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Kon Ham

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About me

I grew up speaking for those that cannot speak for themselves and as a developer my goal is to write code that reflects the voices and needs of people in search of a solution.

From when I was 9 or 10 years old, I was on the phone negotiating debt with collections agencies for my parents, foreign born immigrants who were small business owners.

I spent my youth making Chinese fried pastries as an undocumented prep cook in my family's restaurant, standing the front desk as a clerk at the family dry cleaners, and translating between my parents and strangers involving various topics, all the while handling normal responsibilities of a young child, like grade school and junior baseball.

Because of that experience, I have a strong background with communication, comfortability with risk, and an ability to learn things quickly and on the fly.

I also developed a strong affinity and love for people. Those feelings caused me to join the United States Coast Guard, a military branch that specializes in the service of others - especially in the service of saving lives.

In the Coast Guard I learned to value constant training and learning.

There I also learned the value of working in a team and being a team player, often times involving high pressure or potentially dangerous situations. "Semper Paratus", or "Always Ready" is the motto of the United States Coast Guard and a value I try to apply towards my life everyday.

Because of that love for people, both my undergraduate and graduate degree are in education.

I taught early-childhood education for a short time. There I learned to communicate and present information to stakeholders, peers, colleagues, and people that are generally considered to be bad communicators - 3 and 4 year olds.

As you can see, I spent my life in the service of people. People are important to me. Because of that, I love working in a team with others. I am confident because I am used to high stress situations but I am humble because I know growth is a never ending process and those interacting with and near me know my progress best.

Because of my experience in working in a variety of teams, I am also flexible and can match my energy and play style to meet the needs of a team.

If you're interested, please reach out to me! I'd love to chat.

Thank you for reading!

Preferred locations

  • Auburn, AL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Reno, NV
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Austin, TX
  • Houston, TX
Open to other locations and/or remote work

Previous industries

  • Maritime
  • Military
  • Primary/Secondary Education
  • Program Development

Skills

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Apple
  • Atom
  • Bootstrap
  • Chrome
  • Facebook
  • Firefox
  • Git
  • GitHub
  • Heroku
  • JavaScript
  • LinkedIn
  • Linux
  • Moodle
  • PostgreSQL
  • Rails
  • RSpec
  • Ruby
  • SQL
  • Travis
  • Trello
  • Visual Studio
  • Wordpress

Currently learning

None specified

Projects

Find My City

Find My City

Project scope time 88 hours
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Tools Used

  • Bootstrap
  • CSS3
  • Heroku
  • JavaScript
  • Rails
  • Travis

According to the USPS, 15.9 million people moved amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not all of these moves were permanent.

Predicting future socioeconomic changes and continuing turmoil relating to COVID-19, the authors of this web application sought to create an app that helps users to make smarter choices concerning moves with the hope that users can find a match of their personality and lifestyle with a city that fits them best.

Finding the ideal match benefits both the person and the city, leading to pride and investment in the communities of that city.

Thought experiment: What would be the impact of a city filled with people that love their city?

Find My City is a city finding app which allows users to search and sort cities by criteria they find most important. We believe that finding the right city is important for people, cities, and the world.

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Pawty-Trainer

Pawty-Trainer

Project scope time 60 hours
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Tools Used

  • CSS3
  • GraphQL
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • PostgreSQL
  • Rails
  • Ruby

Pawty Trainer is an application in which users can schedule training for their puppy. Users can add dogs to their pack, and create trainings for each dog. A user receives a reward ("★") for completing their first training, and then for every third training after that.

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Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather

Project scope time 56 hours
Collaborators

Tools Used

  • Rails
  • Ruby

Find weather data for the city you are traveling to. Know what the weather will be like whether you arrive three hours later or three days later.

This application assumes that you are driving a vehicle. This means that you won't be able to calculate weather statistics for intercontinental travel.

Because this application was designed as a back-end only application, views are not available. However, this application does offer API end-points which you can utilize for creating your own unique website with this service.

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