Join us on September 27 and 28 for the sixth annual Quicken Loans Technology Conference at Cobo Center in the heart of Detroit. Hosted by the Quicken Loans Technology team, this year’s conference, “Technology Drives the Business,” is a great platform to share ideas, showcase technology skills and get inspired. Whether you’re an industry professional or just a lover of technology, this conference has something for you. During this two-day event, you’ll hear from industry experts on everything from web and mobile development to data-driven projects and strategies for getting work done in the technology-focused workplaces of today.
Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s second largest mortgage lender. He is also Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments, and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 100 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 25,000 team members.
Since 2013, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed $220 billion in home loan volume across all 50 states, and in 2015, for the sixth consecutive year, earned J.D. Power’s highest rating for client satisfaction among all U.S. mortgage lenders. Quicken Loans is No. 1 on Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” and has been named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 consecutive years.
Dan is also a shareholder in several sports-related consumer and technology businesses, including a leading wall graphics company (Fathead), electronic ticketing company (Flash Seats) and innovative sports equipment helmet maker (Xenith).
Dan began moving his Family of Companies to Detroit’s central business district in 2010 in an effort to help lead the transformation of a great American city. In January 2010, Dan co-founded Bedrock Detroit, a full-service real estate firm specializing in purchasing, leasing, financing, developing and managing commercial space based in downtown Detroit. Since then, he has invested more than $2.2 billion to purchase and renovate more than 95 commercial properties accounting for more than 15 million square feet in the city’s urban core. Thousands of jobs have been created, and today more than 15,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit.
Dan also founded JACK Entertainment, a developer and owner of unique urban casinos in downtown Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore. In 2013, the company also acquired Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel, which will be renamed as JACK Detroit Casino-Hotel Greektown later this year.
In March 2013, Rock Ventures, in collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, unveiled and implemented a visionary placemaking and retail plan centered on creating activity and vibrant, distinct destinations to draw people to the region using a multifaceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces.
Dan is a Founder and Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds startup and early-stage technology companies in Detroit. He is also a Founding Partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC, which invests in growing businesses in the financial services, Internet technology, consumer-direct marketing and the sports and entertainment industries across the United States.
In September 2013, Dan was named co-chair of the Blight Removal Task Force. The group, appointed by the Obama Administration, published a detailed plan in May 2014 to remove all blighted structures and lots in the city of Detroit. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the M-1 RAIL initiative, which began construction in July 2014. The 6.6-mile modern streetcar system, known as QLINE, is designed to spur economic development and improve downtown and midtown Detroit’s transportation infrastructure.
Dan serves on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic, the Washington D.C.-based Children’s National Medical Center and the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which is focused on finding a cure for the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University.
Jay Farner is President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online home loan lender and second largest retail mortgage lender. In addition, Jay serves as Portfolio Manager for Quicken Loans’ Family of Companies. He is instrumental in leveraging the synergies between Quicken Loans’ marketing, business development and mortgage origination operations. This strategic alliance played a key role in the company achieving more than $220 billion in home loan volume across all 50 states since 2013.
Jay joined Rock Financial in 1996 and quickly became one of the company’s top mortgage professionals. In early 1997, he became a Director of Mortgage Banking and played a significant role in training and development for Rock Financial, the company’s former Michigan-only brand. He was later promoted to Vice President of Web Mortgage Banking in May 1998 and helped establish Quicken Loans as the largest online lender in the country.
Detroit-based Quicken Loans was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination” in the United States by J.D. Power for the past six years, 2010–2015. The company was also ranked highest in the nation for client satisfaction among mortgage servicers by J.D. Power for three consecutive years, 2014 through 2016, each year the company was eligible.
Quicken Loans employs 15,000 team members and was ranked No. 5 on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2016, ranking among the top-30 companies for the last 13 years. The company has been recognized as one of Computerworld Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” for the past 12 years, ranking No. 1 in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2007, 2006 and 2005.
Jay also serves as Director for national reverse mortgage lender One Reverse Mortgage, real estate company In-House Realty and marketing firm Rock Connections.
Along with his work for Quicken Loans, Jay serves as an executive board member for the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Metropolitan Detroit YMCA.
Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and is a member of the 2011 Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 class. He resides in the Detroit area with his wife Wendi and their three children.
Dr. Gil is a leading technologist and senior executive at IBM. As Vice President of Science and Solutions of IBM Research, Dr. Gil directs a global organization of some 1,500 researchers across 11 laboratories. He has direct responsibility for IBM’s science agenda, with a broad portfolio of activities spanning the physical sciences, the mathematical sciences, healthcare and the life sciences. Dr. Gil is also responsible for IBM’s cognitive solutions research agenda, which aims to create scientific and technological breakthroughs to differentiate IBM’s solutions businesses and serves as an incubator for future cognitive industry solutions for IBM and its clients.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Gil was the Director of Symbiotic Cognitive Systems, where he led the creation of cognitive environments, highly interactive physical spaces designed to improve the quality of decision-making through always-on ambient intelligence. During his tenure he was responsible for the design and creation of three pioneering laboratories and experiential centers: the Cognitive Environments Laboratory, the IBM Research THINKLab and the IBM Watson Experience Center.
Dr. Gil is a passionate advocate of collaborative research business models and is the creator and Founding Director of two research consortia: the IBM Research Frontiers Institute and the Smarter Energy Research Institute. An expert in the field of nanofabrication, he led the team that built the world’s first microprocessor with immersion lithography in 2004.
Dr. Gil is a frequent speaker at business events, conferences (including TED), universities, research institutions and foundations. His research results have appeared in over 20 international journals and conferences, and he is the author of numerous patents. Dr. Gil is a member of the Future Trends Forum, the Industrial Advisory Group of the Institute of Photonic Sciences and an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bullet Time invites you to our first ever, One Hour Hackathon! You’ll work in teams to build your own musical instruments and write a song, using some pretty cool technology. At the end of the build, you’ll perform your song for a chance to win something sweet!
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Space is limited for this one of a kind experience, so get your team and sign up soon!
SOLID has been around for at least 13 years, with the underlying principles as far back as 1995. These principles were created in the realm of object-orientation but they can be applied at a much more broadly. This session will introduce message-orientation with .NET and how taking a message-oriented approach to design and architecture, from bottom-to-top, applies SOLID principles with ease. The session will use a couple of small OSS projects
Pick the kids up after school, pay the electric bill on Friday, reviews for team members are due tomorrow, oh and I have to remember to call a team member back about the question they asked yesterday. These are just a few of the things that run through our heads constantly. While some of us have work tasks that are tracked in kanban boards or Jira or TFS or maybe even pencil and paper, there is so much more we have to keep track of. Ugh-- an email just came in, crap, I have to take a survey now. Ok, I’m back...what was I saying...oh yeah, staying productive... getting things done. It is something many information workers struggle with every day. For many, actually being productive doesn’t come naturally. It didn’t come naturally to me, so I set out on a journey to hack myself and change my habits. In this session, we are going to look at some science, psychology, tools, and methods to help us process, track, and ultimately get more things done at work and in our personal lives. Join me as I lay out my own personal struggles and how I hacked myself into being more productive.
Over the past year, many team members have reached out and asked the same question over and over, “Why did I choose to get into leadership?” During this talk, I will focus on answering this question, telling my story from developer to leader and everything in-between. I will also share my crossroads experience with you: my decision between going back to engineering, or going all-in on being a leader. Spoiler Alert - I Choose Leadership - come and find out why. At the end of this talk, I hope to have helped some of you realize your next step when it comes to leadership even if it means deciding it's not for you.
BONUS: AMA at the end!
A champion in the workforce is a person and/or team that drives positive transformation and understands best-practice principles to implement. In order for organizations to adapt to change, there sometimes needs to be a culture/mindset shift: which is what many companies are experiencing with the wave of DevOps principles becoming more and more eminent. This talk will cover many questions that need to be addressed: How to scale DevOps in large organizations? How to work with legacy applications (and legacy people)? Where do we start? Humility will be shown common failures and lessons learned. This talk attempts to give an understanding of the journey to developing a DevOps culture, the challenges that are expected to come along with it, and identifying solutions. DevOps is not the shiniest, new technology- it’s a new way of thinking, empowering, and collaborating.
These vendors and more will have booths onsite at the event to showcase the latest and greatest technologies that they offer.