Drew Hess

London, UK

[email protected]

OpenPGP key


Director of Hackworth Ltd.


I taught 3 semesters of Bootstrap at middle schools in Daly City and Oakland, and a couple of Scratch classes in Oakland.

I volunteered at KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy, helping them improve their GNU/Linux lab.

I developed the real-time lighting component of the Industrial Light & Magic Zviz previz system. You can read a bit about it here.

I also worked with Lucasarts on real-time lighting and material systems for use both in Lucasarts's new game engines and in ILM's 3D animation system. You can read a little about that work here and judge for yourself in Lucasarts's The Force Unleashed.

Prior to those projects, I worked at ILM mainly on real-time multimedia playback and image processing, and did a small amount of Linux kernel hacking.

I was a microprocessor architect at Intel, working on the Intel/HP Itanium architecture.





Free Software Projects




A couple of film credits.

I was an (uncredited) extra in the Outlander Club scene in Star Wars Episode II. I didn't get my own action figure, sadly. This does, however, mean I have a Bacon number of 3, via Natalie Portman and several other actors.

OpenPGP key ID

My key is available on most public servers. I have older keys that have expired or been revoked, so please use my latest one:

pub   rsa4096/0x2A20D2096BABEC61 2019-05-20 [C]
      Key fingerprint = F2B9 0CD1 A963 4E3D BF29  AE6C 2A20 D209 6BAB EC61
uid                   [ultimate] Drew William Hess 
uid                   [ultimate] Drew William Hess 
uid                   [ultimate] Drew William Hess 
uid                   [ultimate] Drew William Hess 
sub   rsa4096/0x4DC0BBFBE3FEF428 2019-05-20 [S] [expires: 2023-11-17]
sub   rsa4096/0x3FD78476A03FE7B6 2019-05-20 [E] [expires: 2023-11-17]
sub   rsa4096/0x63CDB6B49C39ADF5 2019-05-20 [A] [expires: 2023-11-17]

Assuming that you trust my previous OpenPGP key, you can read my signed transition statement for verification of the new key.

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