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Ruth John

is a web technologist and Google Developer Expert. She likes to educate and inspire people with new web technologies. Her favourite things include interactive audio/visual installations and 80s cartoons, usually at the same time!

A moment with Ruth John

[Q] Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

I’m always a bit thrown by questions like this. I left my job a few months ago to take some time off, travel and figure out what to do next. So at the moment I don’t have a strict answer such as ‘I am this person who does this thing’. I’m just a causal front end dev/designer and just came from a job in R&D. I’m looking to work more in the art/music space come new year, when I’ve finished this stint of traveling. Ask me this again in 6 months and you’ll get a whole different answer!

[Q] Is this your first trip to Melbourne? Or Australia? Do you have other plans for your trip?

This is my first trip to Australia. I’m really looking forward to it, especially visiting Melbourne. I’m going to be staying around for a month afterwards. My best friend lives in Perth and we’re going to drive around Australia, finding adventures!

[Q] No spoilers, but what’s one thing you hope the audience will take away from your talk?

Not only am I talking, but our { Live : JS } collective is performing at the after party and we’re going to be showing off some of the things we’ve built at Decompress, so with that in mind I think the one thing I would like people to take away from all of that is that the web can be what you make it. It’s such an incredible platform.

[Q] Do you skydive, knit, play the banjo, cycle or do anything that isn’t on a computer?

I do loads of practical things. My whole downstairs is a dedicated studio space. My sewing machine, electric piano, easel are all within chair rolling distance… I also have an Etsy shop where I sell crochet patterns I create.

[Q] If there was one thing you wish you could be working on, what would it be? (this could be something you are working on, if you like!)

My in browser VJ Software (Vizra) - I never seem to have enough time for that at the moment, even with my time off! There’s also a couple of other personal projects which I’ve started since I left my job which I’d just like to give a little more time to and get deployed. Maybe after I’ve adventured in Australia!


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