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Information sharing for technical employees across UC San Diego who support the academic and business units.

techtalks-logo.pngYou’re invited to the TECHTalk information series. Each monthly session will be hosted by a subject matter expert in enterprise technologies or current projects and programs, and will include speaker-driven presentations, audience Q&As, AMAs or panel discussions.

TECHTalk Zoom meetings start at 11:30 on the third Wednesday of every month. Find information on each month's topic and speakers below. Join TECHTalks with this Zoom meeting link.

Add TECHTalks to Your Calendar

Download this .ics file then:
  • Open in Outlook or
  • In Google Calendar settings, import to your calendar

Contact with questions or comments.

2022 TECHTalks

TECHTalks are recorded. Session recordings, slide decks and more will be available each month in that month's section below.

January 19: Mike Corn and IT Security

CISO Mike Corn hosted the January TECHTalk, where he took a poll of audience topics of interest, gave an overview of Office of Information Assurance services and projects, then opened the floor for an IT security Q&A.

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  • Presentation slide deck
  • IT Security Topics of Interest poll results
  • Post-Session survey results 
    • Note that survey results for the Preferred Meeting Time came in at:
      • 10 for 11:30 to 12:20 p.m.
      • 10 for 12 to 12:50 p.m.
      • 11 for 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. or "Any of the above"
      • 1 for "None of the above"
With ties for 11:30 to 12:20 p.m. and 12 to 12:50 p.m., we'll keep the TECHTalk meeting time at 11:30 to 12:20 p.m. 
Thank you for your input!

February 16: Sarah Parnell, What is a Community of Practice?

Sarah Parnell, Manager of Analytics Communities of Practice in the IT Services Office of Business Intelligence and Activity Hubs, spoke at the February meeting on Communities of Practice. Watch the session recording to learn what a Community of Practice is, where to find some of the current communities at UC San Diego, and how you can start a community of your own.

UC Tech 2022 Chair Miguel Rodriguez also provided an update on preparations for this year’s UC-wide technical conference.

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March 16: Enterprise Identity Management (EIM) Project Update

In March, Members of the Enterprise Identity Management (EIM) project team reviewed how identity is managed at the university today and what it will look like in the future. The team from the EIM project, part of the Enterprise Systems Renewal (ESR) program, covered project deliverables, solutions and timelines, followed by an audience Q&A. 

EIM project panel members:

  • David Hutches, Enterprise Architect, IT Services and EIM
  • Mona Zarei, IT Architect, IT Services and EIM Solution Architect
  • Kate Balderston: Business Division Change Manager, Jacobs School of Engineering and EIM Process Lead
  • Jason Andrews, Change Practitioner, IT Services and EIM

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April 20: James Seddon, What's Up with the Voice and Data Networks?!

Members from IT Services Network and Voice Operations hosted the April TECHTalk with the latest in campus wireless and voice and an audience Q&A. Watch the recording below to hear about the current status, related projects, and future plans.

Speakers from IT Services Network and Voice Operations:

  • James Seddon, Associate Director, Network and Voice Operations, IT Services
  • James Madden, Network Architect, IT Services
  • Veronica Garcia, Enterprise Telephony Supervisor, IT Services

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The TECHTalk on May 18 was cancelled.

To add TECHTalks to your calendar, download this .ics file then open it in Outlook or, in Google Calendar settings, import the file to your calendar.

June 15: Community Open Mic

The June “Open Mic” TECHTalk featured 7 of your peers talking about their work in progress and tech-related topics in short, 5-minute presentations.

  1. Miguel Rodriguez, IT Business Systems Analyst: UC Tech 2022 Chair will update us on the conference, registration, and volunteering
  2. Carolyn Ellis, IT Policy Analyst: Women in Tech at UC San Diego
  3. Allison Flick, Dev Ops Engineer: “Grab and Go Chromebooks” program at the Library
  4. Ashish Pandit, IT Architect: IT Services Integration Platform Toolkit
  5. Louis Zelus, App Programmer: Deduping data and overview of our implementation
  6. David Soleno, IT Architect: Function as a Service (FaaS) and Containerization
  7. Elaine Fleming, IT Communications & Outreach: IT Community Survey
  8. Q&A and audience topics

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July 20: Paul Jamason & Ryan Rose, Converting Technical Debt

The July TECHTalk featuring Paul Jamason and Ryan Rose from the IT Services Academic Technology Innovation team is about technical debt and how their team has managed to tackle and modernize the problem by looking toward the future. July's community emcee is Erin Kilburn, IT Services Project Management Office Director.

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August: UC Tech 2022 - No TECHTalk

TECHTalks took a break in August for the annual, UC-wide UC Tech conference. 

Visit for conference information and session recordings.


September 21: Galen Davis, Media Storage and Delivery for Departments and Staff

Galen Davis, Senior Education Technology Specialist in IT Services Academic Technical Services, talks about the Kaltura media storage service used at UC San Diego in conjunction with the Canvas learning management system to store and deliver academic course content.

Kaltura, which offers unlimited media storage, channel creation, unlisted links, media editing, automated transcription, is also availalbe to non-instructors. UC San Diego's enterprise license is available at no cost for individual or department use.

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October 19: Stay Tuned!

Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Meeting Link: TECHTalk Zoom

Contact with your topic to claim a 5-minute turn at the mic.

Add the TECHTalks series to your calendar. Download this .ics file then Open in Outlook or Import into Google Calendar

November 16: Stay Tuned!

Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Meeting Link: TECHTalk Zoom

Contact with your topic to claim a 5-minute turn at the mic.

Add the TECHTalks series to your calendar. Download this .ics file then Open in Outlook or Import into Google Calendar


Depending on the campus status on COVID and your input, December may be a casual, on-campus get together, a TECHTalk scheduled for the 2nd week of the month, or canceled. 

Look for questionnaire to collect your thoughts as we approach December.

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