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Thomas Smallwood in dialogue with Dr. Daphne Clarke-Hudson

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Bio:Thomas Smallwood Kwagu's  Founder

I got started with computers at a very young age, which my inspiration stems from video games. I was like any other kid that took advantage of every second possible to play video games that my parents allowed me. So when I found out that I can make a video game from a computer, I was floored. I felt like I found my calling at a young age which led to a lifetime of having a passion for technology.

I got extremely active with computers in middle school while I was living in Japan. I was raised in a military family where we traveled a lot. While living in Japan, I had this fantastic teacher that opened up a programming class and I was chosen to be part of this selective class. He taught qbasic & c++. I had a friend in the class that was also passionate and we came after school to soak up more. Where we eventually made a pokemon video game which received 2 thumbs up from my younger brother, Adrian.

So that was my basis of where my programming experience came from. Through my middle and high school years I kept striving to get better with computers and making video games.  I made my first website in high school for a group of my friends where they had a band. That started a snowball effect where I began building websites for friends of friends and people I came across.

Over the years I started perfecting my talent in both web & software development. I was in college, UMBC, as a computer science major and had 2 part-time jobs: I worked as an pre-k teacher and I managed a before & after school elementary program. Even though I had an extremely busy schedule, I scored an awesome internship at Capitol Hill in D.C. where I was working with the foreign affairs committee doing web & software development work. I updated the government’s websites & created touch screen applications for their tablet pc’s.