Nuance’s inaugural engineering conference, Ncode, rocks it in Montreal

Nuance’s first engineering conference, Ncode, recently took place in Montreal. Our Mobile R&D team explains what it is and why it’s important to employees.
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Nuance engineers gather at Ncode

Nuance’s first engineering conference, aptly-named Ncode, took place recently in Montreal. I sat down with David Ardman, VP of Mobile Speech R&D and sponsor for the event, to hear more about it and how it all came together.

 

What is Ncode and why was it developed?

Ncode is an internal Nuance engineering conference which focuses on all aspects of software development including architecture, programming and quality assurance. The vision for the event was to bring together some of our top engineering minds to advance our vision for engineering excellence, exchange information and tackle common problems. The event spanned over two days and featured keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking, and of course plenty of time for bowling and good food.

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Who attended?

Our first event was led by the Mobility engineering team and was hosted in Montreal with global representation from nine countries, including Europe, Asia and North America. We also had two exceptional external keynote speakers.

 

What were you most surprised by? 

The near unanimous positive feedback on the event. Engineers can at times be perceived as critical in nature, but that wasn’t the experience at Ncode. I found it eye-opening to see how different engineering teams in different countries who work on very different product lines were able to walk through common problems.

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Why is it important to hold events like this?

These types of events create face-to-face connections for teams who typically are globally distributed – and can enable the serendipity of conversations that lead to a culture of innovation. Our engineers are now better positioned to continue connecting after the event and subsequently identify opportunities for sharing knowledge, code and creative ideas.

 

Anything else you’d like to add?

It’s worth noting that none of this would have been possible without the collaboration of several teams. From our Talent & Organizational Development team to IT, HR, and of course our many talented engineers, I’d like to send a special thank you out to everyone who participated.

 

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Meredith Mascolo

About Meredith Mascolo

As a Senior Technical Program Manager on the Engineering Excellence team, Meredith provides opportunities for Nuance technologists to collaborate, innovate, learn and engage across divisions. She is the editor-in-chief of the internal team blog, Utterances, which highlights technical topics such as leadership, programming, research, Nuance case studies and more. Meredith received a B.M. in music education from Oberlin Conservatory and a M.S. in Administrative Studies, Innovation and Technology from Boston University. She is a classically trained violinist who enjoys playing in bands (Dave Aaronoff and the Protagonists) as well as solo for yoga classes. She loves reading, cooking and yoga.