Meet the Techies - Matthew from Kainos

Meet the Techies - Matthew from Kainos

28 January 2016

In the next in our series of Techies in Residence profiles, we meet Matthew from Kainos who is going to be working with NICVA...

Kainos is a high-growth IT services company providing digital technology solutions and agile software development to enterprise customers, working in healthcare, government services, and many other sectors.

The Belfast based company have been going for more than 28 years, and as well as brilliant outreach work in education, through App Camp and Code Camp, they’re getting involved with Techies.

Tell me a little about yourself and your organisation

 I am a recent Software Engineering graduate from Queen’s University Belfast, and worked as a Trainee Software Engineer at Kainos Group plc as part of my year of professional experience.

After graduating in the summer of 2015, I worked for Infosys Limited in Bangalore, India for ten weeks as part of Infosys’ Global Internship Program (InStep).

I was responsible for researching and developing a security-based solution using Java and Scala for RDD encrypted data processing within Apache Spark.

Currently, I am working as a Software Engineer in Kainos. We develop digital technology solutions for hundreds of customers worldwide, and have over 800 employees who work primarily in the government, healthcare and financial services sectors.

What attracted you to the Techies in Residence Programme?

 Being responsible for solving real-world problems in the VCSE sector is what attracted me most to the Techies in Residence Programme.

I hope it will provide me with new skills and experience from working with individuals within the community sector, and to be able to share my knowledge and experience from working within the IT sector.

What attracted you to working with Kainos?

As a Sunday Times Best Company to Work For, Kainos has been recognised as one of the top software companies in the UK and Ireland.

I was attracted to Kainos’s unique company culture, internally between its employees and externally with its clients. Kainos are responsible for many major, real-world projects, including the new digital MoT system for DVSA.

These are developed using the latest technologies and software development methodologies, which really interested me as a software engineering student.

Tell us a little about what’s exciting about this project?

I am looking forward to researching and developing a digital solution on how we can improve the VCSE sector, and to be working with individuals in the IT and community sector to share our skills and experience together.

What challenges do you think you’re going to face in this process?

I believe the different perspectives and understanding on technology between the IT and community sector will be the main challenge, which I hope will be resolved as we communicate and collaborate together during this process.

How do you think this process can help VCSE organisations in Northern Ireland and further afield?

As technology is rapidly growing in today’s society, digital solutions are very important for any organisation or sector, not just VCSE organisations.

They allow organisations to easily manage their data in a central store online, make their data more open and available, and target their data and services to current/potential customers effectively.

These projects also provide a lot of learning experiences between individuals, and provide many networking opportunities and industry events.

To find out more about this project, and the rest of the Techies in Residence programme check their website - or follow them on Twitter - @techinres.

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