Podcast #368: Meet the 2019 Oracle Groundbreaker Award Winners

July 17, 2019 | 5 minute read
Bob Rhubart
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team
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Oracle Groundbreakers Podcast #368 features a conversation with the winners of the 2019 Oracle Groundbreaker Awards. The discussion covers their career journeys, their thoughts on where software development is today, and on where it’s going tomorrow.

But before we meet the award winners, a little background on the Oracle Groundbreaker Awards is in order.

Launched in 2018, the Oracle Groundbreaker Awards recognize developers who exhibit not only extraordinary technical skill, but also the ability to inspire others, and the vision to bring the future a little closer. Nominations are submitted by the Oracle developer community, and a short list of developers is chosen from among those nominees. From that short list the community then selects the four award winners.

The winners for 2019 were announced and introduced at the Oracle Code event in New York City on May 21, 2019. And now you get to meet them in this podcast.



Oracle Groundbreaker Podcast number 368 was recorded on June 19, 2019.

Carla De BonaCarla De Bona
Co-Founder/Program Manager, {reprograma}
São Paulo, Brazil

"It's very simple. You have to understand that you need time to learn. And you have to continue to learn all your life, because everything will change."

Nebrass LamouchiNebrass Lamouchi
Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
Paris, France

"Keep calm. There are so many buzzwords in IT. Don't be scared. Everything is easy, it's just a matter of time."

Java Champion Venkat SubramaniamVenkat Subramaniam
Founder, Agile Developer, Inc.
Broomfield, Colorado

"Whatever we create is not going to be good enough the first timewe create it. Approach somebody who has experience, or even somebody who has a different perspective, and show them what you have created. Ask them for feedback. Ask them how to improve it. That's a really good way to learn."

Java Champion Rafael WinterhalterRaphael Winterhalter
Founder, Byte Buddy
Oslo, Norway

"It's very easy to get distracted in the software industry. There are so many technologies, frameworks, and things to know. Find something you like and stick to it and become good at it. And don't be afraid of missing out. That's not a thing that really happens."

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Bob Rhubart

Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team

Oracle Groundbreaker Team Community Manager Bob Rhubart is the host/engineer/producer of the Oracle Groundbreaker Podcast, producer of the 2 Minute Tech Tip video series, hosts Groundbreaker Live interviews with technology experts recorded at Oracle Code, Oracle OpenWorld, and other events, writes a regular column for Oracle Magazine, and manages the ACES in Action blog.

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