PowerToFly was thrilled to team up with Audible to present an exclusive event for women in tech on Wednesday July 20th. Held at Audible's gorgeous office in Newark, New Jersey a capacity crowd was treated to a series of presentations focusing on the current and upcoming technology behind Audible's popular products. Before and after the presentations, guests were able to network with their peers and the Audible team over delicious food and sparkling wine.
Some of the topics discussed in the evening included:
- Chrome Dev Tools
- Web App Security
- Resource Hints
- Serverless Computing
- Neha Koul | Software Development Engineer
- Oleksandra Usova | Software Development Engineer
- Jane Li | Software Development Engineer
- Garima Agarwal | Software Development Engineer
- Nancy Huang | Software Development Engineer
Follow Audible on PowerToFly for updates about more events and open roles.
An Audible ad greets you as you exit from the train station
The evening's agenda
The night's topics
Jamy Barton kicks off the evening by speaking about Audible's commitment to diversity
PowerToFly CoFounders Milena Berry and Katharine Zaleski
Ian Moraes introduces Audible's panel of women tech innovators
Audible's team took questions from the audience
Great food and drinks
Attendees had a chance to network with the Audible team as well as their peers
Women Tech Leaders From Audible Featured at Propelify Tech Talk
Below is an article originally written by Jane Li, Garima Agarwal, Nancy Huang, Alex Usova, and Neha Koul of PowerToFly Partner Audible, and published on June 11, 2018. Go to Audible's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
Despite a dreary morning sky, the boxed coffee and bustling energy kept all the volunteers in warm spirits. The outdoor Propelify conference on Hoboken's waterfront had been set up like a farmer's market—booth after booth showcasing cool tech ideas and enthusiastic young startups.
Audible's tent was fashioned into a swanky living room, with couches and a huge fuzzy carpet, a perfect invitation for attendees to come listen to five software developers from Audible's Consumer Domains, the full-stack engineering teams behind Audible's website.
Jane started the event with a talk about Chrome Developer Tools. After a short overview of Chrome's more familiar features, she shifted focus to lesser-known features used for diagnosing and improving website performance, like the Audits tab from Google's Lighthouse tool. Using mobile.audible.com as an example, she went over different types of audits like Performance, Progressive Web App, Accessibility, Best Practices, and SEO. She highlighted the bonus performance auditing features of Google Canary, the forward-looking beta build of Chrome, and the Network tab as direct ways to investigate performance issues. To highlight SEO, she showed changing the browser's user agent in the Network Conditions tool to Googlebot to see how it would view a webpage when determining search engine rankings. Finally, she ended her talk with the Security tab to tie into the next talk.
Second, was an enlightening talk on Web App Security by Garima. The talk highlighted the importance of serving sites over https for several trust and security reasons. There was emphasis on https becoming a requirement for leveraging http/2 and future PWA (Progressive Web App) technologies. The talk demonstrated two security vulnerabilities on sites today—XSS and Clickjacking. This was followed by leveraging http security headers to tighten up the security of web apps, typically just by adding a few lines of code. Garima called out several other security headers used by Audible today and encouraged the audience to research and use them.
Next, Nancy gave her talk on http/2. She started with a brief history of how the protocol came to be, starting with a screencap of one of the oldest web pages in existence to illustrate how far the Web has come since its inception. She went over two of the major features of http/2, where http request and response objects are refashioned as streams of tiny frames—multiplexed and compressed. Making sure to note that http/2 could only be supported on websites that assuredly serve their content over secure https, Nancy concluded her spiel with the wide availability of implementations of the protocol on both client and server side and encouraged the audience to adopt it.
Alex followed with a speech about a resource hint called Preconnect. The preconnect link relation type is used to indicate an origin that will be used to fetch required resources. Initiating an early connection, which includes the DNS lookup, TCP handshake, and optional TLS negotiation, allows the user agent to mask the high latency costs of establishing a connection. Alex provided examples of pages with and without preconnect and compared their loading time, demonstrating that usage of preconnect gives performance improvement, as well as giving a convincing argument for why every millisecond counts in the web world. She also demonstrated how preconnect is used in Audible.
The final talk of the session was presented by Neha Koul. Neha spoke about Serverless computing and how to host a website using the Lambda functions and API gateway. During the talk, she dived into how Functions as a Service (FaaS) describe the capability to deploy an individual "function," action, or piece of business logic using Serverless architecture. The presentation concluded with a demonstration of a sample campaign on the website for "What's your next title?" The audience was able to get a step-by-step guide on the serverless architecture, the lambda configurations, and important steps to set it up on their own.
The talks concluded with time for questions from the audience. After thanking everyone for a hugely successful round of Tech Talks, the tent once again turned into a mingling of inquisitive conference attendees, Audible employees, and the chilly morning air.
And They're Hiring!
International Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the globe. Pledge for Parity was the theme for the 2016 celebration, and some of Audible's female leadership shared their favorite books - the ones that helped them along their career paths - as well as tips on how we can foster parity in every workplace.
Audible is hiring, and they want you on their team. Click here to see all of their available opportunities, and don't forget to click 'Follow'!