About

Professional Biography / tl;dr

I’m terrible at having to write bios for talks that I want to present, so I’m putting it here just to keep everything together. If you need a bio for me, please take this one.

Mason is currently a Developer Advocate at DigitalOcean who specializes in cloud infrastructure, distributed systems, and Python. Prior to his work at DigitalOcean he was an SRE helping build and maintain a highly available hybrid multicloud PaaS. He is an avid programmer, speaker, educator, and writer/blogger. He is a maintainer of the DigitalOcean terraform provider and contributes to random open source projects here and there. In his spare time he enjoys reading, camping, kayaking, and exploring new places.

Longer, More Robust Biography

I am currently a Developer Advocate at DigitalOcean.

Previous Roles

HomeAway/Vrbo - Expedia Group.

While at Vrbo I was a Senior Site Reliability Engineer for the Cloud Platform Team at HomeAway (a member of Expedia Group) in Austin, Texas. My team and I build and maintain a Platform as a Service for all HomeAway developers. We are currently running tens of thousands of containers running on hundreds of nodes in datacenters in multiple datacenters around the world.

I have worked as both a software/systems engineer and systems administrator. I am passionate about Python, Education, Security, Privacy, all things Open Source (technologies, communities, oddly licenses…) just to name a few. I currently volunteer teaching AP Computer Science A at a local high school in Austin 3 times a week. I am the founder of UnlockedEdu, an Open Source project dedicated to creating open educational resources, such as curriculums, worksheet generators, etc.

I’m a graduate of Texas State University, receiving dual degrees in Computer Science (BS) and Music (BA). I’m currently a graduate student at Georgia Tech, in the Online Masters of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) program.

(will fill in more later when I feel like talking about myself)