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Hackbright Alumnae Showcase: Elizabeth Lawrence, Erin Forman, and Fatima Salman Mirza

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Elizabeth Lawrence

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A in Psychology. Shortly after, she became interested in technology working as a preschool teaching assistant. A mobile application, Brightwheel, was used to document daily activities and communicate with parents. She thought that Brightwheel was a brilliant idea. She also saw how much of an impact it had on parents as it gave them a peace of mind. This made her want to learn how similar applications are built. To gain more exposure, she began a new position as a content specialist at a tech startup, Winnie. Eventually, she wanted work that was more challenging and being that she worked closely with engineers she became interested in programming.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elawrence13/

Hackbright Project: Over The Mood

Over The Mood aims to improve mental health by determining which activities elicit positive moods and which trigger negative moods. Users add a mood entry which includes a mood and any number of selected activities. Users are able to view a log of all their entries including two visualizations- one for mood over time and another for total mood count. Moreover, users are able to view activities associated with specific moods. Lastly, users can dump their feelings and save it to their profile- similar to journal entries — which can be analyzed for positive or negative sentiment.

Technology Stack:

HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript (AJAX, JSON), Chart.js, React, Python, Flask, Jinja, SQLAlchemy, PostgreSQL

APIs Used:

Indico Sentiment Analysis
https://github.com/lizlaw13/final-project

About Elizabeth Lawrence

C.S. or Related Experience Prior to Hackbright:

While working, Elizabeth enrolled in an online web development course through Coursera. But she wanted something more intensive, so she took in-person, part-time programming classes. She was then able to do some front end work at Winnie in addition to managing content. It was a rewarding experience and just looking at the codebase excited her. Elizabeth is eager to work as a software engineer where she can combine both her technical skills and previous experiences to solve challenging problems.

Erin Forman

Erin began her path into engineering in 2015 at Schoolzilla, a SaaS data management and visualization platform for K-12 education. As a data analyst and product engineer, she provided data warehousing and analytics solutions and built SQL data pipelines from complex raw data sources for schools. In 2017, she joined Square as a Product Specialist where she analyzed and reported inquiry trends to inform product development and managed the support experience of over 100 launches across 12 products and 6+ teams. Erin is excited to bring her data engineering toolkit and problem-solving skills to a full-stack or back-end role. Erin graduated from Columbia (M.A., Ed.) and WashU in St. Louis (B.A.).

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/formanerin/

Hackbright Project: Via

Via turns wanderlust into action. Adventurers can geocode URLs from travel articles, save them to a personal bucket list travel map, and create custom itineraries designed for efficiency inspired by the traveling salesman problem.

Technology Stack:

Python, PostgreSQL, SQLAlchemy, Jinja, Flask, JavaScript, Bootstrap, jQuery, Beautiful Soup

APIs Used:

Google Maps, Google Geocoding, Google Places, SendGrid
https://github.com/erinforman/via

About Erin Forman

C.S. or Related Experience Prior to Hackbright:

Python, SQL, HTML, CSS, Microsoft SQL Server, Snowflake, PostgreSQL, JavaScript, Git, GitHub, Command-Line, Sublime Text, Atom, PyCharm, Sourcetree, JIRA, Bitbucket, Confluence, Vertica, Alation, Tableau, Looker, Salesforce
Course Work:
General Assembly – 10-week Data Analytics course, Intermediate SQL Bootcamp, Product Management Bootcamp, Introduction to Python Bootcamp, HTML & CSS Bootcamp
UC Berkeley Extension – Introduction to the SAS system

Fatima Salman Mirza

Fatima graduated from college with a degree in Accounting and Finance. During and after college she interned as a financial analyst. After moving to the United States with her family she wanted to study financial engineering or Data Analytics. Both programs required prior programming experience. After studying online she developed an interest in programming. She is looking forward to work as a software engineer. She likes to develop web apps to benefit the quantitative skills in children. Fatima’s other passions besides problem-solving include hiking and kids photography.

Twitter: @meetFatima

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fatima-salman-mirza-45942a75/

Hackbright Project: Hike Every Weekend

Hike Every Weekend is a full-stack web app that sends hike trails recommendation through a text message using Twilio API to users every Saturday morning. Users are able to create and modify their own favorite list of trails as well as view nearby trails on a map using Google maps javascript API. Integration with the Yelp API allows users to access more information about a given trail and get directions to their favorite trail.

Technology Stack:

Python, JavaScript, AJAX, JSON, HTML, CSS, SQL, Flask, jQuery, Bootstrap, Wtforms, cryptography, CRONJOB

APIs Used:

Yelp fusion, Google maps javascript, Twilio
https://github.com/fatimasalmanmirza/project-hiking-trails

About Fatima Salman Mirza

C.S. or Related Experience Prior to Hackbright:

Information technology and management information systems in college and programming for everybody(Python) from Uni of Michigan (Coursera), Learnt Python 2 from Codeacademy, Complete Python bootcamp from Udemy, Learn Ruby from Treehouse and attended Prep course at Hackbright before joining software engineering program.

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