Get Real Health’s CTO and Founding Partner Jason Harmon spoke with students at Wheaton High School in Wheaton, Maryland about his experience in the world of computer programming. Jason shared his journey from high school to his diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes, through his hard work to teach himself computer programming, and finally the work he does now with Get Real Health.
As he explained to the students, his ongoing battle with diabetes led him to start his own company focused on technology and applications that help connect people to their doctors so they get – and stay – healthy. Get Real Health has since grown from a 3-person company launched in 2007 to a flourishing business with offices and clients in the United States and Europe. In fact, it was recently named one of the best places to work in Washington, D.C., by the Washington Business Journal.
Harmon encouraged students to take advantage of programming classes as well as tools like Scratch to learn concepts and languages. Since the Internet has become such a useful tool for young programmers, he counseled the students to learn absolutely everything they can and use that knowledge to solve problems. The audience was inspired by Jason’s story and many left with grand ideas about pursuing a career in computer programming.