My first real-world coding jobs were with One Laptop per Child in Uganda, Uruguay, and Haiti. Though we'd make changes if it were started today , at the time it was cutting edge, a learning experience, and deeply rewarding. In late 2012 / early 2013 I ran an OLPC teacher training program in the Marshall Islands.
In 2015 I developed eBook-authoring software which won a finalist grant from the USAID Enabling Writers competition.
Recently I'm interested in emerging approaches to microfinance and money transfers, such as Islamic finance, smart contract languages, and bridges between mobile carrier wallets and cryptocurrencies.
When I joined Code for America in 2012, no one was sure what civic hacking meant. I received the Key to the City of Macon, GA and won First Place in the 2012 Civic Data Challenge. I've continued to explore civic tech at the City of Boston (2013), Asia Foundation (2015-2016), and "Gerrymandering Summer School" (MGGG 2017).
Some of my most impactful team projects allowed people to plant sparkly trees on Google StreetView, see a 'Rap Genius' explanation of their district borders, or look up their local candidates and polling place in Myanmar's 2015 election.
I have been a digital nomad since 2014, staying in homes from Iceland to Myanmar to Mongolia. There's an article about it.
Work-life balance: > 50% of that time has been in New York City and San Francisco while working full-time. Lots of neighborhoods to explore!
this is where we get into technical details:
You couldn't use a computer if it displayed your language as little blocks. Open source developers have an opportunity to set the gold standard in supporting the world's languages and being open to accept new translations.
Lots of maps:
Upcoming: IAEA Nuclear Safeguards Summit, PyCon Zimbabwe, maybe your event or class?
In recent years I have been trying to speak at more conferences and reach out to people in more parts of the world and in more industries beyond the web and tech startups. I have spoken at JSConf Iceland, NodeFest Japan, PyCaribbean, the Next Economy Summit, DEFCON's Crypto & Privacy Village, the Unicode Conference, Ignite events, and meetups.
I have some entry-level experience with mentoring fellows in Coding it Forward and encouraging friendly newbies to apply to get started in their own GitHub pull requests and conference talks.
Bask in the glory that is the Boston Bike Network Plan! Best interactive map ever. http://t.co/d5Xstcd36T— SouthieBikes (@SouthieBikes) October 9, 2013