During the last weeks of Hackbright Academy’s software engineering fellowship, each fellow uses their newfound skills to build their own web app. Scroll below to read about each of the fellows and learn about the awesome projects they created.
Hackbright Project: OKC+
Ever heard of the dating site OkCupid? OKC+ takes OkCupid to the next level with innovative analytics and tools. The OKC+ database contains 58K profiles that were scraped from OkCupid. Users can explore the most commonly used adjectives from these profiles on a map, and filter results by 22 genders, 12 orientations, and a 80+ year age range. Alternatively, users can discover how different portions of people’s profiles cluster based on machine learning using a mean shift clustering algorithm, displayed with interactive D3 and Chart.js visuals. Users can create an OkCupid account on the app, or login with their existing OkCupid credentials to access additional features, such as a messaging bot and a profile generator that uses Markov Chains.
About Alexandra Dobkin
Alexandra (Dobs) Dobkin graduated from Northwestern University with a triple-major in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Economics, and Anthropology. In her professional career, she strove to challenge herself in roles where she could apply her quantitative and analytical skills. Most recently, she was a financial analyst at Wells Capital Management. Seeking to further develop her problem solving skills, she thrived in Hackbright’s Introduction to Programming class, and then continued on to the full-time fellowship. Post-graduation, Dobs aspires to work in an innovative and evolving environment as a software engineer. When Dobs can tear herself away from coding, she can be found jumping around in her Kangoo Jumps.
Hackbright Project: Company Climate
Company Climate was created to provide a snapshot of a corporation and the current sentiment of the media surrounding said company. The application allows a user to search for a specific company and receive two sorted lists of the most positive and the most negative news articles while gleaning its current and historical stock prices. Its intended use is for those in the finance, PR, or marketing industry who at present spend an inordinate amount of time manually searching through articles to glean the public’s overall sentiment.
About Ally Mcknight
Ally graduated from college in 2010 with a degree in Business and Marketing. After moving back home to the Bay Area, she accepted a position as Operations Manager at a top five adventure travel company. Her job allowed her to work in the fast-paced international travel community, travel to Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands, and take on difficult cross-team and continent challenges. After being inspired by the energy of the tech world in the San Francisco area, Ally began taking online coding courses and investigating a career change into tech that would allow her to continue learning and be part of dynamic and impactful teams. In her spare time, Ally enjoys playing softball and exploring the outdoors of the Bay Area.
Hackbright Project: VoiceCoach
VoiceCoach helps singers tune their voice and track their progress. After seeing if they’re hitting the right notes with the built-in pitch detector, users can choose from one of many practice routines they’ve built themselves, custom-designed to serve vocal needs related to diet, sleep, and upcoming performances. Playback is simple, and users can stop and start their practice session with ease.
About Blake Gilmore
Before teaching English to little kids in Korea, Blake geeked out on Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College, where she graduated last May. She supported herself in school as a graphic and web designer. She taught herself to code to bring her digital art and sound projects to life. Blake loves music, and if she’s not making stuff with code, she’s probably singing or playing her guitar.
Hackbright Project: ServePrep
ServePrep is a dynamic scheduling system that minimizes conflict. It makes managing changes to timetables and sharing rooms easy. It is a distributed system that allows multiple schedule managers to coordinate efforts to build and modify a schedule that meets diverse organizational needs. Intended as an internal solution for a federal agency, this application analyzes data from archived dataset to expedite scheduling for large groups.
About Brandi Day
Brandi R. Day holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management with a Minor in Information Technology, and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. Prior to pursuing software engineering, Brandi worked with the Corporation for National and Community Service over 7 years including developing community service projects for program participants, Brandi has a passion technology, teaching, service and community development.
Hackbright Project: Learndo
Learndo is an assignment tracking and notification system for teachers to use with their students. Teachers can create accounts for students and organize them into classes. Then they can make new assignments to easily share links to online resources. Students can sign in to view their assignments, sort them by date, filter them by status, and mark them as complete. From their dashboard, teachers can view their entire class’s progress on an assignment and each student’s status updates in real time.
About Christina Foran
Christina studied special education at Vanderbilt and earned her masters degree in math education from Drexel. She taught high school math at the Tennessee School for the Deaf for 5 years. During this time, she taught herself to create iOS apps to meet needs in her classroom and presented national conferences about math, writing, and technology. She fostered innovation and supported her fellow teachers as an edtech coach and the math committee chair. She also coached the school’s first cyber security team. Last summer, she moved to San Francisco and joined the Customer Success team at IXL Learning. Since she spent most of her free time coding, she applied to Hackbright to propel her toward her goal of becoming a software engineer.
Hackbright Project: Alertsdesk
Alertsdesk is a fullstack web application which gives users a tool for tracking illnesses and other health related alerts.
Alerts are user generated. Integration of Google Maps API allows users to dynamically display the location of each alert. Users can also get a list of alerts if they search by zipcode. A dynamic chart summarizes the illness trends by number of reports received. Alertsdesk uses the OpenWeather API to provide current weather information for given zipcode.
About Christine Babu
Christine graduated with a degree in electrical engineering and helped set up FM radio, recording studios and base stations for CDMA telephone network in Kenya.
Her decision to enroll in a masters program meant relocating to the United States for better opportunities. While pursuing her masters in computer engineering, she worked with PSCU Fin. Services and later Capital One in various capacities including fraud investigations, planning, customer support and technical support. She is fascinated by cyber-criminals and cyber-security and looks forward to growing as an engineer. When not coding, Christine can be found learning Spanish and trying out new recipes.
Hackbright Project: Spot my School
Spot my School makes it easy for aspiring law students to identify the perfect law schools for them. This app analyzes admission data from the American Bar Association’s 2013 questionnaire, compares it to each user’s GPA and LSAT score, dynamically generates individualized lists of recommended law schools, and categorizes the results by likelihood of admission. School profile pages provide a location map, charts comparing user GPA and LSAT to admitted student statistics, and tuition and living expense numbers. Users can easily add chosen law schools to a personalized list, ensure they have chosen a good distribution of schools, and keep track of their submitted applications.
About Eileen Conner
After earning an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, Eileen combined her love of both teaching and writing to become an editor specializing in law school application essays. She is the founder of Pen and Chisel LLC, where she designed and built two on-demand online writing courses and offered individualized consulting services to help prelaws craft strong, convincing arguments for admission to top schools.
Eileen began coding to broaden her scope and help a wider population. She enjoys examining problems from all angles to find the best solutions, and is thrilled to discover a new set of ways to do so. A born maker, she also enjoys cooking, knitting, board games, and reading every book.
Hackbright Project: Brain Odyssey
Brain Odyssey is a data visualization webapp that unlocks the secrets of the brain for the broader public, while abstracting away the technical jargon internal to the research community. By interacting with a 3D brain, users can explore what parts of the brain are associated with what functions, and can seek information about relevant studies, in a simple and intuitive way.
About Ellen O’Connor
As a newly graduated linguistics PhD and National Science Foundation fellow, Ellen has long gravitated towards the most mathematical and analytical aspects of the study of language, using neuroimaging methods, psycholinguistic experimentation, statistical analysis and formal logic to research the way the brain builds composite meaning out of a structured sequence of smaller parts. Prior to graduate school, Ellen worked at a software development startup using dialog modeling technologies to teach foreign languages. Ellen’s increasing fondness for coding problems and data analysis inspired her to rejoin the technology industry alongside the amazing group of women at Hackbright.
Hackbright Project: Me Time
Me Time is a web application designed to optimize Activity Diaries, a common tool used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Traditionally, patients are encouraged to write hourly reports on their activities and moods on a spreadsheet representing one week. This app provides a web based time tracking form which is converted into a color coded, fully searchable spreadsheet where they can view their week’s moods and activities at a glance. Users can search for keywords in their spreadsheet, and view data from previous weeks. There is also an option to receive reminder emails sent every hour between 8am and 9pm.
About Emily Block
Emily graduated from UCLA in 2013, where she gained experience as a videographer and post production specialist before graduating with a BA in psychology. After college, she got the opportunity to teach her technical production skills to comedians and storytellers with a local comedy record label and production company. Inspired by their mission to build and distribute new technologies supporting artists, she began studying programming with the dream of creating tools that help improve people’s lives. She looks forward to building her skills as a full stack software engineer while at Hackbright and beyond. When she’s not programming, Emily enjoys examining the philosophical and psychological effects of pop culture on our society.
Hackbright Project: Classyr
Classyr connects members of a community to foreign language classes. It provides a custom experience for both teachers and students. Students can search, join, drop, rate, and review classes. The review system acts as feedback for the teacher and students. Teachers can create classes, where they designate their price, dates, times, location, review visibility and more. In addition to the search page promoting recently created classes, users can search for classes by language and level. A weighted, non-linear sorting algorithm generates meaningful results. Results are based on class rating, how soon it starts, price, when it was created, size, and whether or not it’s full. These results are recalculated and updated as class info changes.
About Emily Morgado
Hackbright Project: Lama State
Today, quantifying and tracking mental calmness can be a start to realizing brain health goals. Lama State is a meditation tool that interfaces with the NeuroSky headset to collect, analyze, and keep track of brainwave recordings. “Attention” and “Meditation” values range from 0 to 100 and increase when users are focused and relaxed and decrease when they are uneasy or stressed. These values are presented to users in a series of meaningful time-series graphs. Users with a NeuroSky headset will be able to record meditation sessions, compare a session against their past efforts, and even see how well they rank on a collective leaderboard.
About Erica Johnson
Erica graduated from UC Berkeley in neurobiology and worked as a research associate at UCSF Sandler Neurosciences. With Erica’s love for discovering tools to understand the mind, an integration with computer science was a natural next step and she was soon managing a tablet-based cognitive assessment software project. She proceeded to collaborate with Microsoft Research, assessing different aspects of cognition using virtual reality. Erica helped acquire a $10M CMS grant on using innovative technology in coordinating care for patients with cognitive decline and is a proud co-author on seven publications in peer-reviewed journals. In her free time, Erica loves to bike and is an early adopter and enthusiast of Strava.
Hackbright Project: Meal Planner
Wouldn’t be great if we could go shopping for food just once a week and have the whole week’s worth of meals planned ahead of time? This would save a great amount of time, money and stress. This web application was designed with the goal of solving this simple but common problem. It has three main sections:
* Recipes, where the user can store family recipes or import new ones from the web.
* Planner, a useful tool that allows the user to upload the recipes to cook during the week for each day and each meal.
* Grocery, where the user can view the shopping list automatically generated, with the ingredients necessary for the weekly meals in the planner. It also keeps track of the grocery expenses and analyzes shopping habits.
About Francesca Paoletti
Soon after graduating in Mathematics at an Italian university, she started exploring fields of possible applications of her analytical skills. She took a course in business administration at UC Berkeley, was accepted to a “Credit Risk Analysis” program at IMI Bank in Rome and received computer science training before working for six months as a mainframe programmer for an investment bank. She then got a job and worked for almost ten years as a java developer. She enjoyed the combination of logical thinking and creativity that her job required, but felt that she still needed to reach her full potential, so she moved to the States and came to Hackbright to acquire new skills, become a full stack developer and be ready to face new challenges.
Hackbright Project: Happy Camper
Did you buy a tent for the one camping trip you went on last year, only to have the tent sit around unused since then? Or, do you not have any camping gear, but want a low-cost way to try it out? Or perhaps you want to go car camping around Canada and don’t want to deal with trying to keep your check-in luggage below weight limits (the inspiration for Happy Camper). Happy Camper connects people with gear they want to rent out with people who want to rent it. Users can list gear or search for gear based on location, category, and brand. Users can also rate their experience with renters, rentees, and/or products, and view ratings and comments left by others.
About Frances Wong
After graduating from MIT with a bachelors in Materials Science & Engineering, Frances spent four years doing lab research at a nanobiotech startup in Mountain View before moving to New York City to attend Columbia Business School. She graduated with her MBA in 2009 and worked in finance for five years. Frances enjoyed learning about companies and new technologies, asking company management questions, and especially enjoyed creating financial models in Excel. After taking a year off to travel, Frances realized she missed being in front of a computer. She moved to the bay area in early 2015 and began exploring a career in programming. She looks forward to working as a backend software engineer after Hackbright.
Hackbright Project: Parktake
Parktake was inspired by a love of adventure. Recreation areas overseen by The National Parks Service are presented on an easy-to-use map for users to discover, explore, and check off that they’ve visited. Users can search for different geographic areas and the recreation areas nearby are marked. A list of visited recreation areas is recorded, and a suggestion of where to go next is made based on the user’s history. A chart represents a summary of what states each visit took place in. This app is intended for users who love to go outdoors and would like a visual record of where they’ve been.
About Jacqueline Huynh
Jacqueline has over eleven years of experience in the tech industry, primarily in a customer support capacity. She has worked at large companies, such as Apple and Cisco, as well as at three start-ups. She loves to make things, which encompasses a variety of crafts, baking, and cooking. She became interested in software development because of the desire to make things that would touch a broader audience. She intends on continuing her studies as she builds her skills in the field and aspires to be an iOS developer.
Jacqueline holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Davis.
Hackbright Project: Rideminder
Rideminder is a messaging system that will notify user when their transit vehicle is within three blocks of their destination via text message in San Francisco.
The user selects the transit line and the destination location via the web interface. The app locates the user and analyzes which transit vehicle on the desired line is the closest taking into account that the closest vehicle may actually be leaving the user. On a RabbitMQ sever, Celery (an open source asynchronous task queue/job queue based on distributed message passing) processes the transit vehicle’s geolocation via Firebase until the distance between the transit vehicle and the user’s destination is within three blocks, triggering Twilio to send the user a text message.
About Jessica Dene Earley
Jessica Dene Earley received her BA in Sociology, Education: Applied Psychology from UCSB. Afterward she spent a decade working nonprofits with at-risk youth in disadvantaged areas. Jessica believes the most powerful tool to change ones life is education. It’s a powerful medium for empowerment and self-discovery that can lead to unprecedented opportunities. She encouraged others to continue their education with a focus on bringing technology to underrepresented populations. Through supporting and teaching others, she had a self-revelation of her own- her own passion for programming. She decided to follow her dream. She is active in Google Developer Group, Women Techmakers, Women Who Code, and Girl Develop It.C.S. or Related Experience Prior to Hackbright:
Hackbright Project: SupportGenius
SupportGenius turns support tickets into valuable customer insights. Designed for customer success and support managers in data-driven organizations, SupportGenius leverages the power of machine learning to predict how customer and agent actions influence each other and identify similar customers. This, along with statistics such as the most common times that tickets are submitted, allows users to make smarter decisions about customer success and support strategy.
About Julia Guenther
Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Science, Technology, and Society and Classics from Stanford University. Since taking her first Computer Science class, Julia has been passionate about the intersection of tech and business: she interned in product marketing and digital strategy and was a member of Stanford’s entrepreneurship club. While working closely with engineering at a marketing automation startup, Julia became fascinated by the intellectual challenges that a career in software engineering entails; she is especially interested in solving business problems at scale. When she’s not programming, Julia enjoys running long distances and recently qualified for the Boston Marathon
Hackbright Project: Eatable
Eatable makes cooking simple by allowing users to store all of their recipes in one place. With Eatable’s hashtag feature, users can easily organize, search, and share their recipes without sifting through cookbooks or food blog links. Users can also create a Grocery List from their recipe ingredients, and then have that list texted to them.
Eatable isn’t just for the home chef—businesses can leverage these features with the Eatable API. Thanks to the API, companies can tailor their products and services, as they have their customers’ taste preferences at their fingertips.
About Justine Turnbull
Justine comes to Hackbright with a background in social justice, film, and tech operations. Thanks to some encouragement from friends and coworkers, Justine began to self-study programming and found it to be love at first “Hello World”. After a couple years of recreational coding, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. For Justine, coding is a perfect mix of creative thinking and practical problem-solving.
Hackbright Project: Fast As You Can
Fast As You Can dynamically generates an 18-week marathon training program for runners looking for more structure or to complete their first marathon. Users enter a recent race performance of any distance and choose the weekly mileage. With this information FAYC uses equations described by Jack Daniels and Jimmy Gilbert to determine velocity at aerobic max, then dynamically generates a program with explicit paces and approximate distances for all runs.
About KaraLyn DeWalt
Kara graduated from the University of Montana, with degrees in Microbiology and Human Biology and was Academic All America in track and field. In 2013 Kara moved to the Bay to run professionally. At the same time she began her career in biology, working for an cellular diagnostics company. Kara enjoyed developing dynamic manufacturing processes for the growing company and saw many opportunities for the application of technology in the industry. She hopes to continue to build on her knowledge of software engineering and long-term would like to apply her new skills to the life sciences. Kara looks forward to the spring track season, where she hopes to return to the US Championships and the 2016 Olympic Trials to compete in the steeplechase.
Hackbright Project: ErgLog
ErgLog is a tool to track erg (rowing machine) workouts. Intended for rowers of all levels, from novice to competitive, ErgLog allows users to track as little or as data as fits their needs. Users can input workout assignments from their coach, enter results, redo previously-entered workouts, keep track of goals, and see their progress over time. Tracking includes all categories of general fitness and rowing-specific data (distance, time, zone, split, stroke rate, watts, drag factor, heart rate, and calories), as well as personal bests on all standard rowing measures (1, 30, and 60 minutes, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 10 K, and half- and full-marathon).
About Katie Byers
Katie graduated summa cum laude from Smith College with a degree in math, moved to Boston, and quickly found her way into high school teaching. As a math teacher, she loved working with students and sharing her enthusiasm for analytical problem solving. A move to the high school at Boston University in 2011 allowed her the chance to take BU computer science courses over the summers, which she discovered were both fun and challenging. When family brought her back to her native San Francisco this year, she decided to take the plunge and pursue a career in software engineering. In her free time, Katie has rowed competitively since college, winning national championships with her team in Boston, and serving two years as their captain.
Hackbright Project: Peering Database Viewer
Peering Database Viewer (pdbv) creates a graphical representation of all the public peering exchanges that a given network is connected to. Visualization is done with d3.js using a collapsible cartesian tree to display hierarchical geographical information. When fully expanded it’s possible to see which public exchanges a network is present at.
About Kayla Smith
Kayla graduated from Caltech with a degree in Biology and soon after joined a team curating the human genome. The challenge of warehousing the massive volume of generated data which subsequently traverses the internet turned her head toward computer networks.
While managing the network at a regional ISP and later as a network engineer at Facebook she saw the power of code to dramatically amplify a company and engineer’s impact. While at Facebook Kayla took an introductory python class, which kindled her love for code and eventually brought her to Hackbright for more formal instruction.
Kayla looks forward to dovetailing her engineering background with her nascent coding skills to solve interesting problems.
Hackbright Project: ReadMe: Poetry Recommendations
ReadMe helps users discover new poetry. Drawing on a database of over 10,000 poems scraped and parsed from The Poetry Foundation, users select their favorite and ReadMe’s algorithm returns five stylistically similar recommendations.
ReadMe analyzes over 35 metrics to measure similarity of structure, flow, rhyme, alliteration, sentiment, etc. Each of the five recommendations employs a different weighting method, and a feedback mechanism allows us to learn which qualities are most important as users choose the best match. For writers, ReadMe’s Writer Mode analyzes users’ poetry using the same model. Those interested in lexical analysis can view the data collected on individual poems, as well as across the corpus.
About Kendra Peterson
Kendra graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in English Literature, and began working at the Stanford Online High School as an Academic Advisor. There, she rebuilt the Physical Education Program, supported and managed the academic paths of over 250 students each year, and helped refine the school’s policies as it grew into new territory. Loving to learn new things, Kendra quickly began to study after work, improving her knowledge of psychology, physiology, and chemistry before falling in love with programming.
Kendra looks forward to applying her problem solving skills beyond Hackbright. When she’s not programming, Kendra reads, pets dogs, and trains in Krav Maga (she is currently working toward her Green Belt).
Hackbright Project: WildAlly
WildAlly connects wildlife rehabilitators to nearby users seeking volunteer experience or assistance with injured/orphaned wildlife. Online listings often omit important information about rehabilitators and can be difficult to find and search; WildAlly allows anyone to find the nearest organization that fits their needs with only a few clicks. Wildlife rehabilitators who open accounts benefit from flexible profile settings and a user-friendly visual analytics system.
About Mason Hartman
Fresh out of her Psychology program, Mason began consulting with start-ups and non-profit organizations to improve their UI design based on evidence-based assumptions about user behavior. She also leveraged her research to help her clients implement effective A/B testing and data collection strategies. She began to tinker with PHP, eventually building and deploying a browser-based sheep-raising game that gained more than 500 users within three months of launch. Her coding appetite whet, Mason joined the Hackbright fellowship to become a more efficient and thorough programmer. She’s especially excited about database design and algorithmic problem-solving.
Hackbright Project: Story Strata
Every story has many layers, Story Strata is intended for podcast enthusiasts that want to dig deeper. The creation of a podcast requires a massive amount of research. Some of these valuable details may be left on the cutting floor during the editing process due to being too tangential to the story or unsuited to the audio medium. The app enhances the podcast experience by giving users access to extra related content in an unobtrusive format.
With Story Strata users can listen like they normally would, but with the option to explore the story further. As the audio plays, users have the option of engaging with live updating images, websites and other resources, as well as to discuss episodes with other users through comments.
About Mirabai Applegate
While hiking the Pacific Crest Trail last year, Mirabai Applegate decided to become a software developer as her next great challenge. With a background in business management, she wanted practical development skills that would allow the rapid realization of ideas that make the world a more easy, understandable and pleasurable place. Code school seemed like a logical next step when paired with her lifelong excitement about technology. Having spent the previous year as a software development intern, she’s excited to continue building her skills as a software engineer after Hackbright.
Hackbright Project: Forgetmenot
Forgetmenot gives foodies the ability to keep track of the likes they want to remember, using the images geotag location. The app features the users favorited photos, places visited and a map view. Users can keep track of the number of locations they have visited, write notes on their experience or keep track of their friends recommendations. The app shows users the place name, liked image, address, and has a geolocation feature that will show the user if any liked image locations are near them. Once the user decides on one of those locations, they can click on the address found in the modal window, and be redirect to google maps for directions. Users can enjoy checking places of their list and adding more liked images later!
About Mitzirubi Martinez (Rubi)
Rubi graduated from UC Davis with a B.S in Human Development. Initially, Rubi, wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, and moved to the Bay Area to work with children with Autism. Her relocation introduced her to the tech world and soon Rubi transitioned into a new role at Sidecar where she excelled professionally leading the support team and collaborating closely with product, development and operations. Rubi became fascinated with the backbone of good technology, development and code that makes a good product. Most importantly, Rubi loves how people come together to make something out of nothing and contribute great innovations to society.Her work at Sidecar led her to Hackbright Academy in pursuit of a career in software engineering.
Hackbright Project: TenantConnect
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what your landlord is like before you end up with a flooded basement that doesn’t get fixed for a month? With skyrocketing rents in the Bay Area, TenantConnect aims to hold landlords accountable and put some of the power in the housing market back into the hands of tenants. Thinking of signing a lease? Lookup a landlord by address, by name, or by using a map to see their ratings. Have an experience to share? Leave a review to recommend a good landlord or warn future tenants about landlord neglect. Need help with your current landlord? Connect with other tenants to discuss common issues and strategize.
About Natalia Margolis
Natalia is an Oakland native who studied Science Technology & International affairs at Georgetown University. She worked during and after college in the nonprofit sector on issues ranging from food and worker justice to access to primary health care, using technology as a tool for community organizing. After managing the website and IT at a nonprofit World Bank watchdog, she decided to delve deeper and learn how to build technological tools for creating change from the ground up. Some of her interests include hiking, making jewelry, maps, graphic design, crossword puzzles and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Hackbright Project: Nucleus
Keeping your home and family organized can be tough with everyone on the go. Nucleus makes planning easier by allowing users to create grocery, shopping, and to-do lists and share them with other users. With flexible permissions, allowed users can edit lists and mark off completed items, and Nucleus will automatically notify everyone else on the list through SMS messaging. When users are near the location of a list, they’re sent a reminder to take care of it. Nucleus helps you manage your busy life.
About Neeti Patel
Neeti graduated from Rutgers with a dual-major in Neuroscience and in Psychology. She volunteered in India teaching underprivileged children, enabling them to participate in national exams. Later, she received her MS in Biomedical Sciences at UMDNJ, followed by research on Borrelia Burgdorferi. Afterwards, she started medical school, and rediscovered programming while exploring a bioinformatics course. She soon realized that she loved diagnosing a coding bug more than a viral one, and this year, she decided to pursue this passion full time. She’s excited to start her career as a full stack developer after Hackbright. In her spare time, Neeti enjoys volunteering, the science of baking, untangling a logic problem, and reading a good book.
Hackbright Project: The Dancerator
Contra dances are easy to dance but difficult to choreograph. To write good dances, choreographers must consider timing, positioning, flow between moves, and the complicated geometry of ensuring that the dance will work for groups of any size, whether 8 or 800 dancers. The Dancerator’s algorithm uses Markov chains, recursion, backtracking, and a host of heuristics to generate new, “legal” contra choreography. The newly generated dance is presented alongside a visualizer for users to preview what the dance would look like in real life. Each dance is saved to a database as it is created so that users can bookmark it for future use. Dances written by the app were recently performed at Kinetech Arts’ Dance Hack Day 2015.
About Rebecca Ely
Ely has a BA in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College. Career highlights include managing a multi-website redesign for her federal services firm, teaching math to ESL students, and working at the US Agency for International Development’s Global Health Bureau during the 2015 Ebola outbreak. After years of answering tech questions as the token office millennial, Ely found that she enjoyed solving software puzzles much more than auditing federal contract offices. She has since discovered a tendency to geek at length about clever algorithms and a particular fondness for finicky data. When it’s time to put the keyboard down, her favorite activities include social dancing (contra, blues/fusion, swing), board games, and party planning.
Hackbright Project: Bon Appetit
Bon Appetit is a versatile, flexible and on the go platform for users to store, organize, customize and share their favorite recipes via web links. It allows user to dynamically add rows for ingredient information. This app allows user to search recipes by ingredient name, recipe title or relevant keyword from anywhere. Bon Appetit translates the query into list of recipes and then users can view details for recipe of their choice which includes title, ingredient, image, cook time, prep time, total time and preparation. User can also modify yields and Bon Appetit will update ingredient’s quantity thus eliminating any guesswork. Share your passion for cooking with “Bon Appetit”.
About Riddhi Mistry
Riddhi is a lead Software QA Engineer at SurveyMonkey. She has contributed immensely to many critical products that have millions of users worldwide and grossed substantial revenue for the company. She enjoys working with developers, designers and product managers on a daily basis to ensure quality, reliability and robustness of survey products. She is passionate about software development and quality and looks forward to building innovative software products. Before joining SurveyMonkey she had worked as a Production Scientist at Beckman Coulter, USA. There, she was responsible for quality control, instrument automation, troubleshooting and laboratory software automation. She has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from India.
Hackbright Project: Athena
Just like the goddess of wisdom, Athena helps users learn about the world around them. The application uses interactive maps and quizzes to help users boost their geography knowledge. Users can focus on learning about a specific continent and compare scores to others in the Athena community. Athena supports a secure login with password encryption, so users can sign up safely with their phone numbers to receive capital quiz questions via text message. Optimized for mobile, Athena users can check in on their scores from anywhere and request more capital quiz questions with the click of a button.
About Roo Harrigan
Roo is a reformed project/product manager turned coder. After graduating pre-med from William & Mary, Roo spent 4 years at Epic implementing enterprise healthcare software. She demo’d complex workflows to customers and employees alike, weighed in on sales questions, facilitated UX talks, managed million-dollar budgets, troubleshot interfaces, reported bugs, and helped hospitals attest for government incentives, among other things. She was managing the early development of a specialty module when it dawned on her she’d actually rather be making it with her own hands.
When Roo isn’t coding, you can find her wondering about the animals on O’Reilly books, experimenting with her crockpot, doing yoga, or listening to 99%Invisible.
Hackbright Project: CompanionCare
Caring for an elderly or sick non-human companion? CompanionCare is an app that helps conscientious pet partners manage the care of pets in need. Aging pets and pets with chronic health conditions often need to see many different vets and take many medications. Using a custom-scraped database of pet medications, CompanionCare tracks your pets’ prescriptions—even sending responsive SMS alerts to keep you on top of doses, providing information on what to do if you miss a pill, and tracking prescribing vets to help you reach out when you need to. CompanionCare also helps document your pets’ lives in sickness and in health with photo uploads and lets you see an overview of the healthcare for all your pets with custom data visualizations.
About Stephanie Nguyen
Stephanie came to Hackbright equipped with three things: a passion for social justice, years of experience doing advocacy work to combat domestic violence and human trafficking, and a desire to innovate in a way that would solve real problems in the community. In her last position as Fiscal & Policy Analyst and CFO at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, she encountered many issues that could’ve been solved more effectively with better tech and saw avenues for tech to positively shape and influence policy. Inspired, she then began learning to code and quickly found herself relishing the newfound challenge and power to make.
Hackbright Project: Wanderlust
Wanderlust allows world travelers to track their country or state visits using a D3 interactive map. This map enables users to click on a country or state. Once the country or state color has been changed, the visits are stored for future use. A user has the ability to upload a photo, which then becomes a postcard. The front displays a picture, while the back displays the address and description. Wanderlust also provides users with a timeline, in which they can add their photos and journal their travels. This app allows users to track all their travels in one convenient place. Discover new and exciting places and track all your world travels with wanderlust.
About Uma Petersen
Uma Petersen graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Business Marketing. She worked at Groupon as a product specialist, launching multiple core products and taking those products from pilot stage to full mainstream launch. She also developed standard operating procedures and testing protocols to ensure high product quality for end users. In 2013, Uma attended the Grace Hopper conference, where her interest in programming took root. She began to hone her skills with self-study and formal classes prior to joining the Hackbright Fellowship program. When Uma’s not in running programs, she’s out running half-marathons.
Hackbright Project: Netflix and Chow
The workday is finally over, and you’re ready for some relaxing time at home with dinner and a movie. Allow Netflix and Chow to plan your evening! Once users create an account, choose a streaming source and enter their address, the magic will begin! Netflix and Chow will automagically choose a movie for you to enjoy and restaurant to order dinner from. Users will receive a unique combination consisting of a movie and a restaurant based on the entered location. This app also provides authorized account holders with administrative functions like managing users and viewing audit logs. Though we like to have fun, security is also a priority! Stop losing precious time deciding what to eat and watch. Sit back, relax and Netflix and Chow.
About Wendy Zenone
Wendy comes from a diverse marketing background where she used her skills at companies including Facebook and WhiteHat Security. While at Facebook, Wendy worked with the engineers on her team performing Q&A and UX keyword filtering to create an ad-targeting tool that was deployed worldwide. This sparked the interest to learn how to code and build things herself. She immediately signed up for a Python class and a PHP class that was being offered by her employer and she was hooked. Shortly thereafter, she applied for Hackbright and the rest is history. Wendy looks forward to embarking on her new adventure of being a software engineer. When Wendy is not working on a current coding project, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids.
Hackbright Project: Roam
Roam helps travelers make trip planning easier and more efficient. Rather than wading through guide books, ratings sites and maps, users can use the Roam travel app to surface their destination’s top attractions, hotels, restaurants, museums and festivals in one click. Search results provide details, map locations and a snippet and link to further Yelp reviews for each recommendation. Users can create folders for each trip where they can save their favorite places and view them all together on a single map. Roam saves time for travelers who want to discover the best a city has to offer without hours of research, and allows for easier navigation to their top picks on the go.
About Xye Dagun
Xye grew up in the Philippines where she didn’t have access to a computer, but had plenty of tools to tinker with and develop a knack for fixing things. She moved to the Bay Area as a teenager, where she fell in love with technology and taught herself to become a graphic designer. Wanting to make more impact, she eventually channeled her passion for solving problems into the field of social work, working with homeless families. But she was still interested in technology, and took web and UX design courses in her spare time. Excited by her projects, it became clear she had to learn to code so she could make her ideas a reality. When not staring at the screen, she can be found tearing it up on the basketball court or the dance floor.
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