A pan­el ses­sion about the appli­ca­tion and impact of appren­tice­ship with­in tech companies

As tech­nol­o­gy bleeds its way into every human inter­ac­tion and our web indus­try morphs into an Inter­net of Things, we’re faced with a prob­lem: how do we pre­pare new hires for work that is chang­ing right under our feet? Gov­ern­ments are scram­bling to close the skills gap, com­pa­nies can’t find and keep great tal­ent, and grad­u­ates are strug­gling to pay loan debt while work­ing for min­i­mum wage and search­ing for career oppor­tu­ni­ties that often exclude entry lev­el skills. Some­thing is broken.

Meet a pan­el of experts who have been imple­ment­ing anoth­er approach: appren­tice­ship. It’s an old con­cept with a new for­mat. The appren­tice­ship is back. Maybe it nev­er left.

Join us for a one-hour dis­cus­sion on the appli­ca­tion, for­mat, and impact of mod­ern day appren­tice­ships in tech. 


  • Fun­da­men­tals: appren­tice­ship for­mat, orga­ni­za­tion, and applications
  • Chal­lenge and perks to implementation
  • Clos­ing the skills gap in tech
  • Build­ing inclu­sive teams
  • Cre­at­ing a learn­ing organization
  • Indus­try trends and learn­ing standards

Meet your panelists

Dan Mall


Dan Mall is a creative director and advisor from Philly. He’s the founder and executive director of SuperFriendly, a design collaborative that brings exquisite creative direction & design to the world’s most important and interesting organizations. Dan is an enthralled husband & dad, author of Pricing Design, and co-founder of SuperBooked, a service that helps you find work with a little help from your friends. He writes about design and other issues on Twitter and on his industry-recognized site, danielmall.com.

Becca James

Digital PM

Becca is a digital project manager at Viget where she works with clients on Rails and Craft CMS website redesign project and to improve the user experience of web apps. Previously, she worked with the Sunlight Foundation on a criminal justice data project. Becca holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Mulholand

Software Crafter
8th Light

Rob Mulholand is a Software Crafter at 8th Light in Chicago, where he’s spent the last few years helping teams to build reliable and maintainable software. Rob initially joined 8th Light as an apprentice, and has since acted as a mentor both internally and with the Chicago Python user’s group. Before joining 8th Light, Rob earned a masters degree in communication studies and spent nearly a decade as a debate coach.

Rachel Gertz

Digital PM Trainer
Louder Than Ten

Rachel Gertz is a Digital PM Trainer who helps digital project managers, freelancers, and creative teams through Louder Than Ten. She trains apprentices in digital project management so they can keep their organizations happy, healthy, and ready for the future. She strongly likes bourbon.

Pho­to cred­it: Grady Mitchell

Moderated by

Johnathon Vaughn Strebly

As a design director, mentor, educator, and advocate for creativity, Johnathon provides environments where innovative thinking is encouraged. Johnathon brings decades of experience and involvement in the applied arts, encouraging growth and change in creative industries. As Director of Creative Services of the HCMA +Design team, he both challenges and contributes to the contemporary fabric of design today, and tomorrow.

He is the current president of the Graphic Designers of Canada, GDC National Ethics Chair, and past president of Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC ) Vancouver. He is also a founding committee member of CreativeMornings Vancouver and Interesting Vancouver.

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