Darren Bostock, Senior Analyst As a Senior Analyst and Software Engineer at Markinson, you could say that I define and create technology-based solutions based on comprehensive collaboration with our clients and our team. I have an aptitude for and genuinely love technology. I am constantly impressed by the things that can be created using technology and thoroughly enjoy using it to solve problems – both personally and professionally. As technology adapts and evolves so quickly, I decided to become a generalist in the tech space early on in my career. This has meant that as well as staying at the forefront of technology, I’ve had to hone my skills in areas like learning, listening to clients (about their needs, problems and wants) and managing projects. In turn, I have created innovative, tech-based solutions that allow clients to meet their current and future needs. This has enabled me to become a sought-after consultant, specialising in problem-solving, project management and implementation in the tech space. Working at Markinson has some great benefits that help feed my love of technology. There is a culture of learning, curiosity, innovation and understanding – which means my passion for learning is embraced because I can then offer more insights and improved solutions to clients. I also get to see a project’s impact once it’s completed – helping both clients and Markinson succeed. Because of the culture here at Markinson, I feel comfortable embracing how I think and process information and can view it as my secret ingredient when deconstructing and rebuilding a client’s problem to define and then create their solution. Throughout my career, I’ve gotten to do some interesting and impactful projects. The one that stands out as the most impactful was when I was a Course Coordinator teaching game design and software development at QANTM. Every year there was a 1-day event where we invited potential students of the course to come in. Previously, it had been a 30-minute programming lesson and then 6 hours of playing Multi-Player Games. It wasn’t indicative of what they’d experience when they were students, and it didn’t get them excited about the course or programming in general. So, I worked with the team to update the event format. It became a brief lesson teaching them how to program a revised robot text-based computer game called CRobots. The teaching team had combined the original game with a game engine which added 3D graphics and a better user interface. Once the teaching finished, they were given time to program their robot, and then the attendees competed against each other. At the end of the day, there was time for Multi-Player gaming, but the students enjoyed the coding experience so much that all the attendees were still tweaking their robots. It was a great way to show them what game developers do & how they do it by learning, playing games and having fun. Not only was setting up the event interesting and fun, so was the event itself. I really enjoyed the whole exercise, and I’m proud of how well it went. I collect hobbies because I thoroughly enjoy deep-diving and learning everything I can about new things. The best part of collecting hobbies is that I don’t forget what I’ve learned already, so I cycle through them over time and rediscover my love for each hobby. Technology and innovation drive many of my hobbies because I enjoy finding ways to incorporate technology into things that it’s not typically seen in. For example – I love cooking, especially on BBQs that I have collected, using a “low and slow” American BBQ technique. I’ve incorporated technology into one of my BBQs so that I can cook remotely once I’ve set it up, instead of needing to monitor it closely. I also enjoy Astronomy and Astrophotography – I’ve got multiple telescopes, and once I’ve taken the photos, I stitch them together to create an ultra-hi-res photo using programming and photo editing software. Outside of these, I also enjoy writing and playing music, 3D printing, and programming (things like game development, machine learning, and simulations). If I had a chance to tell my 16-year-old self-something, it would be to embrace the message of acceptance as portrayed in this video as I have learned that the sooner we discover the things that we can be grateful for in life, the sooner that we can build from that and achieve better. To quote Babylon 5, “I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?”. Learning to navigate and enjoy our brief existence as the meteor in the video does enables us to begin the process of building a life well-lived instead of avoiding things in life. What do I wish people knew about me? I like positive outcomes, so if you’re not sure about something, need more information or have something clarified, or are unhappy about something, I’m more than happy to answer questions, take feedback and work with you to make sure there is a positive outcome.