Scott Schmitz

Scott Schmitz

Software Developer

Scott first learned about programming by reading about game development in Visual Basic. He was soon impressing friends and family with simple command line “games” that would receive snarky responses. This led him, filled with excitement, toward a bachelor of science degree in computer science at Grand Valley State University. While there, he learned the importance of the planning and design of the user interface. As the saying goes, “Good design doesn’t happen by accident.”

After graduation, Scott started as a software engineer at Dematic working largely in T-SQL, HTML, and CoffeeScript. This is when he realized his passion for understanding what users want and giving it to them; these were essentially the same challenges as game development, only with a few less aliens. Today, Scott is excited to continue his career at MichiganLabs, where he gets to work on new and intriguing projects daily.

After work, Scott enjoys dabbling in game development using the Unity Game Engine or challenging friends in FIFA. When not in front of a screen, he loves spending time with his wife, Carla, and playing an endless game of fetch with his puppy, Ellie.

Personal interests
  • User Experience
  • Game Development
  • Soccer
Chicago Roboto 2022 Retrospective
Android Development

Chicago Roboto 2022 Retrospective

August 11, 2022

Scott Schmitz shares some notes of interest from talks at Chicago Roboto 2022, an Android community conference, that took place August 1-2.

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Kotlin Multiplatform
Android Development iOS

Kotlin Multiplatform

July 14, 2022

A brief look at Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile, a newer cross-platform mobile application framework.

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Chicago Roboto 2020: A Virtual Success
Android

Chicago Roboto 2020: A Virtual Success

January 19, 2021

Looking back on last year’s Chicago Roboto, it was a great opportunity to learn while spending time hanging out with teammates. So, when it was announced that this year’s event was going to be virtual, it was hard not to be disappointed. Then again, with so many great speakers lined up, there was still plenty to look forward to.

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