Abner Coimbre, 27, is a compiler engineer for Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid, The Witness, and the Jai programming language.
Abner spent his early 20s at NASA, helping upgrade their launch control system from the Space Shuttle days to a new design for modern launches by the government and private industry. He became Kennedy Intern of the Year in 2015 and was named to Kennedy’s 2016 Top 10 Innovators.
Abner organized Handmade Network, an active online community that creates software projects inspired by Handmade Hero. More recently he started Handmade Seattle LLC, an independent organization that runs low-level programming conferences.
In his free time Abner relishes books, lately as a student of Douglas Hofstadter, Steven Pinker, Jonathan Haidt, and modern neuroscience. He’s happily engaged to one Seattle native, presently an machine learning engineer; they own a young black cat with white socks.
Abner was born and raised in Puerto Rico.