JoshCampoverde.com is my place on the internet. Here I collect my ever evolving musings on a whatever I feel is worth sharing. I don’t claim to be a great blogger, but if you’re interested in reading, here is where you’ll find some of my thoughts on technology, life, and soccer in writing.
I hail from Grand Forks, North Dakota, and now reside in Boston, Massachusetts while working on my Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Academically I find artificial intelligence intriquing and have been fortunate enough to enjoy the instruction of one of AI’s most brilliant minds in Patrick Henry Winston. I’m very excited to see the development of human like intelligence in computers during my lifetime.
Aside from academics I thoroughly enjoy the game of soccer, and often times feel it is more a way of life than a game. I enjoy playing, watching, rewatching, refereeing and coaching soccer at anytime. I played a lot of high school and club soccer back in North Dakota, and have played varsity soccer for MIT during my entire collegiate career. I am now beginning to focus on earning various coaching certifications and beginning my coaching career in soccer at the youth levels.
I enjoy music of all kinds. I grew up on pop radio as well as an interesting mix of country and andean folk music. As I got a bit older I was exposed to more alternative sounds. In recent years I have been exposed to more indie and classic rock. I also have a great appreciation for the sounds and culture of hip hop. Among my favorite artists are Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Third Eye Blind, John Mayer, and Jonny Lang. Previously a friend and I hosted a weekly radio show on wmbr called undercurrents. We played lesser known indie and hip hop that we think people in the boston metro area should hear.
I love technology of all forms, computers, big TVs, you name it. Most recently i’ve found I enjoy web applications and people connecting via the internet. I find social networking fascinating. I am very interested to see how monetization of the social graph proceeds and how the portability of the social graph comes into existence.
I’ve done a few summer stints as a professional software developer, most recently as test engineer for Microsoft. There I worked on a project with a group of interns that has not been released. We interns worked with some great mentors that really helped us learn a lot about working in a gigantic development environment (probably the world’s largest?), working through the development cycle, and working on a schedule. As a test engineer, I helped consult on design decisions that would affect the quality and functionality of our project, and ensure the best possible experience for the users of our product.
Previously I worked as an intern for ESPN.com where I got paid to watch sports all day long, while learning about data transfer and trying out some ways to speed up and improve transfer of sports information around the site. As you may have guessed, ESPN.com has a lot of sports data moving around behind the scenes so there was a lot to learn. I also had some time to help contribute to a project that was recently released, called fanprofiles. While working at ESPN I bumped into one of my now best buddies, and fellow internet lover Andrew Mager.
Back in the day, I also spent a few months working with a small start up in Massachusetts called WaveMark, Inc. WaveMark works to create intelligent medical supply chain management devices. Though it sounds like quite a mouthful and probably not that interesting, WaveMark does some really really cool stuff with RFID and inventory management, that ultimately allows hospital operating rooms to run at lower cost, more efficiently, and save more lives. I learned more about business and startups than I could have imagined possible while at WaveMark. I got to work with a very small team at the ground stages and I had an amazing amount of fun while doing it.