Meet Sam Allen, Develop Camp Mentor

March 1, 2019

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring Develop Camp Cohort 1 students and their professional mentors. 

 

 

Sam is a Senior Software Engineer at Salesforce and lives in San Francisco, CA.

 

How did you become a developer? 

 

I was always interested in computers as a kid. I think what pushed me over the edge was playing Neopets. I learned HTML and CSS to make websites for my pets. I did web development to make some extra money in high school/college and then studied CS. I graduated from the University of Texas in 2014.

What has been the biggest challenge you've faced as a developer?

 

I am bipolar and I struggle to prioritize my mental health over work deadlines.


What advice do you have for moms or dads who are pursuing a career in web development?

 

Don't get frustrated with yourself when you get stuck! It means you're about to make a breakthrough.

 

What has been your greatest professional accomplishment?

 

The product I've been working on for the past 2 years just launched! It's customer service software that lets you text in for help instead of having to call. I was one of the leads on writing the text alert system.

I chose to volunteer as a Develop Camp mentor because:

I'm a feminist and mothers deserve equal opportunities 💪My mom just reentered the workforce after 20 years of being out of it so I saw what she went through and want to help others in her same position.

I am most looking forward to the future because:

I can't wait to see AI take over all the mundane tasks in our daily lives.

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