The second edition of Full Stack Fest took place in the city of Barcelona on early September, and Akuaro World was there. We already talked a bit about our impressions of the event, but we also had the opportunity to ask a couple of questions to some of the speakers that gave talks during that week, and now we leave you with the answers from one of them. You can check two other interviews, as well as watch the keynotes themselves in Codegram’s YouTube channel.
A native New Yorker, Jenn Schiffer works at Fog Creek, the software company best known for products like Stack Overflow and Trello. She’s a community engineer for Glitch.com, one of the company’ most recent projects: a collaborative coding site where members of the community can build their own apps and “remix” existing ones, too. This was her first time in Barcelona, and she ate her own weight in paella!
How would you describe your position on Glitch to a non-coder?
I’m a Community Engineer at Fog Creek on the Glitch.com team. I do a number of things but the focus is on building and maintaining a friendly community around Glitch. I interact with our users online and at events, I communicate to the public what we’re working on, I build apps on Glitch to get users started, and help companies use Glitch to promote their products through good documentation and working examples within the Glitch ecosystem. In a nutshell, I help facilitate the existence of a friendly and inclusive space for users of all levels of programming, beginner to expert, to be able to build the app of their dreams.
Looking at Glitch, it’s been impossible for me not to think about the great potential it has for education. Is that something you or the team have discussed? If not, what do you personally see Glitch becoming in the future?
I’m an educator myself, along with others on the Glitch team and the rest of Fog Creek, so we all know that education is and should remain a pillar of the Glitch community. Besides it being a free service to deploy apps, making it affordable to be used in any classroom with Internet access, it’s also a tool that any kind of educator can use to provide example or starter apps for their students. Imagine starting a class with an already-made HTML file, and having your students remix it instead of having to copy and paste from some other document. Glitch makes classroom onboarding a faster and more fun experience I believe!
Since its debut, what has been your favorite community-created collaboration and why?
I’ve really loved watching the A-frame community use Glitch to bring awesome VR experiences to the Web. The A-frame team’s A-Frame School has its students using Glitch to host their work, so I get to play around with some incredible net art that we could only dream of existing in the browser a few years ago!
Glitch, despite being a serious tool for developing, has a very unique and colorful design. Were you in the process of designing that part of the platform? Do you know the concept behind it?
I am but one person on a whole team of folks building Glitch and designing it. The aesthetic you see is not my own, but from my incredible co-worker and officemate Pirijan Ketheswaran, he does design and front-end development on the team. I was very stoked, coming into Fog Creek, to finally be working on a product that was so close to the aesthetic of my side-project works and I am always blown away by the things Pirijan comes up with. It’s just great to work all day in front of a computer screen that’s cute and fun looking – even if I’m writing not-so-cute or fun code.