Who are you?
Hey, my name is Menilek and I’m a competitive grappler, aspiring vegan, bookworm and now a newbie Software Alchemist at ALCMY. Allow me to share my journey.
After finishing a year in industry and returning to complete my degree in Computing Science at Aston University, I had a lot of questions running through my mind. While I did learn a lot and make good connections during my year of work there was still something missing. I’d envision the ideal role submerging me in a state of flow, enthralled in expertise, always contributing and growing but how would I go about finding something like this?
I decided to go out in search of this mythical role. At the time I had been developing a system based around the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of my individual project for University. It would monitor water levels and visualise the data using a single board computer and a stack consisting of Python, Flask, PostgreSQL and D3. After scouting events on Eventbrite and Meetup, I ventured out with a few questions and my project as a talking point.
What have you been up to at ALCMY?
Since joining I’ve been working alongside Amon, the Chief Technical Alchemist (in charge of turning code into gold) on the technological front. Coming in, I thought that the level of understanding I’d acquired at University would put me in good stead but Amon had really shown me the depths of technologies and advancements taking place in the industry. Getting up to speed with ES6 was eye-opening and working my way into React was even more exciting.
I have split my time between two offices depending on what needs to be done. The Natwest Accelerator incubator is a space full of teams of driven entrepreneurs, walls you’re encouraged to draw on and last but not least, Pitch Club! The first rule of Pitch Club is that everybody pitches. Yikes, right? I was lucky to be let off the hook the first time but I can’t lie, it’s got me sweating. Hearing pitches ranging from art and e-commerce to sports coaching captivated me but what was really mind-blowing was the level of feedback the entrepreneurs received from the business advisors. From the word count to inflexions and accents influencing the sound of words, I was wowed!
The Studio is home to the spirit of the ALCMY collective and it’s my personal favourite. There’s something about being here that gets me going, I believe the French call it that ‘je ne sais quoi’.