Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Simon Slamka. He is the founder of start-up company SMD Technologies from Slovakia, Central Europe.
Please tell us about what it is that you do.
I'm currently a student in electrical engineering. I'm supposed to graduate soon. So hopefully, that goes without trouble. Then I'm going to study computer science and cybersecurity in Denmark.
Please tell us more about your journey.
I always strived to create something completely of my own. I wanted to create, make up my own worlds, stories. That led me to writing short e-books, but that wasn't fulfilling enough. There was something missing there. Soon I figured out exactly what that was: INTERACTIVITY! There was no way to interact with my stories to change their outcome. That's when I decided that I want to make videogames. I was programming since I was a child, so that was no problem. I learned basic graphics to be able to develop some simple 3D models and textures for them. I made a couple of small, 10-minute games. Achieved that, I needed to aim bigger. I started working on more complex 3D experiences. I made a game called ‘Death from Above.' I wrote the story for this game with my then-classmate Laura. I had to stop the development of the game because I was kinda … failing school :-D. 2 years later, I incorporated and made a company called ‘SMD Technologies.'
The project was renewed and renamed to ‘Hazardous.' I won the state round of local competition with it. It was incomplete, so I had to figure out what next … that's when Imaginator was born – my so far biggest project. It was a tremendous fail, but I had learned so much while developing it … one of those things was that I need to actually aim smaller, so I made a little game called Beat Rush. Beat Rush is currently on Steam, in the Early Access program. It's under active development. There's a lot of stuff I want to add to it.
I started producing music approximately 3 years ago, but it wasn't until last year when I released my very first song, ‘Hurry!‘.
Any message for our readers.
To young people thinking about making something of their own but being worried, I strongly encourage you to try it. You need to get it out there. Especially when it's something creative, such as writing (stories, music), painting, drawing, developing software, whatever it may be. Don't worry, you have nothing to lose, you're young. Do whatever it takes to follow your inner creative voice.
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
Thank you so much for giving us your precious time! We wish you the best for your journey ahead!