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Holly Cummins

IBM Cloud Garage
Development Lead
Who are you ?
I'm an IBMer, a doctor (only of physics, not of medicine!), a mum, and totally absent-minded.

What do you do for a living ?
I'm a consultant in the IBM Cloud Garage. I get to do all sorts of cool things with clients in all sorts of industries, from banking to catering to retail to NGOs. I taught a computer to count fish, wrote an app to help a blind athlete run ultra-marathons in the desert solo, and used sensors to improve health care for the elderly.

What do you want to speak about at FlowCon ?
I want to explain why even though we think fun is a dirty word, it's important to have fun at work - not only does it make people happy, it gives better business results.

What would make you say “waouh” at the end of the conference ?
Fireworks! Actually, I'm pretty easily impressed, so even cool novelty socks or special techno-candy would make me go 'oooh',

What will make you think that attendees have learnt a lot during your session ?
I want attendees to say "I'm going to show this to my manager as evidence that we should be doing things differently."

What is your favorite word ?
I find myself using the word 'octopus' all the time, even though there's fairly few reasons to talk about octopuses in normal conversation.

What is the sound, the noise that you love ?
I have a fondness for angle grinders in music.

What is the plant, tree or animal which you would love to be reincarnated into ?
Cats spend a lot of their time playing, and the rest of their time sleeping, which seems like a pretty good lifestyle choice to me. They can even use their own tails as a duvet.

What is the question you would have liked us to ask you ?
 
"Can you explain quantum entanglement?"