Libbey White: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Choose Your Own Adventure: Code in the Museum!

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This talk will provide a behind-the-scenes look at making software for interactive exhibits in a science museum. Did you tune out at the word "software?" Well, come back. This will be a participatory, Choose Your Own Adventure event, complete with all the suspense and high-stakes drama you've come to expect from the CYOA empire. What tools will you use for the job? What jobs will you be asked to do? What crucial systems will malfunction? What diabolical bugs will surface? How will you harness the power of serial communication? What even IS serial communication? There's only one way to find out. Don't worry if you haven't got a lick of technical knowledge. Come and find out how my biggest job fear went from "What if they ask me to do something I don't know how to do?" to "What if they don't?"

Libbey White has been the software developer at OMSI since late 2010. Besides interactive exhibits and web development, she's most fond of data visualization, generative art, and Ruby. Past jobs have included fireworks seller, ranch cook, laundromat attendant, traveling software consultant, pizza cutter, brain researcher, and bookstore clerk, among others. I have a B.A. in biology and an M.F.A. in science & natural history filmmaking. When not writing code, she likes to make wild horse pudding, wear oversized hoodies, and imagine new projects.