About

Héctor García PeñaI was born in Veracruz, Veracruz, México in 1975, but since I was child I have always lived in Mexico City.

My first contact with computers was when I was 8 years old, when I took an introductory course about computing. The course used Apple Computers and had some introduction to programming in Basic.

Some years after this course, I was interested once again in computers, thanks to my first videogame console, a wonderful Atari 2600. I remember that I was seeing a guy playing for about 3 hours. I was amazed about this new kind of interaction. I was so surprised that my mind exploded with these simple sprites and effects creating a whole word around the game. Awesome!

I grew up, and I decided to study Computer Engineering in UNAM. Studying this major was fun, exhausting, frustrating, interesting… It was my life for some time, and it would be later since I met my wife in this major.

Time passed by and I worked for some companies being a programmer and later a Software Engineer. Some of the companies where I was lucky enough to work were: Telmex,  Banco Santander, IMSS, Banco IXE, Banamex,  Intercall.

However making systems wasn’t enough for me. There was something missing in my professional life. After 10+ years of programming I needed something else… Then I saw a keynote when the iFund was presented. The phrase that changed my life was: “This is truly a personal computer” referring to the new iPhone presented by Apple. That was it. I knew at that moment that a new revolution was born at my time and I didn’t want to miss the chance of become a part of it, even with a grain of sand.

I already had my iMac and my iPod touch (1st gen) but I wanted the whole package. I wanted to develop apps for this platform. Fortunately Apple decided to open third party development to Mexico and I applied, sending my contract and everything that was needed to become part of “this family”.

But what about the app?

In 2008 I programmed PicBrowser which aimed to showcase images in a cover flow UI. These images were retrieved from Google’s Image Search page at the very beginning (wrote a parser for the HTML page generated by an URL request) and later on from Flickr, PhotBucket, NASA JSC, etc. The App had a few downloads and it was until early 2009 that after creating the “Lite” version I managed to earn some bucks from it. The year 2009 was interesting since WaveWars (my first video game) was on the store, I also programmed Bobolinkies for an Spanish company and then I met Xeis Studio where the Mariachi Giro adventure started.

Later on this new opportunity area took me to San Francisco, California and even Miami, Florida. I was fortunate enough to be in 1 Infinite Loop and even buy some goodies on their Company Store before they made the changes in 2015 or so.

PS In case you wonder, the picture of me is near 1 Infinite Loop 😉. I took the selfie on July 2015. What can I say? I’m a fanboy.

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