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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Marcus Sanatan – ICT Project Officer

Connect with Marcus on his website : msanatan.com

This is a new and weekly thing I am starting on the blog. The questions are designed to be entertaining and educational at the same time. A great opportunity to share the thoughts of persons in the tech space.

How would you define a techie?

I’m pretty open about the definition, anyone who’s interested in some form of technology development. This could be programming, engineering, following gadgets, policy and so much more. Technology is so pervasive, I think a techie should be a broad term as well.

You have to pull an all nighter, beverage and snack of choice?

First of all: never do an all nighter. It’s not worth it! But if you are doing one like I used to do, bring 2 litres of water so you don’t get dehydrated and some chocolate wouldn’t hurt. Don’t eat chocolate? Then give it to me 🙂

Trapped in an elevator for 20 mins, what would you do to pass time?

Hopefully I’m not alone and start up a convo. If I am, I’ll tell the whole world I’m stuck on my phone.

What tech company would you like to work for?

That’s a tough one… Real tough! Of course the big boys like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, IBM etc are all on the list of awesome jobs. Major banking companies like Citi and JP Morgan got some awesome stuff to work on. But I see some awesome companies here in Trinidad and Tobago, in particular Caribbean Ideas and Ixanos. Yet when it’s all said and done, my heart’s with Skyscanner

Describe a social problem that technology can solve?

Can’t think of one it can’t. This has to do with technology being everywhere in our lives. If used correctly, it can make positive impacts on our lives! Take for instance the app that lets women map out places of sexual harassment and assault. That may really help them get a safer route home or wherever they travel. A true technology solution though, is to change the rape culture in men.

Have to troubleshoot a problem, what album do you put on repeat?

Anything that chills me out, these days Pure Heroine (Lorde) and Ghost Stories (Coldplay).

Tell us anything strange about yourself.

I don’t trust birds that can’t fly… you’d be well off not trusting them either!

Who is your number one role model in the tech world?

Google boys, Sergey & Larry

Favourite tech quotation?

“Premature optimization is the root of all evil.” – Donald Knuth

Best movie you’ve seen and why?

Impossible for me to say, so many good ones! In recent history, Lego. It’s one of the best movies critiquing society on so many levels, I was mind blown yet entertained at the same time.

Advice you would give to other techies?

Never settle for mediocrity.

Hibernate or shut-down laptop?

Shut down kind of guy.

Mouse clicks or keyboard shortcuts?

A bit of both 🙂

Most prized gadget you own?

MacBook Pro

What is unique about the number 8549176320?

Before shamelessly Googling the answer, it had all digits from 0 to 9. After Googling, it has all those digits in alphabetical order.

What question would you ask Steve Jobs?

Why you gotta be so rude? Just kidding, what is your vision for computers in the next 10 years?

Messy room or clean room?

Clean

What do you wish there was an app for?

Detecting b.s. >cough< lies

What city in the world would you locate your tech startup?

There’s something about Warsaw in Poland… If that doesn’t work out I guess it’s Edinburgh, Scotland.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Do you eat pizza in every hackathon?

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