Interview by Jenkin Au
Words by Jenkin Au
Photography by Jenkin Au




Please introduce yourself to our readers.

I’m a senior Computer Science undergrad at the University of British Columbia and people probably assume that I’m some tech savvy computer nerd, but I am not. In fact, when people look at me for the first time they don’t believe I even go to school. I am pretty chill and like to expand my interests outside of what people think is the standard. My ears are attracted to true rap and hip-hop music and I have an addiction for collecting sweet kicks, but also enjoy keeping up with the latest tech news. Sometimes I’ll see a preview of a pair of sick kicks I just have to cawp, and the next minute I’ll be on PC World going bonkers over what Microsoft has announced.

Tell us about your role with justalilhype! – what do you do?

I am a web developer for justalilhype!. Right now I am working on revamping the blogs page but I am up for whatever the crew asks me to do. At the same time, I want to learn more and gain more experience. I also frequently update my own blog at www.justalilhype.com/blog/joey.

How did you first get into web?

I’ve always had an interest in computers as a kid as well as anything to do with computers really. I have probably spent the majority of my life in front of a computer, whether it be gaming, socializing, reading, or shopping. During high school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, but it definitely had to be something I enjoyed and liked. So the only logical thing for me to do after high school was to get into some Computer Science program and learn more about what I can do with a computer. I enrolled into the Computer Science program at the University of British Columbia and from there I learned many things. From database management to hacking, I felt that software development and web design really piqued my interest out of all the courses I have taken.

What are your passions?

If you could do one thing to transform your life, then I highly recommend you do something you are passionate about. For me, my passions are computers, clothes and music. If I am able to do something with my life with one of my passions then I’ll be happy.

Why should people read justalilhype!?

justalilhype! is a great way for people to read about the culture and influence of the city. I think if a tourist were to visit the city, they wouldn’t be able to walk away with a sense of culture of the city; I don’t even think locals have a sense of that either. You can see it in the media all the time, places like New York, LA and Japan, showcase a real sense of their culture. Vancouver needs to be represented somehow and justalilhype! is that outlet for representation.

Where do you see yourself and justalilhype! in the near future?

I hope to see myself working as a software developer for a highly recognized company, but I still want to help out on the side with justalilhype!. I want to put whatever I learn in the future into justalilhype! to help expand their web presence.

What is HYPE and why “justalilhype” ?

HYPE means to create interest in something or to intensify a moment. It can be a little dramatic and overkill, which is why we all need “justalilhype”.


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