Jack Downey began his career in computing by completing a B.Sc. degree in computer science at University College Cork. After three years in industry, he left work to pursue a taught M.Sc. in telecommunications and information systems at the University of Essex, England. Having spent the next fifteen years developing real-time telephony software, he returned to the University of Limerick to complete a Ph.D., examining the skills required to carry out senior roles in software development. He is currently working for Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre as an Industrial Liaison.