoT product is comprised of (at least) three separate application components: the software embedded in the device, the backend service, and the mobile application for the end user’s controls. Each component is developed by a different team, using different technologies and practices, and deployed to a different stack/target. And all of these variables make the integration of these separate pipelines and the coordination of software...

Theresa Lanowitz
voke, inc.
T4

IoT—Let’s Code Like It’s 1999!

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Everyone is drawn to the cool new ways to connect devices to the Internet and make life easier—and a little more futuristic. But, do you know that IoT has been around since the past century? Theresa Lanowitz is one of the early advocates of what is now IoT and is thrilled that the pace of acceptance is accelerating—rapidly. This level of acceptance and understanding of IoT was not always the case. Theresa shares the early ideas, vision, and concepts of the Sun Jini project, the pre-cursor to IoT, and offers advice for developers and testers on how to succeed with IoT. Whether you are part...

Ellen Shapiro
SpotHero
T1

UI Framework Prototyping with Playgrounds for iOS Apps

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Frameworks are a powerful tool for sharing code between applications and extensions. Playgrounds are an awesome tool for quickly trying out code in Swift. Keeping a tight feedback loop with designers can be difficult. So, how can you combine the powerful and the awesome to help keep your feedback loop with design as tight as possible? Use UI Frameworks in Playgrounds! Learn how to build a UI-only framework, and then use it in a Playground. See how you can tempt your designers to the dark side of installing Xcode and tweaking values themselves. Ellen Shapiro discusses how she used this...

Satyajit Malugu
GoDaddy
T2

A Data-Driven Approach for Mobile Testing and Automation

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:45am

In the world of mobile app testing, data is your friend. So harness your data to your advantage to create an automation and testing strategy. Satyajit Malagu acknowledges that multiple devices, platforms, languages, crashes, bugs, and app stores make the scope of mobile app testing humongous. When you add in inherent human biases and team dynamics, the problems you face and prioritization challenges can be overwhelming. The data collected from analytics, bug trends, monitoring tools, test results, and other sources can help illuminate a clearer path. Join Satyajit as he provides an...

Siva Katir
PlayFab
T8

Real Time IoT and Mobile Data: Put It to Work for Your Users

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Every app is producing huge amounts of data, recording everything from location changes and button taps to data usage and acceleration. But what do you do with this flood of data? How can you make historical data a powerful tool for your users? How do you store it, let alone process it? How do you scale so that it doesn't all come to a grinding halt when your app is featured on Google Play and iTunes? Siva Katir discusses some scenarios facing developers who want to use this data to customize and improve their apps. Explore real-world pitfalls and best practices discovered while building...

Joe Keeley
MartianCraft
T5

Threads, Queues, and More: Async Programming in iOS

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am

To keep your iOS app running butter-smooth at 60 frames per second, Apple recommends doing as many tasks as possible asynchronously or “off the main thread.” Joe Keeley introduces you to some basic concepts of asynchronous programming in iOS. He discusses what threads and queues are, how they are related, and the special significance of the main queue to iOS. Look at what options are available in the iOS SDK to work asynchronously, including NSOperationQueues and Grand Central Dispatch. Take an in depth look at how to implement some common use cases for those options in Swift. Joe pays...

Raj Subramanian
CSG International
T6

Vulnerabilities and Bugs in Mobile Apps with Quick Tours

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am

As mobile devices, tools, operating systems, and web technologies rapidly evolve, testers in this changing domain must quickly adapt their thinking. Testers often struggle to find critical vulnerabilities and bugs in mobile applications due to lack of guidance, experience, and the right resources. Raj Subramanian was a tester in that very situation. While working at Orbitz and now at CSG International, he started categorizing these bugs and came up with a mind map, which helps do a quick tour of your mobile application and find vulnerabilities as quickly as possible. The mind map...

Jaimee Newberry
MartianCraft
T11

Designing Software for the Present and the Future: What’s Your Why?

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Better and more meaningful results always happen when your team has clarity of vision around why they're doing what they're doing. Jaimee Newberry says that the future is about getting technology out of the way of our everyday functions and actions while using it to enhance lives in every conceivable way. We must be thinking far beyond what’s next. The process is almost always about people, and most people need to ease into change. As software designers, we need to be thinking several futures down the road and breaking that vision into baby steps so people won’t freak out or think “too...

T12

Testing Transformation in the IoT Era

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

In the next few years, when more than 20 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, many of us will be IoT testers—in one way or another. Jennifer Bonine explores new areas you will need to address in your testing, new testing skills required in the IoT era, and ideas for how to innovate your technology strategies and processes to account for new vulnerabilities. Jennifer addresses current IoT trends that are taking shape and what you need to do to enhance your testing skills—and even your career. She explores the real game changers—data security, “things” test labs, open APIs,...

Shawn Larson
Nordstrom
T9

Tricks and Tips for Adding Localization Features to Your Mobile Apps

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

The fact that 60 percent of all iPhone users worldwide are non-native English speakers is just one reason for supporting people from many countries and regions in your apps. Even if multi-language applications are not called for, localization features for single language apps will improve usability and acceptance from users across many cultures and geographic areas. Using an English-only iOS application from Nordstrom as an example, Shawn Larson shows you how with little effort you can add international support to your applications. He walks you through implementing code to take...

David Dang
Zenergy Technologies
T10

Mobile Testing: What To Automate and What Not to Automate

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

The rapid move of companies into mobile technology has significantly increased the demand for testing mobile applications. Naturally, companies are turning to automation to help ease the workload, increase potential test coverage, and improve testing efficiency. But should you try to automate all things mobile? Are there any pitfalls to consider? David Dang says that unfortunately the answers are not always clear-cut. Mobile has its own set of complications, compounded by a huge variety of devices and OS platforms. Learn what mobile testing activities are ripe for automation,...

T15

Harnessing Digital Services to Improve Driver Experience at BMW

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

The world is demanding more from cars. No longer merely a way to get around, modern vehicles have become authentic pieces of technological art—equipped with numerous sensors and capabilities that are gradually transforming the very meaning of the word ‘vehicle’. BMW wanted to get ahead of this changing landscape and continue to delight their customers whether inside or outside the car—but how? Jorge Coca faced this challenge when he joined the team in January 2016. He and his peers found the answer in BMW Connected, an application that seamlessly links customers’ cars with their digital...

Greg Pope
Lawrence Livermore National Labs
T16

A New Approach to IoT Safety, Risk, and Vulnerability Analysis

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

The ugly truth is that the interconnection of devices with IoT systems can lead to failures which result in physical injury, unacceptable risk, or cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Preventing such accidents requires identifying hazards, risks, and security vulnerabilities during development. Traditional hazard analysis techniques—failure modes and effects analysis, fault tree analysis, and root cause analysis—were developed for simple hardware controllers and are based on single-point failures. However, software fails differently than hardware. Most accidents, system failures, and many cyber...

Ken Kousen
Kousen IT, Inc.
T13

Gradle for Android Developers

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

The new build mechanism replacing Ant for Android development is based on Gradle, the popular build tool from the Groovy ecosystem. Ken Kousen introduces you to Gradle for Android developers and shows how easy it is to integrate Gradle into Android projects. See the latest version of the Android Studio IDE to develop applications. Join Ken to discuss using the Android plugin for Gradle; adding dependencies and alternate repositories; creating custom tasks; implementing both unit and integration tests; using alternative build types, product flavors, and variants; and more. Leave with an...

Google
T14

Android System Testing at Google

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Testing an operating system is a complex affair given the highly interconnected nature of the product. This talk will discuss general tools and practices Google uses for testing the Android OS, and take a deep dive into one of the product verticals - system updates - that highlights some of the more unique challenges that an OS test strategy can face. Update testing faces many hurdles from the logistical, centered around the handling of multiple versions simultaneously, to the technical, involving the update process's deep integration with every level of the system.

Michael Finegan
MultiTech
T19

Wireless IoT Network Communications: Now and into the Future

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm

With a focus on public and private network communication options, Michael Finegan reviews cellular and long range RF solutions—LoRa, Sigfox, Ingenu, and NB IOT—and compare link budget, bandwidth, and power efficiency. In addition to the physical characteristics, Michael explores the positioning of various technologies in the marketplace and deployment types, employing aggregation methods that use gateways and concentrators which allow companies to process data locally. Discover at what point LPWA topology needs to transition from a campus-area network to a macro network. Learn about...

Jon_Hagar
Grand Software Testing
T20

IoT Software Testing Challenges: The IoT World Is Really Different

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 3:15pm to 3:45pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to become the next growth area—and biggest challenge—for software development and testing. Although many traditional test techniques and strategies remain viable, IoT testing includes working with huge amounts of data, multiple communication channels, device protocols, resource limitations (battery or memory), sensors, controllers, cloud-hardware-device integration, and security concerns. Jon Hagar says that successful IoT testers must develop new knowledge and skills and apply them based on real data and proven test design methods. Testing...

Alexander_Andelkovic
King/Midasplayer AB
T18

Using Artificial Intelligence to Test the Candy Crush Saga Game

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm

Candy Crush Saga is one of the biggest mobile games today with more than 1000 levels of difficulty—and users continue to ask for more. When building new content, it is extremely important to ensure that the level of difficulty is balanced and that the user does not experience crashes or problems through some unforeseen level of play. Stefan Freyr shows you how King is training artificial intelligence (AI) programs (bots) to test its games by mimicking human interactions. Join Stefan as he discusses how King is taking testing to the next level by employing Monte Carlo Tree Search,...

Friday, April 28

Jim McKeeth
Embarcadero Technologies
F3

Accurate Indoor Device Location with Beacons

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Proximity location is a fundamental feature of many IoT applications. As long as a receiver has a clear unobstructed view of four satellites in the sky, GPS provides accuracy down to two meters. However, if the GPS receiver loses view of the sky, especially indoors, what can be done? Jim McKeeth says the solution is to employ Bluetooth LE advertisements of relative signal strength as a proximity beacon. Once there are three or more beacons in fixed locations, a smart device within range can triangulate at the centimeter scale for accurate locations—and works indoors. Jim explains the...

Booz-Allen Hamilton's Strategic Initiatives Group
F4

The IoT: Internet of Threats?

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:45am

From connected elevators to smart cars, the Internet of Things (IoT) is all around us, even in ways we're not aware of. The devices make our lives easier, encourage us to exercise, and save time and resources--but at what cost? With current computer and mobile technology, the main threat is to our data and our accounts, with phishing and ransomware topping the charts; however, the IoT introduces risk to our personal safety and compromises our privacy in ways we can't even yet imagine. Join Chris to...

Rob Richardson
Richardson and Sons
F1

A Taste of ES6 JavaScript: The Language and the Tools

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Curious about the features and benefits of JavaScript ES6, a,k.a ECMAScript 6 2015? Want to use it today? Rob Richardson says JavaScript has come of age, and it’s time for enterprise developers to embrace it. The latest version of ES6 adds lots of syntactical sugar to make code clearer. Rob covers new features such as constants, extended parameter handling, template literals, object matching, enhanced object properties, generators, and more. The good new is that you can use these tools in ES5 browsers today by leveraging a code bundler and transpiler. Rob takes a look at the new syntax...

Stacy Kirk
QualityWorks Consulting Group, LLC
F2

Leverage Node.js for Mobile Test Automation

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:45am

With more than 1.4 billion Android and 475 million iOS combinations with active users, high quality mobile apps require high levels of test automation. Join experienced Node.js QA architect and nodeqa.io founder Stacy Kirk as she explains how to properly test mobile web apps for functionality, usability, and consistency—and why Node.js can make it easier. Stacy shares how to combine mobile automation best practices using Appium with the best Node.js frameworks to create powerful mobile front-end testing solutions. Mobile app testers can benefit from these tools and technologies to simplify...

Oliver Chen
Intel
F7

Intel® Curie™ Open Developer Kit (ODK): A Primer—Part 1

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Whether you are a maker enthusiast who is just getting started or a seasoned developer wanting to jump into embedded device development, this session is for you. Oliver Chen covers the Intel Curie ODK (CODK) and how it can help you rapidly prototype products by leveraging tools familiar to you. The Intel CODK includes software, tools, and documentation for developers to build their own custom boards based on the Intel Curie Module. The CODK helps developers build boards starting with the Arduino101 (Genuino101 outside the United States), the Arduino IDE, or CODK A-Tree. Then, transition to...

Costa Avradopoulos
Avracom, Inc
F8

Testing the Next Generation of Technologies: IoT, Mobile, and Cloud … Oh My!

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Testing technology, tools, and methods are always playing catch up with the latest—and the next greatest—consumer and business applications and software-intensive products. Now with IoT, mobile, and the cloud, almost EVERY new product has a software testing aspect. Costa Avradopoulos explores the bewildering challenges and recent trends in testing IoT, mobile, and cloud applications. He outlines the necessary elements of test strategy for each of these technologies: building a test lab, test coverage, test data, test management, tools, and automation. Bringing it all together with a...

Greg Avola
Untappd
F5

Faster Native Application Development with Ionic2

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Let's be honest … developing for mobile can be taxing on both you and your company. Hiring Android, iOS, and other developers to write the same code for multiple platforms is expensive and can be a development nightmare. Greg Avola walks you through mobile cross-platform development using an open source framework called Ionic2. Ionic2 supports building highly interactive native and progressive web apps using HTML/CSS/JS for code sharing and a native experience. You can leverage your website engineering skillsets to develop native apps, share code among many platforms, release features...

Alan Couch
Coveros
F6

Building and Testing Secure Mobile Apps

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Mobile application development is now a mission-critical component of IT organizations and a big part of the software industry’s landscape. Due to the security threats associated with mobile devices, it is critical we build our apps—from the ground up—to be secure and trustworthy. However, many application developers and testers do not understand how to build and test secure mobile applications. Alan Crouch discusses the risks associated with mobile platforms/applications and describes proven practices for ensuring the safety of your mobile applications. Alan delves into the unique nuances...

Oliver Chen
Intel
F11

Intel® Curie™ Open Developer Kit (ODK): A Primer—Part 2

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Whether you are a maker enthusiast who is just getting started or a seasoned developer wanting to jump into embedded device development, this session is for you. Oliver Chen covers the Intel Curie ODK (CODK) and how it can help you rapidly prototype products by leveraging tools familiar to you. The Intel CODK includes software, tools, and documentation for developers to build their own custom boards based on the Intel Curie Module. The CODK helps developers build boards starting with the Arduino101 (Genuino101 outside the United States), the Arduino IDE, or CODK A-Tree. Then, transition to...

Alexander_Andelkovic
King/Midasplayer AB
F12

Internet of Fun: Winning Ways for an IoT Hackathon

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

The very first time Alexander Andelkovic and his team entered an IoT hackathon, they were awarded second place for their IoT app due in large part to the early and continuous QA testing. Their IoT solution was based on combining different public data sources—such as a Minecraft map of Stockholm and real-time subway system data—to create a fun presentation of the IoT data. Join Alexander as he describes the preparation it took to get ready for the hackathon. He discusses the work that was done on the team composition, how they came up with an approach to add QA testing roles at the...

Josiah Mory
BuildFire
F9

Ensuring the Happy Path: Automated Developer Testing for Mobile Apps

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Is there anything worse than trying to fix that one small bug, declaring it fixed, and then realizing “the fix” caused another bug somewhere else in your app? And there it is, one more bug and you are at it again. The small voice in your head says if only you had automated tests. We know we should invest more in testing because it can save us headaches down the road. Josiah Mory says that although getting started can be an uphill climb, automated testing does not have to be all or nothing. Josiah introduces approaches for automating developer tests along with test-driven...

Siva Katir
PlayFab
F10

Can Your Mobile Infrastructure Survive 1 Million Concurrent Users?

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

When you’re building the next killer mobile app, how can you ensure that your app is both stable and capable of near-instant data updates? The answer: Build a backend! Siva Katir says that there’s much more to building a backend than standing up a SQL server in your datacenter and calling it a day. Since different types of apps demand different backend services, how do you know what sort of backend you need? And, more importantly, how can you ensure that your backend scales so you can survive an explosion of users when you are featured in the app store? Siva discusses the common scenarios...

TIm Hahn
IBM
F15

Securing your IoT Implementations

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
As the Internet of Things is deployed across a wide range of industrial, consumer, and business environments, of special interest and concern is the need to implement IoT solutions with careful attention to security. While many of the challenges in IoT security are similar to the challenges of securing information technology (IT) computing environments, there are special considerations due to the scale, operating conditions, system capabilities, and wide range of device types which are used in IoT solutions. Further, these systems, by connecting the electronic and physical worlds, must...
Paul Bruce
Perfecto Mobile
F16

Prepare for IoT with a Mature Test Strategy

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

As IoT devices increase the ways we personalize our digital world, they add the complexity of the conditions we encounter in the real world. How do we know that our devices will work as expected if we don’t even know how people will use them? A comprehensive test strategy that covers all aspects of your customers' user experiences, including mobile app and API services, helps prepare for the unknowns in new IoT technologies and devices. Paul Bruce explores ways to optimize automated test coverage for continuous integration so that you isolate and minimize defects before they impact IoT...

Joe Keeley
MartianCraft
F13

Fun with Enterprise iOS Apps

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Can building an enterprise app be fun? Not “fun” in the sense of “if this is fun, we’re having it”—but actual, joyful, enthusiastic fun? Join Joe Keeley to explore how to find fun in the development lifecycle of iOS apps in enterprise environments, and (not coincidentally) how to deliver better enterprise apps with improved ROI. Start by looking at what factors are important in the selection of an iOS project, and how to optimize that selection process for apps that are quick to deliver and have high impact in the organization. Next look at the importance of design in the process and how...

Jon Lipps
Sauce Labs
F14

The Present and Future of Mobile Test Automation with Appium

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Mobile testing has moved forward in leaps and bounds in the past few years. With frameworks like Appium, it has never been easier to scale automated testing and integrate it with continuous integration. While new automation technologies proliferate with device and platform upgrades, Appium provides a singular, consistent automation protocol on top of the best automation technologies,. In the past year, the Appium open source community has added support for new kinds of automation, including XCUITest for iOS, UiAutomator 2 for Android, and even Windows apps. With demos and code...