18 episodes

Welcome to the Half Geek Half Human Podcast, powered by Atiba. Join us on our journey as we explore the intersections between technology, business, and life with Annakate Ross and Joey Baggott. Are you half geek, half human, or a little of both?

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    • Technology

Welcome to the Half Geek Half Human Podcast, powered by Atiba. Join us on our journey as we explore the intersections between technology, business, and life with Annakate Ross and Joey Baggott. Are you half geek, half human, or a little of both?

    Dr. Donita Brown - The Management Minute

    Dr. Donita Brown - The Management Minute

    Today we’re joined by Dr. Donita Brown. After more than 20 years of corporate management experience leading teams of 2 to 102, Dr. Donita Brown now serves as a professor of management at Lipscomb University's College of Business in Nashville. She is an author, speaker, and habit coach. She also hosts a podcast called The Management Minute with Dr. Donita Brown. On the show we’ll speak with Dr. Brown about the evolution of the podcast, what she’s learned along the way, and what’s next up on her management education lesson plan. 
    Dr. Donita Brown is a professor of management at Lipscomb University’s AACSB-accredited College of Business. Following a successful corporate career, she came to Lipscomb to teach in the Master of Management Healthcare Administration Program. Additionally, she teaches undergraduate management and leadership courses and regularly presents executive education at many Nashville area corporations. Donita’s current areas of research include habit development and the impact of coaching on self-care and leadership. She is a certified Habit Coach and brings her broad experience leading a large division of a Fortune 500 company to coach leaders, especially women, in the tech and healthcare fields. Donita is the creator of the podcast, The Management Minute with Dr. Donita Brown, a podcast for seasoned and new managers delivered weekly. In addition, Donita has written several books available on Amazon.
    https://www.lipscomb.edu/business

    • 51 min
    Steve Rucker: Evolution of Technology and Music with a Former Bee Gee

    Steve Rucker: Evolution of Technology and Music with a Former Bee Gee

    In this episode of the Half Geek Half Human podcast, we speak with Steve Rucker, a musician, college music professor, and programmer, who is also the former drummer for the Bee Gees. Steve shares his unique perspective on how technology is reshaping the world of music, covering topics from digital tools to live performances and the creative fusion of code and composition.
    Steve Rucker is a lecturer in the Studio Music and Jazz Department at the Frost School of Music. He received his bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Miami in 1979 and was awarded his master’s degree in jazz performance in 1983. Mr. Rucker got his start in Charlotte, North Carolina, performing locally and touring with the Funk/R&B group “Sugarcreek.”  During this period, he became the musical arranger for this seven-piece horn band, and wrote and recorded their first single, "Runnin' Out Of Time".  He moved to South Florida in 1976 and performed and recorded steadily with numerous jazz, Latin, funk, and fusion groups.  He has twice been voted “Best Jazz Performer” and “Most Versatile Artist” in South Florida polls. In the early 1980s, Mr. Rucker was a member of the Ross-Levine band, a groundbreaking jazz-fusion group. In addition to numerous appearances with them, he recorded the albums “That Summer Something” and “Humidity,” which featured Pat Metheny and Hiram Bullock. While a member of Randy Bernsen’s Ocean Sound Band, he recorded tracks on “Paradise Citizens” and “Calling Me Back Home,” and performed many concerts internationally, including a billing with Miles Davis.  He also recorded “Blues Hat Dances 'Round Midnight” with Bernsen and continues to perform with him. In 1990, Mr. Rucker recorded “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” with Gloria Estefan.  For many years, he performed internationally with Ben Vereen, and appeared with Mr. Vereen with the Atlanta Symphony and the Dallas Symphony. Steve Rucker was a member of the Bee Gees for more than ten years, and appeared with them on numerous TV shows and performances, including: 
    The Tonight Show Oprah Winfrey Show Today Show VH 1 Specials David Letterman Rosie O’Donnell Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Command Performance for the Queen of England Top of the Pops Live By Request https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Rucker
    https://www.frost.miami.edu/
    https://www.facebook.com/steve.rucker.33/
    https://twitter.com/drbeat
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/steverucker/
    https://www.instagram.com/steverucker

    • 48 min
    Atiba's Ashton Bailey: So You Want To Build A Mobile App

    Atiba's Ashton Bailey: So You Want To Build A Mobile App

    In this episode of the Half Geek Half Human podcast, we are joined by one of Atiba’s top Software Developers, Ashton Bailey. We speak with Ashton about what it takes to build a mobile app - everything from how to choose a framework and overall technical approach to what goes into creating the timeline and budget. We also cover how software development, and mobile development in particular, are constantly changing and how developers can keep up. 
    This episode will cover:
    Cross platform versus native Challenges for apps using Bluetooth What “gestures” means for mobile apps Different variables necessary for app development What a client needs to have in place prior to building an app Defining front end and back end for mobile apps Timelines and costs variables for mobile app development Mobile app maintenance after deployment Cross platforms for mobile apps Publishing to app stores and their challenges Identifying and dealing with mobile app bugs Mobile app QC and testing Where apps live How mobile app developers stay relevant with changing technology Resources for mobile app developers Benefits of working with an agency to develop a mobile app Are mobile apps here to stay?

    • 39 min
    Edge•U Badges: Turning Teachers into Tech Stars

    Edge•U Badges: Turning Teachers into Tech Stars

    In this episode of the Half Geek Half Human podcast we are joined by Katie Ritter who oversees the Edge•U Badges program. Learn how the program helps students, teachers and dristricts – and how Covid changed everything.
    Dr. Katie Ritter is the Chief Learning Officer at Forward Edge. Katie was named one of the Top 100 Influencers in Edtech in 2023, and a finalist in the Visionary category for The EdTech Leadership Awards in 2023. She completed her Doctor of Education from Vanderbilt University where her research focused on instructional coaching and K12 educator professional development. She has served on several leadership teams including President of ISTE’s Edtech Coaching PLN and as a Future Ready Schools Instructional Coaches Thought Leader. She is a former instructional coach and high school educator. Katie is driven to empower others to realize their full potential, so they can make a positive difference on those around them!
    This episode will cover:
    What is Edge•U? How Covid changed the platform Deep dive on how the platform helps districts The future of Edge•U Restart Recharge Podcast  Resources:
    https://edgeubadges.com/
    http://restartrechargepodcast.com/

    • 42 min
    Tim Moses, Thomas Conner & Bill Butler: Early Days of Nashville Tech

    Tim Moses, Thomas Conner & Bill Butler: Early Days of Nashville Tech

    In this episode of the Half Geek Half Human podcast, we are joined by three legends from Nashville’s early tech scene: Tim Moses, Thomas Conner, and Bill Butler. Together, they founded Telalink – Nashville’s first internet provider – back in 1993. Listen as they reminisce about Telalink's origin story and reflect on how the tech landscape has changed in Nashville over the last 30 years. 
    In this episode of the Half Geek Half Human podcast, we are joined by three legends from Nashville’s early tech scene: Tim Moses, Thomas Conner, and Bill Butler. Together, they founded Telalink – Nashville’s first internet provider – back in 1993. Listen as they reminisce about Telalink's origin story and reflect on how the tech landscape has changed in Nashville over the last 30 years. 
    More about our guests:
    Tim Moses is a software developer and small business owner who started his first computer business during his freshman year at Vanderbilt. With friends from school, he started a computer consulting business, Nashville's first internet provider, and a SaS company that developed one of the first content management systems. He now works as a solutions architect for the Tennessee Book Company, a small division of Ingram Content. Tim is a father of seven, owns a converted school bus, and builds electronic devices and writes programs for fun. His pirate translator and pirate insult generator have held the top spots for those keywords in Google for years. He is on the board of Shower the People, an organization that provides showers to the homeless and frequently drives the shower bus. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmoses/
    Thomas Conner is co-founder and president of One Eleven, a Nashville-based digital agency, specializing in locally supported hosting, website builders, digital marketing, and custom development. Former co-founder and CFO of Sitemason and CFO of Telalink, he currently co-chairs the Board of Visitors at Vanderbilt Divinity School and previously served on the executive boards of Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, PENCIL Foundation, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and the Vanderbilt University Alumni Board. Thomas is a ten-gallon plus blood donor and occasional marathon runner. Personal website: www.thomasbconner.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasbconner
    Bill Butler is a founding partner in PolicyCo and VP of Engineering for Advent Health Partners and the inventor of CAVO, an innovative document processing solution. He has 15 years of experience as the founder of two regional ISP’s, Telalink and Butler Networks, and 15 years of experience managing software development teams focused on the healthcare market. He is passionate about matching user requirements with technical feasibility by acting as a translator between the C Suite, SMEs and Application Developers. Bill is a firm believer in the Agile process and dynamic DevOps architecture ensuring continuity and fault tolerance across the enterprise. On Sundays, there’s a chance he’s enjoying a beach day, tinkering on his 1979 lobster boat or exploring a small general aviation destination. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wmbutler/
     This episode will cover: 
    The origins of Telalink Technology in 1993 Today’s Nashville Tech Scene Municipal-Owned Broadband Podcast intro and outro by Claudine Claudio.










     

    • 48 min
    Caleb Scholze and Greg Matsick: Junior to Senior in Tech

    Caleb Scholze and Greg Matsick: Junior to Senior in Tech

    In this episode of the Half Geek Half Human podcast, we are joined two senior software developers from Atiba, Caleb Scholze and Greg Matsick who discuss what it takes to move from a junior to senior position in tech. 
    Caleb Scholze is a graduate of the Nashville Software School and a senior developer and team lead on Atiba’s mobile team. Greg Matsick, another senior developer at Atiba has a bachelor’s in computer science from Penn State and is a member of Caleb’s team.   
    This episode will cover:
    Caleb and Greg’s origin stories and how their careers shifted focus What being a “senior” means in the tech space Lessons learned through client project work Advice for juniors hoping to shift to a senior position and recent grads Recommended resources Podcast intro and outro by Claudine Claudio.

    • 50 min

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