Mark Brown

Melbourne, Australia

Summary

I'm passionate about building rich web applications and mobile apps with JavaScript. I enjoy teaching others and working collaboratively with talented people. Having worked with many small to medium sized teams over the years I'm comfortable working across the full stack of multiple platforms(Rails, Django, .NET and PHP), my area of expertise is the front-end.

My last role was with Inspire9 Development, a development agency that worked with early-stage startups and bootstrapped their own app for managing co-working spaces called Tribes. I also worked with Adioso for two years and PageUp People for four years - the leading Australian talent management software provider. I have been working on the web professionally for over years.

I build working software with simple readable code that's well tested.

I'm also an author of Sitepoint's JavaScript channel.

Personal Attributes

Technical skills

High level of competency and experience in:

I also have professional experience working with:

Education

2004 – 2007 Swinburne University, Hawthorn
Bachelor of Multimedia - Multimedia Software Development
Achieved a distinction average
1998 – 2003 VCE, Billanook College, Mooroolbark
Maths Methods / Physics / English / Media Studies / VET Multimedia / Information Processing and Management
Achieved an ENTER of 83.55

Academic awards

2006 Golden Key International Honour Society Membership
2003 Subject award: Academic excellence – VET Multimedia
2003 Certificate II in Arts (Interactive Multimedia)

Employment History

2015 - 2016

Front-end developer at Inspire9

Inspire9 development make web apps for startups.

Tribes, Tribes Kiosk, Tribes Bookings, Ritualize, YourGrocer, LaunchVic, and PWC's Open Innovation Platform.

Tooling: Rails, Heroku, AWS, Docker, CoffeeScript / ES6, Cordova, Angular, React, React Native, Mocha & Chai, jQuery

2013 - 2015

Front-end developer at Adioso

Adioso is a flight search engine born and bred in Melbourne, it's the best way to find cheap flights for flexible travellers who don't have fixed dates in mind.

Adioso, Volantio, Fly to your friends

Tooling: Python, Django, Middleman, CoffeeScript, Backbone, jQuery

2013

Web developer at Culture Amp

I built out a self-service platform where clients could configure their accounts for Murmur, an employee engagement surveying tool with analytics.

CultureAmp

Tooling: Rails, MongoDB, AWS, Heroku, CoffeeScript, Backbone, jQuery

2012 - 2013

Front end developer at Inspire9

Building Rails applications with a small super-talented team & learning lots.

Inspire9 Community, Inspire9 Development, Hello Sunday Morning, and Obsurfation.

Tooling: Rails, Sass, Cordova, Backbone

2012 - Now

Freelance Web developer and author at Yellowshoe

Web applications & games as well as contracting to Melbourne based web development agencies.

Clients include SitePoint, CSIRO, Love and Money, Mr Pony and IE

2007 - 2012

Web developer & designer at PageUp People

Specialised in design and front end development but also developed .NET and Rails applications.

Mentored other developers in front-end development and produced front end standards.

Was the lead designer & developer working on a re-design of the recruitment product for the global market.

Tooling: .NET, C#, Rails, Sass, Prototype / jQuery

2007

Teaching at Swinburne University

Tutored classes of 120-140 students per semester

  • Internet Technologies (Web Standards, Accessibility and Browser Compatibility, HTML / CSS / JavaScript / PHP
  • Web Programming: (PHP and MySQL)

I also developed teaching material for Internet Technologies.

2007

Web developer at Swinburne University

During my final year of study I worked with Andrew Normand and Caroline Rojas in the Web Managers Department at Swinburne. I rewrote the Administration Area (a CMS that enables publishers to update their individual sites) using object oriented PHP & MySQL.

I also made global semantic markup changes to the site including making all navigational menus lists.

2006-2007

Web developer at yellowshoe

My own business mostly in CSS development, I received work from my contributions on the CSS forum at Sitepoint, where I actively participated.

2006

Web developer at Faculty of ICT, Swinburne University

I worked full time during 2006 as a web developer producing content for the site & developing a faculty intranet.

Personal Skills

Working as a tutor in web development subjects at Swinburne University has developed my listening and teaching skills. I'm creative, a good problem solver and a life long learner.

Interests and hobbies

Guitar, singing, cooking, yoga, vector graphics, handstands and bike riding.