Past Bits & Bites - 2016

Fall 2016 Schedule

26 September

Business Skills for CS Students

Presented by: Danny Orozco
Learn how international business experience can give you a competitive edge in your career in the IT industry. Danny Orozco is a Software Engineering student at UNB and in this talk he will be discussing how his trade mission to China with Global Vision this summer has impacted his career prospects.

3 October

What is Git, and Why Should You Use it?

Presented by: David Leger
Learn the basics of version control with command-line git, a valuable tool used throughout the tech industry for working on software project with a team.

24 October

Web based mapping using OGC Standards for applications in Health and Energy.

Presented by: Eddie Oldfield (QUEST)
This presentation will focus on examples of health and energy mapping on the web, including past projects to implement OGC standards-based applications and web services (with support of UNB Computer Science students and Geomatics Engineering), and areas of future work. I will share lessons learned from our experience to develop and implement OGC standard-based applications.

Eddie Oldfieldis is the Principal Owner of Spatial Quest, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Mr. Oldfield is passionate about building healthier, more resilient, and smarter energy communities. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium's (OGC) global Health Domain Working Group, and is a founding member of the Energy & Utilities Domain Working Group and Smart Cities Domain Working Group. He is also a Member of the Resilient Communities Working Group under Canada's National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction; and he is Chair for the QUEST New Brunswick Caucus (advancing Smart Energy Communities). Previously, he worked as Director of the New Brunswick Climate Change Hub (12 years) an initiative funded by federal and provincial governments. During that time, he coordinated web-based mapping of environmental and health indicators for chronic respiratory illness programs, climate-health monitoring, and a cross-border pandemic influenza exercise, with funding from Canadian and US Governments. Nominated by Federation of Canadian Municipalities, he received a Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community-oriented efforts.

31 October

Smart Grid Data Challenges

Presented by: David Beauvais (SG2B Electric)

7 November

ShareLaTeX: An Online LaTeX Editor

Presented by: Leah Bidlake (UNB)
LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing.

NOTE: It would be beneficial to bring a laptop to follow along with examples.

Presentation Slides (PDF)

14 November

Introduction to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

Presented by: Karla Pooley & Eric Tucker (Blue Spurs)

28 November

Cybersecurity: Challenges and Opportunities

Presented by: Ali Ghorbani (UNB, CIC)

5 December

What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Career

Presented by: John Cotter (Cvent)
John is a senior front end web developer and team lead at Cvent's office in Fredericton. He has many years of experience in the tech industry and is constantly learning new skills and staying up-to-date with the latest technologies. In this talk John offers valuable advice, based on his experience and the current state of the industry, for students who are just starting their careers in tech.

Winter 2017 Schedule

30 January

An Introduction to OBD: Programming with your Car

Presented by: Sam Jesso (Autobit)
Sam is the founder of Autobit, a platform for collecting & analysing real-time vehicle diagnostic data for service centers, dealerships, or fleets. He is also a software engineering student here at UNB and a finalist in NBIF Breakthru Pitch Competition in 2015.

In this talk Sam shares his knowledge of programming as it relates to interfacing with your car's on-board diagnostics (OBD) computers.

Resources: An Introduction to OBD (PDF) | OBD Starter Kit (Code,

6 February

Free Productivity and Development Resources for Students

Presented by: Trevor Flynn (Bulletproof)
Slides: (PDF)

20 February

Border Gateway Protocol Basics & Internet Peering

Presented by: Eric Morin (f6 networks)
Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a standardized exterior gateway protocol designed to exchange routing and reachability information among autonomous systems (AS) on the Internet.

27 February

Actor-oriented Programming of the JVM with Scala/Play/Akka

Presented by: Aaron Broad & Aditya Aggarwal (Siemens)

20 March

Digital New Brunswick

Presented by: Gerry Fairweather (New Brunswick Government)

27 March


Presented by: Howard Powell & Karla Pooley (Blue Spurs)
Microservices is a specialisation of an implementation approach for service-oriented architectures (SOA) used to build flexible, independently deployable software systems.

3 April

Detecting Dark Web

Presented by: Arash Lashkari (UNB, CIC)
Dr. Arash Habibi Lashkari is research associate at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick. He has more than 21 years of academic and industry experience. Dr. Lashkari has been awarded 2 gold medals as well as 12 silver and bronze medals in international competitions around the world. In addition, he is the author of 9 books in English and Persian on topics including cryptography, network security, and mobile communication as well as over 70 journals and conference papers concerning various aspects of computer security. His current research focuses on cyber security, big security data analysis, Internet Traffic Analysis and the detection of malware and attacks. (