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Recently, I got the opportunity to attend the Wearables DevCon conference in Burlingame presented by the folks at BZ Media.

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If there’s one thing Iris Classon wants you to take away from her keynote session, “Learning to Be a Developer—From Day One,” it’s this: It’s up to you to create your own opportunities in life.

Starting from her origins as a troubled youth who was constantly getting kicked out of various schools, Iris gave a heartfelt presentation that showed how she triumphed through adversity by learning to take action and confront her fears.

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We all know that some projects are destined to fail. Once a project gets the A-OK to get started, it’s up to the stars and fate to determine its future. Right? Well, not really.

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On October 2, everyone’s favorite rapid-fire conference session took place. Of course, I’m referring to what is aptly called “Lighting Strikes the Keynotes.” During this keynote, a wide range of conference speakers got five minutes to capture the crowd’s attention with their best ideas and thoughts on all things testing and development.

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Alan Page's STARWEST 2013 keynote session "Testing the Xbox: Lessons for All" detailed his experience leading a testing team for Microsoft's Xbox One entertainment system. This keynote session, mind you, was not about sharing secrets behind the system—it was about sharing the various strategies and techniques Page and his team of six testers use to ensure that the Xbox One functions correctly and seamlessly.

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