Work on MoodleNet continues at a rapid pace as we draw closer to the first beta release, scheduled for January 2019. As part of those efforts, we’re delighted to welcome Alex Castaño as a backend developer to the team!
Alex is Spanish and grew up in Andalucia, went to university in Seville, and now lives and works from Barcelona. He joins us on an initial six-month contract to work with Mayel de Borniol, MoodleNet’s Technical Architect, to create the infrastructure for a decentralised, federated, resource-centric social network for educators!
We asked Alex a few questions to find out more…
We would love to hear a bit about your work history?
I realised that using computers and programming were my passions when I was very young. Since then, I have been using only free software in my personal and professional life. For this reason, I’m really happy to collaborate in a project so open like MoodleNet on daily basis.
My professional career has been very varied: I created my own business, I’ve helped to “start up” startups, and I’ve fixed scalability problems in very consolidated companies. Now, I’m looking forward to creating an open source project which makes a difference.
What do you love about what you do?
One of the best sensations you can experience is to see how your work makes other people’s lives simpler, more enjoyable or just better. I’m hooked on that feeling.
In addition, I absolutely love learning new things. It is incredible how people are continuously creating and developing new stuff to make computer engineering more interesting.
What are your interests outside of work?
I like doing any kind of sport: football, tennis, gym, hiking, kitesurfing… I’m a regular reader and, of course, life wouldn’t be the same without travelling around the world.
Where is your favourite place in the world, and why?
“Sevilla tiene un color especial”, what means, “Seville has a special colour”. A lovely city with a lot of history. It has a nice river and bridges, absolutely incredible places to have a good meal, beautiful buildings and palaces, people are very open and kind, and last but not least, it has “Ramón Sanchez-Pizjuan” the stadium of Sevilla F.C. my football team!
If you would like to find out more about MoodleNet, and get involved in the project, please check out moodle.com/moodlenet.