What is your current professional role and how did you get here?

I have two professional roles. By day I’m a Network Engineer, and at ever other moment I’m an Indie App Developer.  I have a CS degree, but most of what I’ve learned has been self taught.

What was the first app you worked on and what did it do?

The first app I made was PDF viewer for the first version of the iPad. For some reason it didn’t come with a way of viewing PDFs, so I made an app that solved that problem.

What went well? What could have gone better?

From the time I had the idea to the time it was in the store was just over a week.  So getting it out there went well.  I had no real business model or plan for how the app might grow and change in the future and I had absolutely no marking, so it

At App Camp, we emphasize that it’s important to have interests outside of tech and to take breaks from looking at screens. What are some of your interests outside of tech? What do you do when you need to take a break from work?

I think a break sounds like a great idea. I don’t take as many as I should. When I’m not working on building new things I like teaching others to. Something that I find to be a relaxing break is doodling which is a great way to get ideas out of my head and bring clarity.

Why do you support the goals of App Camp?

Being introduced to programming was one of the most transformative moments of my life.  I want to support other kids, especially those who are underrepresented, to have that same magical experience.

What do you recommend to those who want to support more diversity in tech?

Mentor. Share what you know with someone who has a different background than you.

How can technology be a force for good?

By primarily asking how we can help, then secondarily considering tech solutions as a means to help.

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