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Reuben Ayres

WDI Instructor, General Assembly

Chicago

Reuben is a programmer, craftsman, and language nerd who has always loved making things and who just can't help but ponder how the moving parts of a complex thing fit together. He also has a passion for understanding how people's minds work, how different people find and create meaning in their world, and why people do/build/express the things they do. Reuben sees tools and language as fundamental expressions of the human experience, at both individual and societal levels. Combine all of this and you get a person who deeply loves to help students explore, learn, and understand new technologies... and someone who delights even more in seeing them succeed when they apply this new knowledge to their own pursuits.

Reuben received his BS in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and worked as a web developer for a few years at an advertising agency, a consultant for a start-up, and on various freelance projects. He's has seen the web evolve tremendously in the two decades since he started playing with Netscape in the late 90s.

When he's not teaching, Reuben is in a garden growing vegetables, playing piano (or another instrument), studying foreign languages (most recently Georgian), or volunteering with the Food Justice & Sustainability urban farming program at KAMII in Hyde Park. Or of course, tinkering with code. His most recent tech interest is in the potential of blockchain to address social justice issues.

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