Phillip Gibson is a curious and determined young man whose life arc has taken him from Sevierville in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee to the Holy City – Charleston, South Carolina, via The Lilac Capital – Rochester, New York. At each stop along the way, Phillip has garnered experience and assets that have helped to mold him into the man we meet today.
Phillip’s initial exposure to programming dates back to the 7th grade where he fiddled with a TI-BASIC calculator, ultimately programming games and apps that helped him get through the tedium of homework. When the high school he attended didn’t offer any computer science courses, he and a few friends took the initiative and taught themselves C, C++ and Java. To bring focus to his growing fascination with programming, Phillip attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was an active member of the Society of Software Engineers, and earned a degree in Software Engineering. After college, Phillip moved to Charleston, SC to work at Blackbaud, where he stayed for three years. He then worked remotely for SpruceMail, a California-based startup, before hiring on at Charleston based Tabula Rasa HealthCare, where he is currently employed.
In addition to being an excellent software engineer, Phillip is happily married to his college sweetheart Amanda; and is currently adjusting to the joys of fatherhood. In his off hours, he enjoys Swing dancing (this is how he initially spent time getting to know Amanda in college), reading, watching movies, and is a keen gamer.
His preferred reading material leans toward fantasy, philosophical and literary fiction by such authors as Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss. If he isn’t playing board or video games of the Betrayal at the House on the Hill or Shadow of Colossus ilk, he can often be found watching a psychological thriller.
Phillip’s Session Details
This Spring, Phillip Gibson will share insight on Cross-Platform Game Development with Haxe and OpenFL during his session for Syntax Code & Craft Conference – Coastal South Carolina’s premier programmer’s code gathering. SyntaxCon brings together developers, both established and new, to learn, discuss ideas, collaborate, network and socialize in an inclusive and welcoming experience for all.
This year’s schedule provides content across 3 main tracks, each with a specific focus:
- Front-End Development
- Back-End Development
- Platforms (content management systems, cloud-hosted services, mobile applications and infrastructure.
- Attendees can customize their personal agenda by choosing sessions with an aim to improve their craft, fulfill goals, and learn cutting edge trends and best practices in a relatively short time.