Software Developer and Creative Director thriving at the intersection of art and technology
I'm always up to something! Some of my current side projects include:
Before transitioning into technology, I was partner in a landscape construction company. In just 5 years we transformed a handyman repair sole-proprietorship into an incorporated contracting company specializing in custom landscaping design with net yearly revenue of $100,000 in our last three years of operation.
I am driven by creating order out of chaos and am constantly searching for opportunities to leverage technology in new and interesting ways. My core competencies lie in web technologies and I am passionate about projects that exist at the intersection of art and technology. I'm on a mission to create accessible, interactive, immersive experiences leveraging various mediums both tangible and intangible.
It started as a volunteer position as Art Director at a small charity music festival and turned into a mission to bring together a community of artists and creatives to collaborate on massive live art installations live streamed online for the world to participate. I work as a consultant teaming up with various event production companies to create live aerosol art installations set to live music paired with custom event websites that include Twitch channel embeds, discord chat functionality, and digital art galleries. I'm currently deep diving into the NFT space to monetize digital representations of the tangible art to bring profit to the artists that donate their time and skills to the installations.
I'm creating a digital presence and contributing as a writer for Calgary's newest arts, music, and culture magazine. I've built the website leveraging NextJS and Prismic CMS for an easy to update and SEO friendly online experience. Big Kitty Magazine strives to be a safe, inclusive, and accessible publication for all marginalized voices including LGBTQ2S+, BIMPOC communities.
My mentorship role was a part time evening position where I assisted students as they progressed through a 10 week intensive web development bootcamp. The curriculum was iterative and new technologies were frequently introduced requiring me to quickly familiarize myself in order to best assist the students. Calgary is a satellite office from the Toronto based operations so there was ample opportunity for me to help coordinate and facilitate events such as demo days, showcase events, and employer meet-and-greet sessions.
I was brought on as a contractor to help a local student crowdfunding startup pivot to a freelancer marketplace aiming to connect local startups and small businesses with student freelancers. I made extensive customizations to the automation and workflow features of an existing marketplace framework build on Wordpress. I was given the opportunity to pitch RCKTSHP to the A100 and land us a finalist position in Startup Calgary's Launchpad Accelerator pitch competition with just two days notice to prepare.
To fulfill a requirement of my degree, I completed a four month internship as a technical support analyst for a the password and identity management branch of Hitachi. During my time there, I set up a large virtual network to mimic a complex client setup and went through the process of intentionally breaking, debugging, and repairing for the most in-depth understanding possible.