Friday, November 18, 2011

The Mapgears team is growing!

(Version Française)

I am very excited to welcome Jessica Lapointe and Vincent Foley who just joined the Mapgears team in the last few weeks. This influx of new blood aims at increasing our ability to respond to the growing demand for MapServer and related open source technologies of course, but for Mapgears, this is also (and mostly) an investment to insure that we can continue to innovate and revolutionize the field of mobile and web mapping for years to come.

Jessica is an entrepreneur. Despite her young age, she already shines at the international level (just like Mapgears!) with her font production business: She developed her interest for font sets when she was 13, and today, her fonts are being used by big names such as Lise Wathier, Barbie, Microsoft and Rihanna. (Read more here.)

Even if her first start-up was very artsy, Jessica also has a passion for software and web development, and she actually won some prizes in that field. She is in the process of completing a bachelor's degree in computer science, and it is as a software developer that she joins our team. I am already looking forward to what her exceptional combination of artistic and programming skills will bring to the web mapping world.

With respect to Vincent, he combines experience in web development with a solid knowledge of Linux and the set of software development tools used by MapServer and several other OSGeo technologies. As part of our team, he will be working at the lower level of the architecture on the server side, the less visible, but no less critical part of the web mapping stack.

The users of Ubuntu GIS will have a chance to appreciate his contributions fairly soon as he is currently working with Alan to port the OSGeo UbuntuGIS packages to Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric). Stay tuned!

Welcome once again to our two solid recruits!

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