Social justice, coding, photography, music composition, non-profit-guy, story-teller, eastern chant, native New Yorker.
Paul Kist is a tech/non-profit/music guy, and world citizen based in Oakland, CA. Paul has habit of getting ideas and organizations off the ground. As a Lead Engineer at Traackr, Paul sits at the crossroads between technology and creativity. He’s also the Co-Founder of Seeds For Hope, an organization that uses education to break the cycle of poverty for youth in East Africa. Paul recently founded the Noon Project because he believes that the arts, especially music, can move the needle when it comes to having positive impact on the world around us. Paul has worn many hats: software engineer, composer/songwriter, filmmaker, photographer, and sound engineer, just to name a few, and you can find him sipping on a Diet 7-up, trying to solve life’s problems with the people that inspire him.
Coding and Hacking
In my earliest memories, I was writing code. My first programs involved printing "Hello", about 1000 times on a blue screen with 8-bit resolution. I'd like to say I've come a long way since then. Professional services and product development are where I've cultivated a set of skills over the last 15 years, working on projects within education, health care, e-commerce, and now social analytics and big data.
Advocate for Social Justice
Bringing it all together for a common goal. Since fate would have me temporarily relocate to Nairobi Kenya in 2006, I've spent almost 10 years supporting efforts that involve sustainable development via education. I believe technology and the arts can be used to find creative solutions to some of the issues facing people, on a local or larger scale. I continue to use these skills to suppport and enable projects, organizations, and movements, to accomplish their goals.