My name's Kingston. I grew up in Palo Alto, hopped over the pond to England for high school, and came back to the not-so-far Stanford University. I've lived a rather hapazard life and I must say it's been fun.
As a fast gist, I'm excited about entrepreneurship and innovation in general. I enjoy reading stories of people making it big, etc., but most of all, the ability of people to do truly amazing things for others. I certainly aim to be doing the best I can to help others as I explore life.
I'm a coder by background. I've done about 7 years of coding, dabbling first in the Microsoft languages (which aren't all that bad), then in semi-open languages like Java and PHP. I've grown fond of the newer languages like Ruby and Python, although it's been an interesting experience self-learning Ruby and academically learning C at the same time. I guess I like both building cool apps as well as hard-core optimizing algorithmiky-stuff.
Besides coding, I have a special interest in design thinking. After hearing about it from a friend, I've found it to be a fascinating topic in how to build things that matter. For those who've only heard of it as a buzz word (or not at all), it's basically a set of tools that help you design products/projects/ventures that are actually useful for the customer/user. From techniques for brainstorming to rapid iteration, it's something I think people should definitely learn more about imho.
At Stanford, I'm a student studying Symbolic Systems , which is an eclectic major that I would summarize as a form of "theoretical cognitive science". It is an interdisciplinary major between computer science, psychology, linguistics, and philosophy. A tad crazy I'll admit, but it's a pretty fun major that really messes with your mind (literally). I personally opted for the HCI (Human Computer Interaction) track, which is a lot more CS-y although still a bit fuzzy on its edges.