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ICCM Workshops are scheduled so that you can choose the subjects most relevant to your needs. The schedule is still being ironed out, but last year there were twelve workshops running parallel on two tracks. Unless you’ve mastered the art of being in two places at once, you’ll have to choose wisely. Currently, we’re planning five types of workshops: Basic Technology, Advanced Technology, Web & App Development, Leadership & Management, and Christian Growth.

Also, remember that much of the programme is built around BOFs (Birds Of a Feather). BOFs allow attendees to get together for subjects more naturally suited to their interests, needs, and occupations. Topics for BOFs are determined during a BOF voting period the first day of the conference.

The 2018 Workshops

We’re still developing the schedule for the 10th annual ICCM-Europe. The schedule will be similar to 2017, but there will be a completely new assortment of topics and speakers.

Here are this year’s potential workshops. They’ll be worked into the schedule when we have this list complete and confirmed.

Basic Tech

Server Backup with Duplicati

As a systems’ administrator, you will become the hero of the day if your organisation goes through a major data disaster and you where the one to configure the backup properly. Likewise if not :-(.

Backup is not rocket science, but there are a few things that help you get the job done efficiently. I’m going to give a brief general introduction to data backup, and then go through the process of installing and configuring the Duplicati backup software.

Time and Place: Thursday at 13:00 in the COBOL Room.

Speaker: Beat Schnyder
Beat has been a volunteer with an international mission org for some years. In 2015 he started Basx ltd with the goal to serve missions and other non-profits with better IT services. He is also working in test automation in Switzerland’s finance industry.

Office 365 for Creative Access

Many Creative Access members need security solutions to communicate with the world and internally within their company. With the proper configuration and education, Office 365 can be safely used in Creative Access areas. This presentation will focus on how creative access members can use Office 365 to safely send and receive email.

Time and Place: Friday at 14:15 in the AJAX Room

Speaker: Gustavo Hellwig
Gustavo Hellwig has more than sixteen years of experience as a Windows network engineer. His key skills are with Office 365, Windows Servers, Active Directory, and Exchange Servers and Hardware. He led a session at the 2015 ICCM Africa and 2 sessions at the 2016 ICCM US. Currently, he is a staff member at RVA (Rift Valley Academy) and an Information Strategist for AIM (Africa Inland Mission). Find more information about Gustavo on LinkedIn.

Advanced Tech

The Why and How of Configuration Management (using Puppet)

Configuration Management (CM) at the Operating System level can be intimidating at first, but it can pay off in the long run. In this workshop, we will look at the goals of CM and I will give a brief overview of the currently available tools (Chef, Ansible, Salt, Puppet etc.)

For the most part of the session, I will show how Puppet in particular can be used to either slowly introduce CM into existing systems or to build new systems from the ground up. I will focus on real-life examples of systems and problems to show how Puppet (or any CM tool) can be used effectively to improve and manage an infrastructure. I will also go into some details about the problems that you are likely to encounter at a macro and micro scale.

The workshop will focus mostly on Linux, with some honourable mentions of Windows and Mac systems.

After the presentation there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

Time and Place: Friday at 13:00 in the COBOL Room

Speaker: Stefan Seidel
Director of Network Systems
Kalaam Media Ltd.
Leipzig, Germany

I am currently working as Systems Administrator for Kalaam Media. We are enabling the creation of Christian websites and mobile apps in minority languages. For the past 10+ years I have worked as a software developer and Linux systems administrator, but my passion for coding started more than 25 years ago. I am married and father to 3 kids.

Software Defined Networking: The New Network

Software Defined Network – or SDN – is a new way to manage your network. The promise of SDN is that you no longer need STP, OSPF or any other (old) network technologies. With SDN you can manage and monitor your network from a central console.

But what is true about the SDN promise? Is it the best next thing? Or is just hype? In this session, I will discuss what SDN is and how it operates. Subjects such as openflow, NFV and other technologies will be discussed. At the end, you will have a clearer picture of SDN and its possibilities.

Time and Place: Thursday at 13:00 in the AJAX Room

Speaker: Martijn Bellaard
During his career, Martijn Bellaard has specialized in server infrastructure, Networking and Security. In the past, he worked for different companies as Infrastructure Architect. Today he works as ICT System and Network Engineering teacher at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Here he is teaching the next generation ICT specialists.
He is also a father of two kids and has been married for almost 18 years. He lives in Zeist, a suburb of Utrecht.

Virtualization with KVM

If you are thinking of using virtualization, but are not sure how to start, this workshop is for you. KVM is a major open source hypervisor, useful in a large variety of scenarios, starting as small as one guest server. You’ll hear experiences from 8 years of production deployments of KVM on 8 Debian Linux hosts, ranging from a single Windows machine in a Linux-mostly environment to a 5000 Euro host, capable of bearing all the servers a publishing house or a seminary-cum-nursing home needs.

Time and Place: Friday at 14:15 in the Basic Room

Speaker: Martin Stut
Martin Stut is working part time for a Germany-wide association of deaconess mother-houses and part time as a volunteer for a few mission orgs. As “Jack of all trades, master of none”, he is interested in simple, inexpensive, but reliable technologies such as Linux servers.

Internet Threats and Countermeasures

There is a lot going on in the Internet from a security perspective. Think of hacking into systems, ransomware, IoT botnets, identity theft, spam, news & gossip, harassment, DDoS, and data theft. There are criminal activities, but also non-criminal activities can have security implications, like the use of bitcoins or user mistakes when dealing with personal data.

What are the risks you have and is there a way of mitigating those risks? What are the countermeasures you can use to defend yourself?

This workshop will give a broad view on the topics, and, where possible, take into account a focus for missions and churches.

Time and Place: Thursday at 16:00 in the AJAX Room

Speaker: Pim van Stam
Pim is a co-owner of SvSnet, a small company specializing in internet networks and security. His background for more than 25 years has been in ICT, and has focused on (internet) infrastructure management and design (BGP, TCP/IP), networking (switching, routing), Unix, web services, and security. With his team, he is managing the largest anti-DDoS service in the Netherlands, called the NaWas. As a hobby, he likes to work on projects for house automation, like Arduino, RaspberryPi, and wireless networking.

Web & App Development

Hybrid App Development with Ionic and Angular

Use your web skills to develop apps on the web, Android, and iOS with the same codebase! Whether you are looking to build in-house apps or public solutions, hybrid development offers rapid development, easy maintenance, and are faster than ever. We will be looking at how to develop an app from scratch with Ionic and Angular, some of the fastest-growing and best-supported solutions in the hybrid app world.

Time and Place: Friday at 14:15 in the COBOL Room

Speaker: Jon Reinagel
Email: jon@equipmoz.org
Ministry or Company: Fountain of Life
Position or Title: Lead Developer
Primary Location: Beira, Mozambique
Bio: Jon is the Director of Equip Mozambique and the Lead Developer of Fountain of Life, an app aimed at bringing 1st world gospel resources to the 3rd world. With resources in over 100 languages, Fountain of Life is available in over 12 countries with almost 50,000 downloads and over a dozen content partners. Jon lives in Beira, Mozambique with his wife, Carla, and three kids.
Website: equipmoz.org

Pragmatic Programming

A good software developer is not defined through the frameworks, languages or patterns he knows. This talk explores what is needed to be a good software developer, what mindset is favourable and what things are needed to be treated carefully, especially certain paradigms.

Time and Place: Friday at 13:00 in the Basic Room

Speaker: Samuel von Stachelski
Email: stachelski@basx.ch
Ministry or Company: basx
Position or Title: Lead Software Developer
Primary Location: Chiangmai, Thailand
Website: basx.ch

Bio:

  • Education/work:
    1. Four years apprenticeship as electrician
    2. Three years bachelor degree in computer science
    3. Three years working in research institute (data mining, efficient algorithms)
    4. Since half a year: Working for basx to use IT skills in the kingdom of God
  • Spiritual life:
    1. Grew up in a Christian household
    2. Full devotion to God for 23 years

Big Data, Something for You?

Big Data is it hype or is it here to stay? In this workshop, we will look at Big Data. What is it and, more important, can you use it in your organization? Big Data is a very broad subject so we will only touch the surface of all different aspects of Big Data and Big Data Analysis. We are gathering more data every year. But what do we do with it? It could be a potential gold mine to find answers to questions we did not even think to ask ourselves.

With Big Data you can perform predictive analysis. For example, once your Big Data solution is in place, the next morning you will turn on your computer and the computer tells you that it is very likely that Event A will occur today even though you did not know that Event A was even possible. The computer will then tell you that Consequence B will happen to your organization as the result of Event A. And thus it provides Recommendation C as the best reaction to Consequence B. All this you did not know or even think this was possible. This is the essence of Big Data and Big data Analysis.

Time and Place: Thursday at 14:15 in the AJAX Room

Speaker: Jeroen
Position: Software Engineer
Primary Location: The Netherlands
Bio: I want to help other people to do their work better and with more pleasure through automation. I have been working with the organization now for 13 years. Starting as an MS access developer and now primarily as ASP.NET web developer and statistics. I am married and have 3 children.

Leadership & Management

Group Discussions using the Six Thinking Hats Method

The premise of the method is that the human brain thinks in a number of distinct ways which can be deliberately challenged, and hence planned for use in a structured way allowing one to develop tactics for thinking about particular issues. The author of the method identified six distinct directions in which the brain can be challenged. We will present ways that may be useful for your ministry to push group discussion members to think differently as usually.

Time and Place: Thursday at 14:15 in the Basic Room

Speaker Name: Gustavo Hellwig
Gustavo Hellwig has more than sixteen years of experience as a Windows network engineer. His key skills are with Office 365, Windows Servers, Active Directory, and Exchange Servers and Hardware. He led a session at the 2015 ICCM Africa and 2 sessions at the 2016 ICCM US. Currently, he is a staff member at RVA (Rift Valley Academy) and an Information Strategist for AIM (Africa Inland Mission). Find more information about Gustavo on LinkedIn.

Building for Relationship

It is not good for man to be alone… but could our smartphones be making us more alone than ever? As disciples of Christ and builders of technology, what are we doing to build for relationship? How are we baking in relationship into the heart of what we make?

Time and Place: Friday at 13:00 in the AJAX Room

Speaker: James Doc
James Doc (jamesdoc.com) works for The Globe Church (globe.church), a plant in central London, with the made up job title of Digital Ministry Developer. He is focused on looking at how church ministry can be assisted by digital tools. He also co-leads Kingdom Code (kingdomcode.uk) a group for Christians who work building digital tools, helping those in the tech industry think about how they can be salt and light in that world, while also using their skills to advance The Great Commission.
Twitter: @jamesdoc

How to Build Resilient Team Members – Panel Discussion

Have you ever felt like giving up? Over-worked? Not appreciated? Misunderstood? Under-paid? (ha: what’s pay?!) Always crossing swords — or words — with someone you MUST work with? Pain of various kinds wears us down until we feel like dung and our attitude begins to stink too!

How can an overseer or boss help team members not only survive, but grow stronger and thrive through the inevitable pain and frustrations of serving in missions? That is what we will discuss and try to answer.

Time and Place: Friday at 16:00 in the Basic Room

Hosted by Paul Beam
Panel Members: Courtney R., Mick Leggett, Martin Stut

Christian Growth

40 Days of Decrease

The Lenten season serves as a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Often we sacrifice something that is marginal, but lack the intentional increase in our relationship with Christ. We will explore ways to draw closer to God during Lent or any other time of year.

Time and Place: Friday at 16:00 in the COBOL Room

Speaker: Jacob Coon
Jacob Coon is an instructional designer with GEM eDOT. He is originally from Toledo, Ohio, but has been living in Kandern, Germany for almost five years. He has a passion for helping people learn snd serving others. As a former teacher he has a passion for helping people learn new things and experience old things in new ways.

Seeking Vitality in Prayer

Prayer can easily become stale and repetitive. We will explore and experience three creative ways to pray including poetry, building a memorial, and doodling.

Time and Place: Thursday at 13:00 in the Basic Room

Speakers: Dana Cherry, Miette Bretschneider, and Jacob Coon

No More Faking Fine

The Christian life can be tough, and yet our outward response is normally, “Everything is good.” How can we make that statement true, even in times of trials? How can we share our trials, be open, and work together as a community of believers to ensure that we find joy in the midst of the suck?

Time and Place: Thursday at 16:00 in the Basic Room

Speaker: Jacob Coon
Jacob Coon is an instructional designer with GEM eDOT. He is originally from Toledo, Ohio, but has been living in Kandern, Germany for almost five years. He has a passion for helping people learn snd serving others. As a former teacher he has a passion for helping people learn new things and experience old things in new ways.