Back in the days of dial-up Internet, coding classes for children were virtually unheard of. But Lim Zui Young, then 11 years old, was already tinkering with html codes on (the now-discontinued) Microsoft FrontPage to create personalised websites, and as well as programming in the Pascal language.
Little did he expect the project would trigger a lifelong interest in coding, and lead to a career at the newly formed Government Technology Agency (GovTech), the organisation leading the digital transformation of Singapore’s public sector through data and emerging technologies.
Now, as part of GovTech’s “DevOps” team, Zui Young is living his dream as part of a passionate community of coders at his workplace. One of his team’s recent projects was building the Business Grants Portal, a website that consolidates various government business grants into one destination so that companies can apply easily.
Zui Young also happens to have high astigmatism, a condition he was born with. This means he can only see with his right eye and has to contend with blurred vision and glare from computer screens. He also has difficulty with visibility in low-light conditions and depth perception, such as seeing steps. This , of course, calls for some workplace and career hacks.
Zui Young kindly shared some of his favorite hacks:
“Technology today allows for high degree of personalisation to help users adjust to different working environments. Make use of it. For instance, inverted colours and bolder fonts work better for people with visual impairment.”