I’m Quang Lam, a software developer and a student at Luther College - a private liberal arts college in Decorah, Iowa, the United States.
I’m 20 years old! I learned to code when I was ten and has spent countless hours programming.
I’m currently working on an unnamed project. Before that, I built WebCatalog, a desktop app which turns web apps like native apps. I also built Translatium, a free Google Translate client for Windows 10 & macOS.
I was born and grew up in Cantho, Vietnam. There, I taught myself to code, attended a high school for the gifted where I participated and won many computing competitions. When I was seventeen, as I expressed my interest to use technology for social good, I received a full scholarship to study at United World College Maastricht (Limburg, the Netherlands) - part of a global education movement that made education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
I enjoy working on new ideas, projects that would have great impact on people’s lives. I usually spend time thinking about new concepts and building prototypes. And of course, I love turning these prototypes into beautiful products and showing them to the world.
I like jogging, reading & listening to music.
My single-page resume is available if you need something formal or want to know me quickly. Email me at [email protected].
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- Decorah, Iowa, the United States.
- Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science.
- Maastricht, Limburg, the Netherlands.
- International Baccalaureate.
- Cantho, Vietnam.
- Program focused on Information technology (mostly Algorithms & Competitive Programming).
I love building software and I has spent my free time doing it since I was ten. Here’re the most significant ones:
- A spun-off version of WebCatalog which works across macOS, Windows and Linux.
- A desktop app for macOS which turns your favorite web app into native-like app with just one-click.
- An ambitious project which I spent 1.5 years developing (including a gap semester in Fall 2017) and planned to build up to a web app store where users across multiple platforms could discover and install apps easily.
- A Google Translate client for Windows 10 & macOS with 300,000+ downloads.
- A project I built as a high school student, grew rapidly and generated profits; but then declined as Windows Phone lost traction.
- A website built with PHP which allows users to post, read & discuss about comics.
- It won the First Prize in Creative Software of the Cantho’s Provincial Youth Computing Competition 2012 & the Second Prize in Creative Software of the Vietnam’s National Youth Computing Competition 2012.
NiSty (2011 - 2012)
- An online community for Vietnamese teenagers which was built with a localized version of Discuz!, the most popular Internet forum software in China.
- It won the First Prize in Creative Software of the Cantho’s Provincial Youth Computing Competition 2011 & the Third Prize in Creative Software of the Vietnam’s National Youth Computing Competition 2011.
- An online community built with vBulletin.
- A childish project but it was what brought me to programming :).
Call-Em-All, LLC - Web Developer Intern (Summer 2017)
- Frisco, Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Texas, the United States.
- Worked directly with the founders.
- Maintained and developed desktop web app with React: including improving UI/UX, browser compatibility, performance and workflow; reviewing pull requests.
- Implemented Machine Learning to classify text messages automatically.
- Improved Node.js backend, including code refactoring and automation.
- The International Peace Conference at UWC Maastricht started as an idea to raise awareness about conflicts around the world.
- I built the website and handled technical-related stuff for the conference.
- I helped taking care of a community garden.
- I helped Global Exploration, an organization in Valkenburg, the Netherlands to organize a festival raising money to support the Nepali earthquake’s victims.
Awards & Honors
As I student, I participated in many competitions & hackathons; and sometimes, I won :). Here’re the ones I’m proudest of:
- Champion in Programming Skills - Vietnam’s National Youth Computing Competition (2014)
- I participated in a team with Thong Nguyen. In three hours, we programmed computer scripts to automatically play “Battle Tank” game and competed against 49 provincial teams across Vietnam. The programs won all of the battles. And we were the sole champion.
- Silver Medal in Computer Science - Vietnam’s 30th April Traditional Olympiad (2014)
- Consolation in Computer Science - Vietnam’s National Contest for Excellent Students (2014)
- Second Prize in Creative Software - Vietnam’s National Youth Computing Competition (2012)
- I won this prize for building Medolism (described above).
- Third Prize in Creative Software - Vietnam’s National Youth Computing Competition (2011)
- I won this prize for building NiSty (described above).