As a 2nd generation programmer, who started at the age of 6, and with over a decade of experience in Information Technology and Product Development, Andy Wright explores many aspects of the software development lifecycle in both large and small businesses.
Wright is actively a consultant at Robots & Pencils where he leads an internationally distributed practice of 45 engineers. There, he designs and implements services, infrastructure, and apps, mentors software organizations, and participates in business development. Highlights: authored Slack's Microsoft OneDrive app, co-designed and implemented fleet management infrastructure with Carnegie Robotics, and designed and implemented Varo's bank aggregation services.
Previously, Wright was the Chief Software Architect at The Learning House, who acquired his company, Acatar, a startup that was founded at CMU. There, he led and participated in the development of products that supported hybrid classrooms and online learning.
Wright crafted support systems for distributed applications, such as The Media Bar, a music exploration and point-of-sale (POS) kiosk that was found in Starbucks Hear Music stores. At UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, he invented, designed, and developed UX focused solutions to PCI, HIPAA, JCAHO and grant funding compliance, including UPMC’s primary POS.