Automating & Monitoring Seedling Growth in the Cloud Using IoT, Messaging & Micronaut

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Todd Sharp
Oracle, Developer Advocate

Todd is a Developer Advocate for Oracle focusing on the Oracle Cloud and Cloud Databases. He has 17 years of experience as a full-stack developer. Todd has been working with Java and dynamic JVM languages as well as various JavaScript frameworks for his whole career.

Todd is obsessed with technology and programming and feels extremely lucky to get paid to do what he loves every single day. When he is not learning a new language, tool, or framework he can usually be found volunteering at his local school working with the FLL Lego Robotics club, working on his barn automation project built with Raspberry Pi, tinkering with Arduinos, or making new friends at a conference.

Todd has been happily married to his lovely wife Rhonda for the past 19 years. They live in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of North Georgia with their 15-year-old daughter, 13-year-old son, 12 chickens, a potbelly pig, 2 dogs, and a cat.


It all started with a small project to pass the time during The Great Quarantine of 2020. I bought some chiles from the local farmer’s market (with proper face coverings and social distancing, of course), fermented my first batch of hot sauce, and shared it with a few friends around the globe. I had no idea the sauce would be such a massive success, so I resolved to build on that triumph in 2021. But this time, I knew that I would have to start from the very beginning and grow the chiles myself. Of course, this presented the wonderful opportunity to combine two of my life’s greatest passions - the culinary arts and technology - to ensure that my growth operation was the ultimate success. Join me in this session where I show you how I used a microcontroller, some sensors, and the cloud to monitor and automate the germination and maturation of this year’s crop.