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Break New Ground

Building for a Purpose -- Helping People in Need

Jim Grisanzio
Sr. Manager

Part One of a Series of Conversations from the Hackmakers World Innovation Day 2021

For 72 hours in mid April four thousand developers, mentors, and support staff from a 100 countries gathered to build solutions specifically to help people as part of the Hackmakers World Innovation Day. The event was sponsored by Oracle in collaboration with UNESCO and UNEP in support of three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Franco Ucci, Sr. Director for Oracle Cloud Platform Strategy for Australia and New Zealand, opens the discussions with an explanation of the event and the focus of the projects -- which was health, education, and economic growth. All of these areas have experienced serious challenges due to the ongoing pandemic that started in 2020. Franco also outlined some of the important activities that led up to the event, such as meetings with UNESCO and other United Nations officials about human rights, displaced refugees, and bioethics. "It went from being inspiring to realizing we've got a sense of responsibility with what we've got," Franco said.

In the second conversation, Jason Lowe, Master Cloud Specialist Engineer at Oracle, talked about his own experiences at this event and other previous hackathons. He's always been involved in communities and hackathons. He spoke about the types and diversity of people involved= and the skills they brought to the event. He believes hackathons represent a continuum of learning for people in development communities. You get together for a short time period and under pressure and then continue the learning and relationships forever.

Some of the technologies developers were able to leverage to enable their projects from Oracle include Oracle Database, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and Oracle APEX. And dozens of Oracle employees were involved as well as mentors, developers, and facilitators from multiple countries.

Enjoy these first two conversations. Feedback always welcome. More conversations from the event coming soon! 



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