Michael Dowse

What my toddler taught me about abstraction

Key lessons I've learned from observing my daughter Charlie as she spends her days trying to understand how the world works.

About Michael Dowse

I've been working with Ruby for about 10 years. I've worked across domains such as language learning, electricity pricing, and tax and each time I've been tasked with solving specific problems in a generalisable way.

Currently I'm CTO at Hnry - the financial sidekick for contractors and freelancers. I live in Wellington with my 4 year old daughter who is the subject of this talk.


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