From smartphones to spaceships, from social networks to banking and payment systems, the contribution of programmers to the development of technology is enormous. We congratulate all the software developers in the Pismo team for the Day of the Programmer.

To celebrate this day, we partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer three special events to all programmers at Pismo:

Culture of Innovation — In this interactive lecture on 13 September, the certified AWS speaker Renato da Paz will introduce the elements that promote innovation at Amazon – culture, mechanisms, architecture, and organisation.

Working Backwards — This workshop will present Amazon’s technique for defining a new product, service, or experience. It allows the team to rapidly bring that solution to market by working backwards, from describing the finished product to planning and developing it (date to be defined).

AWS GameDay — This collaborative learning exercise will test skills in implementing AWS solutions to solve real-world problems in a gamified, risk-free environment. It will be a hands-on opportunity for technical professionals to explore AWS services, architecture patterns, best practices, and group cooperation (date to be defined).

The Programmers’ Day

This commemorative day, also known as International Programmers’ Day, is celebrated on the 256th day of the year — 13 October in regular years and 12 October in leap years. It’s an informal commemorative day in many countries and is officially recognised in Russia.

The choice of this day is based on binary code. The number 256 is distinct to programmers for several reasons: when translated to binary code, it reads 1 0000 0000; it equals 2 to the eighth power, the highest power of two that is less than the number of days in a year; and it’s the number of distinct values that can be represented with a byte.

The Day of the Programmer was first proposed in 2002 by Russian programmers Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov. They gathered signatures for a petition asking the government to recognise the day officially. But it wasn’t until 2009 that Dmitry Medvedev, then president of Russia, signed a decree officialising the date. In recent years, the day has also been celebrated in many other countries.

Other days

Some countries honour software developers on other days. In China, the Programmers’ Day is 24 October. This date was chosen because it can also be written as 1024 (month+day), a round number in the binary system. And Brazil has two other days to praise programmers: IT Day, on 15 August, and the Day of the IT Professional, on 19 October (observed on the third Monday of October – 18 October this year – in some places).

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