Jesse Curry – Haneke Design

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

I took a non-traditional path to the tech world. I started off as a carpenter, building decks and docks. Through my efforts, what was once a pile of boards and a box of nails would become something more.

Being able to drive the creative process is something that has stuck with me. It drove me from supporting computer users to building computer software.

During my career I’ve been fortunate to be able to find joy in creation; not just the creation of software, but the creation of software teams. I’ve had an opportunity to build games for Nintendo DS and Wii, to launch award-winning iOS applications, and continue to work on the bleeding edge of technology. Most importantly I’ve gotten the chance to help other people with non-traditional backgrounds launch their careers. It’s been incredible to bear witness to some truly life-changing transformations. I’m excited to see what the future brings and love that I’m a part of it.

What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?

The weather speaks for itself, and Florida’s natural beauty is second to none. But what many don’t realize is how strong Tampa’s local community is. Tampa has a small-town feel while having all of the conveniences of a city. I love being able to leave the office and be on the water in minutes or walk from my front door to a local brewery. Plus, being within walking distance of the world’s greatest hockey team is alright too.

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

One of my favorite things to do is cycle around the city. I’m also a huge foodie; if I ride to a great restaurant I’m happy. Exploring the city on bike is faster than driving, and you get that connection that you lose when you’re navigating the city by car. I’d highly recommend riding whenever you can.

How do you give your time back in the community?

I love helping the youth to develop their skills. I get a great deal of satisfaction any time I’m able to motivate a person to work on self-improvement. Most recently, I taught a group of fourth graders the basics of coding over an eight week course. It was incredible to see how excited they were when their creations began to come to life.

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

Even though it was released a couple years ago, I’m still very proud to have helped create the iPad tour for the observatory at One World Trade Center in New York. To land the project as a small shop from Tampa was a testament to the strength of our team and our user-centered approach. To see people from all over the world enjoy using the application high above New York always brings me joy.

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