Welcome! I’m Brian Cham, an award-winning Vexillologist, Software Engineer, Filmmaker, Cryptographer, Bookworm, and Designer. I’m passionate about exploring diverse fields and leveraging my skills to create, innovate, and inspire. Discover more about my work and join me in my pursuits. Here’s a bit more about me:
Vexillologist (flag expert)
YouTube Co-ordinator and Flag Design Consultant for North American Vexillological Association
💪 Finalist for the state flag of Utah, advised Utah’s official state flag redesign effort on flag specifications and served as a judge for official flag contests.
💪 For NAVA, I curate a rich library of video content and host a regular forum to help improve flag designs.
🎙️ At NAVA’s 55th annual conference, I earned an Honorable Mention for the Driver Award for my comprehensive analysis of Aotearoa New Zealand’s failed flag referendum and lessons for future flag design efforts.
🏆 My work in flag redesigns have been well-received, winning public polls for Australia, Idaho, Louisiana, and Massachusetts. My Earth flag design was featured in NAVA’s newsletter, and fans worldwide have manufactured and flown my designs.
🤝🏻 I’m a member of NAVA, UK’s Flag Institute and the New Zealand Vexillological Association. I have completed graphic design commissions like the flags for the NeuroSpasta role-playing game.
🔗 Join me in my quest for better flag design. Explore my flag projects and see my NAVA profile.
Software Development Engineer at Amazon Web Services
💪 At Vista, I developed Living Ticket, the digital cinema ticket solution now standard in millions of cinemas worldwide.
💪 Work experience at Amazon Web Services (largest cloud provider in the world), Vista (delivers software to most of the world’s cinemas), Southern Cross (largest health insurer in Aotearoa New Zealand) and Intergen (nationwide software services).
🏆 Top paper at international conference for my university engineering project, an innovative tool promoting interactive learning of model-driven development. Published in the International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering.
🎓 Degree in Software Engineering from the University of Auckland, Professional Certificate in Data Science from Harvard University and two Microsoft Certifications (Azure Fundamentals and Azure Developer Associate).
🔗 Join my drive to impact the world through code. Explore my software projects and connect with me on LinkedIn.
Screenwriter for Psych2Go
💪 I write scripts for Psych2Go, the popular animated series promoting awareness of psychology and mental health. We have 10.7 million subscribers and counting.
🎙️ Voice actor for BBC documentary, highlighting my versatility in media production roles and an affiliation with a renowned global broadcaster.
🏆 Finalist in international film competition spearheaded by the United Nations, marking recognition on a global stage.
✍🏻 Authored over 1600 film reviews and attained 32 badges on IMDb.
🎓 Degree in Film, Television and Media Studies from the University of Auckland with First in Course awards for FTVMS300 (New Zealand Film), FTVMS327 (Comics and Visual Narrative), and FTVMS212 (Video Game Studies).
🔗 Join my passion to inspire the soul and transport us to new realities. Explore my film portfolio, IMDb filmography and IMDb user profile.
Cryptographer (code breaker)
💪 I analyse the Voynich Manuscript, a centuries-old enigma that remains undeciphered. My meticulous analysis and research contributions have earned citations in scholarly papers.
💪 For the University of Auckland, I developed interactive apps to teach cryptography and steganography to students in a fun way. These innovative tools have been used as educational resources by the University of Auckland and the Museum of Transport and Technology.
🔗 Join my love of uncovering secrets and mysteries. Explore my Voynich Manuscript articles and see my Voynich Ninja profile.
💪 I am an avid reader, with over 500 book reviews on Goodreads and a goal to read a hundred books each year.
🏆 Was once the #1 top book reviewer in New Zealand for All Time on Goodreads.
🔗 Join my love of new worlds and ideas. Explore my Goodreads profile.
Freelance graphic designer
💪 I used to be a freelance graphic designer.
🔗 Join my enthusiasm for effective designs. Feel free to browse my design projects.