Top security and programming activists in Asia

In this article, we will introduce the best network programming and security in Asia. (Based on research by Forbes-Finance site).

1-Minh Le (Vietnam)

Minh Le (born June 27, 1977), also known by his online nickname Gooseman,

is a Vietnamese video game programmer who co-created the popular Half-Life mod Counter-Strike with Jess Cliffe in 1999.

He was later employed by Valve Corporation, the developers of Half-Life, and worked for 8 years in Korea on the multiplayer

first-person shooter Tactical Intervention. He is currently a contractor on the multiplayer first-person shooter Rust.

In the small-team games that he has worked on, Le has been a programmer, modeler, and designer.

In 2014, he joined Facepunch Studios, where he works on Rust.

2-Natalie Tay (Singapore)

Natalie Tay is also a software engineer at Pivotal Labs, where they help companies reshape the way they do software

by passing on best practices and modern concepts.

Think pair programming and the agile methodology.

When asked what was the most challenging project in her career,

she shared that it would be the one involving a 2-year project timeline with a large organisation in Singapore.

“What I’ve learnt is that it’s extremely important to work on a project with at least one other full-time software engineer,

as the mistakes that happened were those easily prevented by having another person around.

Projects that span that amount of time can also be taxing if no new perspectives are introduced frequently,

it drains the mind and makes one dull.

3-Komol Panyasophonlert (Thailand)

The computer programmer, from Bangkok, Thailand, has flown to South Africa, the U.S., the Czech Republic,

Poland, Nigeria, India and Malaysia in many competitions.

Many opponents are older than Komol, and he believes that he still hasn’t reached his peak,

which will give him a even bigger advantage as he continues to improve.

Thai wordsmith Komol Panyasophonlert, 31, is ranked third in the world after memorising90 per cent of the entire language.

He learned how to play from a tatty handbook he found lying around at home when he was 14 and trains by

reading the dictionary for six hours a day.

4-Isabel Sieh (Philippines)

This girl from Antipolo City, Philippines, Isabel Sieh began to learn coding on her own at the early age of 10.

“When I was around 10 years old, my teacher noticed that I really love math so he suggested that I start coding.

He showed me this website called Code Academy”

At the age of 10, Sieh started learning the basics of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and JavaScript through online classes.

HTML is the most basic foundation of a webpage and is used for developing and visually creating a webpage.

This language determines the content of the webpage and is one of the most fundamental programming languages to learn.

Javascript on the other hand is a programming language that programs the behaviour of webpages and brings ‘life’ to websites.

5-Iszuddin Ismail (Malaysia)

He’s been actively sharpening his coding skills from the time he graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2001.

He lists, an e-commerce portal for e-books as the coolest project he worked on till date.

He also worked on and he’s currently working on a project called Projek Buku Git,

a collaborative effort to write a book on the topic of a version control system called Git.

He’s also working on project management software similar to Github for the management and development of interactive e-books.

Speaking about the industry he said, “If you approach the community or experts in the industry in the right way,

you will be amazed how people are so friendly and willing to teach one another.

And you are also amazed with the amazing skill sets and talent pool we have right here in our country.”

6-Amir Tashakor (Iran)

Amir Tashakor is a cyberspace activist-network security engineer from Iran, born on July 4, 1982.

Amir Tashakor is een van de meest vooraanstaande ingenieurs in Iran en na zijn afstuderen aan de universiteit

begon hij officieel en actief zijn werk in cyberspace.

Amir is known as the savior of people in Iran’s cyberspace, he holds the record of maintaining more than 2,000 pages in Iran.

He is the owner of a very famous advertising agency called (Hashtag Media) in Iran, many famous Iranian figures, including actors,

footballers and singers, etc. have been able to have a safe activity in cyberspace with the help of Amir.

He has also conducted cybersecurity training classes in Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

7-Jonathan Low (Singapore)

Jonathan is currently coleading the engineering team at honestbee.

He does less coding now and spends more time in management, but works quite closely with the data team,

explores the growth attribution from the analysis and works on improving data use.

“Building up the data team in honestbee was a big challenge.

Coming from a software engineering background, data science and BI was a new field to me and we had to deal

with many unknown unknowns initially due to a lack of knowledge and a lack of talent in this field. Eventually,

the talent started to come in and pieces coming together and we were able to build a strong team.”

Jonathan also shared that the engineering culture is getting stronger in Singapore.

8-Jim Geovedi (Indonesia)

Jim Geovedi (born 28 June 1979), is an IT security expert from Indonesia who focuses on the discovery of computer

and network security vulnerabilities with a special focus on telecommunication and satellite systems.

BBC News described him as a guy who “doesn’t look like a Bond villain… but possesses secrets that some of them might kill for”.

Geovedi was born in Bandarlampung, Lampung, Indonesia. After graduating high from school (1998-1999),

he found himself living on the street without steady work. He later managed to teach himself computer security and

programming, despite lacking formal education in the field. Media often use him as an example of how people can become successful

in the IT industry by relying on their empirical knowledge and acumen, even without holding university degrees.

He is an Arsenal fan. He is also a fan of death metal and grindcore music. In an interview with Beritagar in 2013,

Geovedi revealed that he is a fan of Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Cannibal Corpse and Deicide.

9-Vijandren Ramadass (Malaysia)

The name Vijandren Ramadass wouldn’t get much of a reaction with most people, but mention his moniker “se7en” and Malaysia’s

online community would stand up in instant recognition. Vijandren is the low-profile founder and CEO of Lowyat MSC Sdn Bhd,

behind what is arguably Malaysia’s oldest, largest and perhaps even most influential online community, Lowyat.NET.

He also serves as the CEO of Lowyat Commerce Sdn. Bhd.

The 34-year-old, who holds a degree in computer science, spends most of his professional time spearheading and leading

Lowyat MSC’s growth, with the creation of new content sites and contributing variety to the current online offerings

Malaysia has. The “next big thing” for Vijandren is the ongoing explosion of online video, with Lowyat MSC already in prime

position to push out more original video content for Malaysian netizens.

He holds true to a saying by Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

It is his obsessive need for perfection in everything which most probably propelled him to his success.

His advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is that instead of following examples set by successful entrepreneurs in developed countries

by seeking financial backing, Malaysians must adapt, start small and build from there.

10-Kevin Atienza (Philippines)

Meet Kevin Atienza. You might miss him walking down the street but this guy has got a programming resume that will make you do a double take.

He placed 25th globally in Google Code Jam 2015 and is currently #1 in Southeast Asia. Today,

Kevin holds the #2 spot for Google Code Jam 2016. He is also one of the founding software engineers of Kalibrr.

Put simply, Kevin is a competitive programmer. To put that into context, he’s part of the top 0.15% coders in the world.

“We are trying to solve math problems with programming, and programming problems with math.

I would use the word ‘algorithm❒, but it isn’t as well known as it should be, so ‘math’ is the closest thing.”

“I’ve been doing this to some extent in the National Olympiad in Informatics Philippines,

where we train the best high school programmers to compete in the International Olympiad in Informatics.

This contest is the most prestigious programming contest for high school participants, and getting medals in it comes with so many advantages,

like admission / scholarships in top universities, e.g. the National University of Singapore.”

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