FAS Technology Renewal, at Science Center, Hall B, Thursday, June 25, 2015

For IT at Harvard, FY16 can be summarized by one word: Delivery. 

HUIT will deploy many new technologies this year, from Canvas to my.harvard to HarvardKey.

From the simplest things like registering for courses and grading student assignments to the most fundamental ways we communicate with one another by phone and email—we are making improvements. And it is all happening this year. Collectively we are calling these programs FAS Technology Renewal. 

Information Security Behind the Scenes (Yes, It's JUST Like CSI), at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Watch a computer get hacked in real time (don’t worry – not yours!), see attacks in real time from around the world, and learn about a recent cyber-attack at the University. Most importantly, find out how you can help us all stay secure.

Speaker: Micah Nelson, Information Security Specialist, Harvard University Information Technology

The Process of Communication, A Practical Guide for Project Managers, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Communication is not about knowing the process. Communication is about managing the process. A successful project manager communicates effectively by setting and managing expectations throughout the lifecycle of a project and, by doing so, creates redundancy in a fluid industry. The importance of a simple and redundant communication framework cannot be overstated. Referencing his book, The Process of Communication, the speaker will outline a clear and concise communication plan that can overlay any production methodology.

Teaching and Learning Technologies: Focus on Impact, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

A discussion and demonstration by Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT), a Harvard IT Council strategic program. This session will begin with a review of the program’s vision and goals, then focus on key areas as we head into our second year of implementation. We will also share stories from across the University about impact on the residential teaching and learning experience through the thoughtful and innovative use of technology.

The "Last Password" to Rule Them All, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sick and tired of trying to remember all of your online account passwords? Or worse, do you use one password for everything? Not to fear, Harvard has you covered! This talk will start by highlighting the benefits and setbacks of using password managers and then delve into some technical issues specific to Harvard's free (!) password manager solution: LastPass.
Miguel Sanchez, Information Security Specialist, Harvard University Information Technology

Development/Deployment Process in Web Development at LTS, as Case Study, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

This is an attempt to provide something like a taxonomy of the components of "modern" web development process in dynamic languages, with examples from Ruby and Python projects at LTS. The speaker will go over the process for deployment from development to running in production. He will try to cover version control, preprocessing of CSS/JS, tools for isolating dependencies and execution environment, externalizing configuration, database migrations, and single-command deployment and remote control. Some of these will be covered in more depth than others.

Defense Against the Dark Arts, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ensuring the security of your data and the privacy of your own information is becoming more and more important, but how to do so is also becoming increasingly complicated and confusing. As new exploits are described – and new and larger hacks are reported – one could be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing that can really be done and just giving up. In fact, there are simple things that you (and the community) can do to help ensure your security and online privacy. There are some adversaries that you may not be able to defeat, but most of us are not of interest to them.

LaunchPad: Supporting Student Innovation through Space, Programming, and IT Partnerships, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Today’s students seek out opportunities to collaborate, innovate, and create. Over the past year, HGSE IT engaged faculty and students to reimagine an existing computer lab as a collaborative hub. The LaunchPad is now home to ongoing programming, informal learning opportunities, and an annual education hackathon. Join HGSE faculty, staff, and students as we unpack our project vision, strategies for engaging internal and external partners, careful allocation of resources, and frameworks for evaluation and programming.