Now that we've all had a chance to decompress for a day or so, I thought it would be cool to offer some thoughts on the whole Expo process.
The local Expo was very different from the Armonk Expo for the San Jose Crew. Like any first run, it was a little more nerve wracking then the one in Armonk, especially given the fact that we filled the entire auditorium in SVL, over 500 people in all, of which the teams were by far the smallest part. Vishal, Suzanna, Catie, Julie and Veronica did an excellent job of preparing us for the entire day, and despite some rough rehearsals, when game time came the Almaden folks were awesome. We followed three very distinguished speakers, notably Veronica Woody and Jane Harper, both of whom are very polished presenters. One of the take aways from the SVL Expo was the incredible amount of support and interest that IBM has at both a local and national level for the Extreme Blue program. Not only did we fill the auditorium, but as we manned our demo stations, the constant stream of Distinguished Engineers, Master Inventors, and just plain old brilliant people who work at IBm was awe inspiring. This has been one of the themes of this internship, that we get to meet and interact with an incredibly diverse and broad swath of the IBM Community.
Bill Farnham and Vishal Patel at the SVL Expo
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Apologies for the lengthy delay since the last update. Things in Raleigh (and, likely, in every ExtremeBlue lab across the globe) have been grueling of late. We are rapidly approaching Expo-in-Armonk time, and as such we have many loose ends to tie up.
Since the last update, we have had numerous productive meetings,
played kickball against our supervisors and mentors (given another inning, we would have handily defeated them),
and a few of our teams have even completed their Level 1 objectives, earning them this hallowed distinction:
Yes ladies and gentlemen, we are getting down to the wire. Take the Quickr team: today is our final day of large-scale development. At the conclusion of the work day, our codebase will be frozen, open only to minor tweaks and bug fixes in preparation for a private demo with numerous IBM executives and our own project owner on Thursday. Beyond that, local demos and expos abound next week, so once again only minor tweaks and superficial fixes will be permitted. Once the local expos have completed, we will be on our way to Armonk, and the development cycle for the summer will be finished.
Hard to believe. It's already been 8 solid weeks of work, and though we have (if I do say so m'self) a very impressive product to show for it, we still have quite a bit to finish.
Come to the local Raleigh Expo next Wednesday, August 5, at noon! Or see us in Armonk August 10-11.