While hiking the 2,200-mile long Appalachian Trail, I realized that planning and executing a long-distance hike involves many of the same skills and challenges as developing software. In this talk, I’ll join these two disparate worlds you wouldn’t have thought have everything in common.


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Ed Barnard at 18:24 on 26 May 2017

This was a fantastic approach to telling a story to make a technical point. He told of specific experiences, interventions, and observations along the Appalachian Trail. He continuously brought these observations into technical perspective. Brilliant.

John Hackett at 21:43 on 26 May 2017

It was a good talk and somewhat inspirational to hear about his journey. However, this is another situation where I think the title could have been less misleading... I thought we would have been talking abut hacking at some point, not an hour long talk about traversing the AT and some minor correlations between that and software dev.

Good talk, it was very entertaining to hear about John's hike. This was certainly a different than most talk, but it was nice to attend a talk that was from a different viewpoint. I like the correlations between hiking and software development, especially about being prepared, being willing to make adaptations and adjustments along the way, and using the resources you have.

Sandy Smith at 16:09 on 6 Jun 2017

This should be a keynote.