Andrew Pendergast – Nielsen

Describe your relevant work history, awards, and accomplishments in 300 words or less.

After graduating from Florida State University, Andrew began his career in the technology field working at Technology Grows, a startup in Tallahassee focused on providing software development courses to students of all ages.  Here, he provided middle school – aged students a wide breadth of technology skills ranging from game development to hardware design.  After this venture, Andrew moved down to Tampa to join Nielsen’s Emerging Technologist Program, a two year accelerated-growth rotational program focused on developing the company’s next technology leaders.  After his first rotation working as a web developer for nielsen.com, Andrew now works as a DevOps engineer for the Nielsen Client Portal, the company’s authentication layer for all Nielsen products.

What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?

One of Andrew’s biggest passions is urban planning.  Since moving down to Tampa, he has become fascinated with the explosive growth that the Tampa Bay area is experiencing.  Projects such as Water Street Tampa, the Tampa Heights district, and many of St. Petersburg’s numerous developments show a region which he believes to be growing into the “Next Big Thing”.   Andrew has also fallen in love with the mature technology and startup community here.

What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you aren’t working?

When he is not working, Andrew loves to go explore the seemingly endless variety of new parks, restaurants, and trails that our region has to offer.  The Tampa Riverwalk and Armature Works are his favorite place to relax and take in Tampa’s beauty.  He is always sure to go and cheer on the Bolts at Tampa Bay Lightning home games!

How do you give your time back in the community?

Working at Technology Grows helped Andrew to develop a passion for technology education.  He is very involved with Nielsen’s partnership with our local schools and hosts several classes to introduce students to coding, professional development, and teamwork whenever they come to visit the Nielsen office.

Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.

As part of his first rotation, Andrew had the opportunity to work with a team of developers focused on replatforming and consolidating our global nielsen.com family of sites into a new WordPress multi-site.  This ongoing process is helping to save the company money, modernize development efforts, and provide Nielsen’s digital marketing team with an industry-leading publishing experience, WordPress Gutenberg.  This allowed Andrew to learn a brand new technology stack and implement it in a highly visible service.  As one of the first companies of its size to implement this new version of WordPress at such a broad scale, Nielsen has received praise from the WordPress team regarding its innovative approach to improving our digital marketing experience for developers, authors, and end-users alike.

 

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