[EN] September 2015 and my public speaking and presence

public-speaking_thumb3Holiday is over. Finally. Even not for me ‘cos from begining of this year I work in different model – I’m my boss – and I really love my job – so I have holiday always or never. Anyway. I have few corfirmed sessions at deferent conferences with different countries, and few conferences where I will be attendee (almost only attendee). Here is the list and I’m sure that we will meet somewhere. 

Attendee:

To hear someone, to see someone, to meet someone, to be inspired. My plans are a little flexible (even my calendar is not):

Conferences:

  • SQL Saturday #411|Cambridge,England|12th September {SITE}
  • CloudSEC|London,England|17th September {SITE}
  • CyberSEC Forum|Cracow,Poland|28th-29th September {SITE|TWITTER|FACEBOOK}

User Groups Meetings:

  • Sekcja Bezpieczeństwa Informacji|Wroclaw, Poland|30th September {SITE}

Workshops & Trainings:

  • Data Culture Days|London,England|22nd September {SITE} |full workshop by Microsoft: Dashboard in a Day

 

Speaker:

Speaking is most important part of all my events. As many of us – The Speakers – we love it. So, of course I will have some chance to increasing my speakers skills here:

User Groups Meetings:

  • Sekcja Bezpieczeństwa Informacji|Wroclaw, Poland|30th September {SITE} | just short introductionary session

Conferences

  • Software Development Network Event|Zeist,Netherlands|11th September {SITE}|two sessions: Windows Azure SQL Database for Beginners and SQL Server Source Control in the Cloud
  • SQL Saturday #413 | Denmark|Copenhagen,Denmark|19th September {SITE}|session: Azure SQL Database Tips and Tricks for Beginners
  • SQL Saturday #434 | Holland|Utrecht,Netherlands|25th-26th September {SITE}|session: SQL Security in the Cloud

Workshops & Trainings:

  • SQL Saturday #434 | Holland|Utrecht,Netherlands|25th September {REGISTRATION}|full day pre-conf: Windows Azure SQL Database: A Journey from Zero to be Hero {level 200}

 

As You can see, a lot of places and dates where and when you ca meet me. Hope you will find amoment to say Hi!

[PL] Koniec tygodnia w duchu PTI – konkurs, medale, sekcja

Piątek, szesnastego stycznia zapowiada się niezwykle ciekawe dla osób związanych z Polskim Towarzystwem Informatycznym. Dwa ciekawe spotkania, pozwalające na spotkanie z kilkoma znajomymi, poznaniem nowych osób oraz integracji społeczności informatycznej.

Najpierw w samo południe na terenie Politechniki Wrocławskiej odbędzie się finał oraz wręczenie nagrów w XXXI konkursie na najlepszą pracę magisterską z Informatyki. Konkursie, który stworzył i od ponad trzech dekad (od 1984 roku) prowadzi Polskie Towarzystwo Informatyczne, a od niepamiętnych czasów opiekę nad tym konkursem obejmuje Oddział Dolnośląski w ramach którego mam przyjemność działać. Celem tego konkursu jest:
a) podnoszenie poziomu prac magisterskich z zakresu informatyki,
b) wymiana i porównanie doświadczeń oraz osiągnięć dydaktycznych różnych informatycznych środowisk akademickich poprzez prezentację najlepszych prac magisterskich,
c) propagowanie PTI wśród młodzieży studenckiej oraz nawiązanie więzi pomiędzy dyplomantami a Towarzystwem.
W konkursie mogą brać udział nie tylko dyplomanci kierunków informatycznych, lecz także innych kierunków studiów, którzy w pracach dyplomowych stosowali zaawansowane metody informatyki.

Poniżej lista nagrodzonych prac, których tematy są bardzo ciekawe, które może będzie mi dane przeczytać:

  • Pierwszą nagrodę w wysokości 5.000 zł otrzymał
  • mgr Tomasz Kociumaka za pracę pt. Approximation algorithms for capacitated facility location problems wykonaną w Uniwersytecie Warszawskim (Wydział Matematyki, Informatyki i Mechaniki, Instytut Informatyki; promotor: dr Marek Cygan).
  • Dwie równorzędne drugie nagrody w wysokości po 4.000 zł otrzymali
    • mgr Daniel Malinowski za pracę pt. Uczciwa loteria oparta na systemie Bitcoin wykonaną w Uniwersytecie Warszawskim (Wydział Matematyki, Informatyki i Mechaniki, Instytut Informatyki; promotor: dr hab. Stefan Dziembowski, prof. UW)
    • mgr Marcin Wrochna za pracę pt. Reconfiguration and structural graph theory wykonaną w Uniwersytecie Warszawskim (Wydział Matematyki, Informatyki i Mechaniki, Instytut Informatyki; promotor: dr hab. Marcin Kamiński).
  • Trzecią nagrodę w wysokości 3.500 zł otrzymała
    • mgr inż. Joanna Patrzyk za pracę pt. Graficzne i programowe wsparcie dla symulacji obliczeń kwantowych wykonaną w Akademii Górniczo-Hutniczej w Krakowie (Wydział Informatyki, Elektroniki i Telekomunikacji, Katedra Informatyki; promotor: dr inż. Katarzyna Rycerz).
  • Trzy równorzędne wyróżnienia po 2.500 zł otrzymali:
    • mgr inż. Jakub Krzywda za pracę pt. Pattern-based semistructural data mining wykonaną w Politechnice Poznańskiej (Wydział Informatyki, Instytut Informatyki; promotor: prof. dr hab. inż. Tadeusz Morzy),
    • mgr inż. Michał Nowicki za pracę pt. Development and implementation of a visual odometry algorithm for mobile devices wykonaną w Politechnice Poznańskiej (Wydział Elektryczny, Instytut Automatyki i Inżynierii Informatycznej; promotor: dr hab. inż. Piotr Skrzypczyński, prof. PP),
    • mgr Damian Straszak za pracę pt. Approximation Hardness for Shortest Reset Word wykonaną w Uniwersytecie Wrocławskim (Wydział Matematyki i Informatyki, Instytut Matematyczny; promotor: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Kisielewicz).

    Drugą częścią tego wydarzenia będzie wręczenie medali XXX-lecia PTI uchonorowanym przez Zarząd Główny PTI członkom (byłym i obecnym) Oddziału Dolnośląskiego Polskiego Towarzystwa Informatycznego:

    • Prof. dr hab. Stefan Paszkowski
    • Dr Krystyna Jerzykiewicz
    • Prof. dr hab. Maciej M. Sysło
    • Doc. dr Roman Zuber
    • Dr hab. inż. Lech Madeyski, prof. PWr.

    LOGISTYKA: 16 stycznia 2015 r. (piątek), w godz. 12.30-15.00 | Klub Pracowniczy Politechniki Wrocławskiej, Wrocław, Wyb. Wyspiańskiego 27, bud. A-1, p. 238.

     

    ***** ***** *****

    Druga część dnia zapowiada się jeszcze ciekawiej, bowiem na kolejne spotkanie Sekcji Bezpieczeństwa Informacji dała się zaprosić dr Gabriela Bar z Kancelarii Szostek_Bar i Partnerzy, która opowie i zapewne podyskutuje z uczestnikami spotkania na temat Nowościach w zagadnieniach prawnych na 2015 rok, nowych przepisów i nowelizacji istniejących oraz ich znaczeniu i wpływie na bezpieczeństwo naszych danych, transakcji, systemów. Rejestracja wciąż dostępna pod tym adresem: http://bit.ly/1tx6wQZ 

    LOGISTYKA: 16 stycznia 2015 r. (piątek), w godz. 17.00-20.45 | Instytut Informatyki Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, Wrocław, Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 15, p. 119.

    [EN] The 2014 Year Recap. Few words about past and future…

    A little different year than previous one. And I expected this, because each year should be different. Many changes in the world happened, some changes in my life happened too. Still Poland is more and more Catholic oriented country and I really don’t like it. Too many priests, too many bishops, too much money from goverment to church and of course only one kind of church. And even I don’t have any propaganda tube machine in my flat, some voices arround me still talking about it. “Power Peoples” still cannot use our public money in right way. And all politicians are liars (does no matter from wich political party). This year was very productive in some part of it. And very, very lazy in other part. It’s very stange experience for me and I definitely should avoid it in next years. I should be more productive and effective. But some goals are fery clear: more speaking, more training, listening, more learning and of course more travelling. And here is my summary based on the last years schema:

    imageProfessional Job
    After nine years and two months, on last day of August I finished work for corporation. And not only for this corporation, but for corporations in general. I’m changing my vision of my life in few aspects: kind of work, profits, risk and opportunities, typical working day, place for work and especially people which are now my ‘work colleagues’. I should write something about my past job but I still only thinking about it. In general my new work title: Independent Consultant, Speaker and Trainer. Norway was new country where I worked this year, and Iceland is very, very familiar – I could say it’s my second homeland. And it’s ideal weather there for me.

    Teaching
    I delivered few training courses (from Microsoft Official Courses Library) in Poland. And I’m very proud to deliver my authored SharePoint 2013 for ITPro MasterClass course twice on Iceland last year. And other course in Norway. Both outside Poland courses I deliver with CQURE Academy. And I’m working on new CQURE Academy project (it will be very exciting thing).

    Learning
    I learn about some new things, skills, features. Not too much, based on very busy time on part of year, and making lazy time on another part. I found this sentences on blog: “Perhaps the most important life skill is the ability to learn.  By learning new skills we increase our understanding of the world around us and equip ourselves with the tools we need to live a more productive and fulfilling life.  Life skills are not always taught directly but often learned indirectly through experience and practice.” And I totally agree. I’m always learning, sometimes hard skills, sometimes soft skills, sometimes I just learn how to be patient enough. And my learning process growing from last year and will grow in current. That’s my plan.

    User Groups
    Work life has change. Community life has changed too. Since last day of September I’m not longer Polish SQL Server User Group Leader in Wroclaw. I had less and less time for this community in last few months and because quality and regularity of meetung are most important (much, much more important than my leader’s pseudo-ego) I resigned. But I’m sure that this group in Wroclaw will grow faster. New Leader: Roman Czarko-Wasiutycz {LINKEDIN|FACEBOOK} is very active person, with good community skills and power for continuing existence of PLSSUG Branch in Wroclaw. Even I occasionally contect (and attend) for PLSSUG MeetUp (full calendar is here) I definitelly focus for PASS Community and communities in defferent countries: United Kingdon, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine,  Mediterranean and Scandinavian area. And I’m higly involved for Security Division Community with PTI in Wroclaw.

    Blogging
    About one hundred posts. Is enough? Statistically yes, but for me definitelly not. I should increase not only number of post but especially value of this. I should back for old series such “Sunday Market” or “Express’owe Instalacje” (last one is in Polish). And definitelly create new series. But it’s only one of few my blogs. Two of five are completely zombie place. I should do something with this.

    Speaking
    It was a year of speaking! Definitelly. I achieved my primary goal (planned from November 2013) which means: speaking in China. I missed MVP Open Summit in Russia (and I don’t feel good with that, but I made a choice). Speaking in China not means speaking in Chinese (even on half of my three-week trip in Middle Kingdom I was able to order something in bar or from street seller), but I had great pleasure to be part of Organizing Committee, Chair of Security Track and Session Speaker at BIT’s 3rd Annual Word Congress of Emerging InfoTech 2014.  Of course Dalian is not everything: I delivered sessions in  Wroclaw, Cracow, Lodz, Katowice, Poznan, Wroclaw, Rzeszow and outside Poland in Sofia, Kiev, Reykjavik, Budapest, Krasnodar, Cluj-Napoca, Southampton, Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Ljubljana. In few of those cities more than once.  I delivered few workshops and one full day pre-conf (in Kiev).

    Social Media
    ”Be social, Say More, Here and Learn More, Tech Someone. They are my personal rules. Even ‘be sociable’ is not very popular in Poland (yet) I trying to use my social networks for many purposes from reading and learning through meeting new peoples, ideas, opinions, facts and fictions, to teaching and helping peoples. One of very important hashtag is of course #sqlhelp / read more at old post from Brent Ozar blog. List of my social networks expanded from last year, but core is the same: Twitter, LinkedIn, GoldenLine, Facebook.” I wrote this in last year. This year I could write same sentences with small change – using social media by community in my country is growing. And I like it!

    Conferences
    public-speakingNo MVP Summit last year. No PASS Summit last year. No TechEd Europe last year. No TechEd North America last year. No SQLDay Poland last year. A lot of missed events. But every speakers and conference attendees know that: it’s not possible to going in every places. But I attended of few very interesting events: Data Platform Day in Moscow, InfoSecurity in London, SQL in the City in London, SQL Saturday in Vienna, InfoTech in Dalian, UtMessan in Reykjavik, SharePoint Saturday in Hinckley.. But more important for me are all events where I delivered my sessions: IT Camp in Cluj-Napoca, CareerCon in Wroclaw, Poznan, Katowice, Krakow, Rzeszow and Wroclaw again; SQL Saturday in Budapest, Krasnodar, Kiev, Sofia, Ljubljana. It’s really hard to listing all other events which I attended: IBM IT Forum, EMC Forum, VMWare Forum, Oracle Forum, Oracle Day, BIN GigaCon, EOIF GigaCon, Do IT with Poland, and more. And two most significant conferences: of course SQLBits XII in Telford, where I (as always) worked as SQLBits Helper, but this time not only for sessions suppport and pre-canf preparation and post-conf preparation, but also supportedone ofmy guru: Allan Hirt {TWITTER|BLOG}.  Second one it was SQLRelay Tour in two weeks in eight cities, with nine sessions, many bottles of different beer, hundreds miles on the road, different hotels, and hostels and missed point on map. Very good learning time for me.

    Writing
    I didn’t any writing task last year. And it’s very, very bad. I never cound some news publishing or discussion board activity as writing task. I have pland for next year. Serious plan and I hope to be consistent enought to se results. I finished one good writing task – I wrote full documentation for new collaboration platform for my former employer, but… I was only one person with skils to perform this implementation and it’s not my company anymore, so… I cannot count this task, right?

    Collaboration
    Collaboration is working with others to do a task and to achieve shared goals {right meaning}. in opposite: Collaboration is "a co-operation between elements of the population of a defeated state and the representatives of the victorious power" {meaning in my country}. My meaning is of course the first one and I very often in my course trying to explain this difference for my students. My collaboration is focused for: SQL Server User Groups in Poland, England, Ukraine, Scotland, Germany, Wales, Scandinavia, Russia and other countries. My collaboration is focused for SharePoint User Groups in England, Spanish speaking countries and Scandinavia. My collaboration is focused on worldwide security. My collaboration is focused for mentoring newbies in IT sector ans students. And I’m always open for new challenges. 

    IMG_5391Travels
    Travels… I’m traveller. And I really, really like not. Not, not only.. I love it! Last year: I travelled in few cities in Poland, but of course foreign trips are most exciting. I was twice on Iceland, once in Norway (first work task in Oslo), uncounted times in United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia (first time), Slovenia (first time), Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands. Something spectacular? Yes three points: three weeks trip in China (中国:西安,北京,大连,威海,青岛,天津,胶州), almost four weeks at last trip (Poland, Norway, England, Iceland, Serbia, Slovenia), and three weeks tour with SQL Rally (Reading, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, London). Short summary in facts:  37 trips, 158 days, 102,792 km distance, 55 cities, 18 countries. Not bad, but could be better.

    Recognizing
    Recognition is very important. I’m proud to be honoured as MVP for SQL Server 2014, and still be in Friends of the RedGate PLUS and active member of few community groups. And even I’m Vice-Chair of EMEA Board at Global IT Community Association in March I got new recognition. From March for cadence 2014-2017 I’m Member of the Board of Lower Silesian District at Polish Information Processing Society. Three honoured recognizing presents came for me as a special community voices: first from Boris Hristov {TWITTER|BLOG|LINKEDIN} and his SQL Hangouts Video; second from Mark Pryce-Maher {TWITTER|BLOG|LINKEDIN} and his Sound of SQL Podcast; and third from EMEA MVP Community with Facebook interview. YAY!

    Hardware
    Almost forgot about my new equipment. With great hel of my frien Dariusz Klos as a prophet of finishing my job in corporation (without agreement to keep my old notebook) I bought new one: very light, HP ENVY 15-j017cl Notebook PC (ENERGY STAR) which actually have: 16 GB RAM, 260 SSD, 750 HDD four USB port and HDMI port, no unecessary dvd bay, and not bad resolution. Of course is full of stickers. And I got my firsf Windows Phone – old but very good Nokia Lumia 620. Still no have iPad, iPod even Surface.

     

    New 2015 Year? Excited and little nervours, but it will be more exciting!