CloudCamp Social Good Hackathon

Margaret Dawson, a long time CloudCamp supporter, brought me into HP Cloud where I’ve been consulting for 6 months. My first task was to find the best way for HP Public Cloud to engage with developers. We all agreed a hackathon would fit HP’s interest in engaging directly with developers and innovators. Intel joined as a sponsor and will be showing off their HTML5 tools. Other partners such as ActiveState & SendGrid will be sharing their tools & APIs as well. More importantly, the theme we chose is “Social Good Hackathon” which has created an atmosphere of working together and is turning out to be the best Hackathon theme ever!

The Hackathon begins at 7pm at the Impact Hub SF. We couldn’t have come this far without HP, Intel & the folks at BeMyApp who have been inspiring groups all over the SF Bay Area and beyond. Some participants are flying up from LA. There are a whole bunch of social innovators who will be inspiring developers & designers with their passion. And local CloudCamp peeps will be helping participants get their apps ready to deploy in the Cloud. You can find out more at It’s about to get busy, so I’ll keep this short. But I’ll post more as the weekend proceeds.

PS. A special shout out to Janette Hausler & Karen Louie who have poured themselves into preparing for this event. Let the fun begin!


Plays Nice with Others

Here’s an excellent example of a Developer Community that knows how to “Play Nice with Others”.

No community manager wants to send its members away from its forums, but in some cases it just makes sense. In this case Stack Overflow is doing a great job of handling entry level questions about Google Android. And the Google Community managers realize that they are helping, not harming their cause. It takes an experienced community manager to understand that your own forums aren’t what matters most. What matters is that developers are getting answers from places and ways that they prefer and find most convenient. Plus, the Google managers must realize that they will get some additional visibility by encouraging the Stack Overflow to discuss Android.

There might be a back story that I’m not aware of, but on the surface, this makes sense. Kudos to the Google Android crew.

Sushi leads to codename Mr. Roboto

I’ve been consulting for NorthScale. They’re using their experience with memcached and other open source projects to solve some of those ’scale-out’ problems that websites have.  Steve, Dustin, Matt, Rod, Patrick & Sally are super smart. I learn something new every day. My role is to help get feedback from the developer community – something I thoroughly enjoy.

We’re also having a lot of fun. The other day while having lunch at a sushi restaurant, I explained why I think the most well-known Japanese phrase in America is … “domo arigato Mr. Roboto”. Of course it was immortalized by the band Styx in the early 80’s. But I used Kunio Kato’s Acadamy Award acceptance speech as an example of how popular it is even today (the end of the video is priceless). The next day, we get an email from Steve announcing that “mr roboto” will be the codename for the NorthScale “instrumented” memcached AMI.

I wonder how many other code names come from jokin’ around during lunch.

CloudCamp SF tonite

CloudCamp SF starts tonite at 5 pm. We’ll have food, drink and hopefully some lively discussions about the emerging Cloud Computing industry. I’ll be MC’ing the evening, but since this is an unconference, the really interesting stuff will happen in the sessions, which the attendees will lead themselves.

After the sessions, we’re throwing a party, during which we’ll have Lightning Talks on subjects loosely related to Cloud Computing from the likes of Jeff Barr and others.

With over 300 people registered on Upcoming, I don’t think I missed anyone. But if I did, please excuse me and show up anyway!