Being @codemotion 2019 in Berlin

I was as part of the great IBM Developer team at the codemotion in Berlin. We did so many contribution at codemotion that I would like to share the main topics and some personal impressions with you.

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The Conference and location

The codemotion is a two days multi track tech developer conference and had this year 1200 attendees.

It took place at an awesome location called Kulturbrauerei | Berlin . The sessions and codelabs (hands-on workshops), were in the cinema and in the theatre.

The content

I didn’t have the chance to visit many sessions, because we were very busy at our booth showing our open sourced based Blue-Cloud-Mirror fun game and talking about open technologies like Kubernetes, which can be used on IBM Cloud. The attendees liked this open source approach and the interactive game, so that they did their own instance of the game in just 10 min on their free IBM Cloud account.

… but surely I was at my own session 😉 … you will see here …

Here is the content of the two days from our IBM team, which contributed a keynote, sessions and codelabs. I just inserted the abstracts from the agenda provided on the codemotion page

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Hot topics on hot days @DevOpsCon in Berlin

Hot topics on hot days @DevOpsCon in Berlin

These two days were really hot and that’s why I created that motto 😉

Here are a few pictures and a brief impression of the DevOpsCon conference in Berlin. The DevOpsCon Expo in Berlin on 11 – 14 June 2019 had approximately 800 participants and provided a full program on different technologies and methods for them.

It’s important to keep a cool head on the mission-critical topic of DevOps and make the right decisions how to deploy and deliver the optimal to achieve speed of innovation. It was awesome to see that DevOps teaming works for companies, because often we had developers and operations of one company at same time at our booth.

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Being @Hacknext a Hackathon and Conference to create impact in InsurTech

I was one of the coaches at the sold out Hacknext in Munich, hosted at Kohlebunker, from  7. March – 9. March 2019 and in this blog post I want to share my personal impressions.

From my point of view it was great to see: young people build relevant solutions for the future with the latest technologies on cloud.
Best wishes to all hackers who attended and every success for the future.

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Hacknext  includes a hackathon and conference related to the insurance business called InsurTech.

In other words the hackers, attendees and coaches were spending three days in the Kohlebunker for:

  • Taking on challenges together, approximately 110 hackers organized into 20 teams
  • Benefiting from professional exchange on InsurTech with approximately 60 conference attendees
  • Providing valuable support from the API coaches

The challenges

Each of the hacker teams had to address a minimum of one of these challenges:

  • Using smart data and its benefits for insurance
  • Building the future of digital bancassurance
  • (R)evolutioning of the insurance agent
  • Rethinking retirement

In the following YouTube video you get a short impression of the great atmosphere at the hacknext:

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Operations and Developers side by side @“Continuous Lifecycle” and “Container Conf”

Niklas Heidloff  and I  attended the combined software development conference for “Continuous Lifecycle”and “Container Conf” in Mannheim Rosengarten on 14.11. and 15.11.2018.

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The conference was sold out and had more than 700 attendees. This was a great place where developer and operation experts exchanged different perspectives.

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The talks at the conference were about Micro Services, Docker, Serverless, Tools, Security, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, and methods and more.

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big open source players were “cap by hat” @w-jax

I was at winter-jax 2018 in Munich last week. This was my first time I attended this big developer conference.

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As you can see in the headline picture, two big players in open source area with cap by hat and  IBM, RedHat booths and with Viada  😉

One major topic this week was the potential deal, IBM is planning to buy RedHat for 34 billion US dollars. This potential deal played a big part in Sebastian Meyen´s opening speech on the first day of the winter jax conference in Munich.

He highlighted the history and  Red Hat´s contribution to open source.

If you want to listen his speech in German, you can watch the sessionon youtube here  . His speech is before the keynoteTrust and confidence through chaos” from Russ Miles

By the way, I like Russ Miles´s approach to “chaos engineering” .

My very high-level free interpretation of “chaos engineering” is:

  • “Break the system, before it breaks your business!”

From my point of view “chaos engineering” is more or less comparable with testing. So, I defined more detailed, free interpretations:

  • “Don’t be afraid and learn from testing/failure”
  • Bad news … yes, testers want to break your system, but the good news is: they will do it, before you run it in production 😉 “

Open source contribution

A very good match to the open source topic was the keynote from Christopher Ferris.

He asked the good question: Who pays for open source?  You can watch his session on youtube here

Christopher Ferris reminded us in his speech that IBM is a major player and contributer in open source, with a high involvement in Apache , Eclipse and Linux  during the creation and in development. These three projects are fundamental pillars for the open source business.

There are many other open source projects IBM contributes to, which you can find here  on the  IBM Developer site.

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Christopher Ferris during his keynote.

Open Source in AI

Also, Niklas Heidloff gave a session “Development of AI Applications without Machine Learning Skills”. In this session, Niklas also highlighted the topic open source with the Model Asset eXchange . The Model Asset eXchange contains free, deployable, and trainable code.

It is also very important to understand that these models on Model Asset eXchange are reusable for production, because they have licenses developers can verify.

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Image of the session from Niklas Heidloff. Here you can see some impressions from Niklas.

Open Source in Java

Steve Poole highlighted in his session “What’s new for Java in clouds?” that IBM open sourced OpenJ9 (Low memory footprint). Steve also reminded us in his session, that the Java community should be more active and should define the needs for cloud, machine learning and upcoming technologies like Quantum.

By the way Fernando Cejas did a session about Quantum Computing, you can check a sample here  “Quantum computing in action: IBM’s Q experience and the quantum shell game”.

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Moments

If you want to see our favourite moments of this conference, just visit the twitter moments from Miriam Oglesby.

Let’s see what’s next?

Greetings,

Thomas

PS: By the way, you can use the IBM Cloud for free, if you simply create an IBM Lite account. Here you only need an e-mail address.