My full name is Sunpech Steven Suwatanapongched. I mostly just go by Steven. I also go by Spong, which comes from a combination of letters from S from Steven, and Pong from Suwatanapongched.

I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. I’m half Thai and half Chinese. I’ve lived in several cities from Boston, Bangkok, to Los Angeles. I currently live in Chicago, IL.

I enjoy software development, photography, food, reading, blogging, traveling, and other stuff.

I have a BA in Computer Science from Boston University and an MS in Information Systems from Depaul University.

Steven at Iron Fairies

Software Development and Blogging

I enjoy solving problems, and coding is one of the ways I go about creating solutions. I’ve done consulting for several years using Microsoft .Net technologies. My current interests are in Ruby on Rails and mobile development. I do enjoy networking and going to local user groups and meetups regarding various technologies.

I have Github and Bitbucket accounts where I host some of my projects– most of which are private.

I like to contribute my idle CPU cycles to help crunch some numbers for a good cause. See Team Spong World Community Grid

I’m also a casual blogger. I’ve been blogging since 1999. I’ve written my own blog software using various tools back then. From Perl, PHP, MySQL, ASP,, C#, and MSSQL. I’ve also used several blogging platforms from Wordpress, Posterous, Blogger, and finally to Github pages using Jekyll. My old blog is at:

Software Development collage


I’m also a photographer. I generally take my camera most places and take pictures of whatever I find interesting.

I have a photography site at

I’m also on Facebook, 500px, Instagram, Twenty20, and Flickr.

I enjoy all kinds of photography, but have stronger interests in landscape, HDR, and event/journalistic photographs. I’m beginning to do some headshot/portrait photography. In case you’re curious here is a list of my camera gear.

Chicago Theatre

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