One Year of Serious Coding

A little more than one year ago I made the decision to get serious about coding. I had always been good at computers. One of my earliest memories was my father setting a MS-DOS password on our home PC when I was 6 years old. He left to grab some chips at the corner store,

Competing in Brock University’s Monster Pitch

This spring, I had the pleasure of competing in the final round of Brock University’s Monster Pitch competition. Similar to the popular TV show Dragon’s Den (with two of the same judges), this competition pits students against each other with their innovative business ideas and opportunities. Using an idea I had developed on the fly

Creating A Walkable Timeline Of Life

I had thought about creating a walkable timeline of life for a while at Brock University, but never really got around to doing it. With only a few months left of my studies, I decided it was now or never.     With some open source data, and help from a few of my professors,

How I got started with graphic design

I’ve had a few people ask me recently how I got started with graphic design and how they can get started in the field, and I usually give them the same response; fake it until you make it. I started designing graphics when I was in high school; and I was god-awful at it. One

The Brock Bus Project

Working recently with the amazing folks at Brock University’s Library Makerspace, I had the opportunity to develop and design a web app that displays approaching and departing busses at Brock University. St. Catharines transit provides the data through an API, and we simply style it to match the Brock University brand. The web app itself

Presenting at the Canadian Conference for Student Leadership – 2016

This past weekend I had the pleasure of presenting at the Canadian Conference for Student Leadership in Niagara Falls, Ontario. With a few hundred student delegates from universities all over Canada, the weekend was an amazing learning and growth opportunity.   Passive leadership inspires and engages! @BrockUniversity very own, Ryder Damen! @CCSL2016 #CCSL2016 #BeBold

Starting a personal blog…

Hello world! I’ve decided to start a personal / professional blog on things I’m currently doing in my life. This will be a separate blog from my already extensive travel blog rydaway. Feel free to check in here to see what I’m currently up to. Thanks for reading!