Know this Nerd? Meet Aaron Babcock

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Aaron Babcock is an independent Data Science Developer from the Twin Cities.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

Like a lot of developers, it was video games that first grabbed my attention. That naturally lead to trying to hack things up for an in game advantage or creating new content.

At what age did you write your first computer program? What did it do?

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Know this Nerd? Meet Micah Iverson

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Micah Iverson is a freelance user interface/experience designer based out of Minneapolis.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

Back when I was in 3rd grade or so (I’m 34 now, you do the math), our local town library had just setup an Apple computer with a dot-matrix printer. Using the paint program at the time I placed some clipart of a snowman and a tiger on a page and printed it out – it was so very cool. I of course had to show my older brother my awesome design skills – which he of course promptly made fun of me for putting a snowman and a tiger together.

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Know this Nerd? Meet Martin Grider

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Martin Grider is a freelance developer from Minneapolis (most often) found at the intersection of mobile and gaming.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

I honestly can’t remember a time I wasn’t interested in technology! I was in the Minneapolis math/science/technology magnet school program from kindergarten to tenth grade. I took my first programming course (learning BASIC on an Apple II GS) in 7th or 8th grade, but even before that I remember playing games on my grandfather’s Commodore 64.

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Know this Nerd? Meet Kristina Durivage

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Meet Kristina Durivage, an independent contractor who specializes in JavaScript and likes to tinker with Arduino.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

My dad’s degree was in electrical engineering, and I remember back in the day he would try to get me to understand electrical diagrams. I was slightly more interested in My Little Pony at that time, so I didn’t really learn anything. My dad got me a domain name with hosting in 2001, so I made some (really terrible) webpages.

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Know this Nerd? Meet Chris Davis

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Meet Chris Davis, a freelance developer with a penchant for mobile.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

When I was 12, my parents bought me a commodore 64. I have been hooked ever since.

At what age did you write your first computer program? What did it do?

About 13 I started playing with BASIC on my C64 and I created a really basic text adventure game.

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Know this Nerd? Meet John Malone

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Meet John Malone, a Ruby on Rails + javascript freelancer, startup lead, and future space cowboy.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

My first introduction to computers was in the computer lab in grade school. Those early Apple IIe games just sucked me in, though it wasn’t until I was in Junior High that we finally got a computer at home. My free time in High School was spent immersed
in the BBS scene: playing Door games and web browsing with Lynx.

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Know this Nerd? Meet James Shields

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James Shields is a freelance developer and systems admin/engineer/architect with ‘eternal optimism’ about the future of technology.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

My family got an Apple IIGS when I was eight years old, and I immediately fell in love. I mostly just played games on it for a couple years, but that became the foundation for my later interest in programming. When I was 16 I finally got my dream job — developing games for a local startup. They only paid me $6.50 per hour and I had no idea what I was doing most of the time, but we managed to get some functional games out the door and it was the most fun I’ve ever had at work.

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Know this Nerd? Meet Josh Brody

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Josh BrodyWhen and how did you originally become interested in technology?

I don’t remember exactly how but I do know when I was first interested in technology. I have always been naturally curious, and, to that, I’ve always wanted to get my hands on things. It’s kind of an ADD thing, kind of a curiosity thing.

My father, who was an enterprise-level field service technician for Digital Corporation at the early 90s (yep, I’m a 90s kid), would always bring home extra parts — and no matter if they were server disks, CRT monitors, or RAID arrays, I’d always want to touch.

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Know this Nerd? Meet Mike Hodnick

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Mike Hodnick is a full stack indy developer who like to “makes humanly organized sound with computers.”

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

I really got interested in technology when the World Wide Web started to bloom around 1995 or so. I became obsessed with the full stack of the web – web pages, web servers, etc. I wanted to understand all of it. I had a knack for UI and I really enjoyed maintaining some personal web pages in college. When I saw something on the web that I didn’t know how to do, I had to learn how to do it.

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Know This Nerd? Meet Christopher Rueber

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Christopher Rueber is Minneapolis-based programmer, table top gamer and folk musician.

He builds web applications utilizing modern JavaScript techniques with a specialty in near-to-real-time communications systems.

“I am not a re-packager, re-brander, nor ‘static web site’ designer. I build and maintain applications that have been built from the ground up.”

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

It is generational in my family. My grandfather was an amateur radio operator, and built his own radio systems before you could buy pre-packaged systems. That was passed down the line to my father, and eventually to me. When I was in my single-digit years, I was messing around with circuit boards and really early personal computers. TRS-80’s, Commodore 64’s, those were all toys I played with when I was a kid.

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