Denys Makogon: The Best Country for Observing the Northern Lights

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Online Event – watch on YouTube:

5:30-5:45: Announcements

5:45-7:15: The technology behind “The Best Country for observing the Northern Lights”

No matter what kind of jobs (developers, managers, CEO, etc.) we do, all of us have a hobby, sometimes even more than one and it is great! So, I’m not an exception here. I do landscape photography and I found myself in love with the Northern Lights, astrophotography and many more sub-genres. Have you seen that Green Lady dancing over the sky? Oh boy, you better do this ASAP!

A friend of mine asked me about travelling north for the purpose of hunting the Northern Lights. This type of question is very complicated to answer, there are reasons for that. How would you compare landscapes (sceneries), experiences, culture, and people of that culture? They are all unique! It was really problematic to answer such an inquiry.

Having a background in data analysis (and a bit of science), I decided to solve this problem as a software engineer – define a problem, find consumable data sources and do some code for the sake of the result!

In this talk, I’ll be covering the following parts:

– how a funny experiment turned into a case study;

– how Java turned into the most powerful tool in the context of data analysis;

– why Java and not Python.
The idea and the key takeaway of this talk are to showcase how your job skills and your hobby can work side-by-side to producing beautiful results and how useful Java could be for parallel data pipelines.

About Denys Makogon

Software enthusiast focused on developing and designing platform and software as a service application for clouds. He’s a principal software developer in Oracle, concentrating on product development along with bringing well-designed and production ready integration with clouds solutions, contributor to various open source projects, cloud-related technologies along having fun with IoT devices and photography. Denis is a regular attendee and speaker at OpenStack summits (Atlanta, Austin, Paris, Barcelona, Boston) and PyCon Hong Kong 2016, 2017, PyCon Italy 2018, PyCon APAC 2018, PyCon Japan 2018. Co-author of OpenStack Application development, OpenStack Trove Essentials.

You can find Denys on Twitter @denis_makogon (

7:15-7:30: Q & A

The live streaming of this meetup is sponsored by Okta (

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