Oracle Academy News
This issue: November, 2014
Resource Corner

Alice Training Materials Available in Turkish

Oracle Academy is pleased to announce the availability of Oracle Academy Alice training materials in Turkish. These materials were developed in conjunction with the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) in Turkey, and have been integrated into the Turkish national curriculum. They will be part of online teacher training programs across Turkey, and are hosted on the MoNE website for teachers to use as an Open Educational Resource (OER).

Solaris Licenses

Educational institutions may now download free licenses for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Solaris Cluster, and Oracle Solaris Express from the Oracle Technology Network website. Licenses are granted under the OTN License Agreement for Solaris and are limited to use in diploma- and degree-granting programs. Don’t miss this opportunity to use Solaris in your classroom today!

Academy Events

Don’t miss Oracle Academy at these events:

National Conference on e-Education November 6, 2014
Sofia, Bulgaria

Ask the Oracle Experts November 12, 2014
Global Webcast

QS Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education Conference November 11-13, 2014
Taipei, Taiwan

I&I Conferentie 2014, Maatwerk met ICT November 19, 2014
Utrecht, Netherlands

ACTE Career Tech VISION November 19-22, 2014
Nashville, Tennessee

Career Calling November 20, 2014
Vienna, Austria

Education in the ICT Era Panhellenic Conference November 22-23, 2014
Athens, Greece

JavaOne Kids Day, San Francisco, California

Winners of the Lady Ada National Programming Contest, India

Oracle Morocco Country Leader with third place team members Aboullaite Mohammed, Abdessamad Amzerin, and Nisrine Jafri

Award winner Joel Maldonado with Raelly Munoz, Oracle Academy Puerto Rico

Representatives from AISINDO and Oracle Academy

Equity Group Foundation Managing Director Helen Gichohi and Oracle Kenya Country Leader Gilbert Saggia join forces to support computer science education

Coders in Action

Dr. Christian Rich, Professor at Frankfurt University of Applied Science, regularly uses Oracle APEX in his programming seminars and together with his students has developed a cool application: a Live Audio Response System (LARS). LARS is an open resource that allows instructors to send multiple choice queries to students who then anonymously can answer the queries via their smartphones. With LARS, the instructor gets live input during his or her lecture and can adjust the lecture content to the students’ level of knowledge, speeding up the pace or repeating some topics again. Check it out today!

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Students Learn Java at JavaOne San Francisco

Oracle Academy and Devoxx 4Kids joined forces to introduce Java programming to 150 students, ages 10-18, at JavaOne Kids Day in San Francisco on September 27. Participating students learned about programming, robotics, and engineering during four 90-minute workshops, engaging directly with members of the Java User Groups who assisted as mentors. Favorite topics included: Alice, Arduino, Greenfoot, Lego Mindstorm, Minecraft, NAO Robot, and Raspberry Pi. Some lucky participating students also were featured on stage during the JavaOne opening keynote.

Outstanding Student Innovators

Java IoT Developer Challenge
Teams from Europe, Middle East and Africa won the top 3 student prizes in the Java IoT Developer Challenge, sponsored by Oracle Academy and the Oracle Technology Network.

Oracle Academy was delighted to host the first place winners from Tunisia at JavaOne San Francisco, where they participated in an awards ceremony, demonstrated their winning entry, were interviewed for Java NightHack, and were featured in the JavaOne Community Keynote.

Maria Orlovskaya, Oracle Russia Country Leader, held a celebration for the second place team at Oracle Russia, where they met with various Oracle staff to learn about becoming a developer at Oracle. The St. Petersburg Developer Center delivered a master class to the winners and introduced them into the professional developer environment and lifestyle.

Houssine Oucouc, Oracle Morocco Country Leader, hosted a celebration in Casablanca for the three Oracle Academy students who made up the third place team. This team used Java Embedded, Pi4J, Java FX, SQLite and Play framework on a Raspberry Pi to create their winning “JCon Rates” project.

Lady Ada National Programming Contest
Oracle Academy was pleased to sponsor the Lady Ada National Programming Contest in India. Held in September in collaboration with ACM India and the ACM Goa Chapter, the competition received more than 5000 registrations from across India. The final round of the competition on September 25 took place at the All India Celebrations of Women in Computing conference at Goa University, and the winners, all from Birla Institute of Technology, were celebrated during the conference. In conjunction with the conference and the contest, Oracle Academy also hosted an Oracle Day for the students of Goa University, during which more than 80 students attended sessions on cloud computing, Java 8, and information security.

At HackPR in Puerto Rico in September, Joel Maldonado was the winner of the Oracle Academy Award for his innovative Math Help application, developed using Oracle APEX. Math Help provides computer-based tutoring in mathematics, pre-calculus, and calculations. Approximately 40 students participated in HackPR, which included a workshop and the hackathon.

AISINDO Partners to Educate Students in Indonesia

The Association for Information Systems - Indonesia (AISINDO) and Oracle Academy will collaborate to help prepare 30,000 students in Indonesia with industry-relevant skills through the Oracle Academy Introduction to Computer Science and Advanced Computer Science programs. Oracle Academy will provide training for 375 faculty members to prepare them to deliver Oracle Academy courses in 475 educational institutions across Indonesia.

Supporting ICT Growth in Kenya

On September 11, Oracle Academy and the Equity Group Foundation announced their agreement to work together to develop and grow ICT skills in Kenya through Oracle Academy Java Fundamentals training. Thirteen Equity African Leaders Program scholars participated in a week-long training event to prepare them to train upwards of 1,800 high school students across four high schools: Kenya High School, Sunshine boys, Machakos Girls, and Maryhill Girls.

MDeC STEM Exploration Centre

Oracle Academy in Malaysia is partnering with Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) to launch the STEM Exploration Centre, an initiative by MDeC under its “ICT as A Career of Choice” Campaign. The Centre will be equipped with technical tools and training kits aimed at exciting students with immersive hands-on activities, and will deliver career awareness and outreach programs. The establishment of this dedicated exploratory center supports the Malaysian government’s effort to boost the percentage of Malaysian children and youth pursuing STEM education and careers from the current 42% to 60%.

Students around the World Learn Alice 3.1

On September 13, more than 40 high school students from across Bangalore, India attended an Alice Workshop conducted by Oracle Academy. The workshop focused on teaching students fundamental concepts in object-oriented programming and emphasized that programming can be fun and engaging for everyone. Students presented their Alice animation projects at the end of the workshop, demonstrating creativity, imagination, and a newfound enthusiasm for Java coding.

Oracle Academy was pleased to lead an Alice Workshop for more than 40 university students who participated in the second National Conference on Computing, Computer Science, and Systems held at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela in October. This conference is one of the main annual events of the Venezuelan Society of Computer Science (SVC).

Starting November 8, 2014, Oracle Academy in Singapore will participate in the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Lab on Wheels initiative, a collaboration between government and industry to get students interested in and excited about studying technology by sending a bus to schools to deliver fun, technology-related activities. Oracle Academy will provide training and curriculum to help students learn Java using Alice. The Singapore Minister for Communications and Information, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, will be the guest of honor at the launch event.

Oracle Participates in Technoplexus ’14

Oracle Academy was pleased to lead an Oracle team participating in Technoplexus ’14 held at the Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Sciences (KITS) Warangal campus in Singapore in September. Representatives from Oracle Academy, Oracle University, and Oracle product development held technical sessions with hands-on training for more than 200 computer science and information technology students. Students gained experience in basic programming and ADF-Mobile apps development using Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle APEX.

Oracle Academy Day in Istanbul, Turkey

An Oracle Academy Day was held on September 11 at the Oracle Partner Hub in Istanbul, Turkey. Forty participants from 20 universities had the opportunity to network, listen and talk to business and technology experts from Oracle Turkey, Oracle PartnerNetwork members, the Turkish Oracle User Group, and JavaTurk.

Supporting Computer Science in Latin America

In September, Oracle Academy in Mexico was pleased to be part of the New Students Conference at the Ibero-Americana University for the second successive year. Participating students learned about a variety of technology topics, including the student benefits that Oracle Academy provides. It was also announced that they will have a visit to Oracle’s Development Center in Guadalajara.

Oracle Academy in Mexico also participated as a guest speaker in September in the Congress Punto y Coma - Innovation and Technology in Universities 2014, organized by the Society of Engineering Students in Computing (SAIC). Participating students this year had expressed an interest in pursuing careers in technology and computer science.

Oracle Academy in Puerto Rico participated in the HETS Student Leadership Showcase, held at the InterAmerican University Metro Campus on September 12, 2014. This event brought together more than 650 university student leaders from the 17 HETS member universities in Puerto Rico. The Assistant Secretary of State, Alexis Morales Fresse, talked about Campus PR, and the CIO, Giancarlo González Ascar, spoke about economic development through technology.

In October, Oracle Academy in Peru presented a session on knowledge management at the International Congress VISION 2014. This event, held at the Universidad San Martín de Porres, included students, faculty, and professionals in the fields of engineering, aeronautics, and architecture.

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