Ian Byrd

Engineering drives me nuts.




Me pulling clever faces at the camera right off the talk

I’m Ian, I study computer science, compiler design and software architecture. Apart from that, I do play (guitar/vocals/drums) and compose (Libertines-like) music. As a matter of fact, I became a Google Code-in Grand Prize Winner in 2012 and 2014. I did some competitive programming a few years ago and managed to get some decent awards for it here and there. Nothing particularly remarkable though.

I started coding back to 2011 as a brave 11 y.o. cool kid. I eventually came to the C++ land. I still don’t entirely know what actually led me there, but I definitely had lots of fun. Before I finally mastered (not really) the art of shooting myself in the foot, I had struggled with hundreds of specific C++ issues, nothing fun again. Turns out, getting a dependency right could already be tricky enough. I migrated away from Windows to KDE/Linux and started learning Qt these days. Making Qt-based software’s been the most bizarre experience I’ve ever had. Seriously, writing some working piece of software and running it like, everywhere? Come on, what could be sexy? I must acknowledge find myself remarkably lucky for being a part of such a vibrant community as KDE. Kudos to the ones building Plasma—you guys rock.

As time went on, I’d started looking into web backend stacks: Python, Node.js and at last, but not least, Go. My tight academical schedule has no room for any full-time coding… which is quite pity. Anyway, I do build some stuff, which you can find on my GitHub page. As a matter of fact, the page you are reading at the moment has at least three links to my GitHub profile: the one you just have seen, another one in the nav and one more in the top right corner.

As of summer 2016, I can’t tell whether I want to be a programmer, entrepreneur or musician. Let me record the album and let’s see! If you feel like you could help me with the choice or anything, please reach me out at ian@byrd.im. Your opinion matters, cos I can’t come up with mine.

Nothing special, just yet another highly talanted existentialist.