DevCon 2018: Track Overview and Session Ideas

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DevCon 2018: Track Overview and Session Ideas

 

This page describes the tracks for DevCon 2018 and provides session suggestions for people submitting proposals this year. The FileMaker in Action sessions are open to anyone with good public speaking skills and a compelling success story to tell!

 

Track Overview

  • The Beginner track covers fundamentals at a basic level, complementing what is covered on Training Day.The
  • The Intermediate track also covers fundamentals but at an intermediate level. It also complements what is covered on Training Day.
  • The Advanced track is where you can dig into challenging content. But be sure that it has a wide audience.
  • The Business track targets compelling content to help attendees strengthen their team or organization, including topics such as change management, project estimation, and team leadership.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday will also feature two special focus tracks per day that showcase innovative uses for the FileMaker Platform and the hottest topics proposed by the FileMaker Community. We will announce those topic themes when we release the full schedule.
  • For Customer Day, please submit business related sessions targeted to FileMaker Customers and in-house developers and FileMaker in Action case studies showing how a custom app has solved a business problem. The FileMaker in Action tracks will be 60 minute sessions with 2 or 3 related short presentations. Each speaker will have 15-20 minutes with the remaining time reserved for discussion and Q&A.
  • For FBA Day, please submit business-related sessions targeted at FBA members. You must be an FBA member to submit.

 

Beginner Track: Session Ideas

Please propose fundamental sessions (for people with little or no FileMaker experience) in the following areas:

  • Foundation & Requirements  (normally a business topic, but fundamental for beginners)
  • Relationships & Data Modeling
  • Layout Basics
  • User Experience
  • Scripting
  • Calculations
  • Reporting
  • Basics of Security
  • FileMaker Platform learning strategies

 

Intermediate Track: Session Ideas

These sessions are targeted at people who have some FileMaker experience, but who may be self-taught, stuck in some way, or needing insight in order to grow. Here are some possible topics:

  • Relationships & Data Modeling
    • Creating “Query” Relationships using the Relationship Graph
  • Interface
    • Creating Device Specific Layouts and knowing when you need them
    • Understanding Themes and Styles
    • Modular programming with Card Windows
  • Design & User Experience
    • User-centric Layout design
    • UX & Design
  • Calculations
    • Getting to Know the most useful Calculation Functions
  • Scripting
    • Scripting User Interaction
    • Understanding Script Triggers
    • Techniques for Creating Child Records
  • Reporting
    • Charting Basics (Current Found Set, Related Records, etc)
  • Security
    • Securing Your FileMaker apps
    • Using External Authentication to secure your FIleMaker apps
  • Deployment
    • FileMaker Server Setup, Configuration and Best Practices
    • Deployment Strategies,  using FileMaker WebDirect, FileMaker go or FM Cloud
    • Optimization considerations for deploying using FileMaker WebDirect

 

Advanced Track: Session Ideas

Advanced sessions can take a deep dive into anything related to the FileMaker Platform. Feel free to geek out here! Here are some suggestions:

  • FileMaker 16 variable data sources: why it changes everything
  • Scaling FileMaker solutions
  • Real World Use for cURL
  • Javascript and the Webviewer
  • Optimising with ExecuteSQL
  • Using Top Call statistics to interpret and optimize custom app performance
  • FileMaker Cloud: beyond the basics
  • Structured Variables: an innovative and powerful way of declaring and using them
  • Troubleshooting Perform Script on Server

 

Special Tracks: Broad Topic Ideas

Propose your sessions in the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced track, and then tag your session with a topic. The DevCon Committee will evaluate the entire program and choose the special tracks based on the proposed sessions.

  • Business Intelligence
  • Deploying custom apps
  • Design
  • FileMaker Web Direct
  • Integrations and the FileMaker Data API
  • Internet of Things
  • Security

 

Business Track: Session Ideas

We want business leaders, project managers, and other non-technical team members to benefit from DevCon tooand of course many developers have a strong interest in these topics as well:

  • Managing change and overcoming objections
  • Estimating FileMaker projects and managing scope creep
  • Leading and growing a development team (stakeholders, subject matter experts, developers, and testers)
  • Supporting citizen developers: as clients or team members
  • Building a data-driven culture
  • Building a bridge between IT and your team
  • Solving problems in the real world: process insights
  • Future-proofing your businessand your apps
  • General Data Protection Regulation and why it matters in the US and in the EU

 

FileMaker in Action: Session Ideas

We'd like these real-world case studies to be shared by customers, in-house developers or business leaders. We welcome our FBA partners to recommend their clients, but the goal is for the client to share their experience directly. We will feature 2 or 3 related stories in each 60-minute session, so plan a 20 minute or shorter presentation.

 

We want to hear about your processwhat steps did you take that led you to success and what mistakes did you learn from?

 

Customer Day: Session Ideas

We'd like these real-world case studies to be shared by customers, in-house developers or business leaders. We welcome our FBA partners to recommend their clients, but the goal is for the client to share their experience directly. We will feature 2 or 3 related stories in each 60-minute session, so plan a 20 minute or shorter presentation.

  • Making the decision to do-it-yourself or work with an outside developer
  • Working with a system you have inherited
  • Getting FileMaker to go viral in your organization
  • How to work effectively with a FileMaker partner
  • Balancing your day job with your development job
  • Proving your value to management

 

FBA Day: Session Ideas

What information or expertise do you have to share with your fellow FBA members? Here are some suggestions:

  • Hiring and onboarding new developers
  • Making an elevator pitch
  • Sigma 6 best practices for a dev shop
  • Selling consulting services "net new"
  • Best practices for operations: Billing Methods, Cash Flow, Pricing, Legal Issues and Contracts
  • Reselling FileMaker Licenses with your solutions
  • Deploying solutions forward
  • Being a custom solutions developer vs. a vertical solution developer

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