What a Week It’s Been

Team origami exercise!

This week the Oracle Data Cloud UX team gathered in Virginia for an all-day design summit where we shared work, did some skill-building, and even made some origami together.

December’s NoVA UX panel discussion on Design Thinking

That night was the final NoVA UX meetup of the year, where panelists from IBM Interactive Experiences, CHIEF, and FJORD shared their experiences with Design Thinking as a creative process.

game room
Refreshed game room hackathon project

The next day, we kicked off this quarter’s hackathon, where team members revamped the office game room and built a very fun arcade cabinet, with over 3000 games – handily winning the UX award.

Hackathon UX award winners for the new arcade cabinet – great design and quite a hack!

It was great to have the whole team together in the Vienna office, get to know each other better, learn a bit and collaborate.

What a week it’s been!

ODC Hackathon


This week most of my team flew to the Datalogix offices in Westminster, CO to participate in the first cross-ODC (Oracle Data Cloud) hackathon. For those who aren’t familiar with this kind of event, at hackathons team members set aside daily work for two days and instead work on interesting and creative ideas for 24 hours.

At the end of the 24 hours, participants vote on the most popular project, and judges assign awards for the most interesting, impactful hacks. It’s not only a fun way team member to meet and work with new people, but it’s also a great way to discover creative new solutions to problems.

This week’s event was the first time we brought together participants from all four of our constituent companies – BlueKai, DataLogix, AddThis and CrossWise – and the results didn’t disappoint. In addition to some amazing technology ideas, one team won for building an Oracle-branded gaming console from scratch, wood panels and all, in just 23 hours. The result was one of the most polished projects I’ve seen come out of one of these events.


Since I was one of the judges, I chose to just do a culture-oriented installation project that the Datalogix team could hang in their new offices. The project framed five themes that capture the culture of the Oracle Data Cloud – smart, collaborative, flexible, innovative and of course fun.


Everyone had a fantastic time, and we’re all looking forward to the next event.

Denver Trip


Another week, another trip. This week I flew out to the Datalogix office in Denver, Colorado to participate in quarterly planning and interview candidates for the US-West contingent of our user experience design team.

And it wouldn’t be a Colorado trip without barbecue!


New York Trip


Last week our creative director Behnaz Babazadeh and I traveled to New York City to participate in the kickoff of a new Oracle OneODC culture committee. We had the opportunity to meet representatives from all of the other Oracle Data Cloud offices in California, Washington, Denver, Connecticut and other states, and share how each office celebrates its own unique culture. It was an honor to represent AddThis, which is – and I’m slightly biased – a very cool place to work.