We first met this kooky rapper as part of our local artists to watch series but behind his stage persona, BGourd, Sean Lim is a student pursuing a degree in Infosystems Technology and Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. "I’m also a benchwarmer for the university football team," he adds.
During his summer term holiday, the circuit breaker happened. He saw how much the community has been affected and wanted to help. Instead of securing an internship like most of his peers, he wanted to focus on making music and also build his own personal portfolio as a solutions engineer.
On the music end, Sean is working on an upcoming EP, Veggie Wraps, Vol. 3 and during the 'circuit breaker' and he held live DJ sets with his brother which he streamed on Twitch. On the personal portfolio part, he managed to collaborate with Instagram-based local bagelry, Able Bagel to help build a system that would make collating orders online and messaging customers easier.
He was inspired by how the business was also doing its part to help the vulnerable during the tough times. Using a web browser tool called "Selenium", which makes tedious tasks simpler, he programmed a system that the team at Able Bagel could use to manage orders.
Sean also intends to continue to help other local businesses based online or on Instagram that might need the help of automation to take orders. We speak to him about what influenced him and the other tech-y projects he has up his sleeves.