Becoming an industry-leading digital healthcare company takes a great product (we have that- take a look at our virtual exercise rehabilitation assistant VERA) and an even BETTER team. Check out our conversation with Software Engineer Lovelle Cardoso and see why Reflexion Health is a tech start-up you'll want to explore.
Hi Lovelle, when did you join Reflexion Health?
I was completing my B.S. in Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego, when I just so happened to run into Reflexion Health at a job fair. At the time, I had already spent several years developing games on the Unity3D game engine and I was intrigued by the fact that Reflexion used the same engine to power their physical therapy application. I began working at the company shortly after; splitting my time between being a full-time student and a part-time intern at Reflexion throughout the school year. Though it was a lot of work to balance both school and my internship, I had a blast working for Reflexion and was very excited to receive an offer for a full-time software engineering position once I graduated.
For those of us who are not super-technical, what’s a software engineer at Reflexion Health do?
Reflexion Health's signature solution is a virtual exercise rehabilitation assistant called VERA she's an interactive avatar that coaches and guides patients through their physical therapy. While we have many different teams of software engineers working on different aspects of the product, my team works specifically with Unity3D to build the VERA patient application. During my time at the company, I redesigned our asset pipeline and created tools which greatly streamline our development process, allowing our product to quickly adapt to the changing needs of hospitals, clinicians, and patients. Currently, I am restructuring our backend application flow and building our new front-end user interface.
You are obviously very talented and could work almost anywhere- why Reflexion Health?
In college, I was very interested in the game industry. Specifically, I was fascinated by the power of interactive media to inspire creativity and engagement, and I was experimenting with different ways to utilize that potential to do good in the world. Needless to say, when I learned that Reflexion Health was using interactive media to help patients through recovery, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. It’s really the best of both worlds- I’m using aspects of games design but for a good cause. It great to do something you love while helping people at the same time.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
In my spare time, I run a non-profit organization called Improbable Studios. We are an international coalition of over 200 artists, writers, programmers, and audio engineers from about 40 countries around the world. We specialize in organizing community projects and designing easy-to-use tools which help everyday individuals get their start in creating games -- even those who have no prior technical experience. Nowadays, the game industry is one of fastest growing industries in the world, but it is also one of the least diverse. With games being such a massive part of today's culture, it is our goal to democratize the video game development process, so that those who are typically underrepresented in the game industry have a chance to share their ideas and tell their stories through the lens of interactive media.
Would you recommend Reflexion Health to others?
Of course! I've had a lot of fun working here. The company has a great atmosphere, an extremely talented staff, and an exceptional work/life balance. I really enjoy coming into work and making a difference each and every day.