Every year we like to give you a little inside view of the speakers that will be presenting at Maritime DevCon and this year will be no different! We asked them some questions during the submission process to help us get to know them a little bit better and now it’s time for you to get to know them as well!

First up, let’s introduce you to William McIver Jr., PhD. William has over 25 years of speaking experience and is currently the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Mobile First Technology at the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC). He conducts applied research in the practical application of mobile information and communication technologies to a wide range of industrial and social use cases. He also manages the NBCC Mobile Ideaspace, a physical and virtual laboratory spanning the NBCC’s six campuses and designed to leverage NBCC’s competencies, tools, and infrastructure in support of early-stage innovation across the province. Bill has performed research in academic, federal, and industrial contexts. He has patented and licensed technologies. He is a former Senior Research Officer in the Institute for Information Technologies of the National Research Council in Fredericton. He led research projects in NRC that designed and implemented Web-based video prototypes for remote health care use cases and a production system for automated vehicle location and next stop announcement.

So William, if you were a programming language or technology, which one would you be and why?

Eiffel is a language that I came to work with in graduate school and admire back in the early 1990s.
Eiffel is a relatively obscure object-oriented language created by Bertrand Meyer that is beautiful in its pure implementation of data abstraction and its support for generics and polymorphism, among many other features.. Eiffel also introduced novel implementations of concepts, such as design by contract. Despite its obscurity, it has influenced many languages that are now popular, including C#, Java, and Ruby.

What do you like best about Maritime DevCon?

I have not attended Maritime DevCon before, but I have talked to people and read about it. It fills a critical gap in our region for conferences that are geared toward developers.

Why do you feel your session, Progressive Web App Development would bring value to Maritime DevCon attendees?

Many organizations remain interested in mobile software app development. Native app develop remains a costly proposition. Native cross platform solutions, such as Xamarin, are also costly and have limited access to open source libraries. Fortunately, native apps are not required for a many mobile app development needs. Google Polymer represents the latest web app paradigm – beyond responsive web – that enables “write once run anywhere”, including on mobile platforms.

What is the key take away attendees will get from your session,Progressive Web App Development?

New awareness of mobile app development options with source code examples.

Why do you feel your session 2017 Mobile ICT Trends would bring value to Maritime DevCon attendees?

The objectives of this talk are to provide the participants with a general overview of the state of mobile ICT and resources to assist them in pursuing in-depth inquiry and software development. This talk will be geared toward technology developers as well as managers and analysts, with references to more detailed technical literature.

What is the key take away attendees will get from your session 2017 Mobile ICT Trends?

• Part I covers the current demographics and trends of mobile ICT, and economic impacts of mobile in Canada.
• Part II covers recent issues and developments in the research priority areas of MFTI and other selected science, technology and engineering areas related to mobile ICT.
• Part III covers recent issues and developments involving mobile ICT in selected areas of society.

Thanks for joining us to present William!

If you would like to attend William’s sessions, make sure you’ve downloaded the Maritime DevCon app from the iTunes Store or Google Play. You can also view the schedule here.