On the 4th of February 2011, we asked some of our SoT2010 interns to tell us what they’d been up to this summer.

Adam Bramley and Brendan Vercoelen spent Summer of 2010/11 working on a wide range of Open Source projects at Catalyst IT.

Here’s the video of their talk:

Intern Lightning Talk: Catalyst IT from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.

 


At our Xero Summer Seminar on Friday 28 January we heard from 3 local Wellington tech gurus talking on the topic of “unleashing APIs”: Richard Rowley from Trademe, Dan Lee from YouDo, and Owen Evans from Xero.

Here’s a video of the seminar. Part 1 is Richard & Dan:

Unleashing APIs – Part 1 from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.

Part 2 is Owen plus QandAs with our live studio audience:

Unleashing APIs – Part 2 from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.


On the 4th of February 2011, we asked some of our SoT2010 interns to tell us what they’d been up to this summer.

First up: Cameron Fowler spent Summer of 2010 working as a code intern for Able Technology.  His projects included streetsalive.org.nz and a customisable store locator tool. 

Here’s the video of Cameron’s talk:

Intern Lightning Talk – Able Technology from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.


On 14 January 2011, Paul Soong (founder of socially responsible design agency The Church, and mover & shaker behind Semi-Permanent) talked about authenticity in a socially networked, transformational world can come to define who you work for, how far you can go and if you actually enjoy the journey.

Here’s the video of his talk:

Your Authentic Brand with Paul Soong from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.


On 11 January 2011, successful Wellington tech entrepreneurs Melissa Clark-Reynolds and Dave Moskovitz shared wisdom and learning about how to execute a great idea, how to get it from the garage to the market, and what the key ingredients are to building a successful enterprise in Wellington, NZ.

(our notes from the talk are available here)

Here’s Part 2 of the session for your viewing pleasure:

Tech Entrepreneurship with Melissa Clark-Reynolds from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.


On 11 January 2011, successful Wellington tech entrepreneurs Melissa Clark-Reynolds and Dave Moskovitz shared wisdom and learning about how to execute a great idea, how to get it from the garage to the market, and what the key ingredients are to building a successful enterprise in Wellington, NZ.

(our notes from the talk are available here)

Here’s Part 1 of the session for your viewing pleasure:

Tech Entrepreneurship with Dave Moskovitz from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.


On Friday 3 December, Rowan Simpson explained why many of the things that you think you know about what it takes to start and grow a technology company are wrong, why most of the successful companies and entrepreneurs that you read about in the media can’t teach you much about your startup, and some of the counterintuitive lessons that you should be paying attention to as you try and get a new idea off the ground.

There’s this mythical startup model that involves a lone hero having a “eureka moment” in a shed. Next thing, they’re inundated with customers, the business grows, is sold to an investor for a gazillion $, and the inventor retires happily to the beach (with a boat & beemer parked nearby).  Time for some mythbusting:

Startup Lessons with Rowan Simpson from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.


On Friday 17 December, Nat Torkington talked about how to get a job, how to keep a job, when to get the next job, what a career path looks like, and what your choices are. And who said you *have* to grow up anyway?

WARNING: this is the uncut and unbleeped version.  Nat’s speaking style is direct and sweary.  We like it that way, but if you have sensitive ears… consider yourself warned!

No matter what stage of your IT professional development you’re at, for some straight talking insight & advice on career paths, watch this:

What do you want to do when you grow up? with Nat Torkington from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.


On Friday 10 December, Stu Sharpe, Technical Director at Sidhe Interactive wowed us with some demos, gave an update on the games industry in 2010 and set out a step-by-step pathway to becoming a great game developer.

No matter what stage of your career you’re at, if you want to know what makes a great game developer, watch this:

What Makes a Great Game Developer with Stu Sharpe from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.



Finally we are getting some of the videos from last summer’s Xero Summer Seminar Series up online for you all to watch.

Currently up are:

John Clegg – IT Career Pathways

Luca Fascione – TechTalk on Production Rendering

Mike Riversdale – Little Fluffy Clouds

More will be online very soon, so keep an eye out on the Summer of Tech YouTube channel



Here is the video of John Clegg’s talk on “Who wants a career in IT?” at Victoria University on 11th May 2010.