Shandy Brown
San Francisco, CA
Python programmer contributing to a more delightful, humane, and advancing world.



University of Waterloo

Graduated Honours Bachelor of Mathematics, Computer Science (2001)


Hipmunk Inc. - Senior Engineer

Full-time. 2014 to 2016
  • Reliability - Dockerized the unit test environment, Created canned response modules for testing against 3rd party APIs, Created mocks for the internal ORM and Amazon's S3 API
  • Mentorship of junior-level engineers
  • Hotel Images Project - Implemented a system improve the quality and performance of the hotel product. The system consumes 40 million images from 3rd parties, detects duplicates with a "phash" algorithm, creates derivatives using PIL, stores them in S3, and serves them via CDN. Also, built an admin interface and pushed metadata up to a backend API.
  • Scraperlog Archiver Project - Created a fault-tolerant, high-throughput (gigabytes per hour) system to continuously save and index API responses on S3, including an admin interface. This allowed us to diagnose notoriously elusive pricing and availability issues.
  • Codebase Husbandry - refactored import statements in the entire codebase for consistency, contributed to the Dockerization of our stack and "canary" deployment tooling, implemented an asynchronous (Tornado) module to interact with S3, and a module to support an interruptable pipeline pattern with Python generators

Python Freelancer.

Full-time. 2013 to 2014
  • 2014: Django and JavaScript/jQuery work on a student application tool for an online university.
  • 2013: backend work on a geographical web service built on a Django stack.
  • Besides adding features and creating tools in Python and Bash, my contributions weighed heavily on the reliability side - creating unit tests, performance tests and being the "Test-Parallel-Development" advocate.

Boardcrafting ( ) - Entrepreneur

Full-time. 2011 to 2014
  • Passion project. Kickstarted (over 500% funded) a board game accessories company, whose every hat I wore.
  • Created dynamic artwork, marketing web site, online storefront, using Python and some PHP.
  • Designed, laser-cut, assembled and shipped physical products to over 400 customers.

VMware Inc. - Member of the Technical Staff

Full-time. 2006 to 2011
  • Installer project: Developer on the ESX 4.0 and ESXi 4.5 installers. Team lead on the ESXi 5.0 installer. A Python application that integrates with low-level libraries to install the operating system to a disk. Implemented graphical (GTK), "curses-like", and headless install methods.
  • Esxupdate project: Developer on esxupdate for ESX 3.5. A Python application to retrieve patches (RPMs) from the network, verify their integrity, and apply them.
  • Founded the Python Users' Group at VMware. Organizer of monthly meetings and presenter of talks.

J2X Technologies Inc. - J2Play Program Lead

Full-time. 2004 to 2006
  • Co-led the successful technical launch of our games with 4 international carriers.

Digital Thinkery - Team Lead / Entrepreneur

Full-time. 2001 to 2004
  • Led a team of 3 developing a PHP / Postgresql system to automate booking, point-of-sale, and report creation for a resort

AOL / - Software Developer

Full-time Co-op. 2000
  • Wrote a C++ abstraction layer for software telephony

Inline Internet Systems, Inc. - Software Developer

Full-time Co-op. 1999 to 2000
  • C programming and system administration

Sybase, Inc. - Software Developer and Product Management

Full-time Co-op. 1998
  • C++, Ecmascript programming, market research

Ontario Ministry of Transportation - Web Designer

Full-time Co-op. 1997
  • HTML, JavaScript, image editing


References available upon request