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SAGE FRANCH πŸ’»πŸ’‹  Developer | Futurist | Speaker ✨ πŸ’» AI, Blockchain, and Mixed Reality @ MSFT πŸ€“Computer Scientist ✨ Building a better 🌎 ✨


Settling in for a night of Blockchain and Shark Tank. This was a rough week! I've been MIA for a few days because of a few serious things I'm dealing with in the personal life. From what I've seen on social, I'm not the only one who had it hard this week. For those of you who need it, I wish you the strength to get through, the will to improve what is in your power to improve, and the passion to fuel you in your journey. Not every day is a good day, and that's okay. Happy weekend everyone!

Thanks Vancouver for the incredible four days! You rocked my world and I'm already planning my next trip to see you. For now I'm back in Toronto and gearing up for tomorrow night's Data @ MSFT event. And then on Monday I get to talk about #UX design for #MR at @fstoco! Who's going to be there? MR is gaining traction but we're still very early days in this medium as well, and we'll explore the good, the bad, and the best practices of building virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences.

Thank you to everyone who came out to talk #blockchain last night at @wwcodevancouver! πŸ€‘πŸ’» You brought such great energy and I really enjoyed our discussion. Like I said last night, being in blockchain development now is like being part of the internet in the 80s. These are early days of a technology that will be critical to the way our world works in the future. Oh yeah, and it's just hella interesting. If anyone is interested in me replicating this workshop in your city, send me a DM! And if you want to study up on blockchain, I recommend Blockgeeks as a great starting resource. πŸ––

Last Halloween I dressed up as #Cortana and I don't know if I will ever find a more perfect costume. πŸ€“πŸŽƒ I mean it's just too perfect for a Microsoft AI evangelist! Can you guess what geeky character I'm going be this year?? Hint: face paint involved, but not artificially intelligent.

Happy Monday! β˜•οΈ Today we're helping some big ol' banks innovate with bots and blockchain. It's great to see them recognising the potential of these technologies and I'm pretty pumped to help them build! And then at the end of the day I get to hang out with @wwcodevancouver and geek out over blockchain. I love my job. Happy Monday everyone, hope you're having a great start to an even better week! πŸ€“πŸ’ͺ

Coding by the soft lights of the city πŸ’»πŸŒƒ Nothing quite like seeing the world from above to inspire you to build something good. We have the power to change things in this world. We each just have to find the right tools. πŸ’»πŸŒŽ

D I G I T A L D E T O X . The massage I had today at @halsaspa targeted tech neck! After many long months of hunching on planes and in front of computers, my neck actually feels nice and normal again. Highly recommend this neck and shoulders massage to everyone who...just everyone. This year I've really started to take care of this vehicle that is my body - I'm spending less on clothes and gadgets and more on yoga and wellness treatments like this. Mortality is no joke, and if you haven't already prioritized your health, right now is the perfect time to start. Happy Sunday!

Okay so Vancouver is GORGEOUS. When the gridlock stopped me from getting a cab I walked across the bridge and was treated to this breathtaking view! Sometimes inconvenience turns into a beautiful experience. Now after a great walk and a beautiful time at @halsaspa, I am ready to put the finishing touches on tomorrow's #blockchain workshop. See you soon, #womenintech of Vancouver!

Bringin' back the fanny pack! πŸ€“Today I get to meet our western #microsoftstudentpartners and I'm so stoked to hear their ideas for the year and help them bring these ideas to life! This is by far the most rewarding part of my job. I've had a lot of "you're working on a Saturday?!" this week and my answer is always heck yes I love this part! The energy of inspired students is just unbeatable. .
Side note about the fanny pack, because I never would have thought I'd be caught dead wearing one of these. But lo and behold I found a vegan leather "belted purse" and here we are. πŸ™ˆ I think it looks cool, actually. And it's convenient so who even cares? My approach to #style has done a complete 180 - from full face of makeup and designer dresses to comfort and convenience. Never felt more free.

Off to Vancouver! Will be spending the next few days on #blockchain, #bots, and #fintech, and will be meeting our awesome west coast #microsoftstudentpartners! I've downloaded a whitepaper on Zilliqa, a new blockchain technology, to read on the plane. Apparently Zilliqa uses a technique called sharding to vastly increase the number of transactions per second that can be done on the chain. Looking forward to reading more about how this works! See you tonight, Vancouver! ✈️

Building three technical demos concurrently has my brain full of code! πŸ’»πŸ™ˆ I'm often asked for advice on mastering programming languages. From my posts it's clear that I use quite a few different ones, so let me let you in on a secret: I haven't "mastered" any of them! The best skill a coder can have is fearlessness. I don't mean jump-out-of-an-airplane fearless, but fearless about making mistakes and seeking help. Why do you think StackOverflow is so big? Because devs, by nature, are collaborative and unafraid to be wrong. My goal is not to master Solidity or become the expert in Node.js. My goal is to never stop learning, and to always find that comfortable amount of discomfort in what I'm doing so that there is always a path to improvement.

Diving into #Cortana Intelligence today! The Cortana tools are HUGE and I'm spending the better part of today navigating them to build my demo for next Thursday's Data @ MSFT event in Toronto. We already have over double the registrants for our capacity...data and AI really are hot topics! πŸ’»πŸ”₯One cool thing about Cortana Intelligence is the gallery of machine learning models. You can clone the models used by devs and big companies around the world, and modify them for your own experiments! It's really helpful, especially for people new to data science and ML.

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