I’m speaking at the wonderful Atlantec Virtual Festival of Technology on Friday the 22nd of May

There is a wonderful Technology Event based in Galway called Atlantec. This festival of technology has been hugely successfully since 2015. Despite their impressive track record, they asked me to speak in person this year. Unfortunately, with the current Covid situation, the in person event is cancelled. Undeterred, the hosts have reacted positively and created an online event instead. It’s now a Virtual Festival of Technology and this free event and has a fantastic lineup here: https://atlantec.ie

It’s at 12:00 (BST) on Friday, a perfect companion to a lunchtime sandwich. Please click here to register  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/atlantec-virtual-festival-30-tech-events-over-5-days-registration-104118994716?aff=AtlanTecVirtualFestival

I’ll present a decision process to assist with managing rapid change. In the process I’ll discuss Hurricane Katherina, drilling for Oil, Ray Kurzweil, a chessboard and Rochester, New York. Exponential growth of technology change is happening, and it’s vitally important to react to it before it consumes your technology department and eventually your firm. The Cutter Journal published my paper on Rapid change in the November 2019 issue, and the journal are making the paper free to access for all Atlantec attendees at https://www.cutter.com/offer/buffet-style-architecture-new-world-public-self-governance.


The true career path is random – Video Interview with Maynooth University

Sometimes when I hear that people are career guidance councillors, I don’t understand how they do it. What type of magic powers do they possess? Is there a chance that an impressionable teenager becomes teacher/nurse/architect because a well-meaning counsellor pushed them in that direction? 

I did an interview about career paths in 2019 with Maynooth University. I graduated from Maynooth in 1996, having studied Maths and Economics. I also studied chatting to everybody that moved, playing guitar, trying to meet girls and karate. I had the most fantastic time when I attended.

My Interview with Maynooth University

As you can hear from my interview, I had no idea what I would do when I left.

None.

Here are a list of jobs I’ve had: Fruit Picker, Farm Labourer, Builders Labourer, Shopkeeper, Music Promoter, Electricians Apprentice, Drummer, Financial Analyst, Telesales Agent, Singer, Guitar Player, totally under-qualified Construction Foreman

I had all of these before I began in Technology


The most underrated skill in technology discussed. Video interview on Architecture at Workhuman

I recently did a video interview with Silicon Republic. I describe life at Workhuman and explain what running Architecture here means.

I discuss careers and how important challenges are. Challenges help you find where your boundaries lie. Pushing past your boundaries shows how far you can go. You may have more ability than you think, or you may fail and fall down as I often have. Falling down doesn’t matter in the slightest once you get back up again.

I’m a strong believer in the importance of creativity in technology, so that gets a big mention. It is the most underrated skill needed for success.

Jordane’s amazing art is one of the unexpected treats at Workhuman, you can see her in action. Finally, the eagle eyed among you may even spot the reddest neck in technology!

The Full article is here http://www.siliconrepublic.com/video/workhuman-challenges-video


What we Can Do during this uncertain time

This is an unprecedented time in life. It feels like the usual world has paused. I was working in Florida last week when the seriousness of Covid19 hit me. Texts, email, media posts from everywhere came flooding in. Somebody told me that the US were stopping all flights to Europe. I froze when I heard this. My family were 5,000 miles away. Flights to Ireland didn’t stop, but I worried every second about the possibility not seeing my two little boys until I landed back in Dublin. They didn’t seem to be so concerned about me; they were aggressively interested in how long they would have to wait to get their presents. My wife was happy enough to see me until she got her gift. “Is this all you got me, a book? They sell these in Ireland, you know”. I was thrilled to be back home.

Even after I came home I spent days worrying, trying to figure out what was happening with the Coronavirus. Had I bumped into an infected person? Was the restaurant table at the airport laboratory clean as I would expect? Was I already infected? Would the kids be ok? What about my parents? Would we have enough food if the shops closed? I felt totally overwhelmed.

I had a sharp realisation. The situation with Covid19 is happening and I can’t change it. I can try to help those around me, but I’m powerless to change the global situation.

I can choose how to react. I am choosing to find the opportunity in it.

Soon the virus will be under control, and the world will be back to normal. A slightly new normal perhaps, but normal all the same.

I won’t spend the time over the next few months gossiping, trying to predict what happens. I won’t spend it scrolling through endless social media posts. I won’t spend it passive aggressively arguing about pseudo science with my wife (“ok so you’re an epidemiologist now Mark“). Instead, I’m determined to put in place a routine where I can learn so I become better at something every day.

For the next 2 months I will spend 60 minutes every day on something which improves my life for the better.

I will research and write an academic paper on decision making in Technology Architecture. As I am working from home for the next few weeks, I will use the time I’d have spent commuting. This new knowledge will help me improve the work-lives of every customer we have at Workhuman. It will also make me a better technologist for the rest of my career.

Please find one thing for you to do.

Pick one thing that would alter your life. Is it a new skill, a skill that will help others, a passion that you’ve not had time for?

You can learn to program, begin an exploration of Jazz or Classical Music. You can write a blog, an article, a book. You can read a self-improvement book, take a course in Coursera, or indulge a passion almost forgotten for years. Maybe you’d like to learn how to ride a unicycle.

Find something to do and tweet at me. I will tweet every morning. Lets give each other support in this time to improve the world. @markgreville #ChooseOpportunity

Lets take care of each other and stay positive where possible. Together we are stronger.