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Awarded: 1st Place, HackVT

MyWebGrocer hosted a 24-hour hackathon September 16, 2011 at the Champlain Mill in Winooski, Vermont — the state’s first such event – with game developer John Pile taking first place and $5,000 from Fairpoint Communications for his creation of a grocery shopping game. Participants worked on their own or in …

John receives an MSc with Honors in Software Engineering (Computer Game Tech)

Awarded: MS with Distinction

In 2009 I received a Masters degree in Software Engineering (Computer Games Technology) from the University of Abertay, in Dundee, Scotland. Among the other honors, it also meant I could wear a formal Scottish Kilt. The degree was awarded with Distinction, which I’m told is fairly big deal.  It is …


2001 EPSCoR Recognition

In 2001, I received recognition for the inception-to-date grant reporting system I built as part of the Experimental Programs to Stimulate Creative Research (EPSCoR) while working for the Department of Financial Systems at the University of Alaska. The reporting system involved the creation of a relational database schema, and a …