What is the job of a Software Engineer ?

I have been invited by the Aristide Briand High School at Saint Nazaire, France to present to 150 16 years old teenagers what is the job of a software engineer…

The exercise was tough because (1) you need to do some introspection on your own job and (2) you need to interest most of these guys else they will make your presentation a hell 😉 …

So, I decided to tell then a tale : 30 years of my life from the punch cards (yep, I’m an old guy !) to the iPhone (yep, I’m a sort of geek !) talking about my Apple IIe, my first job and my life as a home worker.

On the second part of my presentation I explained what is Moore’s Law and asked then, based on such law, to imagine what could be their life or subject of interest in 10, 20 or 30 years if they decide to take up this job showing some Sci Fi movies, research projects or exiting new stuff.

I certainly forgot plenty of important things to talk about. I don’t know if I was convincing and if, in 10 years from now, we will have 150 new Software Engineer but, definitively the exercise was fun and the audience didn’t make a mess. I even heart that some of them enjoyed it… 😉

So, if you understand French or if you want to practice your French accent, fill free to view the video of my presentation.