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Mad mad, Max max

Mad mad, Max max

If you were one of the millions around the world who paid attention to the Academy Awards last evening, you’ll have noticed that the movie Mad Max: Fury Road garnered 6 Oscars. George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action film nearly swept all the below-the-line categories, including Best Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Film Editing, and both Sound Mixing and Editing.

Fortunately for South Florida our tech scene is a lot more balanced. There’s no one single event or company sucking all the air out of the environment. That may be due in part to the huge diversity of our tech community. You only have to look around at the number of tech events taking place in our region to see what I mean.

And in South Florida we’re not known to ignore our neighbors to the south, take as an example next week’s Hey Cuba Hackathon that will be held at the Florida Vocational Institute, March 11 to 13.

More premier events taking place this month include:

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 10th Annual State of the CIO – Mar 16

SFTA: Cracking the Code on Tech Talent in South Florida – Mar 24

$90K Top Job Pick: PostgreSQL/MySQL DBA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

$90K Top Job Pick: PostgreSQL/MySQL DBA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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Our Client Located in Palm Beach Gardens has a great opportunity to join their Data Management team. As a member of the team, you will work side by side with our Sr. DBAs and be relied upon as a domain expert for MySQL and PostgreSQL databases. You will be expected to work on your own and will have support from from the Sr. DBAs on the team. You will be challenged to learn new things while being exposed to new technologies and grow in an enterprise environment. You will also be encouraged to express your point of view and add value to the team.

• Ensure databases are up and running and performing great
• Proactive performance tuning
• Assist in devising new security strategies
• Develop and test highly redundant solutions
• Partner independently with development and infrastructure teams
• Ensure backups are running successfully and our customer data is protected
• Generate user database access reports and provision user access
• Service account management
• Troubleshoot production issues
• Participate in the on-call rotation

• A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management information systems or similar field and/or 0-2
• years of database administration, server administration, or software development work experience
• Knowledge of MySQL or PostgreSQL
• A positive attitude and a willingness to learn new things
• Self-motivated / ability to work independently and stay on task
• Good verbal and written communication to interact with both technical and non-technical users
• Highly detailed oriented

• Knowledge of PostgreSQL, MySQL, or MS SQL Server
• CentOS Linux 6/7
• Experience working with Amazon Web Services (AWS)
• Previous experience working with business stakeholders

A complete benefits package (paid vacation and holidays, health insurance, vision and dental insurance, 401k with company match, special company discounts, and more)

A fun family atmosphere with themed lunch parties, fitness challenges, board game Wednesdays, and (coming in early 2015) an exciting new office space (in Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

Hack for Cuba! – March 11-13

Hack for Cuba! – March 11-13

The Hey Cuba Hackathon will be held at the Florida Vocational Institute, March 11 to 13.

Join us as we change the lives of 37,000+ Cubans. Learn a new, exciting development skill, make your favorite website available to browsing over email and share it with those who never have experienced the web before.


This event is beginner friendly for those who are just learning to code. All skill levels are welcome, as we will have skilled mentors in place to help you all along the way. Do not miss this great learning experience!

Our goal is to build applications that expand the access to internet in Cuba, provide unbiased sources of information and improve the life of thousand of people in the island. You pick what part of the web you wish to integrate into our platform, and make available to people in Cuba without direct web access, and then make it happen!

Salvi directly [email protected].

Emerge – April 18-19

Emerge – April 18-19


eMerge Americas is a two-day technology conference where you can discover, connect and be inspired at any given moment. There’s no right way to travel through eMerge. Your itinerary is yours to create. When fully engaged in all three—the unique EXPO floor experiences, the rich networking interactions, and the summit talks—you become part of the collective journey, the synergy exchange. That’s the power of eMerge.


Please use the tradesman’s entrance

Please use the tradesman’s entrance

I’ts been bubbling below the surface for quite some time and now it’s finally here. If you recall my article of Dec 28, I listed 5 tech trends to watch out for in 2016. The trend I’m referring to is Cybersecurity going mainstream. In case you missed it Mark Zuckerberg went on the record today to support Apple in its fight with the U.S. government.

But is this really a fight between technology and the government or is it a struggle to understand how to deal with new technologies in the face of terrorist threats and privacy issues.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted simply: “We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!”

It’s clear that all of Silicone Valley is against the idea of building ‘back-doors’ into devices which could allow law enforcement services to access them in extreme cases. And for good reason, if the government has the keys, it’s only a matter of time before the bad guys get their hands on them.