Ivar Grimstad

Ivar – a Maker of tomorrow

Meet Ivar - Cybercom's own Java Champion! Ivar knew in early years he wanted to pursue a technical career path. He also know if you slow down, someone younger and hungrier will take your place.

Ivar, how did you become a Maker?

I think that a Maker is not something you become, it is something you are. Kind of like survival instinct. The tech industry is so dynamic and fast changing, so you need to stay on top of things in order to avoid becoming obsolete. The moment you slow down, someone younger and hungrier will come along.

I chose pretty early that I wanted to pursue a technical career path and have always been conscious about setting goals that all the time require me to stretch a little further. I think that is essential to not only becoming a maker, but staying there.

You're a Java Champion! What is that like?

Becoming a Java Champion is a recognition of a lot of work and efforts made in the Java Community. The Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project facilitated by Oracle. We participate in several activities and discussions with the Oracle Java Development and Developer Program teams and get the opportunity to provide feedback, ideas and direction to help grow the Java Platform. And, of course, we get a super-cool jacket with the Java Champions logo so we are easily recognizable.

You're a frequent speaker at international conferences. What motivates you?

There are several aspects to that. For me personally it is a great way of building competence. Presenting at tech conferences requires a deep knowledge about the subject and teaching a technology is one of the best way of learning it. It also gives access to the rest of the conference with possibilities to network with technology leaders in the industry.

Being a speaker is a great opportunity to building the Cybercom brand in developer communities in a credible way. This helps strengthen Cybercom both as a potential employer as well as a competent company for potential clients to a significantly lower cost than other alternatives.

What is a maker to you?

A maker is someone doing the little extra. Pushing it a little further. Reading the extra book. Tweeting the extra tweet. Writing the extra unit test. A maker is someone who cares about that extra little detail that makes the whole difference.