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The Evolving Software Development Scene:
Where Do Old Programmers Go?


Scott Lydiard


Monday, October 19, 2015       7:30 PM

Where — Note New Meeting Location

Marist College, Student Center (Building 30 on map), Room 3105. Park just north of Hancock Center, or in parking lot on south-east corner of Route 9 and Fulton Street. We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings.

More Information

This program is free and open to the public.

All are welcome to join us beforehand for dinner at the Palace Diner at 6:00 PM.
Refreshments are served after the meeting.

For further information, go to Pok.ACM.org (QR code below),
email Bill Collier, or phone 845-522-1971.

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About the Topic

I (Scott Lydiard) taught web design and development at the University of California — San Diego. I was a reference for some of my students and so got to speak with many recruiters and hiring managers (Qualcomm, US Navy, NSA, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Accenture). What they were looking for, in many cases, were eye openers for me. It wasn’t anything I was teaching.

Upon moving to the New York City area, I thought it would be easy getting a developer‘s job here. It wasn’t. I was unemployable. I could not get an entry level job doing what I taught at UC San Diego.

This talk explains why.

About the Speaker

Scott Lydiard is a software engineer passionate about software development education and technical careers.  While the central theme of his career has been software, he has spent 10 years in the oil business (Chief Engineer for Baker Hughes), 10 years in the mapping business (Vice President of Engineering of the world's largest mapping company), 10 years for the government (Navy - NSA Consultant for Satellite Communications), plus Chief Technology Officer for the military (Predicate Logic), and in the entertainment business (Nielsen).

Across these fields, Scott has been responsible for hiring and managing hundreds of software developers. His favorite position was working for NASA at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in 1973. His most difficult yet exhilarating project was resurrecting a company from scratch by recruiting the best Java and Oracle developers in San Diego. Scott believes that failures are far more compelling and useful learning opportunities than successes. His most notable flop: A remote sensing company he started which used far infra-red imagery to map agricultural blight in Central Valley, California.

Scott recently joined the Bard College Prison Initiative faculty to teach web development to incarcerated men. His favorite hobbies are motorcycle mechanics and studying software engineering.

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