MEET A MEMBER: Nestor Peralta

Nov 29, 2018 by The . Topics include , , , , , , , ,

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Occasionally you have those folks who walk through the doors of and realize they have a particularly interesting perspective which gives them wonderful ideas. Along those lines, meet Nestor!

1:    How did you come to be a member of

As a student of the’s coding boot-camp (CBC), I get a one year membership.

2:    Describe the moment you decided what you wanted to do with you life?

I had a series of moments in my life that guided me to tech and code.  The most influential was a self-reflecting moment after I had completed my training on Norovirus sequencing techniques at the Center for Disease Control (CDC). I realized that I was interested in how the digital tools we were using worked, and had been picking the one software developer’s brain instead of the microbiologists!

3:    What do you do in your current work?

Currently, I am in’s three month immersive full-stack Code Boot Camp.  Following graduation, I will leverage my new skills and professional experience to compete for employment in the tech industry.

4:    What is an expertise you have that you would like to share with others?

As a microbiologist and aspiring web developer, I’m excited about the future of Whole Genome Sequencing’s (WGS) application to disease surveillance/prevention/treatment and creating a relationship between that technology with the public.

5:    What are you tinkering with at the moment?

As Code Boot Camp graduation is quickly approaching, I am currently creating a professional portfolio that will share my personality and projects to other developers, as well as refining interview techniques with my instructor.

6:    What are you interested in learning?

I’m interested in learning more about data science.  Specifically data mining, analysis, and visualization in the context of WGS.

7:    What is your favorite sci-fi movie?

I really enjoyed the Netflix-backed WebTV-series adaptation of the novel ‘Altered Carbon’.  It was such a fun and thoughtful ride in noir cyberpunk cinematography.  It could have explored social division, and the lives of people living in this setting better, but it delivers enough for you to discover.

8:    If you have not lived all of your life in Augusta, where else have you lived?

I recently moved from South Carolina to Georgia.  I’ve lived in polar opposite cities, from Miami, FL, to a one-stoplight town in SC.

9:    If you could see one thing happen in Augusta in the next 5 – 10 years, what would it be?

In the next 5-10 years, I want to see the K-12 education system, as well as mental health support, significantly improve in Augusta.

10: Core Values are: Risk Boldly, Honor Your Commitments, Be Worthy of Trust, Give More Than You Take, and Share Solutions. Which core value do you best exemplify and why?

I would say the Core Value that I exemplify best would be to Honor Your Commitments.  At home, I’m committed to be the best husband to an amazing wife.  As a student at, I’m immersed in the subject and committed to git gud!

11:     How has being a member of helped your endeavors?

Being a member of has given me access to a whole new world of tech as well as knowledgeable, passionate, and exciting people, and a dedicated work-space where I can grow.

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Located in a historic 1802 Schoolhouse, our space is divided into two wings. One for learning and prototyping, and one for coworking and business incubation. Our membership comes from a wide variety of backgrounds that all consider themselves some measure of hacker, maker, and doer. I am an architect. We have entrepreneurs, business people, teachers, engineers, designers, artists, and Jacks and Jill’s of all trades, and of course many software and hardware developers.

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