Prior to joining Development Seed, Tristen designed and built websites for academic and nonprofit institutions. He also led web development projects at some the largest advertising agencies in Toronto, where he pushed for clean, enticing designs - and for open source tools.
Tristen is also a trumpet player who enjoys jazz and composing and performing music. He earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and later completed a residency at the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab with a focus on software. He hails from Vancouver Island, British Columbia.