Thursday, October 9, 2008

Meeting DB2 Student Ambassadors in Portugal

The DB2 on Campus European tour started late in September in Portugal. IST university (Lisbon) and Univeristy of Minho (Braga), two of the best universities in Portugal, were visited. In both universities there were faculty meetings, 2-hour DB2 on Campus presentations, and a 1-day DB2 workshop. More than 200 students and teachers attended the events (see picture to the right). I also had the chance to meet DB2 Student Ambassadors at U. Minho. These ambassadors were "recruited" by Vitor Rodrigues (IBM USA) on his visit to U. Minho last year. Nuno Job, was one of the DB2 Student Ambassadors who is now hired on a 1-year intership at IBM in New York (See earlier blog about this). Unfortunately, Nuno left for New York a few days prior to my visit, so I could not meet him. I did meet the other ambassadors. See the picture to the right. The order from top left to bottom right: Nuno Lebreiro, me (Raul Chong), Marcelo, Vitor Rodrigues (IBM USA), Joao, Ulisses, Sergio, Ivo. Visit their DB2 User Group web site here! Currently, the group is running a "mini-challenge" to see who in their university downloads the most DB2 Express-C in one month!. Let me know if you'd like to do something like that.


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