Five Questions
with Sam Mason

Sam Mason @samjbmason

Talk: Out of sight, out of mind

Sam is a developer and occasional music maker from London. Having worked on projects for the likes of TK Maxx, Red Nose Day and Barclays, he’s now CTO of Steer, a company that teaches people to build websites and apps on short courses.

Why did you agree to speak at WXG?

I liked that there isn’t a restricted theme around WXG and so it seemed like the perfect setting to talk about a subject that has been a large part of my thinking recently at Steer.

What do you think attendees will get out of your talk?

I hope that the audience will be able to take away some processes that they might be able to apply to their own teams, whether it be developers, designers or any other group of people that have to work alongside each other on multiple projects.

How did you get into your field?

I have always loved computers and so when I started managing a bar in my home town of Leamington Spa it seemed like the perfect fit … just kidding.

I realised that while I loved using the web all the time I wanted to understand how it worked as well and how I could build for it. I moved to London and after spending a few years as a systems administrator and moonlighting on small projects, I joined a great digital agency called Benchmark who gave me the opportunity to learn about building complex sites and web apps for some big companies like Barclays & Bacardi.

One random evening I met Amelia (@ameliahumfress) who had recently started the coding school Steer. We kept in touch and after doing some soul searching I realised I wanted to help people learn to code and so Steer felt like a great fit.

Who is your inspiration in the industry?

There are way too many to list here but the people I choose to follow on Twitter are often inspiring in a lot of ways, whether it’s someone who does not stop building and creating, like fellow speaker Al Monk (@almonk), or anyone who is trying to take the status-quo and change it in the hope that they will add more to the industry than they take out of it.

What advice would you give to someone new to the industry?

You always need to be practising and trying new things. Share the things you create as much as possible. Try and find interests outside of your immediate area — it will allow you to approach a problem from totally different and unique ways.

Sam Mason will be speaking at WXG on Friday 25th September.

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