Stanford Techie Festival starts Monday; 18 classes offered this year

Instructors are eager to share  tips, tricks and best practices – and to answer questions – at the Fifth Annual Techie Festival, Aug. 19-30. With 18 classes to choose from, it's a great way to use STAP funds before the end of the fiscal year.

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This year's Techie Festival includes a class on using your iPad more effectively.

The Fifth Annual Techie Festival, which opens Monday, features several classes designed specifically for Stanford audiences: using the Box online file sharing and cloud service; fundamentals of the Stanford style of web design; and building a personal site with Drupal, a content management software widely used on campus.

The Aug. 19-30 festival, organized by IT Services' Technology Training, features morning and afternoon classes in Turing Auditorium.

The class lineup also includes Social Media and Business Applications and iPhone and iPad Apps to Improve Productivity.

"The Techie Festival is a good way to join a like-minded group of attendees trying to get the best possible learning experience," said Don Cameron, course and marketing coordinator at Technology Training.

"The instructors are all great presenters who know how to keep the topics interesting and like to interact with the attendees. They want those attending to get the most out of the presentation, which is why all questions are very welcome."

Cameron said Techie Festival sessions are designed for people who may not have the time or funds for a full-day class but would like to delve into a topic, such as Adobe Creative Suite, HTML5, Drupal or Project Essentials.

All attendees are welcome to bring their laptops to follow along.

Registration is $125 for the three-hour classes, which are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. For regular university employees working 50 percent time or more, it's a great way to use remaining Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds before Aug. 31, the end of the fiscal year.

Participants may register online at the Techie Festival page, in STARS or at Turing Auditorium on the day of the class. The auditorium is located in Polya Hall, room 111.

Among the 18 classes scheduled this year:

  • Google Apps: From Docs and Drive to Gmail. Learn about the different features of Google Apps for productivity, including Gmail, Google Docs/Drive, Sites, Calendar and more.
  • Project Management Essentials. Enhance your project management skills and learn how to better manage projects of all kinds. This session is focused on bringing innovative insights and practical techniques to revolutionize managing projects of all sizes.
  • iPhone and iPad Basics: Where do I go now? Learn how to use your iPhone or iPad more effectively, with tips ranging from setting up your email/calendar to security, troubleshooting and more.
  • Drupal: Building a Personal Site. Create your personal website the Drupal way! This course will introduce you to Drupal basics of adding, editing and organizing content. We will be setting up a Drupal site using Stanford Sites, a self-service tool for building and managing websites for university work.
  • Excel: Formatting Professional-Looking Spreadsheets. Beautiful spreadsheets are like everything else, in the eyes of the beholder. Learn how to develop spreadsheets that are well organized and attractive.

The festival also will feature two free Tech Briefings. On Aug. 23, representatives of Microsoft will talk about "The Latest with Windows 8.1." On Aug. 30, members of the IT Services staff will give a talk on how to create HTML email newsletters. Both drop-in briefings will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m.