Chris Elcombe

Digital Media Class of 2015

What are you doing now?

I am a full-stack software developer for Ollon. My work has included: database design, server deployment, and software implementation. We work with clients on a wide array of projects from adding functionality to existing website or apps, to building new websites or apps from the ground up. Often times this means implementing functionality at all points of the stack and working in an iterative process to get feedback from clients and give them a version more suited to their desires.

Is there something specific you have done since graduation that you are particularly proud of?

Working on many different projects I’m proud of my ability to adapt to different technologies. Working with different clients has made me a better communicator and planner and helped me see things from other’s point of view.

How has your experience at York and in the Digital Media program prepared you for what you are doing now?

The vast different number of technologies and skill sets used in Digital Media was the best preparation I could have received. Working for different clients means that each project can have a different software stack, and programming language to work in. It’s not uncommon to learn work in a different language every few months, sometimes working in several in one day.

Do you have any advice for current Digital Media students?

Try out a bunch of different technologies. Try out a bunch of different ideas in your projects. Be open to trying out different parts of the stack, styling, backend, dev-ops. Even if it’s not for you it helps you understand what the other people on your team do and helps you communicate across the stack with your co-workers. But most importantly try and have fun! Your projects in university should be things you enjoy and are proud to have been a part of and to share with others.