A software developer and project manager at digital applications integrator, 22HBG, Renzo Marrazzo had a chat with us about his passion for IT, especially programming.
What did you study and where?
I studied at the “Istituto Tecnico Informatico” at Ostuni, Italy. I then went on to specialise and completed an apprenticeship focused specifically on the development of mobile software.
If this is not your first job, where did you work before?
I choose to work as a freelance before becoming an employee at 22HBG.
What is it about this industry that incited you to pursue a career in it?
I was fascinated by the world of IT. It’s an exciting field where things are always in continuous evolution, where you have the opportunity to connect different technologies to materialize ideas that seem to be a “utopia” until you realise them.
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How long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been working with my current company since April 2014. But I first started dabbling in this space when I was 16 years old.
Do you have a mentor?
Not really. I would say that people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Elon Musk have inspired me and I try to absorb from any of them the desire and the stubbornness that accompanied them during their lives.
Are you part of a Tech Community/Network?
Yes, I’m part of all the Tech/Developer Communities of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Samsung.
What kind of information were you missing when you joined your industry?
22HBG is really focused on the radio industry. Before I started working in this company, I used to hear a bit about broadcast technology, mixers, radio automation and so on. But, I never really studied it thoroughly. As such, I was a little bit inexperienced in this specific field at the beginning. But thanks to the opportunity I was given by my company, I have upgraded my skills and learned a lot in a short time. I continue to learn something new each day, but I can safely say that I know a fair bit about radio compared to back in 2014.
What knowledge gaps/information were hard to find?
Some case studies on specific fields are hard to find, due to the fact that this is a very dynamic industry.
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Where do you go to look for information (apart from Google)?
First, I ask my colleagues/collaborators for any advice or information on the subject matter. Then I also seek out information from third-party documentation. For example, if I’ve to implement a Facebook SDK functionality, I research and study that topic on Facebook Developers Documentation. In 90% of cases, I resolve the problem I am facing within 20 minutes or so. It’s my belief that there is always a solution to every perceived problem.
Do you attend many exhibitions and conferences?
Yes, I will be at the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas. Before that, I attended Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam. I try to attend as many trade shows as I can, even when it includes travelling to Singapore or elsewhere, as it allows me to stay up to date on what’s happening in the market and what technology trends are upcoming.
Do you attend online training and webinars?
Yes. The last webinar I attended focused on the field Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its numerous applications. Usually, I participate in about two webinars per week.
Would you like to share a story?
I can share the reason why I started with this job. It was in 2010 when I began programming for passion. I used to create some tools that would be useful for day-to-day living like a calculator, lists and stuff like that. My real dream, however, was to start programming within the iOS environment, but I didn’t have enough money to buy a Mac. So, I approached a company based in the area where I used to live and told them that I was a senior iOS programmer and that, if they gave me the chance, I would upgrade all their applications in 20 days. I don’t know why but they gave me the job! I asked for a little advance, and with that money, I was able to purchase a MacBook. I studied and worked hard on that first project, releasing all promised upgrades within the due date.
Have you got a personal motto?
Yes. Think about freeing yourself from preconceptions: forget how to do it and think about how you would do it.