This iD Tech alum uses his programming career to help the hard-of-hearing.
This former iD Programming Academy student got to spend two summers doing what he loves most—programming. Now, after excelling as an iD Tech instructor and attending the University of South Florida, he’s developing hearing accessibility applications for the FCC. His advice for aspiring STEM students? Never lose heart.
Zack attended the iD Programming Academy for two weeks at a prestigious university with like-minded peers, deepening his love for and knowledge of programming.
After his summers with iD Tech came to an end, Zack took it upon himself to continue learning. He made application after application, getting a feel for different capabilities and new techniques. Soon after, the prospect of being hired as a programmer soon became a tangible reality.
“Before I knew it I was getting invitations to interview for several jobs. For a while it was multiple interviews a day! This seeped into my school work when I began writing papers describing my projects, ideas, and work experience. It simply became a huge part of my life.”
Then, in 2014, he came back to the iD Programming Academy as an instructor, where he says he “learned to put himself aside for someone else,” in addition to, of course, developing a better understanding of programming for Android.
“I have to say the iD Programming Academy has had an immense impact on my life. I had such an amazing time; I learned so much about the Android development process, and had tons of fun.”
In his current job, Zack develops on multiple platforms for the FCC, creating a video relay service (VRS) to help the deaf and hard of hearing communicate more effectively. “We had some of our deaf team members come to visit our offices and discuss the future of our project. When I saw their faces, I knew that this was worth it. That it isn't about money, fame or fortune, but changing someone's life so they can communicate with the rest of the world.”
He has this to say in reflection of his time at iD Tech, and about pursuing tech goals:
“iD Tech has given me the knowledge and experience needed to get my job. If I learned anything from iD Tech, it’s that passion for your work will get you far. I jump out of bed at 6am because I love what I do and know it will help a lot of people.
“If you truly want to flourish in STEM, you must never lose heart. You will fail, your code will break, your apps will crash, but you must never let it stop you from pursuing your dreams.”
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