Oh it’s Thursday, that day which tricks us in to thinking it’s Friday. The good news on this Thursday though is that tomorrow is officially June or as it should be known Maritime DevCon month!! Let’s meet another speaking who we know lives his life like every month is Maritime DevCon month. Meet Rick Wightman.

Rick is old enough to have used an acoustic coupler and silly enough to try and understand front-end web development. As a forester turned computer scientist, he is a Senior Teaching Associate with the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, teaching undergraduate courses including information systems, web programming, and systems analysis and design. He’s very interested in how computer science/IT can increase the fortunes of all New Brunswick. Also taking guitar lessons in case the professor-thing gives out.

So , if you were a programming language or technology, which one would you be and why?

If I was a monitor I could sleep at work.

If was a database manager, I wouldn’t be so forgetful.

If I was COBOL there’d be an excuse for me being long-winded.

What do you like best about Maritime DevCon?

Because the conference is easily accessible by the regional IT community, it provides a comfortable environment to learn about what is going on locally and a chance to catch up with people.

Why do you feel your session, Assisting Rural New Brunswick with IT: Pathfinding, will bring value to Maritime DevCon attendees?

As a region we do better when we understand ourselves and our communities, including those areas outside our larger cities.

What is the key take away attendees will get from your session?

There are factors limiting IT development in rural New Brunswick, but in spite of it there are some very interesting and surprising opportunities and activities.

Thank you in advance for joining us for Maritime DevCon 2018 Rick!