As the Internet of Things and automation are beginning to take over more things in our lives, have we moved beyond what’s useful or beneficial?  Are we really saving enough time to justify having smart tech in a toaster?  How does it impact the future of our economy and job prospects?  The DevCoaches tackle these issues in this episode.

On today’s program:  Dave Balzer, Pat Toner, Matt LoPiccolo, Randall Clapper and Phil Williams.

With our recent discussions of Cyber Security, the hacking of Equifax and now the announcement of a hack that took place in 2016 of the SEC, the DevCoaches sit down and discuss the personal ramifications of our current data-driven society.


SEC Story:


Equifax Story:


DevCoaches Hosts on this episode:  Dave Balzer, Pat Toner, Matt LoPiccolo, Randall Clapper & Amanda Gragg

Dave Balzer, Pat Toner, Sarah Dutkiewicz, Randall Clapper & Phil Williams talk about the state of current mobile devices and development for these devices.

Mentioned in this episode:

Be warned, most of this episode is absolute nonsense.  We laughed a lot sitting down with our special guests.  We did cover a few actual topics though including:

  • credited for increase in diversity for college placement in CS programs.
  • NBC launches news snapchat style.
  • New Java tooling from JetBrains
  • Mobile development options

This episode features hosts Dave Balzer, Sarah Dutkiewicz, Pat Toner and Matt LoPiccolo.

Our guests for this episode were Kristen Pietsch, William Lopez, and Ian McPhie.

In this episode, the DevCoaches had the opportunity to host a panel discussion on Cyber Security.  The episode was recorded live at the Software Guild in Akron, Ohio and featured the following speakers:

Melanie McKean of Westfield Insurance

Alicia Alto of ABB

Ariel Cohen of HackerUSA

Eric Ward of The Software Guild

John Schick of CardinalCommerce a Visa Company

Moderated by:
Pat Toner of The Software Guild and The DevCoaches Podcast


The show touched on many issues surrounding cyber security and coincidentally was recorded the day before the news broke of the latest major security breach involving Equifax. The topic could not have been more timely.

What is the big deal with Net Neutrality?  Why are so many people talking about this lately?  The DevCoaches get into this very important and timely topic in this episode. This is a vital topic for anyone involved in technology from the developer to the standard user.

What is the difference between a Junior, Mid-level, and Senior developer?  How do you navigate your career to move through these levels?  The Dev Coaches sit down and discuss this topic on episode 17.

Why do developers have such a hard time making decisions?  The Dev Coaches tackle this topic in episode 16.  

In this episode, Dave, Sarah, & Victor are joined by Austyn Hill, Alan Galloway, Pat Toner, Morgan Willis and Matt LoPiccolo.  With some of the awesome women in tech right here in the studio tonight, we decided to tackle the question of what it takes to be a woman in a male dominated profession and how that is changing.

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Gifts for girls STEM-related:

Some WiT Groups:

Tech & Kids:


General Maker Sites –




Girl Tech Resources/Sites –

Kid Coding Resources:


Sarah’s Women in Talk presentation:



Dave, Sarah, and Victor are joined by Pat Toner and Matt LoPicollo to discuss future trends in technology.  It’s an interesting conversation ranging from Augmented Reality and Amazon’s new automated shopping experience, to Voice Command, Mobile Apps, automation and the inevitable rise of SkyNet!

Please Note the audio quality of this recording is not as good as normal as we had equipment failure and had to settle for recording from a backup device.