John Resig, RIT Alum
The other weekend might have been one of the most starry weekends in recent RIT history. No, I don’t mean the night sky. It’s winter, there are clouds. I mean in terms of celebrity. No, it wasn’t freezefest either. That’s next week.
I mean tech celebrities! Members of the silicon valley walk of fame. Perhaps the average joe on the street might not recognize them, but RIT is anything but average!
John came back to RIT to give a talk about his involvement with Khan Academy. He made sure we understood Khan Academy’s focus of offering a free education to everyone, but that its goal was not to replace teachers, and instead empower and supplement them.
John covered some of the challenges that he was working on, including internationalization. There are subtleties that needed to be dealt with-- things as simple as having the answer boxes on the other side of the page because of languages that are read right-to-left instead of left-to-right.
Later that day, John imparted some great advice about working on side projects that one might eventually launch to the world. He said he had three rules in order to balance his time, effort, and focus:
Write code every day.
This code should be open source.
It must be forward momentum-- spending your time changing your indentation style won’t fly here.
Check back soon to hear about guest speakers Alexis Ohanion (co-founder of Reddit, Breadpig, and Hipmunk) and Warren Spector (creator of Deus Ex)!