Deanne Smeaton

Senior Full-stack Developer and Tech Lead

Meet Deanne - Our Senior Full-stack Developer and Tech Lead

Deanne is an expert in providing constructive feedback that helps her students on the Server Side Course rapidly advance their learning.

She brings her valuable experience in both the public and private sectors to Developers Institute, along with her fluency in C#, JavaScript, Node.JS, React, Angular and Powershell Script.

Although she’s worked on client and server side development and APIs, it’s server side development where she really found her niche. As a natural born doer, she loves to “just get what is needed done”.

Before joining Developers Institute

Deanne graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Computing and Information Sciences, majoring in Software Development. She’s also certified in:

  • DevOps Foundation

  • ICAgile Certified Professionals

  • ITIL Foundation Certificate

  • Azure Fundamentals

While studying at AUT she worked as a teachers assistant, and for her final year project worked with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare to upgrade their old booking system to a new database and website.

For 8 years Deanne was part of a team at Auckland Council that developed and maintained cloud and on-prem web application solutions, including:

  • A major upgrade of the Auckland Council and Auckland Libraries websites.

  • Developing ProgressAKL website, integrated with ARCGIS and Google Maps to show current construction projects.

  • Redeveloping and moving the Pest Search microsite to the Tiaki Tāmaki Makaurau website. 

  • Leading the development of Kiosk App, now used across Auckland Council service centres to provide a better public self-service experience.

She’s also carried out contract work creating an API for digital agency Wove Designs.

There's more to Deanne than software skills!

Outside of work, Deanne can usually be found out walking, or in the kitchen baking. She does have a musical side too, and used to play clarinet in a gold award-winning Hawkes Bay symphonic band. 

If you chat to her on slack be sure to say ¡Hola! because she did study a bit of Spanish at university. And once you’ve exhausted her español (which, by her own admission, probably won’t take long), you’ll find she’s always keen for a chat about the latest technologies - whether it’s backend development news or the hottest new trend in baking.