We are a small team (often known as "The Department of Fun Stuff") at the University of Canterbury who create resources for teachers (or anyone) from all around the world to use to help learn and teach Computer Science. I work on the technical side of this project, which means I am involved in designing and creating open source software that allows contributors from all over the world to help us grow our projects.
The work we do is only made possible thanks to so many generous sponsors and there is always an ever growing list of things we want to work on in future. If you are interested in helping us out, please contact me !
CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.
I am part of the team who is working on the technical side of creating a new website for CS Unplugged .
To learn more about the CS Field Guide and how you can contribute check out the repo .
Verto is an extension of the Python Markdown package, which allows authors to include complex HTML elements with simple text tags in their Markdown files.
This is a conference sponsored by Google that takes place all around the world. Our department has run this conference every December for the last few years. I attended in 2015 as the "Student Story" speaker, a workshop presenter, and a general conference volunteer. In 2016 I was back again as an organiser, and spent the week helping to make sure the conference ran smoothly.
To learn more about CS4HS Christchurch, take a look at our conference website .
In summer 2015/16 I was an intern at Google. I was with one other intern on the Bandwidth Site Reliability Engineering team. We created an internal tool to be used by other SREs to check the status of the amount of bandwith their service is using. The tool proved to be extremely useful and was already being used before we even finished the internship.
My university receives thousands of calls every year from prospective engineering students asking for help with their enrolment as it is a surprisingly complicated task. There are many different requirements for each specialisation, and prerequisites for these differ depending on the applicant’s high school education. I was asked to create a web interface to help make the application process easier for new students and it is now embedded in in the Engineering at UC information page for intermediate year . This saves university enrolment and student help staff hours of work every year.
This was my first internship. I started at REANNZ only a week and a half after my last exam at high school, and it was a great way to spend the summer before starting my first year at University.
A screenshot of the finished project featured in this article .
To learn more about REANNZ, take a look at their website .
To learn more about Gather Workshops, take a look at their website .
In my final year of high school I decided to learn how to make a native phone app. I designed and created an Android app that would help year 13 students in NZ to keep track of their credits. This was by far the most challenging project I have ever worked on, and was definitely the most rewarding as this was the longest project I had ever worked on (by a long shot!).
Feel free to check out the repo here .
NCSS is a programming summer school which I attended as a student in 2014 and 2015, an industry mentor in 2016, and a tutor in 2017. NCSS is what made me realise that I wanted a career in Software! It is a 10 day event where students from all over Australia and New Zealand, and tutors from all over the world, come together to learn and teach computer science. It's just as nerdy as it sounds and is always an incredible experience!
To learn more about NCSS, check out the website .
I am a kiwi software developer and am always in search of the next project!
The projects I enjoy the most are those in the field of Computer Science education in schools. It took until my second-to-last year of high school before I finally considered software engineering as a viable career path. School is where you should be exposed to as many industries as possible, so that you can figure out what it is that interests you. I don't know what it is about software engineering and computer science that makes it such a well-kept secret from schools; it's a fun, rewarding and challenging area to work in and it is a shame that so many kids won't get to experience it, which is why I think outreach work is so important.
I am passionate about my work, and I love to be challenged! I love to take on projects that are well over my head and be surrounded by engineers more experienced than myself because that is where I learn the most.
When I am not working, I enjoy public speaking and teaching programming and therefore dedicate a lot of time to volunteering for organisations and/or at events. Outside of academia and tech, I like to keep fit by running 2-4 times a week and attending pilates classes at the gym. When I really need to relax I can often be found watching comedies on Netflix or painting my nails.