Employee Spotlight — John Briggs
John works in our software engineering team at otso. He utilises the latest technology and tools to build out our modern web platform.
We recently caught up with one of our web developers, John, to hear about his work on otso, and to get a brief insight into his interests outside of the office.
Tell us about your role…
I’m a full-stack web developer on the otso team, working on adding and maintaining charting and data exploration functionality.
What’s the best thing about working at otso?
I enjoy the open conversations our team frequently has. Whether it’s the best way to implement a new feature, or if a bug is giving me particular grief, it’s always possible to openly discuss it.
Since I joined the team in January 2018, I’ve worked exclusively on otso platform development, which has been immensely enjoyable. It has provided the opportunity to explore abstracting and transforming database queries in ways I’ve always wanted to try. I have also been able to investigate and implement new React and Redux patterns to increase code re-use and to make large, important components easier to maintain.
Apart from your work at otso, what are some side projects or hobbies you have outside of the office?
I’m a typical nerd — I love my video games, my sci-fi films and board/card games. If I’m not at home playing video games, I’ll be in the city playing KeyForge or Dusk City Outlaws with friends (and probably losing either game badly).
Any special accomplishments or awards?
Embarrassingly, the size of my video game library is both an achievement and a crime against productivity. In terms of achievements, my university degree doesn’t even come close.
If you could be one character from any video game, who would you be and why?
I’d probably stick to my pirate character from Sea of Thieves. Interacting with other players online has been nothing short of hilarious, whether it be sneaking up on people and playing ‘Marco Polo’ on desolate islands through the voice chat, or invading other players’ ships with my friends to confuse them with impromptu pirate ‘raves’.
Here’s my character sitting next to our cargo, a chicken.