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Belize-born software pioneer shares inspiration with US students

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019. 1:08 pm CST.

BBN Staff: A Belizean-born software engineer is using his story to encourage students at a school in Connecticut, United States of America.

Andre Gray told his success story to students at Curiale school yesterday. Gray invented the first cell phone ring tones, he invented electronic tickets for concerts and events and even invented the first electronic press kits that are said to have given birth to social media.

According to Newstimes, Gray accepted the invitation to speak at the school with hopes of inspiring a new generation of deep thinkers.

Gray has also been honored at the 100 Men of Color celebration in commemoration of Black History Month.

Gray has been referred to as the ‘Godfather of Internet inventions.’

At the event, Gray encouraged students to skill up their own creativity and think out of the box.

“I was always interested in technology,” Gray told the students.

In 1982, Gray wrote a paper on audio compression that provided the mathematical formulas for mp3’s and other audio-video code C formats. It was called (dot) RPM.

In 1988, he wrote, produced and uploaded the first song onto the internet.

He would go on to create software programs that would track downloads and access to songs over the internet.

In 1991, he created the electronic ticket. That is now a trillion-dollar industry.

He got his first smart phone in 1993, and started writing the language that added ring tones.

He also created the voice mail icon, digital turntable software for DJs, the technology that allows entire albums to be played on mobile phones and a Mind-Over-Matter technology that allows a chip implanted in the brain to control electronic devices without touching them.

Gray pledged to return to Curial to donate his time to offer an introductory programming or coding course.


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