I'm humble in victory or defeat.
AES, Front Line Security, Dublin City University, Google, Telclic
Head of Development
I make apps that help 70,000 people park their cars in cites around the world.
I am an electronic engineer that has moved into software development.
My first real job was developing distance learning software for the visual impaired in DCU. After that I did a internship in Google, creating a remote monitoring tool.
I started working with parkbytext just over 4 years ago. My current work has me leading the development team creating for a mobile parking payments system that are used in Ireland, UK and US. In short we make it easy for people to pay for their parking.
In my space time, I am involved in running Dublin’s hackerspace Tog. Tog is a community run and group funded shared space where people can work on all sorts of projects.
Hacking an old LED Sign
During the summer, I get together with a fab team and put on a special one day event called Dublin Maker. A one day community run event, where makers can to showcase all the great projects they create.Its a “show and tell” experience where over 12,000 people come face to face with crazy inventors.
My Typical Day
Writing emails, providing direction and coding. After work time to make crazy creations.
I start the morning with a cycle to work to arrive just in time for my team stand-up meeting. That’s where all the team stands up and talks about what problems they are facing and how they plan on solving them. I spend most of my morning answering emails and chatting to clients. After lunch, I set aside as one block to get some coding done. I try to give at least a 3 hour block of solid coding away from emails and alerts.
After work I can be found in my local hackerspace Tog creating all sorts of projects. Check out some photos of them below.
What I'd do with the money
Run a special kids workshop for Arduino Day
Arduino Day is a worldwide birthday celebration of Arduino. A fun an easy to use Open-source electronic prototyping platform that allows people to create interactive electronic objects. I want to buy in a number of starter kids and run an intro workshop to get kids into making.
I ran a similar event for Gris last October where they all created computer control lighthouses. See below.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
maker, tinker, hacker
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
Creating Dublin Maker with a group of friends.
What or who inspired you to become an engineer?
Taking things apart as a kid.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Some, Installing games on the schools computers.
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Going to Maker Faire New York
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Give up work and become a full time maker. Learn how to draw. Lean on to play a musical instrument.
Tell us a joke.
Q: How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb? A: None, that’s a hardware problem