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Unless you are a Gen Z, hopefully you have heard of or seen the Matrix movie trilogy. One of the most iconic scenes in the 1999 original, is where Neo played by Keanu Reeves  is doing his memorable slow motion dodge the bullet scene. It is an amazing special effect that at that time could only be done on a Hollywood budget. The good news is that technology has developed and lowered the cost to recreating that effect. In essence multiple 2D shots are taken in sequence around the subject and then rendered to make it look 3D. Of course Keanu had the benefit of having a green screen to composite in the actual background and bullets.


Oracle’s technology wizards have recreated that setup using 60 Raspberry Pi cameras, mounted on a rig. Here is a more detailed technical explanation of how Bullet Time works.



If you are attending Oracle Code One or OpenWorld 2018, come on over and you can experience it live by coming to Moscone West in the Developer Exchange and inside the GroundBreakers Hub.

Here are some outtakes from OOW 2017 and the best of Bullet Time. Look forward to seeing you there and don’t forget to practice your moves.


If you are a speaker and have attended an Oracle Code, Oracle Open World or other Oracle event chances are you may have been asked to do a video interview. We used to call it DevLive, it has now been rebranded as CodeLive. Either way, when we as Community Managers approach speakers, including those giving Keynotes, one of the common questions we get is "What do I need to prepare, or What will the questions be?

Hear are seven tips including how to prepare, what to wear, how to sit, where to look, how to answer a question etc.

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The Rule of Seven


  1. Preparation: In pretty much any interview you will be the Subject Matter Expert (SME). It's unlikely that the person interviewing you will know more about the topic than you. From a preparation standpoint, it is important to learn how to talk in complete short thoughts. A typical interview for us runs seven to ten minutes. That means in order to get say five good questions and answers in, your replies should not be longer than 60-90 seconds. Keep it brief, and know when to stop.
  2. Distractions: Turn your phone off. Not silent, power it down, as even a buzz/vibration will be distracting.
  3. Clothes/Dress: Most of our interviews are at Tech conferences and the audience is mainly developers. You can dress informally, Business casual is good but most developers are in jeans and tshirts which is fine. Avoid wearing saturated colors and or clothes with stripes (eg Ties, shirts). Solid colors work better. White color can be dicey from an exposure standpoint.
  4. Where to Look: Most likely you will be wired up for your microphone, either with a headset, wireless lapel or other. Position your chair or if not your body so that you are facing your interviewer. Never look directly at the camera. You are having a conversation with the host so make eye contact with them.
  5. What to say: Answer the question but do it in such a way that a wider audience understands what you are talking about. Use conversational language, don't get lost in jargon.
  6. How to say it: When you can, smile, breathe, and talk at a normal pace. If you are a fast talker, slow it down. Make it interesting: Avoid answering questions with talking points verbatim. Know what makes you unique, and personalize the answer based on the situation. As long as you're not discussing something sad, have fun, sit up, and be someone who is fun to talk to and affable.
  7. How to make an impact: No matter what the subject, if at all possible share a story. People love stories, and although they may forget the details of what you shared, they may remember a poignant story you told. This is an extension of Maya Angelou's quote, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."




Below are two interviews my colleague Bob Rhubart did over Skype with Chris Richardson and Trisha Gee.



The count down to Oracle Code One 2018 continues, we're just less than ten days away. In my previous blogpost I gave an overview of the various things you can expect when you attend CodeOne as well as the Developer Exchange. In this post, I would like to cover something even more closer to my heart which is the "60 Second Developer Story." Let me explain it using the 5 W's.

What is it: It's an opportunity for any CodeOne attendee to share a story

Who: Anyone can do it, as long as it is of interest to someone in the tech community

Why: Everyone loves stories, they are memorable

Where: In Moscone West, in the Developer Exchange, and within that in the Groundbreakers Hub

When: Oct 22-24, 10am-4:30pm



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So go ahead either just show up and share your 60 sec Developer Story and get a Free Pocket Tool Pen, or if you have any questions feel free to email me at Below are some topics for you to consider. Start thinking in the shower or your drive or your favorite thinking spot, for interesting topics.


  1. How you solved a problem
  2. Something new you learnt
  3. Make a technology prediction
  4. Explain how something works
  5. How you built an App
  6. Share a best coding practice
  7. Share a best operational practice
  8. What did you learn on your first coding job?
  9. What's the best decision you ever made?
  10. The worst decision you ever made (and lesson learnt)?
  11. A cool way you helped your team do a great project
  12. Something you did for your community
  13. Best conference you attended and why
  14. How you used DevOps in your organization
  15. How you use Containers/Docker/Serverless
  16. How you use Chatbots, Big Data, BlockChain
  17. Anything else that would be interesting from a developer perspective

Depending on how you count it, there are approximately just ten days left to Oracle OpenWorld and CodeOne 2018. For those not in the know, CodeOne is a rebrand of the tried and trusted JavaOne conference and Oracle Code One. The latter being done almost across all continents and major metropolitan hubs. So what is taking place at CodeOne, gosh a lot. There are over 600 speakers, there is is of course Java specific content, but its far bigger than than with a Database track and all things Cloud.


Our team has also got a rebrand. We were for the last year the Oracle Developer Community, we are now the Oracle Groundbreakers.

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As with any rebrand or just a new name, it takes a while to get used to it. Don't worry we're still going to be talking about cool and important technology trends including,  sessions on blockchain, chatbots, microservices, and AI.

When you walk into the exhibit hall in Moscone West, you will se the Developer Exchange. It's hard for me to describe it other than that there is a Groundbreakers Hub with so many activities and demos. it will blow your mind. Besides the Cloud Beer Demo, we will have the Bullet Time demo, which was so popular last year. Bullet Time that is as in the Matrix movie. It has 60 cameras on a rig and you can come in do some moves and it will capture and share the video to you via Twitter. Pepper the robot and his siblings will be there.


As Community Managers, Yolande Poirier, Jim Grisanzio, Bob Rhubart and myself will be doing CodeLive interviews with speakers, that will be live-streamed on Periscope and later posted on YouTube. In addition Bob will be doing 2 Minute Tech Tips. If you want to do a 2 Minute Tech Tip, please contact Bob at

I will be doing 60 Second Developer Stories, so if you want to share anything from a Developer perspective, eg Your first job, your best decision, your worst, an App  you created, just drop by.


Here are some of the speakers you can look forward to hearing.




There's a lot more to CodeOne and Groundbreakers Hub, look forward to meeting you there.