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Friday, 22 September 2017 12:42
Artist Oliver Kossatz takes us under the hood of his incredible imagery Add a comment
These Photos Remind Us There Is No Winning in War Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:20

Furkan Temir is a photographer living and creating in war zones of the Middle East. Knowing he couldn’t stand idly by while stories of those he knew turned to headlines, he began capturing the ruin, tragedy, and glimmers of hope that lay all around him.

His stunning images from a series titled, “Louder Than Bombs” remind us that war is not something to be won.

“I was 17 when I picked up my camera for the first time. Rebels were coming to the border of my home, Turkey, and I decided to go to Syria and capture what was happening. How could I stand by while this was happening?

We are losing truth. It is up to us, the artists, to keep it. We are the holders of the honesty of this world, and we alone can hold a mirror to society and push them to change. Awareness brings change; acceptance brings progress.” 

“I was born in the middle east — I am very close to that situation. I am very close to what is happening in my land, and I want to show people what is happening. I need them to understand.

I don’t want to capture what’s happening, I want to capture their emotions. I want to show how we feel to be trapped this way.” 

“Most people stand idly by when faced with conflict because they are afraid of being ‘too political’. That’s not a luxury most of us have.

I captured these images to find out how I feel — I shared these images to show how we feel.” 

“I don’t see myself as a photojournalist or an art photographer. I am a storyteller. Sometimes there isn’t an obvious story — there is one around you, you just have to create it. Find the problem, believe in the solution, create a conversation.” 

“People connect with each other. We can’t help it. But we don’t need to empathize with war, we need to feel raw and want it far away. I want people to feel the truth, the emotion, the tragedy — that understanding will bring us closer to peace.” 

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My Road to Tech Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:00

If you had asked me three years ago what my plans for the future were, I never would’ve said computer science. But a lot has changed since then! I’m currently wrapping up my second summer as an Adobe intern, on the Web Engineering team. My team works on the learning and support section of Adobe’s website to make sure customers have all the tools and help they need to learn how to use the products. I’ve worked with quality engineers this summer, writing automated tests to ensure our features are functioning properly at all times. So how did I get here?

I was actually always passionate about basketball and once imagined playing in college. But in high school, my interests were starting to expand beyond sports when I got an email from my school’s college and career center. A program called Girls Who Code was accepting applications for their summer immersion program. My parents and brother all encouraged me to apply. They felt that being able to code would be an essential skill, not just for me, but for my whole generation. So, I decided to spend that summer with Girls Who Code, and that’s where it all began.

I was in the program at eBay with 20 other high school girls, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the atmosphere of working in tech. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, and they told us time and time again that programming would allow us to build the technology that shapes our society. I began to really imagine myself in a tech career, and I decided to enroll in AP computer science my final year of high school.

When it came time to choose a college, I knew Cal Poly was the place for me. I was really impressed by the computer science department’s dedication to increasing the number of female software engineers, encouraging women to enter and stay in technical fields. (And the beautiful campus didn’t hurt, either!) I’m now an incoming third-year computer science major there, with two Adobe internships in the books.

I was actually hired at Adobe through the Girls Who Code Hire Me portal, where alumni of the program can submit their resumes for partner companies to browse. Adobe found my resume and reached out, which was so exciting as a freshman in college. I loved my internship experience the first summer, and I knew I wanted to return. I actually didn’t even interview anywhere else this year. There are a lot of reasons for this, but a big part of that decision was the culture and the relationships I’ve developed here. It’s important to find a place where you feel like you fit in and can grow both personally and professionally.

During both internships, I’ve felt fully integrated into the company, and I’ve been encouraged to socialize and network with peers. My manager and team are always introducing me to new technologies and tools, and there have been so many opportunities to join groups that allow me to explore my passions outside of work. I’m especially interested in corporate responsibility, so I’ve attended lunch sessions this summer to learn what Adobe is doing in the sustainability realm. It’s great knowing that I’m part of a company that is actively working toward bettering our communities through social impact. And, during both of my Adobe summers, I’ve been able to serve as a mentor for their Girls Who Code program, meeting with the high school girls who are currently in the program. Girls Who Code was such a big part of how I got started in tech, so I love that I’ve been able to use my position at Adobe to reach out to other young women and encourage them to get involved, too.

My path to tech was a little unexpected, but I’m so glad it brought me to where I am today. When people ask me what advice I’d give to other young women considering this path, I like to share a quote from Sheryl Sandberg: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” It seems so simple, but it’s really important. Never be afraid to reach out to a more experienced person, or to embrace a new opportunity, regardless of how uncomfortable it seems or what other people think. I encourage women to consider a career in computer science because software has the power to influence so many other industries and change them for the better. Technical skills open up a lot of opportunities, so don’t be afraid of the challenge! I know that if I can do it, you can, too.  

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CONVERGE Europe Agenda Features Keynotes from Industry and Research Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00
Gaudi's heritage, rope-less elevators, and inspiring 3D printing applications; experience these and more ground breaking projects at CONVERGE 2017 Add a comment
An Ode to Our Founders and History Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:53

Nearly 35 years ago, John Warnock and Chuck Geschke founded AdobeSince Adobe’s inception, they’ve built the business around four core values: Genuine, Exceptional, Innovative and Involved. These values run through Adobe’s DNA and shine through all that we do. You can learn more about our co-founders on our new Adobe Founders page.

Every year we recognize twelve employees with the Founders’ Award, an ode to our company’s history and to honor those who consistently live and breathe these values.

Meet our 2017 Founders’ Award recipients on the Adobe Life blog.

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