Toronto-area Web Developer and Agile Product Manager
Hello! My name is Luke Walker, and for over 10 years, I've been working in product-oriented roles for some great Toronto-based startups, like TakingITGlobal a youth-run civic action charitable startup, Career Cruising.
Most recently, I spent over three years as a Product Manager at BiblioCommons, with a portfolio of products that included a summer reading application for libraries, the 'schools' version of BiblioCommons' catalog (used by over 1200 schools in NYC), and various social features built as part of a special partnership with the Seattle Public Library. I was also the product owner for our implementation of Mozilla's Open Badge standard.What am I doing now?
A little while back, I realized that what I really wanted to be was a developer. So over the last few months, I've devoted my attention to coding, learning, practicing, building stuff, and taking in as much as I can. I completed The Odin Project's series of open-source web development courses, and earned Free Code Camp's Front End and Back End Web Development Certification (you can find my certificates here). I'm eager to put my skills to use, and am actively looking for new opportunities.For more details about me/my skills/my work experience, visit:
As a Developer
I've created the apps and sites below while teaching myself to code using a variety of online sources, principally Free Code Camp and the Odin Project.
Free Code Camp
I completed the Free Code Camp Back-End Web Development Certification in August. These are the projects I completed in the process of earning it:
I have also completed a series of API projects, including a URL shortener and an image search abstraction layer.
These are just a sample of the projects I created while earning my Free Code Camp's Front-End Web Development Certification. You can find all my projects on CodePen.
The Odin Project
This is a small sampling of the projects I completed as I worked through The Odin Project ful stack web development curriculum:
As a Product Manager
At BiblioCommons, I was the product owner of the school/student-oriented products—BiblioSchools & Biblio Summer Sites, as well as library-sponsored portions of the Biblio Core Catalog, namely the social components funded by Seattle Public Library, and a major upgrade to the display of periodical publications for the New York Public Library.
I was also responsible for the BiblioSchools product, which provided the software connecting over 1200 school libraries and the three New York City public libraries, as part of a $5 million grant from Citi. The project involved the development of two new ILS connectors, as well as a union architecture, making it possible to browse multiple libraries at once. The goal of the project was to achieve a more efficient distribution of learning resources, enriching school libraries with supplemental resources delivered from the public libraries.
For an overview of my work at TakingITGlobal, Atmosphere Industries, and Career Cruising, check out this portfolio (PDF).
To read the chapter I co-authored for the MacArthur Foundatation series on Digital Media & Learning, visit MIT Press.
- Front End
- HTML 5
- CSS3 3
- Bootstrap / Foundation
- Back End
- Rails 4
- Node, Express
- Postgres, MySQL
- Other Technical
- Version control tools (git)
- Build automation (Gulp)
- Issue/project tracking (Jira, Confluence, Basecamp)
- Sublime Text
- Various APIs (Google Maps, Youtube, OMDB, Moves, Open Badges)
- Product Skills
- Agile processes/scrum
- Requirement gathering
- Grant writing
- Budget development & management
- User Testing
Email: luke (dot) walker (at) gmail (dot) com or message me on Linked In.