Another year has passed and it's December 2019, wow what a year for both me, my team and the Oracle Groundbreakers community. I just want to cover some of the highlights from the year.

  • As Community Managers (Bob Rhubart, Jim Grisanzio, Pablo Ciccarello and myself)  created a lot of content for developers. In the first calendar half of the year we were busy with Oracle Code events. Between my team we divvied up the 5 cities, New York, Berlin, Rome, Shenzen, Bengaluru, along with the joint events of Oracle OpenWorld Dubai and Singapore, that we covered across four continents, North and South America, Asia and Europe.
  • Bob, keeps the spotlight on community members through a variety of channels, including the Groundbreakers Podcast, the 2 Minute Tech Tip video series, and a series of profiles of Groundbreaker Ambassadors for Oracle Magazine.

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      Bob Rhubart at Groundbreakers Live stage at CodeOne 2019

  • Jim Grisanzio did a whopping 16 trips worldwide doing interviews, at Oracle Code, Oracle Code Innovate, APAC Tour, Sangam, and others as well as being a ScrumMaster/Facilitator of several Oracle Code Hackfests (officially called Oracle Code Innovate) with our Customers. There were 10 Code Innovates with six of them being in the last half so the pace of these are picking up. Here is a video that Jim did  at Cisco Bangalore (March 2019).
  • Pablo led the effort for not only creating content for Latin America, but also leading the South and Central America Tour. Twelve cities in a four week period, plus other third party events.
  • Then there was the Japan Tour, NORDIC and EMEA Tours where  along with the local User Groups, Oracle Groundbreaker Ambassadors, Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle Product Managers tour city by city in a crash course to reach.

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     Latin America Groundbreakers Tour lunch at CodeOne 2019

  • In October we had Oracle Open World 2019 and along with it our second Oracle CodeOne event. Again we had so many customers, partners and other folks attend the Groundbreakers Hub, it was truly wonderful. We had so many cool demos, and besides doing Groundbreakers videos, I got to host the Video Hangout. This is where any attendee could come and talk about a subject of their interest for 60 seconds on a green screen which we backed up with really cool backgrounds, and live-streamed it over Periscope/Twitter. Here is an example of a 60 Sec Dev Story.
  • My colleague Chris Bensen, has been busy creating all kinds of cool demos for CodeOne as well Oracle Code, including the CodeCard, and the Superhit at CodeOne 2019, the Raspberry Pi Super Computer, 1024 Raspberry Pi running 100% Oracle Linux and Java. He keeps churning out hit after hit from Escape Room to IoT Manufacturing where lasers meet wood run by Oracle Supply Chain technology to produce customized luggage tags.

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          Chris Bensen demonstrating the Raspberry Pi Super Computer and Pablo Ciccarello capturing the moment

  • In the Blogosphere, Shawn Bendinelli and Tania Aggarwal are working  on a number of things planned to improve the Blogs experience and better serve blog owners. On the Community and Developer sites, Christina Brashear has been busy creating and redesigning the look and feel of and - with the process continuing into the new year! Working on creating better experiences for developers, online and off, through the community platform and attending in-person events.
  • Over in Advocacy (which has over 700 members in our programs including ACEs, Groundbreaker (GB) Ambassadors, Java Champions (JC)), my colleague Jennifer Nicholson has been super-busy hosting three ACE briefings (UKOUG, Kscope and OOW) and five  networking dinners (collaborate, UKOUG, DOAG, Kscope, OOW/CodeOne).


     Oracle ACE Dinner CodeOne 2019

  • The programs have netted over 7k community contributions by Oracle ACEs and GB Ambassadors, including presentations at conferences, blog posts, videos, plus  over 6,000  attendees came to the Groundbreaker tours. Thank you Jen and all of you for a vibrant, knowledgable, and sharing community.
  • Last but note least all these operations continue to work  like a well oiled machine courtesy of Linda Bronson.


It has been a fulfilling year and I want to thank you all for your participation and help.Thank you to all the wonderful people I met in my travels and for that heart to heart connection. I will leave you with a Rumi quote, “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”


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