Technology Innovation & Strategy, Evangelism & Ecosystem Engagement Lead
Frank Arrigo is responsible for Evangelism & Ecosystem Engagement, in Telstra’s Technology Innovation & Strategy group, based out of CTO&I. Frank originally joined the Telstra Software Group, and was responsible for Telstra’s API Strategy.
Before Telstra, Frank was with Microsoft for 22 ½ years, where he most recently was a Principal Technical Evangelist in Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) field evangelism team. Frank had been based in Seattle from 2007 to 2011 where he led the Technical Evangelist community for DPE. Frank joined Microsoft Australia in May 1991, and held a variety of roles within the company over the years, ranging from being the first CTO of the ninemsn joint venture in Australia, driving Windows Media business development in Asia Pacific, and managing the early technology trials of Microsoft’s Interactive TV in Seattle. Outside of work, Frank has four digital natives, who keep him on his toes; an awesome wife, who puts up with him; and a blindly optimistic supporter of the St Kilda Football Club.
The usual recipe for a successful hackathon is to ensure a good representations of hackers, hustlers and hipsters. However, the recent Techfugees Melbourne hackathon added a fourth important element – the humanitarian, and in the process created a dream team inspired to co-create solutions for the newly-arrived former refugees, as API Evangelist, Frank Arrigo discovered.
Telstra loves our APIs. We love them so much that we have a team dedicated to them. Members of the Telstra API team were recently in San Jose attending the Apigee “I love APIs” conference including Developer Evangelist and head API enthusiast Frank Arrigo. Here’s Frank’s travel diary: