Open Mic Spotlight: Masayuki Igawa

MasayukiThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun. If you’re interested in being featured, please choose five questions from this form and submit!

Masayuki Igawa is a software engineer at NEC Solution Innovators, Ltd. He has worked there for 15 years on a wide range of software projects, and developing open source software related to Linux kernel and virtualization. He’s been an active technical contributor to OpenStack since the Grizzly release. He is an OpenStack Tempest core member. You can follow him on Twitter at @masayukig.

1. How would you explain your job to your grandmother?

I’d like to say, “I’m contributing code to OpenStack!”
Because my grandmother really knows computer/internet/cloud/open source!

Sorry, it’s a joke… 😛

2. Get creative — create an original OpenStack gif or haiku!

OpenStack has unlimited possibilities
Beautiful and elegant UI/UX is
Coming soon

3. How did you learn to code? Are you self-taught or did you lear in college? On-the-job?

I’m self-taught, but also have on-the-job training about code. I started coding when I was 12 years old. I copied many BASIC codes from magazines by my hands. I studied bio-chemistry at university. So I spent some time cutting and pasting DNA of e.coli, actually. And on-the-job, I learned languages such as assembly, C, Java, Ruby, and Python.

4. Where is your favorite place to code? In the office, at a local coffee shop, in bed?

Starbucks is my favorite place. And, my office is good but there are a lot of harmful noises for coding. So, holidays are good for the office.

5. What is your favorite example of OpenStack in production (besides yours, of course!)

My favorite is ConoHa VPS ( This is not “cloud”, though. But this is one interesting OpenStack deployment because it’s very different from Amazon web services.


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