I’m Ramkumar Shankar. I am a creative technologist, full-stack developer and designer. I am well versed in front-end frameworks such as React and Vue, which I prefer. I have also built back-end services using GraphQL and RESTful APIs and worked serverless cloud deployments. Technology is exciting and I learn quickly, but I'm especially interested in storytelling and creating purposeful experiences.
I also have nearly a decade of experience in consulting, managing and delivering large scale digital transformation projects for a wide range of clients across different industries and countries. I am equally at ease in workshop with stakeholders, sketching user flows and personas as in a technical discussion about code.
I'm building new ways of telling stories at SBS Digital Creative Labs and hold a Masters in Interaction Design and Electronic Arts, with a specialisation in Audio and Acoustics, from the University of Sydney.
With a background in design, code and consulting, I can move from research, user experience and prototyping to building a functional product that delights. I also love helping designers and developers improve their craft, teaching design and usability engineering at the University of Sydney for the past two years.
Previously, I was a Senior Creative Developer at Code on Canvas where I built interactive experiences for a range of clients and agencies that include Google, Kia Australia and Australian Marriage Equality. I also have 7 years of consulting experience with IBM as a senior strategy and analytics consultant across Southeast Asia. My role covered areas across two service lines - Strategy & Analytics (S&A) and Interactive Experience & Mobile (now IBM iX). Before that, I was part of SenseGraphics in Stockholm and a couple of other startups. When I was there, some friends and I put together the Hej!2007 conference.
I was born in Muscat and grew up in Beau Bassin, Mauritius. I majored in computer engineering with an interest in networks and computer graphics from the National University of Singapore. I also spent a year studying systems engineering and human computer interaction at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. I hold a minor in technology entrepreneurship.
A couple of stints in startups and that year in Stockholm sparked an intense interest in technology, startups and open source. Today, I continue to pursue other projects as best I can. I also enjoy gaming and metal.