My academic journey began at Auburn University where I studied philosophy while also managing the men's basketball team. I wanted to go to law school. Then the spark of fascination with technology ignited.
The idea of switching to CS crossed my mind, but the financial burden deterred me. Instead, I embraced the vast open-source learning landscape online, where knowledge isn’t bound by ivy walls or hefty tuition fees. I also worked at a startup.
I find the digital realm endlessly captivating - where information dances at the speed of light, connecting minds across the globe. In my quest for knowledge I found the intricate world of web and network exploitation. To prove it I took a few technical assessments with the DHS. I also prove it in CTF's.
Reflection (so far)
The commercial blueprint of proclaimed "online learning platforms" mirrors the traditional education system - monetizing accreditation while knowing that knowledge is free elsewhere. This notion doesn’t sit well with me. My preferred classrooms - YouTube, TryHackMe, and the web at large where a nominal fee unlocks a treasure trove for your mind.
A resolve has been instilled in me. To challenge the pay-for-credit educational paradigm.
My ultimate aspiration is to architect a framework that:
- Recognizes multiple paths to competency.
- Harnesses the internet's inherent access to information.
- Adapts to the evolving skill demands of contemporary times.
- Caters to the individualized needs of learners and employers.
In this model, talent cultivation can scale and pace itself to meet the exigencies of tomorrow's skill landscape.
Calibir is an attempt at this vision.