While I'd often dreamed as a kid of being a game developer, my tech career started in earnest when I was introduced to the fascinating world of Linux at 14. My hobby quickly became a very interesting volunteer opportunity as I cofounded a repair lab with five other students fixing computers for One Laptop Per Child. OLPC computers run a custom distribution of the Fedora Linux operating system, which meant that my growing obsession had a new outlet. Eventually when the supply of OLPC computers began to dry up and we weren't getting new machines in fast enough to keep us busy, we decided to expand our scope to include donated computers and repairs for community members. This turned out to be the winning formula that made the repair lab huge. I started designing systems to manage inventory and keep track of what equipment belonged to who after the traffic was getting fast enough that we couldn't just keep track in our heads.
Meanwhile I was learning the Python programming language. By the end of my junior year I was working on a project to index a large pile of donated books we had inside our school that nobody could use because they hadn't been organized into a library. I came back the next year and made it my Senior Project, a volunteer project all high school graduates in Washington State are required to do to earn their High School Diploma. Students design and execute the project, and mine was already designed and partially executed. The full story of my eventual success is chronicled here and here.
I cofounded a computer repair lab with five other students in my Freshman year of high school. What started out as an interesting summer project bloomed into a multi-year program that's still making headlines in my local community:
In 2016 I ran the LessWrong survey, the results of which have ended up being analyzed all over the place.
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