BRISTOL, ENGLAND—Writing doesn’t do justice to virtual reality. Nor does looking at an animated, 2D image do anything to convey the feeling of scuba diving through space, playing catch with molecules of buckminsterfullerene. Wearing off-the-shelf VR gear, I found it surprisingly addictive to tie knots in proteins or thread carbon nanotubes. But these VR journeys into the molecular level aren’t just fun—they reveal important details of how nature is built and behaves, and could hold keys to engineering nanosystems, combating antimicrobial resistance, and making progress to understand neurodegenerative disease.
PARIS—It’s a fortuitous day to be sitting in a padded geodesic workbooth at 42, the tuition-free computer programming school created and funded by French telecom billionaire Xavier Niel. I’m waiting to meet with Olivier Crouzet, the dean of studies. It happens to be the first day of La Piscine (the pool), a four-week programming endurance test that 800 people ages 18 to 30 will vie to complete.
Whitney Wisnom didn’t plan to go to college to study mechanical engineering—she was a soccer player—but that’s exactly where she’s headed as one of the first students to graduate from Design Tech High School (d.tech).
Originally published March 14, 2018 on Forbes One fascinating thing about meeting developers in more than 20 cities around the world is seeing how coders use their skills to solve a local problem. Oracle Code’s worldwide tour landed in New York City last week, and it didn’t disappoint. Marc Sewtz, a senior software development …
When Lisa Mae Brunson organized her first Hacks 4 Humanity, she didn’t even know what a hackathon was—nor was she herself a software developer. But as an experienced community builder with a nose for trends, she suspected it could quickly generate creative solutions to social problems.
On a recent, balmy day in Oakland, California, attendees at DeveloperWeek peppered Chad Arimura with questions about Fn, the open source serverless project he heads.
Originally published January 25, 2018 on Forbes The last few years have seen thrilling changes in the software landscape and mushrooming opportunities for coders. Today software developers are critical not just for every enterprise looking to grow, but also for every government or nonprofit organization wrestling with the world’s problems. That means we’ll need software …