AmandaHaynes

Engineering Manager and Creative Director thriving at the intersection of Art and Technology

Summary

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 collaborative, accessible, interactive, and immersive experiences leveraging various mediums both tangible and intangible.

I thrive in environments where I can collaborate closely with business stakeholders, UX designers, and developers to implement design system driven user interfaces.

Education

Bachelor of Computer Information Systems

2011 - 2016

The CIS program teaches the fundamentals of object oriented and functional programming, server and database administration, QA, and project management. During my time at Mount Royal I developed applications using various languages including Java, C#, .Net, Javascript, and Python. In addition to my studies, I participated in numerous extra curricular activities including serving as an executive on my program's student society where I helped coordinate and host events for the students and faculty including hackathons, AR playground fundraisers, and student showcase events.

Experience

Engineering Manager

May 2021 - Current

I started my journey at Deloitte as a Senior Consultant in the Front End Engineering practice and was promoted to Engineering Manager in June 2022. I am currently staffed on a personal online banking project. My team is responsible for re-writing legacy code to implement a fresh design system and achieve functional parity with the legacy system. I'm also volunteering on a side-of-desk project for Ignite Calgary building their website and blog using NextJS and Prismic. In my previous engagement, I worked on a project for a global oil & gas company helping the team iterate on new features of their mobile app in the role of Product Owner.

Live Art Director

Summer 2022

This summer I am working with Wicked Woods Festival, Feral Festival, Inter.Sect Arts and Music Festival, and Inspire Festival as the Live Art Director. In this role, I plan, coordinate, and facilitate live art installations including live painting, murals, and physical installations. I act as the liaison between the festival production crew and artists to help reach the event's artistic direction in alignment with each artist's creative vision for their contribution. This role is a part-time engagement during evenings and weekends.

Senior Product Engineer & Team Lead

May 2016 - May 2021

My role as an Senior Product Engineer at Versett had me switching between strategic consulting and UX development as I help design and build solutions for clients in enterprise, startup, and venture domains. I leverage the most modern Javascript web technologies to build accessible, secure, and performant, web and mobile applications. Together with my team, we have delivered scalable customized solutions including cryptocurrency exchange platforms, business travel tools, custom ecommerce platforms, rich data visualizations, mobile career coach applications, and many more. The wide range of projects I have been exposed to at Versett has broadened my toolbealt and honed my ability to learn new skills and deep dive into new problem domains with ease.

Founder & Creative Arts and Technology Director

2019 - Current

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. I work as the Creative Arts and Technology Director of Mixed Manifest, teaming up with various event production companies to create live aerosol art installations at public events, implement festival stage production, and design and implement murals in private residences and businesses.

Web Developer & Contributor

2020 - Current

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.

Web Development Bootcamp Mentor

2016 - 2018

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.

Web Developer

2015 - 2016

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.

Technical Support Analyst

2014

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.