Holly Cummins

Senior Technical Staff Member @IBM Garage Holly Cummins is the worldwide development practice lead for the IBM Garage. As part of the Garage, Holly delivers technology-enabled innovation to clients across a range of industries, from banking to catering to retail to NGOs. She has led projects to count fish, help a blind athlete run ultra-marathons in the desert solo, improve health care for the elderly, and change how city parking works. Holly is also an Oracle Java Champion, IBM Q Ambassador, and JavaOne Rock Star. Before joining the IBM Garage, she was Delivery Lead for the WebSphere Liberty Profile (now Open Liberty). Holly co-authored Manning’s Enterprise OSGi in Action. She is an active speaker and has spoken at JavaOne, Devoxx, Sonar+D, JavaZone, JFokus, The ServerSide Java Symposium, GOTO, JAX London, QCon, GeeCon, and the Great Indian Developer Summit, as well as a number of user groups.  

Before joining IBM, Holly completed a DPhil in Quantum Computation.

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How to Work in Tech and Not Wreck the Planet

The world is changing. The past five years have been the warmest since records began. Human activity, including the IT industry, is driving worrying climate change. The cloud gives us dazzling computational possibilities, and … potentially uses a lot of energy.The beauty of the cloud is that it makes it easy to run code, virtualised and scheduled for efficiency... but it doesn't provide any guarantee that what's running is useful.  As climate change accelerates, where do we, as engineers, fit in? Are we part of the problem or part of the solution? How do we balance the needs of people against the need of the planet? Or can they be aligned? This talk discusses some of the trade-offs and provides a roadmap to figuring out the right thing.


Wednesday Nov 18 / 12:00PM EST (40 minutes)

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Connecting the Dots: Considerations in Modern Software Development

At QCon, we get the opportunity to hear about new and interesting ways to tackle the technical challenges we face. We leave energized and eager to apply some of the solutions and alternatives that we’ve learned with our own teams. However, it can be difficult to connect the dots between the compelling stories we hear about technological transformation with new technology and the work we do day to day.

Join some leading experts in Socially Conscious Software to share your challenges, hear from others who have similar challenges, and collaborate together on ways to take what you’ve learned at QCon back to work. 


Wednesday Nov 18 / 02:30PM EST (40 minutes)

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