What are you involved with outside of work?
I’m involved in the Open Government Hack Night, an organization which uses open data to do social good like seeing where best to put bike lanes, how to reduce bus congestion, and trying to create easy ways to connect people reporting non-emergencies to some city department that can help them. I’m also a big fan of board game nights up in Andersonville and Logan Square, and dig riding around the lake shore on my bike.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Part of my job (Quality Assurance) is to think of creative ways to break things in apps that we make so that it doesn’t break for the customer. It’s pretty a satisfying feeling when I find a way to break it.
What is your favorite app right now?
I was trained in math and I never grew out of wanting to solve problems, so Wolfram Alpha’s app is amazing. It’s kind of like Google for math and science problems. Check out the website first and all of the cool stuff it can do —- you can even search weird stuff like how cloudy it was in your hometown on the day you were born.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that when I’ve got nothing better to do, I like to try to speedrun old video games —- try to beat them as quickly as possible. I’ve got a pretty good time on the Oregon Trail!