Staff Spotlight - Ryan Senn (Development)
Posted Friday 24th February 2017
The driving force behind the online system that makes Blue Dog Training so unique, Ryan Senn has helped build a training platform that meets the needs of students across Australia. Born and raised in a small town in Switzerland, Ryan grew up learning French, German and English. He was raised by his mother, a school teacher, and father, a civil engineer.
In high school, Ryan was always interested in technology. After working through the summer holidays to buy his first computer, he decided to start an IT apprenticeship. During his apprenticeship, Ryan made an online game that allowed him to earn enough money to make a backpacking trip around Australia.
“It was pretty successful in hindsight, considering I was only 15 or 16. It essentially gave me the money to travel,” Ryan said.
“It was pretty amazing. Just driving and partying for six months.”
While travelling between cities along the coastline of Australia, Ryan decided to settle in Brisbane, where he began work for Blue Dog Training. He immediately enjoyed the Blue Dog culture, and has seen huge growth in the company since starting work five years ago.
“The trainers make it very easy, because we have good relationships with everyone on a personal level. They’ll come to us with a problem, and we’ll figure out a good way to do things. Once everybody’s happy we’ll go away and bring it to life.”
Ryan especially enjoys working on large-scale projects that improve the way flexible training is done.
“You don’t feel like you’re on a treadmill. You have this project over two years, and you see it evolve, you see the progress. It’s really rewarding.”
One such project was the development of the Phoenix system, which allowed Blue Dog Training to put learning resources on tablets and mobiles.
“The success of Phoenix greatly helped the VETiS team, who are now working with tablets on a daily basis,” Ryan said.
In his spare time, Ryan is into coding, and enjoys learning new programming languages. But he admits that he is also into ‘normal people stuff’.
“I go fishing, that sort of thing. My partner, Shoko, really enjoys that.”
Ryan is also a keen table tennis player, coming agonisingly close to winning the Blue Dog Training tournament last year, before being pipped at the post in an epic final. Look for the Swiss ace to go one further and bring home the bacon in 2017.