The tech behind the social good

Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been some work by a few of us to #GiveFirst. I’ll share a little context but will get to the tech very quicker.

From March 3rd (2020), an event called Viz for Social Good with Sunny Street (click “here” for the eventbrite for some of the details) was being run. This was a virtual datathon “a data visualisation hackathon” being hosted by Frederic Fery for a company called Sunny Street. Also with what’s happening, the pitch event had gone virtual. I’ll add comments to this post as well get closer or to reflect on the outcomes. The virtual event is live on March 19th on zoom (https://zoom.us/j/9065708856) at 5pm AEST (+10 GMT).

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Enter The Robots (A Different Kind)

Last week, I had the opportunity to do some work and part of the engagement there was to integrate some data. Easy right? It’s not that hard especially with the technology and standards we have these days. However, what was not apparent upfront until after some digging (ie research), an email and a phone call that there were no APIs to be found. “Ha ha ha … we’ve got you … there is no way you can do it now” So the challenge was accepted and instead of time travelling into the future to find a new way of doing things, I went totally retro. And hence the title “Enter The Robots“. I didn’t go and create new versions of robots or AI. I don’t create a new quantum computing paradigm. What I did do was classically known as screen-scraping. “ick“, I hear from the crowd. “How dare you?“, someone else yells out. But I say this honestly, if there is no other way to integrate and capture data, then I rather do it knowing that it is a last resort.

In this article, I walk through a few of the tips and tricks with what’s currently available to help out in this situation.

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Finding The Common Ground …

As with any relationship, it is all about the common ground. Whether you call it negotiating, selling, buying, contracting, settling, approving, endorsing, liking, commenting or something else (similar), it is all about the common ground.

I had the chance to sit down with Ben Hallett — Co-Founder and Director of Vygo (https://www.vygoapp.com/) to talk through a few different things in the education sector and being there at Level 1 of #ThePrecinct in the space with others in #EduTech including Croomo and Go1 — well … it had a good feeling.

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Integrating with Developer Cloud Service – Importing Issues from Excel via APIs

Last week, I had a question about a customer wanting to migrate their issue management to Oracle Developer Cloud (https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/developer_service). They had hundreds of issues to migrate and saw that it was a big task to re-enter all of the detail. Also, it was all in Excel. This article is about the experiences and steps that we took to import the issues from Excel. And as the title of the article eludes to, we used the APIs available.

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Scaling The Impact

The background of this article has been a journey. Like the story goes, overnight popstars are not born overnight — and this story takes a similar twist.

Late last year (2018), I was able to spend some time at Substation 33 (https://substation33.com.au/) a social enterprise initiative in Logan City Council. And whilst I was there, I had a chat with Tony Sharp — a fantastic person helping spread the word — have more conversations. Here’s a couple of the video chats we had.

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AUSOUG Connect 2018 – Talking Dev

ausoug-title-01.pngIn November 2018, I had the privilege to attend the Australian Oracle User Group national conference “#AUSOUG Connect” in Melbourne. My role was to have video interviews with as many of the speakers and exhibitors at the conference. Overall, 10 interviews over the course of the day, 90 mins of real footage, 34 short clips to share and plenty of hours reviewing and post-editing to capture the best parts.

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Building a Smart Contract with Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service @ #WinterHack2018

Last weekend, I was at the Code Network Winter Hackathon event in Brisbane – https://codenetwork.co/winter-hackathon-2018/. I was there as a sponsor, workshop presenter, mentor and just a general supporter. As such there was some down-time between different activities. So, what a great time to sit down and work on something that I have no idea about (technically) – #Blockchain and Hyperledger. So, as a normal person does – I went searching for relevant content to help. Here’s a couple of the searches that I did.

Unfortunately, through many different searches and reading lots of things it became apparent that I didn’t know much and there was lots to learn. There seemed to a massive amount information that looked great. There was content that talked about what a Blockchain is. There was content that talked about the business use cases and examples of why you use a Blockchain technology. There was code that built a Blockchain. I found plenty smart contract examples on github. I learnt more about what I needed to know but it didn’t get me to the place that I wanted to be.

So – how do I develop and play with a Smart Contract?

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