Senior cloud attorney at Microsoft John Papa will bring his passion for storytelling to USF during his presentation to students on Wednesday.
Hosted by Google Developer Student Clubs (GDSC), the talk will focus on web application scaling and security. It will take place in the Engineering Building II, room 116 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a capacity of 40 participants and a budget of $200 to cover catering costs.
Papa, who speaks for free, was asked to talk about Angular, a Google framework for building user surfaces, but also hopes to expand to other web technologies such as Facebook’s Reach and Open Source Group’s Vue.
“I’m going to show how no matter which one you choose, you can deploy pretty easily in the cloud,” Papa said.
Reach is a service that lets users see how many people have seen their ads, and Vue is used to build user interfaces, according to Flatlogic.
Dad has used his love for storytelling in his roles at Disney, working in developer relations, as well as writing his blog and other virtual content creations. Thanks to this passion, he became famous and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter.
Originally from Albany, New York, Dad moved to Florida and attended the University of Tampa (UT) for his first two years of college. However, he felt that UT did not focus enough on software development, so he switched to Siena College.
Since graduating in 1995, Papa has held jobs at General Electric (GE), Disney and Microsoft, in addition to being self-employed.
“At the time, the internet was still kind of a foundling and a lot of the training was done in person, so I could travel and take training classes,” Papa said.
After working for himself for a while, he moved back and forth between Disney and Microsoft. At Disney, Papa was one of the leaders of the reference architecture team that helped build some of his websites and apps.
His time with Microsoft was spent on developer relations. At first he had to move to Seattle, Washington, but later in his career he worked remotely from Florida.
He hosted presentations with Microsoft, but also wrote books, articles, blog posts, and even participated in podcasts to help people solve technology problems, which helped grow his following.
Wednesday’s event is open to anyone interested in building websites or web applications. Registration is open until the start of the event and is available via BullsConnect.
Dad said he was looking forward to talking about technology and giving career advice, especially to College of Engineering students who still have a whole career ahead of them.
“I really like interacting with people and telling stories,” he said. “To me, the reason the technology exists is [to make] great user experiences and improve people’s lives. I think that’s what I tried to keep in my heart.