IT IS OFTEN HELD IN THE REALM OF SUPERHEROES THAT IT MATTERS LITTLE WHICH POWERS SOMEONE HAS. THE TRUE IMPORTANCE LIES IN WHAT THEY DO WITH THOSE POWERS.

Ricky studied Computer Science at Tec de Monterrey, where he tried to learn as much as he could about software, be it front end, back end or DevOps. While still as student he worked for

It is often held in the realm of superheroes that it matters little which powers someone has. The true importance lies in what they do with those powers. A matter of outcomes, not of tools.

Ricardo—or Ricky, as his friend’s call him—can be thought of precisely as a superhero in a comic book trying to understand his powers, the different forms in which they could be exploited and the impact they could have on the world. It just so happens that instead of flying or shooting laser beams, his own powers come from the act of creation. More specifically, of making realities out of lines of code.

But before delving into super powers themselves, every hero needs an origin story. And Ricky’s starts sometime before he was born. Although Ricky proudly hails from the northern city of Monterrey, Mexico, most of his family comes from adjoining regions. His mother was born in the neighboring Saltillo while his father grew up in a small town called Cruz de Elorza, in Nuevo León. Both moved to Monterrey in their early years as their families— with an entrepreneurial vein—sought to establish businesses in the big city. His father’s side put together a shoe selling business while his mother’s built a small corner shop. In fact, it was in that same store that Ricky’s parents met as his father came time and time again to buy candy as an excuse to talk to the beautiful store clerk; Ricky’s mom. After a few years of dating, they were engaged, married, and became parents to three children. Of those three, Ricky was the youngest.

Yet no superhero is complete without his powers, and Ricky’s would first emerge as a form of interest. When he was still a child, his father began a business focused on importing US video games to Mexico. As such, Ricky and his brother grew up playing with the latest consoles and obsessing over the technology behind them. It was, in a way, a first exposure to computer science from a young age.

More than just playing with videogames, Ricky became interested in their mechanics. Not necessarily in the consoles themselves, but in the code that they ran to make video games appear—since then, one could say, he was interested in software over hardware. Delving deep into online forums, he learned how to hack video game consoles and would become an unofficial source of mods for his middle and highschool friends. Much as some superheroes have a sixth sense that alerts them when danger is near, Ricky developed a tacit premonition for code even if he knew little on its actual mechanics.

Throughout highschool, that sixth sense would push Ricky towards the realm of software and computer science. Although his school didn’t formally offer coding lessons, a professor organized an unofficial course to learn how to use R along with students. Later, a class on algorithms would be offered for highschool students although it was focused on creating work diagrams in proprietary software instead of teaching the math behind such figures. Following his premonition, Ricky joined both courses and although he was unsure as to what his college major should be, he started to see a path within computer science. 

By the time college talks came around, Ricky—who was still unsure as to the course he wanted to study—attended a lecture on computer science engineering. In the span of an hour, all possible alternatives had narrowed into one. Ricky would follow that inner voice—that sixth sense—to enroll in a computer science degree at Tec de Monterrey.

During his college years, Ricky acquired the superpower that had been tacitly present throughout his life. No longer did he stare at computers and admire their workings, within his first semesters, he learned how to code. However, rather quickly, he learned that the language of computers was of little use when it lacked a purpose. Sure, he could answer questions in a problem set and combine a large number of IF statements. But what was this good for in the real world?

So, at the start of his second year, he enrolled in a bootcamp to learn how to apply his newfound knowledge for coding to making websites and apps. Much like the X-Men in Charles Xavier’s academy or Hal Jordan entering the Green Lantern Corps. He went from a supposition, to discovery, to mastery of powers.

What followed was the application of coding—his super power—to specific cases.  In the hero’s journey, one can think of it as the first battles with criminals where skills are put to the tes. Soon after finishing that initial bootcamp, Ricky joined Icalia Labs—a startup run by a professor at Tec de Monterrey. Looking for adventure, and a means to expand his view of the world, he then moved to Spain working in the front-end development of Decathlon—a store for all things sportswear. Returning to Mexico, he switched positions once more to focus on back-end development at MoneyPool, a renowned Fintech startup. In a final shift before graduating, Ricky embarked on yet another position but now in the world of DevOps for Ecaresoft, a company focused on developing digital tools for hospitals and physicians. In a way, these shifts in position emulate the nature of comic books where, on every issue, the main character must face a new adversary paired with his skills and powers.

In these rapid transitions, Ricky showed a profound desire not just to know how to code but to apply it in as many cases as possible. So, upon graduating from Tec de Monterrey and his time at Ecaresoft he joined Wizeline, a software consulting firm based in Mexico. Through his work with the firm, Ricky was abel to face multiple problems across three years, climbing within the company’s structure. But, soon enough, it was time for a change.

Now, in the most recent issue of his adventures, Ricky has joined Auba’s software engineering team to lead efforts in designing the company’s front-end appearance. After years of developing his powers in the world of coding, he has now reached a new superhero club much like the Justice League or the Avengers. But, instead of battling Thanos or Lex Luthor, he has joined forces with Auba to defeat supply chain disruptions.

Make sure to follow this comic book series and see how our heroes—with Ricky’s help—triumph in their quest.