Jonathan Sumner Evans
Sumner Evans
Software Engineer at Beeper

Berlin Matrix Community Summit

Posted on in Berlin Matrix Community Summit 2022 • 1734 words • 9 minute read
Tags: Travel, Berlin, Germany, Matrix Community Summit

The main purpose of my trip this week was for the Berlin Matrix Community Summit, an event organized by members of the Matrix community in Berlin. Matrix is the chat protocol that Beeper (the company I work for) is building our chat app on top of. The protocol is developed openly, and has a large community of open source developers, projects, and businesses all building on top of Matrix. This summit was the first Matrix-only event. Read more...

Denver to Berlin

Posted on in Berlin Matrix Community Summit 2022 • 255 words • 2 minute read
Tags: Travel, Berlin, Germany, Matrix Community Summit

This week, I am heading to Berlin for the week for the Berlin Matrix Community Summit! The event will happen on Thursday through Saturday, but I am heading there early so that I can work and have a bit of vacation before the summit. I flew out on Saturday late afternoon on Lufthansa. There seem to be no direct flights to Berlin, so I flew through Frankfurt on the way out (and will fly via Munich on the way back). Read more...

Lisbon, Portugal - Day 4

Posted on in Trip to Portugal and France • 1376 words • 7 minute read
Tags: Travel, Lisbon, Portugal, History, Walking Tour, Paris, France

Today was my last day in Lisbon. I spent the morning on a walking tour of the city and then flew to Paris. Touring Lisbon The tour was gratuity based, and it was really good. The guide’s name was Hugo and he was very engaging and informative. He took us around a bunch of places in Alfama, and he pointed out interesting things that I wouldn’t have noticed on my own. Read more...

Lisbon, Portugal - Day 3

Posted on in Trip to Portugal and France • 387 words • 2 minute read
Tags: Travel, Lisbon, Portugal, Beach, Cascais, Paddle Boarding

Due to staying up way too late last night in Alfama, today was a day for relaxing. I woke up just before noon, and a few people that I’d hung out with at various points over the past few days (and who had also been out late last night partying) were planning to go to a beach in Cascais, a town a bit west of Lisbon. There were seven of us in total: Ben (the guy I hung out with for most of the time last night), Jaimes, Maggie, Sadie, Chewy, Kiara, and myself. Read more...

Lisbon, Portugal - Day 2

Posted on in Trip to Portugal and France • 867 words • 5 minute read
Tags: Travel, Lisbon, Portugal, Castelo de São Jorge, Alfama, Feast of Saint Anthony

Today, I went to the Alfama district and toured the Castelo de São Jorge. Then, in the evening, I went out with some people from the hostel to the streets where there were celebrations for the Feast of Saint Anthony which is the largest festival in Lisbon. After a small breakfast at the hostel, I started walking over towards the Castelo de São Jorge in the Alfama district which is the old quarter of Lisbon. Read more...

Lisbon, Portugal - Day 1

Posted on in Trip to Portugal and France • 739 words • 4 minute read
Tags: Travel, Lisbon, Portugal, Taekwondo

After the week of the work retreat, I am staying in Europe for another week (until next Sunday). The first four days are going to be in Lisbon, and then I’m heading to Paris for a few days before flying home. I caught a ride from the retreat venue to the Lisbon in one of the taxis so that I wouldn’t have to pay as much for a taxi to the hostel that I was staying at. Read more...

Ericeira, Portugal --- Work Retreat

Posted on in Trip to Portugal and France, Work Retreats • 2842 words • 14 minute read
Tags: Travel, Ericeira, Portugal, Beeper, Work

I spent the first week of my trip at a Beeper company retreat in Ericeira, Portugal: a town about an hour northwest of Lisbon. We were staying at an event venue called Alma do Paço. The goal of all of the work retreats is to allow the team to have a week of focused collaboration. We tried to take advantage of having all of the teams together by working on some cross-team projects. Read more...

Denver to Lisbon, Portugal

Posted on in Trip to Portugal and France, Work Retreats • 632 words • 3 minute read
Tags: Travel, Denver, Lisbon, Portugal

Today I ventured across the Atlantic for the first time since 2019. The reason: a work retreat in Ericeira, Portugal, a small town about 40 minutes from Lisbon. My flight path was from DEN -> IAD (Washington Dulles) -> LIS. Both flights were uneventful, though slightly turbulent at times. The service from Denver to Dulles left at 15:30, and I had a red-eye flight leaving around 22:20 out of Dulles. The gate process at Dulles was highly inefficient, and it took way too long to board and get everyone’s carry-on bags onboard. Read more...

Mines High School Programming Competition 2022

Posted on in School • 4983 words • 24 minute read
Tags: High School Programming Competition, Competitive Programming, Mines, HSPC

For the last five years, the Mines Computer Science Department has hosted a High School Programming Competition (HSPC) modelled after the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). I wrote about the 2019, 2020, and 2021 competitions on this blog. This year, I wrote three of the problems and helped Colin Siles with organizing the competition. For the first time since the 2019 competition, this year's HSPC featured in-person teams. There was also a remote option to increase the reach of the competition. Read more...

Playa del Carmen, Mexico --- Work Retreat

Posted on in Work Retreats • 2197 words • 11 minute read
Tags: Travel, Playa del Carmen, Beeper, Work

A couple weeks ago, my company had our week-long 2022 Q1 work retreat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (about an hour south of Cancun). As with the previous work trip, the purpose of the retreat was for us to get to work together in person and to bond as a team. I got to see many of the people who were in Montreal again, and got to meet some of the new team members who have joined the company since September. Read more...
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