Speaking all over the place

It’s a busy month of speaking/panel engagements for me, so I thought I’d throw them all down here. Most of them are open invite, so if they tickle your fancy feel free to sign up and come along.

Tomorrow (Friday 9th April 2010) I’m on the closing panel for the Australian Software Engineering Conference, on the topic of Engineering Software for Economic Growth. This should be an interesting panel, with representatives from Microsoft, IBM, Mozilla, and myself. At Datacom we see some incredible work from the Auckland Uni software engineering grads, so I’m more than happy to talk them up. It’s a brilliant course. Aside from that, I’ve got some vocal opinions on the importance of design as a component of software engineering that I’m planning to put forward.

Then on Saturday (10th April 2010) it’s the topic of SQL Server Integration Services at the Auckland SQL Saturday (organised by the ever enthusiastic Dave Dustin). I’m not going to pretend this will be an exciting and amusing talk, but after knocking off some epic SSIS projects this year, I’m really keen to share what we’ve learnt (including a still outstanding SQL2k8 bug) in the process.

Roll on Tuesday the 13th, and another panel. This time Social Media Club Auckland is having a panel on Social Media for Journalists. This one should be fun. I’m quite frankly getting a bit fed up with the goldrush mentality around quote capital S social capital M media unquote at the moment. I use it because I enjoy it. Any benefit is secondary.

Wednesday the 14th is my TVNZ Breakfast Gadgets day. If my iPad isn’t in my hot little hands, I’ll be coving (loosely) travel gadgets, including the Canon 550d, Vodafone MiFi, and some walkie talkies (great for cruise ships apparently).

Then later in the month, on Wednesday the 28th, the (deep breath) New Zealand Computer Society Artificial Intelligence Special Interest Group is holding a – frankly – bloody interesting panel titled How intelligent is business intelligence today? The real-world BI stuff we do at the moment is largely deterministic. I’m really keen to see how the AI academics would approach some of the problems that we encounter. I’ll be talking through an actual case study and explaining how we solved it, then the AI specialists will talk about the approaches they might use with some of the cutting-edge science they are developing.

Phew. No wonder I’m feeling a bit overloaded at the moment. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t bloody good fun though!

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