About Me

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Interest Areas

๐Ÿฅ‘ Devrel

๐ŸŽฎ GameDev

โค Community

โš™ R&D

Skills

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Engineering

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ Education

๐Ÿค— Com Building

๐Ÿ“ˆ Marketing

๐Ÿ“ท Video Production

โ“ Interviewing

Liam Sorta

โญ MLH Top 50 โ€” ๐Ÿ† Alexa Champion โ€” ๐Ÿ“ˆ Founder of things

Bio

Hey! I'm a developer of many things, be that apps, communities, content, or products. My skills span across various development ecosystems, project management, and marketing.

I love education, be that educating myself, colleagues, or customers. As you can tell, I'm also a fan of the oxford comma, I hope that doesn't ruin our friendship ๐Ÿ™

Generally, though, I'm just a big nerd that likes making lots of things and going through the whole "publish & polish" stage, nothing is sadder than an awesome product with a terrible user experience.

At a past company, an analogy our director told us stuck with me:

Why can the Ritz charge twice as much as the Hilton? Delight. Mention a beer you like at reception, and you can expect a bucket of it in your hotel room."

Creating delightful experiences is an art, and I strive for my projects to be a gallery ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ’พ Download Resumรฉ

(sorry! not sharing this atm ๐Ÿ™)

Previously At

Get in Touch

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I am currently unavailable for any roles/projects as I'm running a studio with some awesome people :) Click here to learn more!

Fancy Information

Here is some fancy information from various projects/braggy things. But this is my bio, so I'm allowed to show off a little okay.

๐Ÿ”Š Alexa

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Towards the end of my time at University, I began working on a few small projects for Amazon's then-new voice assistant, Alexa. I became increasingly invested in the ecosystem, quickly rising to a leading voice ๐Ÿฅ in the industry.

  • Founded my first company while at University developing Alexa apps
  • Over 1,000,000 users across 30 apps
  • 6 figures in revenue
  • 3 direct reports (2x engineers, 1x content developer)
  • Approached by Amazon to become a managed developer
  • Approached by Amazon to help write their AWS Alexa exam as a Subject Matter Expert
  • Interviewd by Amazon on running a successful alexa agency
  • Later joined Amazon, sold the company to avoid conflict of interest
  • Created demo using Alexa in VR. Demo shown at talks by Amazon around the world.

๐Ÿฅ‘ Developer Relations

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As a developer, educator, and community builder, Developer Relations holds a close space to my heart. There's a certain kind of โœจmagic in supporting creators, be that at a 1:1 or 1:many scale.

Outside of just personal projects, there are some projects I've worked on at various companies that I have LOVED being a part of.

๐Ÿ—ฃ Talks

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Delivered live talks to thousands of developers

๐Ÿ’ฐ Deck development for major external stakeholder events

๐Ÿ—บ 10 countries down so far

๐Ÿบ Open to IC

โค๏ธ Unity Community

Having run my own community, GameDevNetwork, for a little over a year prior to joining Unity, I was able to apply many of the skills I had learnt to an ambitious project proposal.

This gave me a super unique/niche skillset as a techy game dev community manager, which I was able to make use of during my time at Unity to help jump through the internal pitching of a Discord community + leaping through the PR/Legal review jumping hoops.

As of now, the Unity Discord Community has now grown to over 58,000 unique members, even surpassing my own community's member count!

Content Creation - Videos

Unity

Amazon

๐ŸŽฎ GameDevNetwork

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Figures last updated on 07/05/2021

  • Founded an online community for Game Developers to support skill/career growth
  • Grew to 30,000 members
  • 3,000,000 messages sent
  • Organised 13 game jams, 305 unique games submitted - teams of up to 4
  • Custom tooling for creating a better user onboarding experience to overcome platform limitations.
  • Sponsorship liason

๐Ÿ‘‹ Come check us out for yourself!

๐Ÿ’ป HackTheMidlands

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Figures last updated 07/05/2021

  • Attended my first hackathon, met my co-founder, decided we enjoyed the event and wanted to run our own as many hackathons did not allow under 18s (logistical, child safety, sponsorship obstacles)
  • Sponsor-funded to ensure free attendance for all to maximise accessibility
  • Year 1: 150 attendees
  • Years 2-4: 300 attendees (Capped due to venue size)
  • Year 5: 500 attendees (Digital event due to pandemic, retained high delight scores)
  • Over ยฃ100k secured in sponsorships
  • Grew team from 2 to 13

Other Cool Stuff I've Done

๐Ÿ† Alexa Champion

I was recognised as one of the first 10 European Amazon Alexa champions in light of my contributions to the voice industry/R&D with Alexa.

See ๐Ÿ”Ž This Section for more information.

๐Ÿง  Subject Matter Expert - Alexa

Supported Amazon with the creation of their 11th AWS Exam on Alexa by writing/reviewing exam questions.

I even got this sweet "Subject Matter Expert" hoodie so I an feel like a proud nerd in public

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๐ŸŽ“ 1st Class (Honours) BSc Degree

Not much else to add here, but it cost me ยฃ40,000, so I'll be damned if I don't include it here.

โญ MLH Top 50

In 2020 I made Major League Hacking's first Top 50 list. MLH is a global community of over 100,000 technologists around the world.

๐Ÿป Riot Games Hackathon

In 2018/2019, I was fortunate enough to be offered one of 50 spots at the Riot Games Hackathon hosted at their HQ in LA, out of 2,500+ applicants.

VR Project - 2018
  • Visualiser for watching livestreamers
  • Kills displayed in left panel
  • Shop purchases/sales displayed in right panel
  • Tabletop simulator with champion capsules on the table, shows deaths, but not character movement.

๐Ÿ† Overall Winning Team

AR Project - 2019
  • Inspired by previous year project, though with more action emphasis to utilise AR.
  • Character positions can be read in real time, allowing this app to connect to live championship games being played.
  • Timeline scrubbing
  • Movement trails for path visualisation
Bonus! Jeff Kaplan ๐Ÿฑโ€๐Ÿ‘ค

While at my first event in 2018, I had the incredible honour to meet ex-World Of Warcraft + Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan. I don't really have anything meaningful to type here, I just thought it was so cool, what a legend.

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๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea Scholarship

Awarded one of two available spots across our university for an honours scholarship to study in South Korea over the summer.

Study focus on (Grade A) Project Management / (Grade A+) C++ Engineering