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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Austin Lazarus – Developer

Sorry it took so long to post another #20Questions. I threw out an invitation to participate in the PitchIT Caribbean facebook group and Austin was the first to respond. Thank you very much. Austin is from Dominica

How would you define a techie?

A techie is someone who is passionate about Gadgets, Electronics, Apps, the latest in Gaming and has the type of personality you’d associate with someone who can fix all your tech related problems during family reunions.

How has tech improved your life?

Tech has transformed my life in a way where I sometimes, somewhat, believe in MAGIC. Because if you really think about it in a certain perspective, you start to realize that absolutely anything is possible. And personally I’ve been hacking things together and creating amazing stuff (both Web/Mobile and Embedded) which generations before could not have achieved. This has transformed my thinking process tremendously.

How can technology be used to improve Dominica?

Computer Science labour as a form of export is one of the areas Dominica could explore for improvement. Our country imports more than it produces and this can lead to drastic economic decline years to come. Unless we embrace technology in a way where we can empower our younger generation to embrace ICT and find ways to ensure employment to outside markets after they graduate.

What projects are you working on that you want us to know about?

My current project is BudgEat – budgeat.co. BudgEat is a suite of products and services aimed at facilitating the discovery and pricing of food in a selected area. Also it enables businesses in the food space to reach more customers with pre-ordering services and expedition of their rewards program with mobile loyalty.

Who is your favourite tech youtuber?

My favourite tech youtuber is Casey Neistat. His creativity and spirit in his daily vlogs are very inspiring.

Is Internet a luxury or utility and why?

I would say that the internet is a luxury. It’s a luxury because it allows us to be exposed to so much new opportunities and information than could not have been achieved in other media, years before.

Your thoughts on tech in the Caribbean?

I believe tech in the Caribbean is at a very good place right now. There are a lot of Startup Bootcamps and Code Sprint events going on around the region and this does not only bring new talent into the public eye but also inspires emerging Innovators and Startups to take action in the region.

Tell us anything about yourself.

I have a hard time talking about myself to be honest, but I could probably share this one thing. I am a self taught programmer. My major in college was Electronic Engineering but I wished that it would have been Computer Science. Still because of my ability to learn new things, I’ve been able to learn and pick up how to code effectively.

Most prized gadget you own?

My Laptop with my fav Linux disto, Ubuntu.

What tech would you like to own?

A Macbook pro. The new super thin one, lol.

Shirt and tie or jeans and jersey?

Shirt and Jeans

The best advice you have received?

Create a body of work that you can leave behind as your legacy ~ Unknown

Which person in tech would you like to meet?

The former Steve Jobs

What sports teams do you support?

Not such a big fan of sports

Imagine you are in a dark room. How do you get out?

Visualize the door, then reach for it.

What tech event would you like to attend?

Google I/O

How would you invest a million dollars?

There is so much one could do with a million dollars, but what I’d invest in is a world class Tech Company based in Dominica.

What future technology interests you?

NLP … Natural Language Processing. This is a technology that enables Facebook messenger Bots and Slack commands to be possible. It’s a scary Technology which enables software to analyze Human communication and provide Information accordingly. But it’s interesting nonetheless, in the fact that this could replace Apps and even Websites in the Future.

If you were to start a tech company, what would you call it?

AulaTech. Based on my web portfolio, aulatech.co

What question would you ask the next techie?

The same as above

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