By Hiyeran Doobay, QA Manager
Growing up in Queens, New York has given me countless memories. Whether those memories had to do with playing music, watching Patrick Ewing, or just playing in the courtyard with the other kids in my building, it all led to something positive (except for the 1999 NBA Finals). In fact, I remember the massive blackout during the summer of 2003 resulted in all the kids I knew within a two block radius of my building playing a giant game of dodgeball.
When I end up reminiscing about the good ol’ days, something that's always been missing is the event of being productive on a computer. No one I grew up with had access to a computer efficient enough to do anything other than playing a few games here and there, so the idea of having a career centered around a computer never crossed my mind. Having only seen inefficient computers everywhere I went, I never thought of a world where computers ranged in power and efficiency. If I did have access to a wider range of computers, I might have been curious to find out why some computers are faster than others. I might have even envisioned a computer that was faster than the fastest computer I've seen and wondered what it takes to power such a magnificent machine.
My interest in software didn't exist until I started college and I took a few computer science courses. During most of those courses, I felt a little bit behind compared to the other students because most of them had learned software skills much earlier, whereas I was just learning the difference between Object-Oriented Programming and Procedural Programming. I eventually changed my major to Economics because I never stopped playing catch-up for the entire time I was in a programming class. After a few exhausting years in finance, I forced myself to learn just enough about software to get an entry-level position. I found that I actually enjoyed software when using it in a more practical setting, which is how I ended up working at Neverware.
Neverware gives students in New York public schools (and beyond!) the opportunity to discover that spark at a much earlier age. Considering the amount of technology that surrounds us and the rate that it is growing, giving public school students a head start on reliable technology is definitely one of the most important things that we do here. It is also very fulfilling to me personally to be able to help kids that are going through the same system I went through. I'm certain there are a ton of students who would love to have a career in the world of IT or software development if given the chance. We are just trying to help those students realize it as early as possible!