Inspiring Innovation and Entrepreneurism in Young People

December 5, 2018

Karla Readshaw is director of development for Iridescent, a non-profit organization focused on bringing quality STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to young people -- particularly girls -- around the globe.

"Our end goal is to ensure that every child, with a specific focus on underrepresented groups -- women and minorities -- has the opportunity to learn, and develop curiosity, creativity and perseverance, what real leaders are made of," Karla explains in her presentation.

Iridescent, through its Technovation program, provides middle- and high-school girls with the resources to develop solutions to real problems in their local communities, "leveraging technology and engineering for social good," as Karla explains.

Over a three-month period, the girls involved in the Technovation program identify a problem within their community, design and develop a mobile app to address the issue, and then build a business around that app, all under the guidance of an industry mentor.

The results are impressive. In one example, a team of hearing-impaired girls in Brazil developed an app that teaches American Sign Language, and then developed a business around it. In another example, a group of high-school girls in Guadalajara, Mexico drew on personal experience to develop an app that strengthens the relationship between Alzheimers patients and their caregivers. And a group of San Francisco Bay area girls created a mobile app that will help those with autism to improve social skills and reduce anxiety.

Want to learn more about the Technovation program, and about how you can get involved? Just listen to this podcast.

This program was recorded during Karla's presentation at the Women In Technology Breakfast held on October 22, 2018 as part of Oracle Code One.

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Hadoop, JRuby, Grails, and Python Creators Talk Tech Trends

November 21, 2018

Recorded live on Tuesday October 23, 2018 at Oracle Code One in San Francisco, this very special program brings together a distinguished panel of experts to share their insight and expertise on the trends and technologies that have had the greatest impact on IT and software development over the past year, and will continue to shape the future. Listen!

The Panelists

Doug Cutting Doug Cutting

Chief Architect, Cloudera
Founder, Apache Lucene, Nutch, Hadoop and Avro open source projects

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Charles Nutter Charles Nutter
Senior Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Co-Lead, JRuby
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Graeme Rocher Graeme Rocher
Grails Project Lead, OCI
Project Lead, Grails Open Source Project
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Guido van Rossum Guido van Rossum
Principal Engineer, Dropbox
Creator, Python Language
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Siddartha Agarwal Siddartha Agarwal
Group Vice President, Product Management and Strategy, Oracle Cloud Platform
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Additional Resources

Coming Soon

  • Karla Readshaw, director of development at Iridescent,  talks about the Technovation program  which "invites teams of girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology" in this podcast extra recorded during her presentation at the Women in Techology Breakfast at Oracle Code One 2018. 
  • Baruch Sadogursky, Leonid Igolnik, and Viktor Gamov discuss DevOps, streaming, liquid software, and observability in this podcast captured during Oracle Code One 2018.
  • GraphQL vs REST: a panel of experts weighs the pros and cons of each of these approaches in working with APIs. 
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On Microservice Implementation and Design

October 17, 2018

Microservices are a hot topic. But that's exactly the wrong reason to dive into designing and implementing microservices. Before you do that, check out what this panel of experts has to say about what makes microservices a wise choice.

This program is Developer Podcast #358. It was recorded at 2:00pm Eastern Time on September 27, 2018. Listen!

The Panelists

Listed alphabetically

sven_bernhardt.jpg Sven Bernhardt
Oracle ACE
Solution Architect, OPITZ Consulting
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jellema_400x400.jpg Lucas Jellema
Oracle Developer Champion
Oracle ACE Director
CTO, Consulting IT Architect, AMIS Services
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chris_richardson_400.png Chris Richardson
Java Champion
Founder, Eventuate, Inc.
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luis_weir_125.png Luis Weir
Oracle Developer Champion
Oracle ACE Director
CTO, Oracle Practice, Capgemini
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DevOps to NoOps: State of Play

September 19, 2018

What is the current state of play in DevOps? What forces are having the greatest impact on the evolution and adoption of DevOps? Is NoOps a valid prospect for the future? Those questions notwithstanding, one thing is certain: while everybody is talking about DevOps, getting from talk to action is proving to be a substantial hurdle for many organizations.

"What I see so far is lack of knowledge," says podcast panelist Davide Fiorentino. "People don't know the tools. Most of the time they don't know what they are talking about." In some cases the problem can be a lot like trying to turn a battleship.

As panelist Bert Jan Schrijver explains, "it's typically easier for smaller organizations to move to a definite way of working, and a bit harder for larger organizations," where the stakes can be high. "I typically try to find organization projects to work on where the IT department has no more than 50 to 60 people. Then there's a good opportunity to get the organization in the right mindset and to get everybody on deck."

But in Bert's experience, smaller doesn't always mean easier. "It can be easier to convince 1500 people who have the same mindset than 50 people who are basically against all that you're saying."

In that situation management support can be invaluable. "It's always been about having unconditional support in all levels of the organization, especially in management," Bert says. "Because when you're changing an organization you're always going to hit resistance. And if you're going to get resistance from somebody who's higher up in the tree than you, then you better have support from that person's manager."

"The key to working as a DevOps team is not being blocked by people or departments outside your team that you don't have influence on," Bert adds. "A true DevOps team is a cross-functional team which is a team that can do anything necessary to go from idea to working software in production."

"That's a very important point!" agrees Michael. "I really appreciate the ops guys having strong experiences and skills about non-functional parts of the solution, and running and scaling out infrastructure."

Of course, there is a lot more to getting from DevOps talk to real transformation, and what you're reading here is only a fraction of the insight Davide, Bert, and Michael offer in this podcast. So strap on your headphones and dig in.

The Panelists

Davide Fiorentino
Principal DevOps Engineer, Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited (CBNL)
Consultant, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations

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Code One Session:

  • DevOps in Action [BOF5289]
    Monday, Oct 22, 7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. | Moscone West - Room 2009

Michael Hutterman
Java Champion
Oracle Developer Champion
Independent DevOps Consultant

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Code One Session:

  • Continuous Delivery/DevOps: Live Cooking Show [DEV4762]
    Monday, Oct 22, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Moscone West - Room 2010
Bert Jan Schrijver
Java Champion
Oracle Developer Champion
CTO, OpenValue
Software Craftsman, JPoint

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Code One Sessions:

  • Better Software, Faster: Principles of Continuous Delivery and DevOps [DEV5118]
    Monday, Oct 22, 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Moscone West - Room 2010
  • Angular for Java Developers [DEV4345]
    Wednesday, Oct 24, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Moscone West - Room 2003
  • Microservices in Action at the Dutch National Police [DEV4344]
    Monday, Oct 22, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Moscone West - Room 2007
Javed Mohammed
Podcast Co-Host
Systems Community Manager, Oracle

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Developer Evolution: What’s rockin’ roles in IT?

August 15, 2018

The good news is that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 24% growth in software developer jobs through 2026. That’s well above average.

The outlook for database administrators certainly isn’t bleak, but with projected job growth of 11% to 2026, that’s less than half the growth projected for developers. Job growth for system administrators, at 6% through 2016, is considered average by the BLS. So while the news is positive all around, developers certainly have an advantage.

But there is another story behind those numbers. Powerful forces are driving change in long-established IT roles. This podcast examines the trends and technologies behind this evolution, and looks at what roles may emerge in the future.

 

The Panelists

Rolando Carrasco

Rolando Carrasco
Oracle Developer Champion
Oracle ACE
Co-owner, Principal SOA Architect, S&P Solutions
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Martin Giffy D'Souza

Martin Giffy D'Souza
Oracle ACE Director
Director of Innovation, Insum Solutions
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Mark Rittman

Mark Rittman
Oracle ACE Director
Chief Executive Officer, MJR Analytics
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Phil Wilkins

Phil Wilkins
Oracle ACE
Senior Consultant, Capgemini
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Vibrant and Growing: The Current State of API Management

July 18, 2018

Andy Bell, Sander Rensen, Phil Wilkins, and Luis Weir are the authors of Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service, now available from Packt Publishing, and as you'll hear in this podcast, they bring considerable insight and expertise to this discussion of what's happening in API management. The conversation goes beyond the current state of API management to delve into architectural implications, API design, and how working in SOA may have left you with some bad habits. Listen!

The Panelists

Andrew Bell Andrew Bell
Oracle PaaS API Management Architect, Capgemini
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Sander Rensen Sander Rensen
Oracle PaaS Lead and Architect, Capgemini
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Luis Weir Luis Weir
CTO, Oracle DU, Capgemini
Oracle Developer Champion
Oracle ACE Director
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Phil Wilkins
Senior Consultant specializing in iPaaS
Oracle ACE
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API Monetization: What Developers Need to Know

June 20, 2018

You’ve heard the term “API monetization,” but do you really understand what it means? More importantly, do you understand what API monetization means for developers? In this podcast you’ll learn why API monetization is about more than money, and why developers should care.

The Panelists

In alphabetical order

Arturo Viveros
Oracle ACE
Oracle Developer Champion
Principal Architect, Sysco AS
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Luis Weir
Oracle ACE Director
Oracle Developer Champion
CTO, Oracle Delivery Unit, Capgemini UK
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Robert Wunderlich
Product Strategy Director for Cloud, API, and Integration, Oracle
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Addtional Resources

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Pizza, Beer, and Dev Expertise at Your Local Meet-up

May 16, 2018

Big developer conferences are great places to learn about new trends and technologies, attend technical sessions, and connect with colleagues. But by virtue of their size, their typical location in destination cities, and multi-day schedules,  they can require a lot of planning, expense, and time away from work.

Meet-ups, offer a fantastic alternative. They’re easily accessible local events, generally lasting a couple of hours. Meet-ups offer a more human scale, are far less crowded than big conferences, with a far more casual, informal atmosphere that can be much more conducive to learning through Q&A and hands-on activities.

In this program you’ll meet four people who have organized and continue to manage local developer meet-ups. You’ll hear first-hand what they learned about what works and what doesn’t in finding venues, developing content, and creating an atmosphere that keeps developers coming back for more.

This conversation was recorded on Tuesday April 3rd, 2018.

The Panelists

(In alphabetical order)

 

Jon-Petter Hjulstad
Department Manager, SYSCO AS
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Ruben Rodriguez Santiago
Java, ADF, and Cloud Solution Specialist, Avanttic
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Luis Weir
CTO, Oracle DU, Capgemini
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Phil Wilkins
Senior Consultant, Capgemini
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More Developer Resources

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Beyond Chatbots: An AI Odyssey

April 18, 2018

Chatbots. You’ve heard of them. You’ve read about them. You may even be involved in developing them. By a wide margin, one of the most popular Oracle Developer podcasts in the last several months was Chatbot Development, First Steps and Lessons Learned - Part 1 which was published back in September of 2017. So it’s safe to say that chatbots remain a hot topic.

So you may be surprised to learn that the conversation you are about to hear doesn’t really focus on chatbots, at least, not directly. Instead, the panel discusses the AI work they're currently involved in, the AI challenges they face, and other issues relevant to developin AI solutions.

This conversation was recorded on February 21, 2018. So let’s journey through time and space to meet the panelists and dive in.

The Panelists

Phil Gordon
CEO/founder of Chatbox.com

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Lyudmil Pelov
Oracle A-Team Cloud Architect, Mobile, Cloud and Bot Technologies, Oracle

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Joris Schellekens
Software Engineer, iText

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Brendan Tierney
Consultant, Architect, Author, Oralytics

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Combating Complexity: Fad, Fashion, and Failure in Software Development

March 21, 2018

There is little in our lives that does not rely on software. That has been the reality for quite some time, and it will be even more true as self-driving cars and similar technologies become an even greater part of our lives. But as our reliance on software grows, so does the potential for disaster as software becomes increasingly complex.

In September 2017 The Atlantic magazine featured “The Coming Software Apocalypse,” an article by James Somers, that offers a fascinating and sobering look at how rampant code complexity has caused massive failures in critical software systems, like the 2014 incident that left the entire state of Washington without 911 emergency call-in services until the problem was traced to software running on a server in Colorado.

One of the people interviewed in that Atlantic article was Chris Newcombe, an expert in dealing with software complexity. Chris, an architect on the Oracle Bare Metal infrastructure as a service team,  is one of the panelists for the discussion you are about to hear. Chris is joined by Java Champion and microservices expert Chris Richardson, Java Champion Adam Bein, and Oracle ACE Director and Developer Champion Lucas Jellema. The conversation focuses on what developers can do to combat complexity.

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