Gary is a creative and highly experienced technologist across a broad spectrum of web, cloud and enterprise IT systems and technologies. Over the past few years he has developed a deep and practical understanding of current cloud computing trends including Platform as a Service (Paas) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Although he really stands out as a high level solution architect, Gary is also an able developer on Java back-end systems and front-end web applications in Google Web Toolkit (a Java framework). Gary has practical experience in programming language development in ANTLR, business solutions in Excel, and numerous other technologies.
Gary has worked for and with organisations ranging from multinationals, working on large assignments, to small start-ups with just a few other people and limited resources. He is highly entrepreneurial in spirit and is a very creative and lateral thinker.
Gary is personable and good at networking. He is the local coordinator of the Google Technology User Group (GTUG) — an informal group that meets every month to discuss and learn about the latest technologies offered by Google.
Specialties:Cloud technologies (PaaS, SaaS), Java, Google Web Toolkit, Google App Engine, Eclipse, HTML, ANTLR, Excel.
Scrum Master, Kanban enthusiast, student of Continuous Deployment.
Describe in 200 words or less why you should be selected to participate in the Advance Global Australian Mentoring Program
I have a lot to offer, but even more to learn. The right mentoring will make an exponential difference to me.
Is there a specific project or topic that you would like assistance with, and if so please state the title and a brief description.
Project title: WX /works/
This is a startup project I am trying to spinoff, with the help of my employer. It is about bring aspects of programming to Excel, to enable business to better participate in the API economy.
Mentoring will help greatly to realise this.
Describe your personal interests. What activities or hobbies do you get involved with?
Interests; science, limits of knowledge, empowering people with better access to programming.
Is there any other information you believe is relevant to this application?
I have been involved in a number of startups in Sydney since 2009. I think I now know enough to know what not to do. I am hoping the Advance mentoring program can be one of the things that help me know what to do.