Ben Hong is a Senior UI Developer at POLITICO and self-taught developer whose origin story harkens back to the days when he was a naiive kid building seizure-inducing websites like “Fortune Cookie Universe” on Angelfire and Geocities with numerous GIFs and elements. After a few detours and becoming an I/O Psychologist, he would finally connect the dots and bring his passion for technology and user experience together.
Aside from coding, he is a huge advocate giving back to the community through teaching, mentoring, speaking and organizing events. He is a co-founder of the VueDC Meetup and works closely with other community organizers to help foster a welcoming community in the DC metro area. And in his free time, you can find him searching for new culinary experiences, traveling the world, or exploring some new hobby he recently learned about!