Noah and Travis are our two undercover guys. They lurk in the shadows (when their overhead desk light is off), living in the matrix, making sure your sites are up, running and doing all the things they’re supposed to be doing.

They automate this, app that… migrate this, maintenance that. None of it makes any sense to us Normals. Just say, “Thank you.”

Meet Noah, server and site technician

Q: Explain what you’re always doing behind those computer screens over there?
A: Everything from managing databases and servers to writing your favorite SNO Plugins.

How does one become a tech developer?
Years and years and years of watching YouTube videos and copying other people’s code from the internet.

Who beat who last time you played ping pong?
I won, obviously.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Play soccer and basketball, bow hunt, play guitar, and write code.

You can pitch one app to the App Gods. What’s your app?
An app that keeps track of all the food and ingredients that you have in your house and provides you with a list of recipes for meals that you can make.

If you could automate anything in the entire world, what would it be?
Working out … Nobody has time for that.

What’s the famous tech innovation idea you wish you’d come up with?
The Nokia cell phone.

So, what is the internet really?
A bunch of 1s and 0s floating through space.

You’re coders. What’s your code name?
Seicho (pronounced: Psycho)

Should we be concerned about robots?
Yes … Have you seen the movies!?

Favorite thing of all the things? 
Bacon.

Favorite OS?
Mobile: Android. Desktop: Linux.

Say something Minnesotan?
I’m from Wisconsin. I do not speak the native tongue.

Meet Travis, app developer

Q: Explain what you’re always doing behind those computer screens over there?
A: Working on building a new app platform that will give clients more fine-grained control over their mobile presence, and it will allow us (SNO) to control how everything works.

How does one become a tech developer?
Going to college for computer science is the most common route, but people can also self-teach themselves. Regardless of the approach, the most important thing is enjoying the learning process and being passionate about it.

Who beat who last time you played ping pong?
Noah beats me pretty much every time we play.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy being outdoors, camping, hiking, rock climbing.

You can pitch one app to the App Gods. What’s your app?
An augmented reality app that lets you see new furniture in your house before buying. One that actually works well!

If you could automate anything in the entire world, what would it be?
The laundry.

What’s the famous tech innovation idea you wish you’d come up with?
Uber. Being the largest ride-sharing/taxi service but not owning any vehicles. Genius.

So, what is the internet really?
A bunch of computers talking to each other, super, super fast.

You’re coders. What’s your code name?
I don’t have any particular “code name,” but I do have about 100 various usernames online for different things that I can never keep track of.

Should we be concerned about robots?
… maybe.

Favorite thing of all the things? 
When I spend a long time trying to solve a coding problem and finally figure it out.

Favorite OS?
Mac

Say something Minnesotan?
“It was 70 degrees on April 9 and I hear we are getting up to 20 inches of snow on April 11.”