Torrin Swanson attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. He has spent significant portions of his time travelling around the world creatively documenting best-practice city design. These past experiences in new cities has had a tremendous impact on how he approaches his creativity and digital engineering ideas. He is passionate about active transportation, communities, engaging technology, story telling, supporting the global Sustainable Development Goal #11 (Sustainable Communities and Cities), and is very motivated to help create something new in each of those fields. He focuses on working with multi-disciplinary artists, engineers, designers and passionate people to create new stories that can benefit from widely accessible technology mediums. He has built handfuls of mobile applications, servers, and websites from the ground up, of which, enables him to understand, create, and most importantly be able to explain full stack technology solutions in plain terms.
Torrin spearheads the technological direction over at @CounterPointApp. As well he started @CollectiveTek in 2016 to help the independent growth amongst other diverse creatives. The idea helped initiate a network of like-minded professionals to leverage their own businesses and ideas.
Here's some things I've been working on 👇
We are a group of individuals who have created a space to foster the growth of other like-minded, independent, and creative people. We all bring a piece of a trade to the table and share that knowledge to those within to imagine a new idea. This helps open the borders of what the group can realistically design.
Developed by Canadian non-profit Green Action Centre, CounterPoint aims to make traffic counting easier and comparable everywhere. Each count you do adds to what we know about all kinds of traffic (not just cars). The important data generated by counterpoint users will help plan better bike lanes, monitor safer school zones, make stronger cases for new crosswalks and more! Here's a tool to help you prove it!
The Bike Transportation Map was prepared for the easiest way to reach a solution when a bicycle problem occurred. All the map data generated by BUPA and technical infrastructure covering Turkey sent by following the bup. In the context of all bike routes in Turkey map, bike-friendly businesses, bike rental places, dangerous battlements, bicycle parking, bicycle repairmen, bicycle stations include smart municipalities. The application draws the position of the nearest bicycle mechanic as a route and gives contact information.
Explore Winnipeg Trails and win. Part video game, part scavenger hunt, 100% adventure. Imagine what would happen if an Atari, a compass and an easter egg hunt all had a baby - except the baby keeps wandering all over Winnipeg hiding digital jewellery and really really wants to give YOU some very real cool stuff.
The Flying Pigeon Dream
The Flying Pigeon Dream is a deconstructed and wired-up bicycle that responds to a number of user movements via a series of sensors to convey a sense of wonder, movement, escape and joy. One could argue that it intends to introduce the experience of winter cycling to a skeptical audience or, show what summer cycling is in a far away and better place. Or, you might say it's meant to convey something about riding bicycles that we usually tend to ignore.