Welcome

Greetings, and welcome!

I'm David Watkins: developer, video editor, technology enthusiast, and musician. I graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, VT in 2013, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology and a minor in Web Development. Some of my personal projects include Rescroller for Chrome and a Champlain College shuttle tracker for Android. Currently, I'm a junior software engineer at Zenput, an enterprise-oriented mobile data collection start-up in San Francisco. With innovation, I believe technology has the potential to improve our lives in exciting, creative, and unexpected ways. This is my personal website, so please feel free to read more about me, explore my portfolio, or contact me.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy your stay.

—David Owen Frederic Watkins

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California. After attending VanDamme Academy and Sage Hill School, I enrolled at Champlain College in Burlington, VT in 2009 (having applied to several schools across the country). Attracted to its small community, tech-related curriculum, liberal arts core, and college town setting, I am proud in my choice. At Champlain, I pursued information technology and web programming, developed an Android app to track the school's shuttle system, proposed and created a housing registration webapp, lived in Montréal for one outstanding, dance-worthy semester, and—perhaps most importantly—made some amazing lifetime friends. In May, 2013 (on Star Wars Day), I graduated magna cum laude with my peers. After working on personal projects and freelancing for Access Burlington, I am currently a software engineer at Zenput in San Francisco, CA.

Technology and electronics have captured my curiosity and interest for most of my life. My passion has expanded from not only how computers work to how they affect our lives. The internet has revolutionized our ability to share, connect, and collaborate with nearly anyone and remain updated in real-time with current events across the globe. It has given us easier access to information and communication than ever before. With a plethora of growing devices and platforms, I'm thrilled to be part of an such an innovative industry with such high potential.

In contrast to code and tech, music is a vital passion of mine. I have been a member of choruses, school musicals, and vocal-study singing workshops. In college, I learned to play guitar and regularly participated in my school's weekly open mic: The Grind. In coordination with music, I've developed a passion for video editing and have used it to document and share many of my experiences.

Regardless of what the future holds, I hope to continue exploring these passions. Never do I want to stop learning. We live in an exciting era where the growth of technology has the potential to improve and change our lives in unpredictable and unimaginable ways.

Quotes

  1. "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs
  2. "Every story I read about Google is kind of 'us vs. some other company for some stupid thing,' and I just don't find that very interesting. We should be building great things that don't exist. And our being negative is not how we make progress; most important things are not zero sum. There's a lot of opportunity out there, and we can use technology to make really new and really important things that make people's lives better." - Larry Page
  3. "Life is a balance of holding on and letting go." - Keith Urban
  4. "Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo
  5. "To resist the influence of others, knowledge of one's self is most important." - Teal'c (Stargate SG-1)
  6. "A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."
  7. "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." - Dolly Parton
  8. "Sometimes you don't know where you're from 'till you leave." - Tim McGraw
  9. "Somewhere between the time you arrive and the time you go may lie the reason you were alive, but you'll never know." - Jackson Browne
  10. "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." - Elbert Hubbard
  11. "When we have choices about what to do with our time and in our careers, we have a responsibility to choose the things which put our powers, skills, and experience to their best use. We're obliged to do meaningful work." - Gina Trapani
  12. "If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." - Albert Einstein
  13. "Stay hungry; stay foolish." - Steve Jobs