This summer IT-oLogy has had the opportunity to work with many great interns, each with their own sets of interests, skills, and goals. We are happy to introduce them to the blog and hope that the information technology community will welcome them as talented students and future IT professionals. Introducing our second “Meet the IT-oLogy Interns” feature, David Hodge!
Name: David Hodge
School: Graduate of Spring Valley High School
When did you first get interested in IT? How?
I became interested in IT at a very young age, back when I played simple computer games in the early 2000s. More recently, mobile phone software has caught my attention, which is what I currently write and design.
How did you find out about IT-oLogy?
A representative from IT-oLogy spoke at the Rotary Club, where my mom is a member, and she told me about IT-oLogy and got my interested.
What parts of IT are you interested in? Why?
I currently focus on iOS app development for the iPhone and iPad. The whole concept of simplicity in software is genius, to me, at least. By developing apps for the iPhone, I can potentially reach hundreds of millions of people all over the world. All it takes from my part is creativity and the persistence to wake up every day and make the best product I am capable of.
In the future, I want to make small electronic devices that combine software, electrical engineering, and design to make life a little bit easier. I have not determined what purpose I want to build this device for, but it is definitely an area I will be pursuing as soon as I find the focus of the project.
Why do you think IT is important?
Information technology has and will continue to change the lives of all of us. There are very few people on this earth who have not adapted their lifestyles as a result of the presence of IT. Weather forecasts, cell phones, radio broadcasts; they affect people all around the world.
Who has helped you get involved in IT?
My brother, John, who recently graduated from Virginia Tech with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, helped get me started with programming. I was always interested in IT but John helped me get motivated to take on the daunting task of learning to code.
How does IT affect your day to day life?
IT has an impact on my everyday life from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. I keep my iPhone with me everywhere, for communication, entertainment, education, and whatever else I may need. The internet gives me hope and the ability to learn and to innovate. I can learn and accomplish anything I want simply because I have access to the internet.
Where would you like to work someday? In what position?
I picture myself in one position in the future, which is Founder and CEO of my own startup company. I currently manage Genesis Apps, LLC where….you guessed it, I’m the Founder and CEO. The title alone does not mean too much to me, as I am much more focused on what I can do with that company and the impact I can make.
What are your plans for after high school?
In the fall, I will be attending the University of South Carolina where I will pursue a B.S. in Computer Science and a Minor in Economics.
Photo via Spring Valley High School, Viking Update