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About Sydney Allison

A lifelong interest in storytelling led me to spend the first five years of my professional life in the film and television industry. Although I have worked in various departments over the years, I specialize in post-production and have predominately served as a VFX editor and senior digital dailies technician for various feature films and series.

After receiving several opportunities to work in Europe and gaining inspiration to start my own company, I switched my focus to software development. I currently focus on frontend and full-stack with strong interests in product management, data analytics, UX/UI, and business intelligence. I am passionate about writing clean, efficient code in order to increase productivity, improve design and functionality, and deliver dynamic improvements and features of to products and services in various industries.

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Experience

Frontend Developer @ Shopify Nov 2020 - Current

E-commerce platform for online stores & retail point-of-sale systems

  • Joined Oberlo.com team and helped to launch the website's LiveStream platform
  • Wrote a script to automate the identification, removal, and/or replacement of hundreds of dead links on the Oberlo.com website
  • Based on targeted microsegments, created personalized product pages on Handshake.com for Shopify merchants to discover while inside their shop admin
  • Built frontend for Handshake.com suppliers to create and manage automatic discounts from within their admin
  • Launched Handshake.com's first-ever Virtual Trade Show with dynamic banner, promotional pages, filtered search results, and discount display

Lead Frontend Developer @ Leondrino April 2020 - Sept 2020

Wallet, exchange, and mobile payment app for branded cryptocurrencies

  • Project management and mentorship of juniors on the development of the new Leondrino Wallet 3.0 with Angular
  • Managed project deadlines, guided product decisions, and managed assets for the external mobile development team, resulting in the first release of the Leondrino Pay App for Android and Apple devices with a rollout in 100+ international markets
  • Built extensive component and service library as per UI and tech specs
  • Direct collaboration with CEO and CTO regarding product and technical architecure decisions

Frontend Developer @ HRS Group Sept 2019 - July 2020

After acquiring conichi, HRS Group focused on improving their existing payment solution for hotels and corporate travelers, known as Invisible Pay

  • Redesigned & built component-based web applications with React & Redux
  • Worked closely with backend to integrate various databases with GraphQL & Apollo
  • Created & refined tickets for CI/CD of all apps
  • Technical writing of solution design documents for new features and integrations
  • Cross-functional collaboration with UX, Product, QA, & Marketing departments

Frontend Developer @ conichi Jan 2019 - Sept 2019

Startup streamlining the checkin/checkout and payment processes of corporate travelers via their web-based product suite, Smarthotel

  • Piloted the implementation of a custom analytics service for Angular app
  • Reduced redundancies and improved render times by creating reusable components and modularizing the existing application¬†architecture
  • Cross-functional¬†collaboration with Customer Support, QA, & Marketing

Skills

Software Development

Angular2+

Bootstrap

GraphQL + Apollo

CSS3/SCSS

Javascript (ES6+)

Figma

Node.js

HTML5

React.js + Redux

Illustrator

Ruby + Rails

Photoshop

Typescript

Sketch


Other Skills

Business Development

Project Management

Critical Thinking

Initiative and Autonomy

Product Management

Technical Writing

Education

Le Wagon Coding School is 360-hour, 9-week intensive fullstack coding bootcamp. It has campuses in over 25 cities in 19 countries, and their mission is to bring coding skills to creative people who aim to create their own startup, or add a technical know-how to their skillset.

I attended Le Wagon's 153rd batch in Barcelona, Spain where I applied former self-taught programming skills to their intensive courses.

Le Wagon's core curriculum includes lessons on:

  • Ruby on Rails
  • HTML5 & CSS3/SCSS
  • Bootstrap
  • JavaScript (ES6+)
  • APIs
  • Data scraping
  • MVC design
  • SQL

Columbia College Chicago is a premier arts and media education institution offering more than 100 programs in visual arts, media and digital arts, fine and performing arts, business and management, and music and sound. Rigorously creative and academically inspired, Columbia provides students with a strong foundation in business, technology and liberal arts and sciences to prepare them for career success.

I graduated Cum Laude from their highly-praised film program in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Arts and Sciences with a concentration in post-production.

After receiving the Capstone Academic Scholarship, I attended Howard University in Washington, DC. Originally I pursued a B.A. in English with a minor in Film Studies, however I transfered from the University after my sophomore year after reprioritizing my career goals and discovering a well-respected film program in my hometown.

After moving back to my hometown of Chicago from the east coast, I transferred to Jones College Preparatory. Long regarded as one of Illinois' top high schools, Jones College Prep is selective enrollment magnet school located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

I graduated with honors in 2009.

Get in Touch

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Whether it is about film work, code, other business, or just to say hi, feel free to shoot me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for reaching out and I look forward to hearing from you!