What do you do?
I’m a dev for Khan Academy! We’re working to create a free online learning platform for learners everywhere. I work on a bunch of different stuff there, but I’ve historically worked with web and mobile (Android) technologies.
Where are you from?
I grew up in the Toronto area and graduated from the University of Waterloo, though I spent the last 5 years down in SF Bay Area.
What’s the next event that you’ll be attending if people want to meet you in person?
Hrm. Not sure! I attend lots of different things, especially events that sound particularly interesting technically, or have some kind of demo involved. I’ve got a soft spot for anything related to ed tech, health tech, or mobile platforms.
Looking or Hiring?
Hiring! Check out http://www.khanacademy.org/careers first, then come talk to me.
Beer or Wine?
Beer over Wine. Any sort of whisky drink over both.
Anybody got suggestions for a good rock climbing gym?
Join us for the Facebook Developers World HACK in Vancouver on September 20!
At Facebook Developers World HACK, you’ll hear from Facebook engineers who will walk you through developing great apps that are social by design. World HACK gives you a chance to collaborate with your peers and speak one-on-one with Facebook engineers. Then, put your skills to work and spend the day hacking with us. We’ll be awarding prizes for apps with the best Facebook integrations!
We’ll cover topics like:
We’ll be giving out prizes to teams or individuals that use our APIs to best effect.
Plan to spend the evening hours with us — this day long event will be capped off with dinner, demos and awards!
Space is limited. Secure your spot. Cost is $25 and you must register online here: https://vancouver.fbworldhack.com/portal/newreg.ww
A new mobile app is launching today, and it allows locals as well as tourists to travel back in time by comparing more than 150 old photographs from Vancouver to recent ones, taken from the same spot decades later.
The app is the result of a partnership between the MyCityBefore team and Jeremy Hood, who has been doing then and now comparisons of Vancouver since 2007. MyCityBefore has previously released apps with the same concept for cities like Paris, Montreal or Barcelona.
To find then and now places, mobile users can either decide to be automatically notified when getting close to one or search for a specific place using the list or map view. For each place, there is both the old and recent photographs as well as a brief historical comment or anecdote to learn more about the place’s evolution. Using augmented reality, it’s also possible to superpose the old picture to the real view to observe the differences.
Vancouver, Then and Now is now available on the Apple AppStore and the Google Play Store for 1.99 $ CAD in Canada.