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Stanford Techie Festival starts Monday; 18 classes offered this year

techie_FestivalBy Kathleen J. Sullivan

Instructors are eager to share tips, tricks and best practices – and to answer questions – at the Fifth Annual Techie Festival, Aug. 19-30. With 18 classes to choose from, it’s a great way to use STAP funds before the end of the fiscal year.

he Fifth Annual Techie Festival, which opens Monday, features several classes designed specifically for Stanford audiences: using the Box online file sharing and cloud service; fundamentals of the Stanford style of web design; and building a personal site with Drupal, a content management software widely used on campus.

The Aug. 19-30 festival, organized by IT Services’ Technology Training, features morning and afternoon classes in Turing Auditorium.

The class lineup also includes Social Media and Business Applications and iPhone and iPad Apps to Improve Productivity.

“The Techie Festival is a good way to join a like-minded group of attendees trying to get the best possible learning experience,” said Don Cameron, course and marketing coordinator at Technology Training.

“The instructors are all great presenters who know how to keep the topics interesting and like to interact with the attendees. They want those attending to get the most out of the presentation, which is why all questions are very welcome.”

Cameron said Techie Festival sessions are designed for people who may not have the time or funds for a full-day class but would like to delve into a topic, such as Adobe Creative Suite, HTML5, Drupal or Project Essentials.

All attendees are welcome to bring their laptops to follow along.

Registration is $125 for the three-hour classes, which are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. For regular university employees working 50 percent time or more, it’s a great way to use remaining Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds before Aug. 31, the end of the fiscal year.

Participants may register online at the Techie Festival page, in STARS or at Turing Auditorium on the day of the class. The auditorium is located in Polya Hall, room 111.

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