Philip Kirkbride has been programming in various languages for 10 years. He graduated from Fanshawe college in 2011 with a technical diploma and has worked in various IT roles since. As a systems developer at 2Klic he contributed to the Connectair z-Wave module, an IoT device that enabled home-heating units to work as part of a smart-home system. He is currently a candidate for a Masters in Information Systems with a focus on information security. He has contributed to various open-source projects including Steemit (a blockchain-based blogging platform) and DuckDuckGo (a privacy-based search engine).