Meet the Visionflex software engineering team

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Our software engineers are a vital part of the creative powerhouse that drives the development of the Visionflex stable of virtual care technology. Introducing some of our key team members.

They solve problems, create smart solutions, and occasionally nerd snipe* each other. We sat down with some key members of the Visionflex software engineering team to ask some not-so-tricky questions.

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Ben Parsons

Lead Software Engineer, Visionflex

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Visionflex: If someone asks, ‘And what do you do?’…. how do you reply?

Ben Parsons: I write software for telehealth and remote health monitoring, and I find it very interesting. I also manage our team of software engineers and I do quite a lot of the architecture – this involves working out how the system fits together, all the intricate details of how the technology talks to each other. I also manage our daily team stand-up meetings.

What does a typical day look like for you?

It usually starts with a coffee, or if I’m working from home, a tea. Then I deal with anything that happened overnight and catch up on email.

At around 9:30am, we’ll do our morning stand-up where the team discusses what they’re doing today. If anyone is having any issues, I will jump on a call with them directly after our meeting. Supporting the team is an important part of my role, and the team will always come to me first. Once all issues are sorted, I’ll be cracking on with code.

Due to the nature of my role, I also have a lot of meetings, including a daily catchup with our remote software team, and regular discussions with Joe Vandine, our Project Manager, and other stakeholders.

I got into software development because…”

At school in the United Kingdom, I was always good at logical subjects like maths, algebra, and physics. One of my subjects was programming and that was my first introduction to coding.

And from there, it was, ‘hang on a minute, this is just algebra, written down’. I became obsessed with code, writing programs during lunch and free periods and desperately trying to work out how to write games.

When I left school, I studied computing for two years and I was lucky enough to receive a job offer from a company in Australia.

What does your ultimate weekend look like?

It’s either do nothing, where I don’t have anything planned and can just do exactly as I want; or I like to ride my bicycle or e-bike. My partner really likes animals, particularly aquatic ones, so we quite often go out to pet stores or go on nature trails.

She’s currently making a terrarium and wants to get an axolotl and maybe some frogs.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I’m pretty good at being logical and figuring stuff out – computers or otherwise. My partner is always quite appreciative of how level-headed I am.

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Peter Jeffery

Senior Software Engineer, Visionflex

Visionflex: If someone asks, ‘And what do you do?’…. how do you reply?

Peter Jeffery: It’s contextual as to how I answer that question. Often, I’ll start by saying that I’m a software developer, working on telehealth solutions and see where the conversation goes from there. If it’s someone who works in the business, often we’ll trade ‘war stories’.

For others, I like to mention that our products are being used by a variety of organisations, such as the Australian Antarctic Division, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and several Aboriginal health services in Western Australia; and that the products are used to make healthcare available in remote situations.

What’s it like working with the Visionflex team?

So far, so good! I have only been with the team for a little over five months now. It’s challenging and exciting at the same time. To know that I’m part of a team developing telehealth solutions for helping a wide range of customers and that is especially rewarding.

I got into software development because…”

That’s a bit of a tricky question. When I was first at university I didn’t settle easily on a course of study. I was doing a Bachelor of Science at the time and the computer science courses piqued my interest.

I was still apprehensive about computers at the time, until I realised that computers aren’t all that smart, they could just do things really quickly. In time, I received a Bachelor of Information Technology from a different university, and I haven’t looked back!

What does your ultimate weekend look like?

My ultimate weekend is being as far away from computers and technology as possible! In winter, having a few beers around the firepit is enjoyable, and of course watching the basketball is a must!

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I’m a level 2 basketball coach. Basketball is a passion and really, if I wasn’t working in software, I’d want to be a basketball coach full time. I’ve coached at a variety of schools and had opportunities to participate in a number of competitions and gala days.

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Charles Ribeiro

Software Engineer, Visionflex

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Visionflex: If someone asks, ‘And what do you do?’…. how do you reply?

Charles Ribeiro: I usually say I build and maintain software for a telehealth company.  I’ve been more focused on the front-end development, which is an important part of the software because that’s what the user can see and ‘touch’.

In short, I would also say that I teach computers to work hard, so that humans don’t have to.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I usually wake up at 6:00am, have a green juice, eat something, and go to the gym for an hour. Then I have breakfast with my partner and start working at 9:00am. I check everything I did the day before and what I must do today, then I get into our team stand-up meeting at 9:30am to talk about the project and what has been done.

I spend the rest of the day coding, doing research, and often talking to my colleagues about ideas, issues, and improvements.

What’s it like working with the Visionflex team?

It’s a very pleasant environment to work in; people are always polite and communicative. The company culture is something I really like; everything works like a big family.

I noticed this from the first time I entered the building, and I was treated very well by everyone, even with some difficulties with the English language. I always feel that people were interested in understanding me and making me participate in conversations.

Something that also makes me very happy to work at Visionflex is the fact that the product we produce (ProEX) helps other people in a direct way. It is very gratifying to know that what you do makes a difference in peoples’ lives.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I play music as a hobby. I have many musical instruments at home, and I am always searching for musical subjects. I used to play bugle in the marching band of my school in Brazil, I think this is something that only friends from school would know (please don’t ask me to play it nowadays– lol).

What does your ultimate weekend look like?

I love to spend my weekend with my partner and some friends. We are always playing music, dancing, and chatting about all kinds of stuffs. If it’s a sunny day, we do it at the beach or parks, if it’s raining, we do the same stuff, but at home. I also like to spend some time with myself watching random videos about music or astronomy.

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Rudy Silva

Software Engineer, Visionflex

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Visionflex: What are three words that describe you?

Rudy Silva: Driven – When I have a goal, I do whatever it takes to achieve it.

Disciplined – Please see my answer above! I am disciplined, so I can always achieve my goals.

Easy going – While I focus on my main goals, I make sure I don’t worry about the small stuff. I’m pretty easy to deal with.

What do you love about your role?

I love being a software developer at Visionflex because I enjoy working on big projects that have a huge impact on peoples’ lives. I was attracted to this role because it is medical software and I feel rewarded that what we are doing is important and it will improve health outcomes.

I also enjoy working with the software team at Visionflex. I have great co-workers and working together for the same goal, and helping each other, I can see the relationship growing every day, every month.

I had a situation where I was working by myself, and it’s hard and it can be boring. In a team environment, we can share ideas and bounce problems around. Two minds are better than one!

“I got into software development because…”

I always knew I wanted to work with computers – I think computers are very interesting and it was a career with a promising future.

I also think it’s exciting to build something: I can start on a project from the very beginning, and I can work all the way through, until I see the final results of my hard work.

Software development is almost like a game: You are excited to do the job and you move through each level of development, before achieving the next level and moving up through the process, until you see the final result. It’s a fun job.

What does your ultimate weekend look like?

I like to be on the beach or in nature and have some friends around and there is some dancing, mostly Brazilian dancing – forro, sertanejo, salsa, zouk, and bachata, to name some.

I also like to have some balance in my life, so there is partying on some weekends and relaxation on other weekends. I’m starting to get older, so I’m enjoying calm things!

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

Dancing! When I was younger, I used to love drawing and painting, which I don’t do any more. I also enjoy fitness skills and I’d like to work as a fitness coach as well.

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Rohan Dani

Software Engineer, Visionflex

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Visionflex: What are three words that describe you?

Rohan Dani: Genuine – I am very honest. What I feel on the inside, I always portray on the outside.

Punctual – I always try to be before time for any given commitments.

Leader – Being a player in a team sport, I believe I can be a good leader who can lead a team for achieving any defined goals.

If someone asks, ‘And what do you do?’…. how do you reply?

I’m a software engineer at Visionflex. I’m working on new product development which includes developing user interfaces, writing code for different functionalities as well as creating new technical documentation for the product and looking after the quality assurance as well.

“I got into software development because…”

I have always been inquisitive about the lifecycle of software. Since I began my college, I was already interested in learning the whole process – what steps are there in the lifecycle of software. At Visionflex, I am able to experience this process from scratch until the product is released.

What does your ultimate weekend look like?

Spending a weekend with my family on a caravan trip to a beautiful place, maybe in the mountains or a forest, and just having a barbeque or lunch outside with a beautiful view of the valley.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

Yes, there are a couple: One is that I’m a creative keyboard player, so when I was back in India I used to play in different concerts and shows – parties and accompanying artists.

And another one is that I’m a former national player as well as a coach in Roll Ball – it’s a sport that was invented in India. It’s a combination of roller skating, handball, and basketball. I was state captain, and our team won the nationals twice.


*Nerd sniping is a slang term that describes a particularly interesting problem that is presented to a nerd, often a physicist, tech geek or mathematician. The nerd stops all activity to devote attention to solving the problem, often at his or her own peril.


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