Paramount Theater, Asbury Park, NJ

Schedule for the Event


This year marks the first year we are introducing events on the Thursday prior to the conference day. Learn more about this year's workshops.

We are also excited to announce the Vydia sponsored, pre-party event on October 4, 2018 from 6-9:00PM at the Sound Booth located at Asbury Hotel. Check it out and register your free ticket! Come out for a drink, meet and greet with speakers, enjoy some pre-conference networking at the official 2018 Pre-Party event brought to you by Vydia.


The official schedule of the day is below.

For those who are new to Asbury Agile we always start with breakfast before the 9am start, then engage with the amazing featured speakers along with meeting new friends and catching up with old. There's a few breaks throughout the day with lunch included. We try to end the day around 4pm with an event afterwards to kick back relax with other attendees, speakers, and sponsors. If you have any questions about the event let us know — team[at]

8:15-9:00am - Doors Open and Breakfast

Breakfast (bagels, fruit, coffee, tea, etc.) will be available. Our good friends at High Voltage will be serving up coffee.

9:10-9:40 - Setting Users up for Success

Fiona Rolander; Lead Product Designer, Bontouch

There are around 6 million apps aiming to solve problems for people. Why should they care about yours? How do you get them up and running? Fiona Rolander talks about designing products that provide real value to people's life and how to design a great onboarding experience.

9:45-10:15 - Accessibility in Agile Environments

Chandra Carney; Accessibility Lead - Engineering, Aetna Health

Accessibility is often looped in with compliance and legal regulations and seems to require specialized knowledge and audits. But in an Agile environment without code freezes and previously scheduled time for remediation, Aetna Health needed a more adaptable accessibility process. After launching a company-wide accessibility program in the last year and training all of our developers, we’ll break it down into easily digestible and doable things that are easy for your organization to start slowly integrating.

10:15-10:40 - Morning Networking & Coffee Break

10:40-11:10 - Distributed Design: How Stack Overflow builds strong remote teams

Ted Goas; Sr. Product Designer, Stack Overflow

Companies are increasingly embracing the idea of “remote” teams. But what does that mean? How different is being remote from a “normal” office environment, and does it actually work? What are the benefits and the downsides? And most importantly: how can a team work well together remotely?

In this talk, I’ll discuss what Stack Overflow’s remote team looks like on a day-to-day basis, problems with both remote and non-remote environments, and how to blend both together. Attendees will learn how everyday activities can be modified to fit a remote context, and how to create strong team bonds.

11:15-11:45 - Building the Future on Blockchain

Devon Yarbrough; Senior Blockchain Consultant, EY

Discover the power of decentralization. Learn about blockchain’s core, understand its pitfalls, and find out what makes the technology revolutionary.

11:45-12:00 - Modernizing Legacy Applications through UX Microservices

Guedis Cardenas Cabrera; Software Engineer, iCIMS

Learn strategies to modernize legacy enterprise applications one piece at a time through applied UX microservices and single page applications (SPA). Typically called the “Strangler Pattern,” this can be applied by inserting UI components into modern SPAs supported by microservices that abstract access to current platform data. This high level review can get you started along a path for lifting your older systems into a modular and scalable future.

12:00-1:15 - Lunch

Join us for lunch in the lobby of The Asbury.

1:30-2:00 - You May Not Need Media Queries. Using CSS Grid in the Real World

Brenda Storer; Front-end Devloper, Deft Services

The new CSS Grid specification is here! Sure, it’s fun to play with, but is it truly ready or even practical to use for everyday work? As a designer and front end developer at a software development agency, I’ve been using CSS Grid in production for websites since its initial release to browsers in March 2017 and I’m a big fan. In this talk, I’ll share live examples and step by step how you can progressively enhance your site with CSS Grid and write a bulletproof fallback for older browsers (or even continue to use your current grid framework as a fallback), all with pure CSS, no JavaScript required!

2:05-2:35 - Thinking Like a Data Scientist

Ricky Saporta; Vice President - Data, Vydia

How does the data scientist make decisions, and why is her approach so effective yet malleable? When she takes in new information, what goes through her mind and how might she interpret the new data. As a business leader, what can be learned from studying her approach? We’ll get inside the mind of a data scientist and discuss some ideas that we might be able to apply in our day-to-day decision making.

2:40-2:55 - Afternoon Networking, Snacks & Coffee Break

3:00-3:30 - Language of Design

Amélie Lamont; Product Designer, thoughtbot

We talk about the power of design to drive conversation, but what about our language and expectations changes or modifies that conversation? In what ways does our use of language cause confusion, harm, or innovation? In this talk, we explore a brief history of design and then talk about the ways in which you can better employ language to shape the world around you and be a better designer.

3:35-3:40 - Closing Remarks

Thank you! The after party will follow immediately at the pool/lounge area.