Daniel Yum

Embedded Software Engineer

Biography

Daniel Yum

Embedded Software Engineer

Daniel works at the boundary of physical and digital world, writing software that brings hardware to life as the embedded software engineer for Playground. One of his favorite parts of the job is “working on problems where the path isn’t necessarily well trodden and we can come up with novel and interesting solutions.”

“I’m a firm believer in understanding what came before to see what’s possible for the future,” he says. This is particularly important for technical systems - “We’re incurring more and more complexity that we’re hiding with ever increasing layers of abstractions, and I enjoy breaking through the abstractions to see what’s actually happening under the veil.”

Daniel has worked on many early stage projects throughout his career. This has helped him understand that “everything is connected and every decision requires a trade-off.” He seeks to build solid but flexible foundations that allow technical creativity to flourish, something in big demand at Playground.

Outside of work, Daniel built a car that held the Guinness World Record for longest journey by a solar electric vehicle, ran a music search engine, lives in a house that is completely off-grid, and makes his own yogurt.

Intel

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Alma Mater: University of Waterloo (Computer Engineering)

Hobbies: (Toddler-oriented) airplanes, acorn hats, trains, turtles; (adult-focused) applied chemistry (baking, cooking, brewing), spending time outdoors