Ask a tech person: Steve Davis of Bio::Neos

Ask a tech person: Steve Davis of Bio::Neos

It’s a summer of code on We Create Here as Sarah works through Dev/Iowa, a nine-week course in web development fundamentals. We’ll be blogging along the way, highlighting the local tech community, and probably asking for help.  In ‘Ask a tech person’ we’ll chat with those who live and breathe tech. Who should we feature next? Let us know in the comments.  Meet Steve Davis, president of Bio::Neos. By day, he’s a software consultant for life science researchers. Bio::Neos writes custom software from scratch to enable effective and efficient research. Steve is also the instructor for this year’s Dev/Iowa summer series and a University of Iowa graduate. How did you get started in tech? “I love this story – I tell this one all the time. I learned to program at age 13. My dad worked at Northwestern Mutual, and he brought home an Atari 1200XL one year – it was a computer they had at work, but they upgraded, and weren’t using anymore. So he brings the thing home, plugs it in, shows us it, but at that point we didn’t have any software – we were like, ‘oh, ok cool, that’s a computer.’ “Then a few days later he comes home with a huge box – or a few of them. And in each box was 5 ¼ floppy disks, and every single one of them had a game.  So, we were kids, I had an older sister and two younger brothers…we were like ‘woah!’ so we stared playing, literally, every single game out of this box. “At one point, I found a disk called ‘BASIC.’ And I pulled it…