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Kwaku Farkye

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Previous positions

  • Lead Fullstack Software Engineer at BitWall
  • Engineer In Residence at /dev/color

Education

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Bachelor of Science (BS), Computer Engineering

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Background

Summary

A software engineer and product creator that has an entrepreneurial outlook. I am thoughtful and understanding when solving problems and can collaborate with people of many different backgrounds. I want to bring technology to every corner of the world, so that everyone can enjoy it’s benefits and live an easier life.

Experience

  • Full Stack Engineer

    Rimeto

    February 2017 – Present(2 years 8 months)San Francisco Bay Area

    * Stealth stage enterprise software start-up. * We’re hiring full stack engineers in the Bay Area: http://www.rimeto.io/jobs

  • Lead Fullstack Software Engineer

    BitWall

    July 2015 – December 2016(1 year 5 months)San Francisco Bay Area

    System for businesses to incentivize customer loyalty and engagement. Lead engineer of web application (server and client), and creator of mobile api. Architect of background services that performed data collection, natural language processing, and sending push notifications. Technical manager for a handful of product initiatives.

  • Engineer In Residence

    /dev/color

    July 2016 – September 2016(2 months)San Francisco Bay Area

    A caring community of black software engineers

  • Cofounder and CTO

    StrengthPortal

    September 2013 – July 2015(1 year 10 months)

    Online platform empowering personal trainers and clients to accomplish fitness goals. Owned entire technical stack for Strength Portal. Created server and database systems, led development of front-end application and mobile application. Analyzed user metrics and helped with customer development to make informed decisions on the product and business.

  • Software Engineer

    Noise Management Institute

    August 2011 – November 2013(2 years 3 months)San Luis Obispo, California Area

    Interactive Sound Presentations for government and military agencies. Performed day to day tasks in software development and database administration. Made modifications to existing interactive presentations using Java (Swing). Wrote a packing script to compile application assets and create an executable CD.

  • ITS Service Desk Student Assistant

    Cal Poly State University

    July 2010 – June 2013(2 years 11 months)San Luis Obispo, California Area

    Tier 1 support for students, faculty, and alumni, providing technical support. Responsible for answering incoming calls and emails, and either resolving the issue, or directing customer to the correct department to resolve their problem. Also, served as an operator for inbound calls to the campus. Gained knowledge of administrative system setup, network security, and account management for a very large organization (Cal Poly).

Education

Projects

  • Swaggerhacker

    August 2014

    We host technology events with an emphasis on making technology more cool for kids and more appealing to underrepresented minorities.

    Team Members (1):
    • Kwaku Farkye

Skills & Expertise

  • Matlab
  • JavaScript
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Web Application Design
  • OS X
  • Eclipse
  • Ruby
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Python
  • Web Development
  • Microsoft Office
  • jQuery
  • PowerPoint
  • Product Management
  • Linux
  • C
  • Node.js
  • Start-ups
  • MySQL
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Product Development
  • HTML
  • Microsoft Word
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Software Engineering
  • Programming
  • Java
  • Windows

Honors & Awards

  • Winner, NEAR Protocol Blockchain Challenge

    NEAR Protocol at DeveloperWeek Hackathon 2019

    February 2019

    Received 1st Place for NEAR Protocol Blockchain Challenge at DeveloperWeek Hackathon 2019 on February 24, 2019 for Hack Squad. Hack Squad is a decentralized hackathon-style challenge platform that programmatically vets technologists and matches them to a specific challenge’s needs and incentivizes innovation atop their technologies. Our dApp curates a roster of qualified hackers and allows companies to offer them tokens to bootstrap participation. This provides hackers a fair opportunity to compete for the best innovations and bragging rights, and companies can jumpstart new startups built on their tech. Submissions are live streamed to the community and the sponsoring companies using the Wowza Media live stream API (we also won a sponsor prize of theirs) and can be upvoted by the community. Winning submissions will unlock the tokens from the smart contract based on conditions set by the company and community. Hackers can earn tokens from offers, winning prizes, or earning upvotes. Crypto enables a more dynamic payment system with near-instant settlement. We built our dApp and incentive mechanism on the NEAR Protocol.

  • Winner, PixelFree Studio iOS/Android Challenge

    PixelFree Studio at DeveloperWeek Hackathon 2017 honor description

    February 2017

    Received 1st Place for PixelFree Studio iOS/Android Challenge at DeveloperWeek Hackathon 2017 on February 12, 2017 for Grow vs Dough. Grow vs Dough helps professionals best use their networks for career growth. Whether learning a new skill, generating leads for your business, or finding a new job, Grow vs Dough puts your network to work for you. PixelFree Studio is a cross-platform visual design tool that produces native UI code for Android and iOS apps. Using this platform, we created the UI/UX for Grow vs Dough. TechTarget covered details about PixelFree and our hackathon initiative here: http://searchcloudapplications.techtarget.com/news/450415957/New-UI-design-tool-promises-60-reduction-in-design-to-delivery-time

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Causes Kwaku cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Children
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Science and Technology