Code Chrysalis Cohort 6: Meet the Students!

Code Chrysalis is excited to introduce to you the sixth cohort of students participating in our full-stack software engineering bootcamp.

In a few days, some of them will be giving their very first tech talks at the holiday edition of our Big MiniConf! Please come and support them.


Sora Maruyama 🇯🇵

Sora was born in Tokyo and grew up in Europe (Germany, Austria, & the UK!). She worked as a dancer until 8 years ago when she decided to come back to Japan to shift her attention to new challenges.

Before joining Code Chrysalis, Sora was working as a product manager for a product and engineering team, where she led the development of numerous important features and built a product management team.

She’s attending Code Chrysalis to understand how engineers think and work. Her desire for authenticity is the source of her energy.

Fun fact: Sora is a graduate of our very first Foundations course!


Matthew Philps 🇦🇺

Matt grew up in a small town in Australia and has lived in England and Tokyo. He holds a degree in Media Studies and diplomas in both Maritime Logistics Management and Japanese.

A natural tinkerer, Matt’s foray into coding stems from his interest in making something work. He didn’t have any prior experience in programming and learned enough on his own to get into Code Chrysalis.

After Code Chrysalis, Matt would like to find a job as a developer in Japan.

Fun fact: Matthew has met Terence Baylor, the actor in Monty Python’s Life of Brian.


Charles Liu 🇺🇸

Charles was born in Southern California and was raised both there and in Shanghai. After graduating from UC Davis with an Electrical Engineering degree and working for a year, he decided to make a leap of faith into his dream career as a software engineer by taking the immersive course at Code Chrysalis. His hobbies include photography, music, food, and travel. His interests are in machine learning and front-end development.

Fun fact: Charles can eat an entire American-sized pizza.


Brendon Bouzas 🇫🇷

Brendon grew up in France and started his career in Switzerland as an electrical engineer specializing in security systems.

Later on, he made the decision to move to Australia and resume his studies in the IT field, earning a Master’s degree in IT from the University of Sydney. Passionate about science and new technology, he loves exploring new fields in order to get a broader understanding of how things are working.

Amazed and a little jealous of how coders can turn ideas into working prototypes in a matter of hours, Brendon became interested in coding and has been learning on his own for just over three years.

Fun fact: He obtained a pilot’s license in 2012, though he has not flown much since.


Daenam Kim 🇰🇷

Daenam Kim grew up in South Korea and moved to Japan around 9 years ago.

He worked in not only web and mobile developments for Digital Marketing, Mobile Device Management and Augmented Reality but also building up server infra and DevOps. He is interested in combining technologies that make people’s lives better.

After Code Chrysalis, he wants to build on his career as a software engineer and eventually start his own business.

In his spare time, he likes to play with his kids and listen to CCM music.


Toru Eguchi 🇯🇵

Toru is currently working as a cloud engineer at KDDI focusing on the Google Cloud platform.

He loves to venture outside of his comfort zone with his projects. For example, his master’s thesis at Tokyo Institute of Technology covered how VR experience physically and emotionally affects the elderly, though he had no experience of VR.

He’s currently exploring the design process through the launch of a new guitar training app.

Toru’s passion to create new things led him to take our introduction to programming course, eventually passing the admissions bar to join the Immersive.

Fun fact: He helped create the Japanese music streaming service “ギタトレ.”


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