Jenny Finkel showcases Prismatic's use of machine learning and language processing to provide targeted content to their users based on a model built on users' way of interacting with their website.
Rich Hickey discusses how a functional database can impact the programming model, using Datomic as an example, but the principles apply to other systems using an immutable database.
Bjarte Bogsnes discusses Beyond Budgeting and tackling budgeting issues in traditional management, the Statoil "Ambition to Action" management model with implementation experiences and advice.
Michael Hansen presents the ACT-R cognitive architecture, a simulation framework for psychological models, showing how it could be used to measure the impact of various programming paradigms.
George Fairbanks stresses the importance of having a good grasp of various conceptual models in order to be a master-builder, translated into development as “learn your software architecture”.
Don Reinertsen outlines the need for using an economic model for development, explaining what that is emphasizing the cost of delay, how an economic model looks like, how to build and use one.