Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Keisha Gaspard – Senior Software Developer

How would you define a techie?

Anyone that sees a website and wonder what programming language they used to build it. Maybe that’s just me.

What made you fall in love with tech?

My first taste of programming in UWI, computer science was supposed to be a stepping stone to meteorology. Haven’t left it since.

Your thoughts on CES 2015?

I am not an avid follower of CES but always try to find an innovative topic and listen to that keynote speaker. I think innovative thinking is needed more in our country.

Describe a social problem that technology can solve?

Healthcare. Particularly in Trinidad & Tobago it pains me to see hospitals using rudimentary means to assign beds and rooms to patients based on availability and priority in the poor manner that they currently do.

Describe the state of ICT in Trinidad.

There is so much potential in Trinidad to have a more robust ICT sector, I think currently it is a poor state and with minimal opportunities for technical enthusiasts. We need a silicon valley to generate great local companies.

Tell us anything about yourself.

I desperately want to work for WHO or United Nations or Doctors without Borders or UNICEF. I spend hours watching documentaries online about how messed up our world is and hate that I am not directly contributing my 8 hours a day, 5 days a week to improve people’s lives – those who aren’t able to do so for themselves.

Your thoughts on the benefits of social media?

Social media is great, it is an excellent tool for broadening your imaginations if you allow it. It promotes freedom of thought and freedom to express one’s opinions whilst giving you a unique opportunity to view different schools of thought over controversial topics impacting our society.

What should we do to encourage more girls in ICT?

This is a tough one because I am not sure why it is such a male dominated field. I think introducing it earlier in schools should have a wider audience and may diminish it from being male dominated.

Your thoughts on ICT in schools?

I don’t know how the ICT programs are in high schools now, but for me I had to fight to do programming for CXC as technical was offered only in that school. Governments need to look at the trend in the global market – In my opinion, programming should be mandatory in the first 3 years of high school.

Advice you would give to other techies?

Collaborate! 5 different developers/techie want to create their own business/app/website. If you collaborated you can get thrice or 5 times the idea out there faster with quicker turnaround time to pivot based on the market’s demand or feedback on the product.

Most prized gadget you own?

Most prized gadget I want is a MacBook Pro. Most prized gadget I currently own is a smart watch – a pebble. I obviously need more gadgets 🙂

If you multiply all the numbers on the telephone, what is the answer?

0 🙂

Describe a tech pet peeve?

Using a tool for the wrong purpose, for example: LinkedIn to post pics of you and your dog on vacation. Just don’t.

What do you wish there was an app for?

A secure way to integrate my credit card that it can track my spending and show me certain habits and statistics in my spending – like mint.com for Visa and MasterCard.

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

Not sure, have to research. But definitely somewhere where the market is ripe for entry and a healthy amount of competition – probably somewhere in Latin America and Jamaica.

Describe a futuristic technology you would like to see happen.

Teleportation. Star Trek style. No more traffic.

Favorite programming language and why?

AngularJS – first javascript framework I used that was modularized and testable. No more spaghetti javascript code for me!

Whats the last book you’ve read?

Hunger games trilogy

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

Hike/Travel – exploring new places in an adventurous atmosphere.

What question would you ask the next techie?

If you can use a computer program to solve one problem in Trinidad what would it be?

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