I grew up in a small village in Kerala, India, right below the mountains. I spent most part of my life there, on our farm with my father, walking along the rivers and mountains. As my school, activities and everything was within my village, the only door to the outside world was a small computer with 128 MB ram and an Intel Pentium 3 processor (yes it was super slow), with a dial-up modem with a maximum speed of 10 kbps. From where I am coming, it must have cost a fortune for my dad to buy and maintain that setup, but he wanted me and my sister to have a wide-open eye towards the world, so he did everything he could.
That access I got to the outside world through that small dial-up modem, got me a broader view of the world and brought me to the Netherlands three and a half years ago to do my Masters’ program. During my journey so far I decided to expand expertise from one domain to multiple ones. Yes, the aim was to build an interdisciplinary profile so I studied and worked on wide range of topics like, geoinformatics, social science, computer science, glaciology etc. I was involved in research activities related to Remote Sensing, Human wellbeing, and ecosystem services.
However, at some point you find something you really enjoy doing, for me my work at Infotopics | Apps for Tableau is like that and I was sure it’s going to be like that after the first interview with Richard and Merlijn. Here I get to wear multiple hats, thereby again expanding my level of exposure.
It was quite challenging to move from non-profit research and work in a commercial aspect. So that was my first challenge, “To stop thinking like a researcher”. The remaining challenges were related to picking up the pace, which the team had helped me with a lot.
Maps always fascinate me, especially when you can interact with them,
My first assignment was a prototype extension, which generates isochrones on a map based on one simple question “How far I can travel from a location within a given time period”.