October 16, 2014

Developer Body Issues

Developers don't normally compare themselves to professional athletes, but often their careers end in the same tragic way. This talk will detail common ways that developers and IT Pros destroy their bodies as they work, and provide simple ways to help correct these problems before they become life-threatening - or even worse: career-ending. This session goes way beyond the common ergonomics and stress injury talking points, and focuses on the anthropological reasons for your upright posture and why this makes computer use so dangerous. You will learn how you see, and how working with computers destroys this system. You will learn how you breathe, and how the way you're breathing can tell your brain to destroy your body. Come to this talk and learn in an hour what it’s taken a lifetime of numbness, pain, and doctors to figure out.

Jim Christopher

Jim loves to build things and take things apart. He has an MA in Cognitive Psychology and gained 20 years of professional experience developing complex software projects in highly regulated industries, including education, gaming, finance, and defense. His professional drive is designing software, systems, and user experiences for automation, a theme that has earned him a four-time Microsoft MVP for PowerShell (2011-2015). He currently works for himself at Code Owls LLC developing software that helps people do awesome things.

We meet at Mojo Coworking in downtown Asheville. (directions)
60 N. Market Street – C200
Asheville, NC 28801

Parking is on the street and is free after 6 pm

The parking lots connected to Market Street are towing enforced. Since most of the street is filled with lawyer offices, parking should be abundant when we arrive.

Agenda:
* 6:00 PM Networking with dinner
* 6:30 PM Announcements and Introductions
* 6:45 PM Presentation
* 8:00 PM Wrap-up