David I's 60th birthday fund raising challenge - send Cal Poly CS/SW Women to Grace Hopper Conference

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Today is my 60th birthday.  My beautiful wife Martha and I are also celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary today (yes, I got married on my 30th birthday).  This Saturday (June 18) will be my 26th year since starting at Borland International in 1985.

As part of my birthday and anniversary celebrations, I am issuing a fund raising challenge to all my friends, relatives, community members, and anyone else that I have ever helped in the 42 years since I wrote my first program and my 26 years working on developer tools here in Scott valley, California.

Last year, I donated 150,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles to help send six Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Computer Science and Software Engineering students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Atlanta Georgia.  This year's conference is being held in Portland Oregon on November 9-12, 2011.  This year our goal is to send up to 20 women to the Portland conference.  To send a large group of students to Portland this year, we need to raise $15,000. Beyond this year, we are working to create an endowment fund of $400,000 to be able to continuously send students each year.

The annual Celebration of Women in Computing conference provides a great learning, networking, and personal growth experience for all of the student attendees.  Here are two quotes from last years Cal Poly SLO student attendees:

"I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed attending the conference. I am so happy I got to go. I learned so much and my view about computer science totally changed. I really enjoyed learning about the many opportunities there are to combine computer science with other fields. For example, computer scientist can apply concepts from programming to solve some of the environmental issues facing out planet. They can help revive the diminishing fish population or renewing bird migratory patterns. I also really liked how everyone at the conference seemed to share the same belief that computer science was more than nerdy people coding. It totally defied the stereotype that computer scientist must love spending hours coding. It was more than that, it involved social interaction, innovation, and so much more."

"I really enjoyed meeting other women who are interested in computing and listening to the talks (particularly the more technical ones) about projects in computer science."

The David I's 60th Birthday Fund Raising Challenge

Last week I personally donated $500 to the Cal Poly CS/SW Department Grace Hopper Fund.  If we've worked together, if I ever helped you get the most out of our products, or if you love computer programming, please donate whatever you can to the Cal Poly Computer Science Grace Hopper Fund. You can easily donate online.

Here are the challenge details:

Go to the Cal Poly Giving make an online donation now at https://giving.calpoly.edu/donations/ccdonation_s1.asp

  • In Step 1 of the online donation form - select "College of Engineering" in the first drop down box and select "Grace Hopper Conference Support Fund (5422)"  in the second drop down box.  Specify an amount, whatever you can afford, in the third box.

  • In Step 2 of the online donation form  select "Friend"

  • In Step 3 put your credit card information

  • In Step 4 put your billing address information

Thank you in advance for taking part in this fund raising challenge.  I'll keep you posted as the fund raising continues between now and the conference this fall. Thank you to everyone I have met and collaborated with during the first 42 years of my programming career.  I look forward to many more years of fun creating software with you.

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David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran-often referred to as a developer icon-who extols and educates the world on Embarcadero developer tools. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero's strategic product plans. David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.


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    Marcin G. Monday, 13 June 2011

    Happy Birthsday!!!

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    Keith Monday, 13 June 2011

    Happy Birthday David.

    Have a GREAT day.

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    Tim Monday, 13 June 2011

    Happy Birthday again ...and made a donation

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    David I Monday, 13 June 2011

    > TIm - Happy Birthday again …and made a donation

    Thank you so much for making a donation. With everyone's help, we'll send more Cal Poly SLO students to the Grace Hopper Women in Computing conference in Portland. Attending the conference last year gave the attending students a great experience way beyond the classroom.

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    msfm Monday, 13 June 2011


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    Jeehoon Imp Park Monday, 13 June 2011

    Happy birthday and congratulations, David!

    We all Korean developers are happy with your birthday.
    Now I'm not with DevGear, but you'll always be my boss evangelist. :)

    Thank you, David!

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    Beomyong Park Wednesday, 15 June 2011

    60회 생일을 축하합니다.
    Koreans celebrate especially on "60th" birthday with big family party.
    Lunar year table is composed of 10 cycle (십간) * 12 cycle (십이지).
    So the least common multiple is 60.
    That means after 60 years, the year mark return to the same one as the birth.
    In shorts, Happy Your 60th birthday.

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    Baoquan Zuo Friday, 17 June 2011

    A BIG Congratulations to you, David!
    Happy birthday & your 30th wedding anniversary! How sweet!

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    Jud Cole Monday, 20 June 2011

    Happy Birthday and many congratulations David and Martha.
    All the best,

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