Derek Blair

Software Engineer in Lusaka, Zambia

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Derek is a developer with a passion for how technology interplays with developing markets, education and health. He has worked and volunteered accross the world, with the focus of improving access to education and technology for fellow human beings.

While at SFU, he served as Director of School Outreach for Engineers Wthout Borders Canada, interned at Microsoft Game Studios, studied abroad at the Unversity of South Pacific Suva campus, and expanded the WUSC Student Refugee Program through a successful referendum. He was the science and techology 'dude' for the African Homwork Club - an after school program for recent immigrants in central Burnaby.

After graduating with a BSc in Industrial Mathematics from SFU, Derek worked as the lead mobile developer for Plexia Electronic Medical Systems in Burnaby, defining their mobile strategy and building their iOS and Android development stack.

Derek is currently working as a freelance mobile app developer. He recently built the app for Mogo Finance Technology, a Canadian fin-tech major player.

Derek is a cat enthusiast, an amateur astronomer, and a nature lover.

  • Education
    • Simon Fraser University
    • University of the South Pacific