The student handbook for the ETC students who entered in the program in August of 2021.
I'm not the typical programmer. I see the computer and code as analogous to an artist's canvas and paintbrush, or to a writer's paper and pencil. I like to shape what I program into something that is entertaining, subjective, and maybe provocative to any audience.
The ETC was a good place to polish my passion. It combined both my interest in the visual arts and my background in computer science to develop wonderful interactive experiences. While I was there, I was part of CasualCore and Bandology, two student-proposed game design projects focused on developing new multiplayer experiences. I was also an intern at the Walt Disney VR Studio, where I made a small contribution to Pirates of the Caribbean Online, and I was an intern at Schell Games where I prototyped one of the games for the Disney theme park ride Toy Story Midway Mania.
I was born and raised in Venezuela, and when I was younger I played a computer game called The Secret of Monkey Island that inspired me to make interactive entertainment for a living. I can't believe that I would overcome so many brick walls and finally be able to live one of my childhood dreams. And the ETC was just the beginning.