Guivia Moreira | Junior Dev Revs Up for Creativity

Guivia Moreira is a junior web developer looking to stay rooted in small to mid-sized companies on the cusp of innovation. When Moirera isn’t reading the latest on tech trends, you can find her flexing her creative muscle in front-end development. This techie is looking for a job that will keep her on her toes, so sweep her off her feet while you can.

What startup/tech projects have you worked on?
I have recently been helping the development team at UrbanGeekz.com as part of a small internship. Also, during the past 12 weeks at General Assembly, I’ve been part of a number of projects. I was solely responsible for project conception, design, user experience, and project completion for the following projects: ArcadiaBase – A Tetris game for up to 2 players and a chatroom. It is a MEAN (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, NodeJS) Stack app that also integrates with Firebase.io for real-time updates. Each player can see their opponent’s board and moves. NewsHub – A Ruby On Rails newsfeed that uses Feedjira gem for parsing feeds, and Devise for user authentication.

What tech/tools are essential to you?
There are too many to mention them all, but the gist of my top ones are: Git/GitHub, Codepen.io, Chrome’s Developer Tools, Sublime, Photoshop, and Stackoverflow.

How do you stay informed and on top of emerging trends?
I read tech articles from sources like TechCrunch, The Verge, Science Alert, and Gizmodo – it’s a morning ritual of mine. I skim through tech stories and take a deeper dive reading the articles that catch my interests. When curiosity sparks, I’ll do further research and learn more on the topic. I also make it a point to attend meetups for Ruby, Rails Girls, AngularJS, and Javascript in the Atlanta area.

What are your best technical or creative skills?
I feel most at home working in a front-end role where I can flex creative and logical intellect. And aside from being a techie kind of gal, I love making new things or giving new life to something old. Some of my strongest skills in both the technical and creative domains are my inquisitiveness for challenging problems and the desire to find logical yet creative solutions. I love finding out how things work, to get a visualization of the big picture, then dive into the details of a project. This is in part one of the many things that motivate me to keep learning.

What’s next on your list to learn?
The tech field is full of lessons! Right now I’m focusing on fine-tuning my current skills and expanding my skill set independently through any tutorial I can get my hands on. That includes the new JavaScript – ECMAScript 6, diving deeper into HTML5, AngularJS, as well as Rails and Sinatra. I know that as long as technology keeps evolving, I’ll never stop the learning process.

Why the interest in startups and the technology field?
I admire how startups inspire creativity. I particularly admire their flexible nature and how they embrace new technologies – which stimulates the learning process and keeps you on your toes. I’ve always been captivated by technology. Although I had always thought I’d be on the other side of the fence – in hardware that is. My career really started when I accepted a position as a Jr Quality Assurance Analyst over six years ago. I had been tinkering with web design and done side projects for some time. It wasn’t till I spent these past years testing others’ creations that my thirst for more knowledge grew stronger. I knew it was time to take it to the next level. That’s when I decided to fully immerse myself in a web development program.

Interested in working for a startup, mid-sized company, or a corporate giant?
I’m really looking forward of being part of a small to medium-sized company in the Greater Atlanta area in a front-end role while also integrating the back-end processes. Preferably, this would be a place that embraces continual learning and collaboration with an in-house team to share ideas with. I’m also very interested in companies that are innovative towards a healthier ecosystem.

What makes you stand out?
I have a knack for technology and mechanical things. I started replacing smart phone screens before iPhone existed. I can repair or build a computer, and can now create a website with both front and back end functionality. I even learned how to drive a manual car growing up by just observing my parents drive one with no former training – these days, is all I enjoy driving.

How does Atlanta weave into your story?
Atlanta has been my home for almost 10 years. I’ve witnessed the city grow exponentially; and with it, the tech field. I definitely want to continue to be a part of that growth!