I was reading about creating a blockchain network the other day and was looking at IBM’s code pattern, which lets you gets started with blockchain, when I received an email with an invite to IBM Developer Day 2019. It was a pleasant surprise, as I looked at the event schedule. I liked what I saw and made up my mind to attend the event.
To give a brief introduction, IBM Developer Day is a day-long event, tailor-made for developers where they can experience the latest in open-source technologies including cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain etc. If you didn’t attend the event, here’s a snapshot of what you missed!
IBM Developer Day was organised at Taj, Yeshwantpur (Bangalore). I arrived at 9 in the morning, surrounded by energetic, enthusiastic developers. The registration process was a breeze as there were numerous counters setup with volunteers helping with the process. Everyone was handed a goody bag, along with the ID badge.
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM hosted the first panel discussion, where the future of open source was discussed. “India is home to more than four million developers and counting, and the country will rewrite how the world codes”, she said.
This was followed by a panel discussion with Shradha Sharma, founder & CEO YourStory and KS Viswanathan, VP – NASSCOM. Shradha put forward her view about the importance of storytelling in the modern IT culture and how the stories of Engineers in India, like Sir M. Visvesvaraya have inspired her. Mr. Viswanathan gave a glimpse of NASSCOM’s ‘Future skills programme’ which will be a collaborative effort to reskill the IT working professionals. He stressed on how out of the 4.5 million IT professionals in India, approx 2 million would need reskilling in 3-5 years.
Willie Tejada, General Manager and Chief Developer Advocate, talked about IBMs ‘Call for Code’, an initiative that inspires developers to solve pressing global problems with sustainable software solutions.
Registrations for the 2019 round of the Call for Code Global Challenge are open. Call for Code is the largest and most ambitious effort bringing start-up, academic and enterprise developers together to leverage cloud, data and AI to develop technologies that improve health and community well-being for those impacted by natural disasters.
The highlight of the event was the announcement of a new multi-year programme called “India Developer Champions”. This programme is a collaboration between IBM and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The aim of this programme is to create a unified platform where developers can be acknowledged for their outstanding work in open source.
You can sign up to become an IBM coder here.
Post the morning session, there was an hour break for lunch and the attendees enjoyed Taj’s delectable dishes.
The second-half of the day was all about live technical sessions and workshops. There were three tracks to choose from, based on your area of interest, namely Cloud, AI and blockchain. Each track had sessions on emerging technologies and tools, and how to use or deploy them. I attended the cloud track, since cloud is my area of interest.
Here’s a glimpse of the ‘Modern Enterprise Architecture’ session, that I had attended.
Undoubtedly, the part of IBM Developer Day that I enjoyed the most was the Code Cafe. This had labs that were specifically designed for quick hands-on coding. You could ask the IBM team present at Code Cafe anything related to the lab to get all your technical questions answered on the latest open and IBM technologies.
I also got my hands dirty on deploying native cloud apps.
I was also fortunate enough to be part of a round table discussion, along with ten other techies and bloggers. This round table was aimed at discussing the key takeaways from the event, talking about your area of interest and sharing feedback & suggestions with IBM. Key takeaways from the discussion were:
- IBM institutionalized the open source and is working hard for developers advocacy.
- IBM organises workshops and hackathons regularly.
- IBM Academic Initiative is a program to help students reach new levels by offering the best available resources and guidance.
- IBM Innovation Center for Education (IEM) collaborates with universities to co-create degrees that let industry professionals and students interact and prepare for solving the problems of tomorrow.
It was an open discussion and lot of good pointers were discussed. Having worked in the cloud domain for a while now, I shared my observation on IBM cloud, how the learning path can be improved and how IBM can better reach out to enterprise customers. It was good to see the feedbacks and suggestions being received well and the team patiently hearing our thoughts.
And finally, the day ended with a brilliant performance by the folk rock fusion band, Lagori.
All in all, IBM Developer Day 2019 was very eventful and insightful. The day was very well spent and I will be looking forward to attend more such events from IBM in the future.