Mentor Monday: Meet Jonathan

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Jonathan Campos is a senior mobile architect at Bottle Rocket Studios. Each week he mentors the Jr. High students in our ideaSpark program.

Meet Jonathan...

What is something many people don’t know about you?
I feel like my home life is very different from my work life surrounded by computers. At home I am with my pets, working on the yard, trying to plant and grow. Very different than coding.

How did you become interested in technology and programming?
I started with 3D art a long long time back. Then realized with coding I could go further and make things that were useful. As time went on the joy of creation just kept pushing me to continue going further.

What did you study in college?
My undergrad was Arts & Technology, then in my Masters I shifted to Human Communication. It was fun and different to learn so much about how we as humans communicate, various cultures, and other specialties. 

What are you working on now?
Right now I am spending time learning more and more about machine learning while working with Bottle Rocket on new innovative ideas for our clients.

What have you gained from being a mentor? What was your most memorable moment while mentoring?
I remember how fun it is to see something moving on the screen for the first time. For me it was white text on a black monitor. For them it is 3D shapes and games. I guess you could say that I see them as spoiled.

Is there anything that you wish you could tell your younger self about coding?
Don’t ever stop. The long hours of learning and losing sleep are worth it.

What is it about Bold Idea’s mission that really connects with you?
I really love teaching and sharing the rewarding and amazing experience that coding can provide to anyone. There really are few things as exciting as seeing something new working for the first time. Years later it is a daily thrill that I want to share with others.

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