Must-See Web Apps by Bootcamp Grads!

On June 15th, 2016 Hackbright Academy graduated 43 women from the Software Engineering Fellowship. These new software engineers join more than 350 Hackbright Academy alumnae in a powerful network of women in tech. Graduation is always a powerful and inspiring night. Watch the highlights of their Graduation Celebration here.

Throughout their brief time at Hackbright, the students in cohorts Ada and Grace (named affectionately after Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, of course) learned everything they could about data structures, APIs, algorithms, and Python. In fewer than 5 weeks they created thoughtful, innovative, and impressive web apps. Read about them below!

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Allison Scofield headshot

Allison Scofield

Allison graduated from UCLA with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and a minor in Environmental Systems in Society. Since graduating she has spent time traveling through Europe and coaching high school lacrosse. While traveling abroad Allison started working through several of the Codecademy courses during her free time and immediately got hooked. She looks forward to building her skills as a backend software engineer after Hackbright. When she’s not at the computer, Allison usually can be found at the beach surfing.


Project: SoCal Surf Forecast

SoCal Surf is a web app that allows surfers to check the surf forecast for the day and analyzes the beach conditions to let the user know if the conditions meet good surfing standards at a given time.

Anais Farges

Anais grew up in Paris, France and moved to New York City when she was 12. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a degree in political science. Fascinated with technology, she began her tech career doing IT at an architecture firm. She moved to California in 2014 and she was most recently the IT Support Lead at Lyft, where she quickly became interested in coding, infrastructure and user-experience. She looks forward to building her skills as a full-stack software engineer after Hackbright. When not programming, Anais likes to go to art and architecture installations, bike around and travel.

Twitter: a_farges



ARTSCAPE is an interactive map app that allows users to locate and visit public art in the city of San Francisco. The app allows users to find art in the city database in addition to any art-related tweets within two miles of downtown San Francisco. Art pieces can be filtered by categories and users are able to save the art pieces they’d like to visit and generate turn-by-turn directions starting at their location. Coming up, users will be able to add public art to the map!

Anne Fraysse

Anne grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended the University of Vermont, where she graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in English. Subsequent to graduation, she decided to pursue medicine and completed a post-baccalaureate in clinical lab science through U.C. Berkeley Extension. Her clinical experience however, convinced her that medicine was not a good fit. Determined to try something new, Anne spent a year teaching in Northern Thailand. During this time, she was tasked with teaching computers, prompting her to explore programming. While programming is Anne’s primary interest, she also enjoys playing video games, creative writing, and collecting vintage clothing.

Twitter: ajfraysse

Project: OpenBook

OpenBook is a creative writing network, intent to connect hobbyist writers and inspire new, imaginative material. Through OpenBook, users can draft and publish their writing for review by their followers, or review work published by those they are following. OpenBook was inspired by own passion for creative writing and many of the features, including having saved drafts readily available for editing, were borne out of my own experience; of having an excess number of tabs open and wishing I could somehow reduce the confusion that comes with navigating between different word documents.

Ashley Hsiao

Ashley graduated from Simon Fraser University in Canada with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Honors. Having lived in Taiwan, Japan, Canada, and now USA, Ashley enjoys traveling, making new friends, and immersing in a local culture for new, authentic experiences to expand her horizons in life. Prior to Hackbright, she worked as a Brand Specialist at a food broker, helping manufacturers manage their businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry for retail and grocery. As a former marketer with experience in data analysis, Ashley is looking to apply her data visualization skills into a software engineering role. She is excited to work in an industry where the opportunities for continuous learning and growth are endless.

Twitter: ashleyhsia0


Project: Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs is a web application designed to let foodies track their restaurant and eating history and connect with friends. If you have trouble remembering what restaurants you’ve been to before, or what you’ve ordered at a restaurant that was good, then Breadcrumbs is your go-to app. Search for restaurants by name or address. With the queried results, you can select and add a restaurant that you have visited to your own personal map, leaving behind a trail of breadcrumbs for your restaurant history. Connect with friends to see what restaurants your friends have dined at and what food they ate. Breadcrumbs is a social media network built for foodies.

Christina Long

Christina is a California native who graduated from UCLA with degrees in studio art and Egyptology. She completed archaeological fieldwork projects in Egypt where she established her deep interest in geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping. Christina then moved to NYC and started her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while earning a M.A. in archaeology from NYU. During her Master’s coursework, she utilized GIS programs to analyze geospatial data over time and became interested in spatial data infrastructure. Christina’s excited to continue to develop her skills as a full-stack engineer while working with a mission-driven company. When she’s not coding, Christina enjoys exploring San Francisco by bike and reading in parks.


Project: SFparks

Need to take a break outdoors? SFparks is a web application for searching parks and public open spaces based on user preferences. Whether you only have 5 minutes to stroll nearby or long break to take a 20 minute bike ride, SFparks has got you covered. This app takes into account how long a user will allot for travel and whether they’re walking or cycling in order to identify parks and open spaces within their specific routing profile. Users can also keep track of their favorite parks and save their search results for quick reference.


Colleen Blakelock

Colleen has worked in Libraries and Software. She loves the UNIX command line, and helping people use and understand technology. As a Prison Librarian, she implemented an electronic catalog, and enjoyed seeing the wonder and pride that learning the system instilled in the inmates. In her first software job, she continued to enjoy training and inspiring people by starting a series of tech talks to give team members opportunities to share what they’d learned. Later, in leadership roles, she mentored employees and partnered with customers in finding the ways to solve real world problems. Colleen made her way to Hackbright when she found she was spending more time managing people and things than using the command line.

Twitter: groovycol

LinkedIn: LinkedIn

Project: The Reading Coach

This app allows parents to log the number of minutes a child has read each day. They can log using the app online, or by submitting a text message with formatted strings. Teachers can log in to view the progress of all their students, and have the option of submitting a text box form that will send a text message to the student’s family.

Cynthia Soto

Cynthia has years of experience working as an administrative assistant. Her organizational skills helped chaotic offices run smoother, become more productive and helped teams tackle daily challenges together. Cynthia discovered front-end development through her boyfriend and instantly felt a passion. She continued to learn front-end development and programming in her free time. She enjoys problem solving and learning new skills. Attending Hackbright has allowed her to build technical skills as a full-stack software engineer. As a female minority, 1st generation software engineer, she hopes to motivate others looking to join the tech industry. She also loves spending time with her family and going to the movies.

Twitter: dencynluv

LinkedIn: LinkedIn

Project: WOURDS

Inspired by the motivational sticky notes fellow Hackbrighters leave for one another, WOURDS is a shared chat notebook web app. Users can leave enthusiastic notes for each other on a one-on-one experience, to boost their mood throughout the day. In addition to posting notes, WOURDS also allows users to favorite notes. Users can return to this collection of inspiring notes, by visiting the “favorites” section of their profile. When a new note is received, users get notified via text message through the use of Twilio’s API.


Drew Foreman

Drew graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Art and received an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. Her interests in design and urban studies took her from New Orleans to Brazil with positions in architecture, education, and design. For the last few years, Drew worked in San Francisco coordinating immigration for some of the area’s leading tech companies. After exposure to so many engineering resumes and job descriptions, she realized engineering offered the perfect mix of logic and creativity, plus the opportunity to have an accelerated community impact. When she’s not obsessing over all things data and design, Drew can be found in the ring where she competes in Muay Thai boxing.


Project: Tagline

Tagline is platform for users to explore, discuss, and leave ‘digital graffiti’ on the urban landscape. Initial content from public art data, geocached landmarks scraped from the web, and audio accessed on the Freesounds API is curated according to user preferences and displayed via Google Maps. Users add comments, images, video, personal stories, historic knowledge, etc. to create a collective map of our city and urban experience. Know the story behind that intriguing mural? Tag it. Want to share a video from last night’s concert/protest/seminar? Tag it. Found the best burrito ever? Tag it. By connecting our virtual presence with the physical landscape, Tagline encourages a more curious and engaged relationship with the city.

Emily Cooper

Cooper graduated with a degree in Anthropology from the University of Alabama. She was formerly an organic farmer and survey archaeologist (among other things), with experience growing and developing plants and managing multiple priorities throughout seasons and projects. True to her fiercely auto-didactic nature, she followed her curiosity and began self-studying programming after moving to the bay area. Now, she’s looking for her next challenge, seeking to apply a creative and full cycle farming approach to a career in full-stack software engineering—creating solutions and seeing them to completion. When not coding, she can be found taking long meandering walks with her retired racing greyhound, Taurus.

Twitter: glasses4days


Project: Bark Park

Bark Park is a web app that gives users an easy way to find dog friendly parks in both San Francisco and Oakland. Users can filter to find the right park for them and their dog, whether their needs are “on leash”, “off leash”, or “enclosed”. Using the Mapbox API park locations are conveniently displayed on a map with interactive markers. Designed to be user friendly, once a marker is selected a sidebar displays further park information; including a link to a park’s website, comments about the park from other users, and park photos. Once a park is selected, users can also add their own comments and photos for any park that they’ve experienced with their pooch.

Fetiya Belayneh

Fetiya Belayneh discovered her interest in software through healthcare. With aspirations of becoming a physician, she accepted a research internship with Partners Healthcare and was introduced to informatics. She traveled further down that path as a data curator at a healthcare software startup. After moving to the Bay Area, Tiya worked at a benefit company implementing systems for tech startups. She enjoyed problem solving, issue tracking and deploying new systems and found Hackbright to be an ideal fit to expand those interests into full stack development. Tiya holds a Bachelor’s of Science from University of Massachusetts Boston, speaks Arabic and Amharic and has a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures.

Twitter: tiyabelay


Project: TrackThat

With a simple and intuitive UI, TrackThat provides order to the chaos of email task management. Has your team experienced dropped tasks? Poor visibility? Do you have multiple external trackers? TrackThat solves the problem of missed assignments and duplicate effort when tasks are sent via email. Access your inbox and create tasks to track and share with your team. Features include full-text search and email tagging. Automated notification is sent through Slack to provide your teams with pertinent task related details. Important email? TrackThat.

Kathy Ma

Kathy graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Upon graduation, she set a goal to travel to a new destination at least once a year to satisfy her curiosity about the world and thirst for new experiences. Post-graduation, Kathy decided to attend a culinary school to pursue baking, a childhood passion. While working as a baker, she discovered coding in her spare time. Programming shared a surprising number of aspects with baking, like problem-solving and creativity. But what intrigued her the most about programming was the fact that there’s so much to learn. Kathy is excited about building her skills as a full-stack engineer after Hackbright.


Project: Fridge-to-Table

Have you ever looked inside your refrigerator unsure about what you could make? Or maybe you wanted to use certain ingredients, but didn’t have a recipe in mind. Fridge-to-Table will solve this problem for you! Just enter the ingredients into the search field to get recipes containing those ingredients. Users can also filter search results by dietary restrictions. See a recipe that you want to try, but you don’t have all the ingredients? Simply add the ingredients to a dynamically tracked shopping list without leaving the recipe page.

Katie Tarng

Katie graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Exercise Biology. Prior to Hackbright, she was a Business Development Associate at a tech startup (which was later acquired). Her technical responsibilities included troubleshooting APIs and guiding her clients through tracking pixel integrations. It was these interactions that sparked her interest in engineering, eventually leading her to Hackbright. Katie is excited about the endless learning the industry has to offer and developing her skills as a full-stack engineer. When not coding, Katie enjoys traveling, cooking, and volunteering at local dog shelters.

Twitter: katiecodes23


Project: ForgetMeNot

ForgetMeNot is a helpful web app created with the home cook in mind – built to keep track of ingredient amounts a user has within their fridge or pantry. The ingredient tracking functionality keeps users aware of ingredients that are depleted. ForgetMeNot will also generate recipes for any given set of ingredients. If a user particularly enjoys a recipe they’ve chosen to cook, they can bookmark it to return to again. Once a recipe is cooked, the ingredient amounts are automatically updated in the user’s profile to show how much of an ingredient is left.

Kelli Wisuri

After earning a degree in philosophy & logic, traveling the world, and working as a cook, Kelli returned to the Bay Area to stumble fortuitously into the world of tech. For the past 5 years, she’s built a career in communications at tech companies like Google, Twilio, and Wildfire, but she’s always nurtured an interest in coding. Throughout her career, Kelli devoted her free time to technical side projects in web development, UX research, and data storytelling. Eventually, she found herself thinking more about algorithms than communication, and that’s when she decided to join Hackbright. She’s excited to build her skills as a full-stack developer and apply her talents to problems that inspire her.

Twitter: kelliwiz


Project: Insomnia Coach

Insomnia Coach helps users conquer their insomnia and get a better night’s sleep. By collecting data on users’ sleep and sleep-related behaviors, Insomnia Coach provides users with insights that help them better understand their sleep habits and insomnia triggers. The app’s mission is to empower users to take responsibility for their own health.

Kelly Hoffer

Kelly graduated from NYU with a degree in individualized study, focusing on creative writing and photography. In 2009, after many years of running her own photography business, she moved to San Francisco and began a life in tech. Over the last 6 years, in true industry style, she’s experienced two small startups, one IPO, one acquisition, and several years at a large company. Recently, she realized something was missing and she wanted to flex her creative muscles again and be part of the making things work side of software. Kelly is thrilled to be part of Hackbright and a woman who codes. Kelly’s pie-making skills are on fleek, and she uses her ninja skills to defend them from hungry friends and her enormous cat, Jasper.

Twitter: kellyhoffer


Project: goLists

goLists lets you share your favorite spots with friends. Ever find yourself emailing the same list of recommendations for your favorite cites over and over and asking friends to send you theirs? With goLists, users can create lists of their favorite spots and curate lists of places to visit from other users recommendations. Enter all your favorite brunch places that don’t have two hour waits and sneaky dive bars with great bourbon selections and find new bakeries by the beach or art galleries you might never have known about. Create lists of your old favorites to share and make lists of new favorites to visit.

Lauren Sila

Prior to Hackbright Lauren was an English Literature Major with a focus in Children’s Literature. Her first foray into the tech world was at a subscription e-commerce company, which she was with from its startup days to its acquisition 3 years later. During Lauren’s time there she had the opportunity to work directly with the company’s customers and across its several departments. Her many interactions with the engineering team sparked a love for debugging, testing, working with databases, and developing with the user in mind. Post Hackbright Lauren is excited to continue her growth and learning as a full-stack engineer. When not coding Lauren can be found at the beach, home with a good book, or going for a drive with her dog to anywhere.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn

Project: getPrepped

getPrepped is a disaster awareness and preparedness web app designed to make being prepared accessible and user friendly. Through the use of the OpenFEMA API users can become informed of any natural disasters that have occurred in any given state (or U.S. territory), county, or Native American reservation. The information given includes the type of natural disaster that occurred, the date of its occurrence, and its location. With this information users can become aware of whatever natural disasters are most prevalent in their area. Users can save this information to their personal profile, where they can also view a list of disaster preparedness items they should keep stocked for any given emergency.


Leslye Lu

Leslye was born and raised in Guatemala, and is fluent in Spanish, English, and Cantonese. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Linguistics, Social Media, and History) and while there, she was the co-lead for the chapter of “Engineers without Borders”. After graduation, Leslye joined a fintech startup where she was first introduced to coding. She was quickly fascinated by programming, and decided to explore computer languages by taking online courses and seeking mentors within the industry. She has loved deepening her skills at Hackbright and looks forward to working as a full-stack engineer. When not coding, Leslye can be found hiking, dancing, or exploring.


Project: inSky

inSky is a user-driven web app that provides the ability for users to find the best flight deals for their travels. inSky is dynamic, intuitive, and user friendly. Simply enter the desired travel dates, the city (or cities) to be visited and inSky will do the rest. Once inSky has the information needed from the API, a trip itinerary and detailed information about pricing are provided. If a user finds a particularly great deal, they can continue onto the airline’s website for easy booking.


Lianne Achilles

Lianne Achilles joined Hackbright after working for two years at early-stage startups in Product Manager and Customer Success roles. For the previous seven years, Lianne was a Relationship and Technical Project Manager at Bloomberg LP New York and Japan before deciding to follow her passion for technology and move to San Francisco. During her free time, she is usually in the kitchen cooking some excellent Japanese food, day trading on Robinhood, at the yoga studio reminiscing her time spent at an ashram in India, or shooting pool with her 9-ball team.


Project: BullishTweets

BullishTweets allow users to search for any stock in the S&P 500 Index, and look at the most recent intraday trading activity, side by side with the most recent tweets on that stock. It performs sentiment analysis on the most recent tweets and allows the user to visualize bearish/bullish market trends as depicted by social media. BullishTweets provides granularity of intraday trading activity beyond the minimum timespan of 24 hours that Yahoo Finance provides. The user can click on the 1, 6, 12, 24hr incremented timespan buttons to effectively slice and dice the most recent intraday trading activity for a given stock.The sentiment analyzer uses a Naive Bayes classifier that was trained using a hand labeled set of 400 tweets.


Megan Heskett

Megan Heskett came to Hackbright with a background in startup expansion, working cross-departmentally to launch new markets. She was inspired to learn to code after diving into a business intelligence platform, finding it compelling and challenging. She quickly taught herself SQL and began creating internal tools that provided a greater access to information and encouraged data driven decision-making. Experiencing firsthand how technology can solve meaningful problems, she is incredibly excited to apply her coding skills and continue growing.


Project: Cahoots

For her Hackbright project, Megan built Cahoots — a data visualization app that provides valuable insights into your calendar. It automatically tags your events and generates data on how you and your coworkers spend your time. Cahoots also analyzes the level of collaboration within companies through an interactive D3 diagram. Users can filter by date range and calendars to see how much time any group of people within their company spend working together.


Michelle Dicks

Michelle graduated from college with a degree in Political Science and began working in marketing. She enjoyed designing and implementing direct marketing campaigns and planning various events, but sought greater intellectual challenge. After completing law school, she worked in civil litigation, and then switched to transactional law, developing an expertise in insurance regulation. All along, she craved to solve problems, but did not enjoy solving legal problems. Harking back to childhood days spent programming, she took an online class and weekend classes and re-discovered her love of solving software problems. When she’s not at the computer, Michelle is usually exercising, baking and volunteering.

Twitter: MarieCoste22


Project: One Minute Getaway

One Minute Getaway allows users to take a break. Users can select a song to hear and a location to travel to, and it will display a picture of the location while playing the song. Users can also login using a social media account or create a login within the app. Once logged in, the user can save the getaway. One Minute Geaway will show a list of saved prior getaways, and the user can replay prior getaways.

Sarah Stringer

Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Scripps College with a dual major in Psychology and French. Prior to Hackbright, she worked as a Program Manager at a retreat center in New Mexico, where her biggest passion was helping teams streamline processes and improve productivity through the use of technology. In researching and integrating various web applications, she discovered her own passion for programming and pursued Hackbright to learn tools to contribute to software design. Sarah is thrilled to be entering a field where there will always be new topics to learn and problems to solve, and is excited to apply her passion and creativity to full-stack software development.


Project: Locography

Locography is a location-based journal that creates concrete views of where users have spent their time. This app allows users to search for a location they have visited, add notes about the visit, and uses the Google Maps API to visually display a daily map of logs. Users can scroll through their journal day-by-day, filter to view activities by time of day, search a directory of places they have visited, view all their logs about a given location, or gain insight into the pace of their days by viewing charts of their daily logs over a given time range.


Tammie Kahnhauser

Tammie comes to software development from 10 years working in the United States Naval Academy library, where she developed her passion for problem-solving, from finding just the right resource for an outside researcher to building and maintaining a database to inform purchasing decisions. She started programming in 2014, mostly as a side project, and instantly fell in love with the discipline. She looks forward continuing to grow as a programmer for years to come.


Project: Hamildata

Hamildata provides users with visualizations of the way songs in the musical Hamilton reference one another. Songs are displayed on a bundle-layout graph that shows which songs share lyrical similarity. Users can select any two songs to see a list of lyrically similar lines. Additionally, users can also enter a word or phrase into a search box to get a list of all instances of that phrase across all songs, as well as a bar chart visualization of which characters used the phrase in which songs.

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Aiden Ward

Aiden graduated from UCSC in a degree in Photography. Shortly after graduation, she took an introductory class in C++ and found solving problems with coding to be super interesting. After a few more introductory classes in a number of other languages, she started working for Accenture as Java Programmer. As a programmer, Aiden enjoyed applying logic in breaking down problems. Over the last few years, Aiden’s focus has been on raising her children. Recently, she took a part-time python class at Hackbright that invigorated her to join the fellowship program as a jump-start to transition back into the workforce. In her free time, Aiden plays soccer, and is a chronic hobbyist.


Project: The Better Boulder Bureau

The Better Boulder Bureau (TBBB) helps rock climbers find outdoor places to boulder around the Bay Area. It allows users to search for climbing locations and specific routes by name, as well as displaying all current locations on a map. TBBB keeps track of site specific information, such as directions, descriptions, latitude and longitude and route difficulty. Users can add a star rating and comments on a particular route or boulder. Users are able to keep track of the routes they have rated on their dashboard.

Aisling Dempsey

Aisling graduated from Pitzer College with a double-major in Theater Performance & Design. During her work as a designer and technician, she developed solutions for implementing conceptual designs. Later she worked in business management, then in Project Management and Product Support, where she coordinated workflows for clients, addressing critical pain points under volatile timelines. Aisling has relished the opportunities to problem solve, and loved how each career shift brought with it a new skillset to learn. Having always been interested in programming, she decided to make the leap to software engineering and couldn’t be happier with the decision. In her free time, Aisling enjoys reading, binge-watching Netflix, and games.

Twitter: GingerGiantess


Project: Haven

Haven allows members of the LGBT community to find inclusive businesses near them. With a search built on top of Yelp’s API, users can search for businesses that meet a certain inclusivity threshold that they specify and add reviews of their own. Additionally, using both Google Maps and Yelp, Haven allows users to see the best places near them, along with an interactive chart that shows the breakdown by type. Conceived as a way for freshly “out” or newly relocated LGBT individuals to find safe places, it aims to make a stressful and dangerous time less so by providing people with information that would normally have taken years of experience to build up in an easily accessible format.

Akyya Mayberry

Akyya has always been driven by her curiosities. They lead her to study film, computers, and software engineering. She left her hometown of Fresno, CA to attend San Francisco State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Liberal. Akyya worked several years as a freelance videographer. She then got into to troubleshooting, researching, and fixing computer hardware. To expand her knowledge, Akyya studied Computer Networking at City College of San Francisco. She became a certified Technical Support Specialist and managed her employer’s website. Akyya experienced a strong connection between writing and making films and writing and building software. That connection confirmed that software engineering was the career for her.

Twitter: ajrinthemiddlem


Project: Preach

Preach is an app on the etiquette of everything with a goal to teach users how to share their thoughts, feelings, and opinions in a structured and constructive way. It is built on congregations which are groups of users who collaborate in discussion boards to address a form of etiquette, such as classroom management or any current issues that users can see as being resolved through discussion. Users set up and lead a single congregation and can be a member of other congregations. As a leader, a user is able to set principles, guidelines and agendas within their own congregation. As a member, users can actively engage in a congregation such as agreeing to posts(preach), leave comments, and report offensive activity of other congregants.

Allison Lyon

After earning a bachelor’s in physics and a master’s in education from Stanford, Allison taught conceptual and advanced placement physics in Palo Alto. Passionate about the social and emotional development of teenagers, Allison extended her work as a teacher through coaching a youth rowing team. After five years of teaching and coaching, Allison shifted her focus to rowing full time, founding and directing her own nonprofit rowing club. Recently, Allison took a sabbatical to travel and develop her own photography business. In her capacities as director and owner of her own rowing and photography companies, Allison discovered that she loved developing websites and made the decision to become a software engineer full time.


Project: Frienergy

Frienergy is a contact management system for social connections. In addition to storing contact information, the app provides graphical representations of a user’s social interactions and relationship health.


Anna Kiefer

Kiefer is a software engineer and sustainability professional originally from Washington, DC. She is interested in backend engineering and developing software scalable for sustainability and energy applications. Prior to attending Hackbright, Kiefer worked in World Wildlife Fund’s Climate and Renewable Energy team growing its corporate carbon reduction and renewable energy programs. From 2012 to 2014, Kiefer worked at Carnegie Council in New York, NY. Prior, she travelled to the Jama-Coaque Ecological Reserve in coastal Ecuador to research water quality and native seed banks. She attended NYU, graduating with honors and a duel major in politics and broadcast journalism. She loves problem solving, long distance running, and calculus.


Project: Landfill Database

Landfill Database provides users information about U.S. landfill sites, including location, capacity, waste in place, annual tonnage, ownership, and landfill gas to energy participation. When a zip code is entered, the database uses a haversine function to calculate the distance between latitude and longitude coordinates to find the landfill site nearest to the user. The application displays the landfill’s location on a map and its total latest waste in place, the percent of total U.S. waste in place that landfill accounts for, and national level data on easy-to-read visuals. The app gives users the ability to update the database by filling out a reporting form for a particular landfill.

Cristina Clarkin

Clarkin graduated from New York University with a BA in International Relations. Upon graduation, she became a marketing consultant where she quickly realized she was most interested in the Big Data analysis associated with the role. After moving to Northern California, Clarkin began working for an Email Marketing platform in a role that required helping clients integrate their platforms with her company’s marketing automation software. Because Clarkin’s clients were typically backend engineers, this required an intimate knowledge of her company’s RESTful API, triggering her initial interest in software engineering. Clarkin began building small HTML email creatives, but ultimately decided to take the leap and become a software engineer.


Project: Reservations Tonight

Surprise! Your parents are driving into the city for dinner tonight. Your pots and pans have never been removed from their original packaging and you need reservations. Fast! Don’t leave your evening to chance. Reservations Tonight allows you to find available tables at restaurants near you. Using restaurant data drawn from Yelp’s API, you can search Reservation Tonight’s database of available reservations by party size, location, desired time, cuisine, restaurant rating and more. Reservation search results are plotted on a Google Map, and reservation confirmation texts are sent via Twilio. Bookmark reservations you find appealing or reserve immediately to lock in a reservation that will appease even the most judgmental of mothers.

Diana Lee

Diana graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics, Sociology, and minor in Chinese. She jumped immediately into the tech industry, working for Twilio and Eventbrite in the past few years. At both companies, she managed teams, drafted technical documentation, and built processes and infrastructure for industry tools such as Salesforce and Marketo. She dedicated time to learn to code in order to expand her skill set and discovered a penchant for back-end engineering. When not coding, Diana is an avid reader and storyteller; in college, she founded the only creative writing club on campus.


Project: Park Place

Park Place enables busy drivers to find parking on the streets of San Francisco when they have someplace to be. Users can find relief by searching for parking spots based on destination, search radius, dates and times. The search checks against a database containing SFMTA’s parking regulation and geometric polyline location data, originally converted from a shapefile. Eligible spots render on the map as markers. Users may choose to get Google Maps directions directly in the app or text directions to their mobile device using the Twilio API so they can navigate from anywhere. If markers are favorited, they are saved to a unique user’s map where they can see all parking regulation data for their favorite parking spots.

Emily Dowgialo

Emily Dowgialo is a passionate, tech-minded self-starter. From a young age, Emily’s fascination with technology evolved into an avocation of teaching herself HTML and CSS. During high school, Emily secured numerous freelance jobs, developing websites and fulfilling other artistically driven projects. These experiences sharpened her skills and creative instincts. After graduating from UC San Diego with a BA in psychology, Emily was determined to enter the tech world. She began her journey at Yelp as a member of the content management team in the User Operations department then moved on to a data management role. Emily’s immersion with Yelp’s engineering teams and an inside look at their backend inspired her return to coding.

Twitter: emilydowgialo


Project: Spent

Spent is a practical and versatile budget tracking, money management app, offering users an easy-to-read visualization of their finances and a detailed log of their spending habits. With Spent, you can create budgets, set spending goals, and store information about your recent purchases. The interactive dashboard features graphs, which segment the user’s expenditures into categories, and auto updating widgets, which illustrate spending metrics and statistics. Online purchases can be monitored with Spent’s dynamic package tracking feature, which displays the last place a package was scanned, its delivery status, and plots its current location on a map.


Inas Hyatt

Inas graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a degree in Ethnic Studies, and was later employed by AmeriCorps in Menlo Park, CA. There she designed educational programs for at-risk youth with the goal of encouraging academic achievement. Immersed in the start-up culture of Palo Alto, she grew eager to get involved in tech. After graduating from AmeriCorps, she joined an ed-tech start-up where she utilized SQL to best manage client accounts. It was at this company, where Inas was able to network with the female engineers who recommended various online coding classes. After one class, Inas became hooked on web development and algorithms. In Inas’ free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, hiking, and eating contests.

Twitter: InasHyatt


Project: Camp Buddy

Camp Buddy is a fun social platform that is designed to allow coding boot-campers the chance to connect and network. With it’s visually appeasing layout, campers are able to access past written notes, and questions, edit their profile information, and search for questions or solutions relevant to them. Interacting with Camp Buddy is easy too! Once a comment is made on a camper’s question, they are notified via email the username of the camper who commented and the comment that they wrote. Campers are also able to vote on each individual response, to better reflect the best solution to a difficult problem. When social platforms like stackoverflow feel too intimidating or overly advanced, then Camp Buddy is your solution.


Joyce Lin

After going back to school for her MBA, Joyce started her career in technology as a product manager. Since then, she has worked at a startup, post-acquisition firm, and an older, established organization. Throughout all of her experiences in tech, Joyce is most excited by the fast pace of evolving technology. There is always something new to learn, a new way of doing what previously seemed impossible or cumbersome, and a new means of impacting people’s lives through technology. She looks forward to growing her career as a full stack developer. When she’s not out and about exploring her new home city of San Francisco, she can be found designing an automatic kitty toilet flusher for her 2 cats, Honey and Charlie.

Twitter: PetuniaGray


Project: christopher walken

The smartest walking app for planning and rating landmarks for urban walks
– Explore parks, civic art, and landmarks in San Francisco
– Add or save destinations to construct a walking trip
– Rate and review landmarks, providing your own notes and uploading your own images
– See recommendations for other highly rated landmarks located near your current route
– See recommendations for other landmarks based on your preferences
– Send step-by-step walking directions to your phone via email

Julie Nager

Julie first became interested in computer programming while building data models as a Business Analyst. Her strange love of writing layered Excel formulas led her to seek out computer programming, where she could work on more complex technical puzzles. Julie studied Java at and took online courses before deciding to dive fully into coding with Hackbright. Through those courses and her time at Hackbright, Julie has confirmed her passion for programming and solving technical challenges. Prior to Hackbright, Julie graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in History and worked as a Business Analyst and a Product Manager. Julie is looking forward to tackling many more programming challenges as part of an engineering team after Hackbright.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn

Project: BabyPool

BabyPool allows users to create social betting pools for the birth of a child. Expectant parents provide their expected due date and their preferences for the financials of the pool (cost per time slot, max spend per bettor, etc.). The app then dynamically generates an interactive “BabyPool” with time slots before and after the expected due date. This BabyPool can be shared with friends and family, who can purchase time blocks and potentially win the BabyPool if the baby is born during their claimed time slot. BabyPool is a fun, interactive web app designed to give expectant parents an easy way to facilitate a social game that revolves around the happy arrival of their new family member.

Katie Lundsgaard

Katie graduated with a degree in Psychology and began her career providing support for nonprofits. She transitioned to the tech world as a customer success engineer at a webscraping startup, and soon after expanded her role to senior product specialist. Katie played a critical role in planning and driving product improvements and worked with the engineering team to prioritize bugs and features. Katie was able to obtain a wide breadth of front end knowledge, and quickly became hungry to solve more complex problems and pursue a career as a programmer. Katie has enjoyed learning the full stack at Hackbright and is eager to apply her skills as a software engineer. She loves squashing bugs, knitting hats, and riding bikes through San Francisco.


Project: GastroHub

GastroHub allows users to collect restaurants to visit and reports on those restaurants. Users can view their restaurants on a map, see Uber price estimates from their current location, and mark restaurants as visited and liked. On the dashboard, users can view custom restaurant statistics, create groups of friends, invite other users, and create and share lists of local establishments to visit together.

Katie Simmons

Katie supplemented her shiatsu and massage therapy business for over a decade with contracts ranging from hardware solutions for small businesses to web development projects before transitioning to software engineering, API support and network and systems administration at a financial market data feed in Chicago. As a software engineer, Katie enjoys solving complex problems with an eye toward scalable and human-friendly code. After Hackbright, she looks forward to working as a full-stack software engineer. When not at her laptop, Katie is probably watching a horror movie cuddled up with her cats and partner, lifting weights, or trying a new restaurant with friends.


Project: HorrorShow

HorrorShow is a place for horror movie fans to create collections of horror movies and browse other users’ collections. Werewolf coming-of-age stories? Feminist slasher subversions? Wes Craven’s entire oeuvre? Get as specific as you want to with sub genres – and see where to watch those movies right now.

Kelly Higgins

Kelly holds the distinction of being a real life pirate who lived aboard a ship for four years. She sailed the world’s seas, from Antarctica to the South Pacific, battling poachers and protecting endangered wildlife. Her degree in Communications & Media Strategy launched Kelly into tech as Marketing Director/Product Manager for a web architecture firm, until she was enlisted to serve aboard Sea Shepherd’s flagship. As Media Director, Kelly overhauled the department to break web traffic records,and she served as COO during the establishment of the organization’s international headquarters in Amsterdam. Kelly brings a positive attitude, a passion for learning, and the people skills that come from living aboard a ship with 40 people.

Twitter: kellyxvx


Project: A Pirate’s Radio

A Pirate’s Radio builds custom playlists of songs centered around keywords in the lyrics. Adventurers can log in with their Spotify account, and with the click of a button have a playlist created for them based on their current location, or a journey by car, bike, or foot. If you want to build your own custom playlist, the Pirate’s Radio Muse will build you a playlist around any subject appearing in the lyrics. The playlists are saved to your Spotify account, and your personal Pirate’s Radio is ready to be taken on any adventure you dare!

Kelsey Onstenk

Kelsey Onstenk has a natural love and curiosity about the world and people, which led her to a degree in Psychology. After college Kelsey started working with children with autism, but being a lifelong learner, she also continued to take classes at a community college in her free time. Having always loved technology, Kelsey followed her curiosity and took a class in Java. She enjoyed the challenge, creativity, and problem solving so much that she began to teach herself using online resources. Eventually, she decided that a career change was the right decision, and made her way to Hackbright to learn alongside other engineers. Kelsey is excited about continuing to learn Web Development and about being apart of the tech community.


Project: Beautiful Lines

Beautiful Lines is a visual library and study tool for Artists. In a real life drawing class, a model would pose in front of a class, changing poses at set intervals for students to study while drawing or painting. Beautiful Lines aims to replicate that experience for practice outside of class. User’s can create boards and save images from online that they can then use in study sessions. Beautiful Lines is integrated with Pinterest, so that users can transfer their own images from Pinterest for use in study sessions on Beautiful Lines. Users can separately search their own images or all images on Beautiful Lines, to find references or new inspiration!

Maggie (Min) Yang

Maggie comes from a background in payments at Visa, Inc. where she was a Program Manager for three compliance and fraud related programs for a portfolio of 14,000 enterprise and small business merchants. In this role, she became the business lead on an in-house application supporting the compliance program. She also worked closely with the development team and through that became excited about programming challenges. She began exploring Coursera courses on her own, and then landed at Hackbright where she found that the problem solving aspects of programming were just what she was looking for in a career. She has enjoyed the challenges of building a web app and looks forward to a future as a software engineer and a lifetime of learning.

Twitter: maggieminyang


Project: Fare Share

Fare Share is an app built for friends living in different cities who want to travel together. It allows each user to create trips for a group of users. All users of that trip can then one-click-search flights for everyone in the group. The app uses the Google Flights API to find the cheapest dates/destinations for everyone on the trip. All search results in a trip are then viewable by all users of that trip, and all users can then vote for their preferred option for that trip. With easy-to-view Google Maps of flight paths and Chart.js summaries of the flight prices, Fare Share makes it easier for friends living all over to plan travel together.

Melissa Glickman

Melissa graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in CS. After graduation Melissa spent several years working as a Build & Release Engineer. She enjoyed her work, but decided to take a break from Build & Release to pursue advanced educational degrees. She attended and graduated from the CSUJ iSchool with a Masters degree in Archive & Records Administration. Upon graduation she was accepted as a PhD student into the Gateway PhD Program at QUT in Brisbane, AUS. Melissa was pioneering a field of study based on cloud storage. While pursuing her PhD, Melissa realized her passion was software development rather than academia and enrolled in Hackbright to refresh and expand her software knowledge.

Twitter: RekordQueen


Project: Find My Food Truck

Where is that pesky food truck parked today? The app provides users with necessary information to know exactly where their favorite truck is parking for the day. Users are able to follow multiple trucks and with the click of a few buttons see a truck’s own website, yelp reviews, and twitter feed. Beyond searching current and upcoming schedules of a truck, the app also provides users with a map and a route based on their geolocation.

Monique Blake

Monique’s professional life toggles between Electrical Engineering and Backend Software Engineering. A graduate of Smith College with a degree in engineering, Monique’s work has ranged from building haptic feedback devices, to testing VSAT systems and XBee based products. In the past few years, she has also been heavily involved in STEM education. In her free time, Monique makes jewelry on the side and publishes tutorials on Instructables (member munnub). She is self-taught in several instruments: piano, guitar, xylophone, auxiliary percussion, and speaks Mandarin. In 2013 Monique received an award from the National Academy of Engineering for bringing awareness to the sustainability ethics towards nuclear waste dumping.

Twitter: MoniqueBlake0


Project: StrollSafely

StrollSafely finds the safest possible route in NYC based on crimes provided by NYC Open Data via Google Maps. Based on a start and end location, the StrollSafely geocodes the user’s input, and uses Google API information to map out the steps in the route. The backend generates waypoints by interpolating and looking at which geohashes does the route fall under based on the NYC crime data. If the route falls on a high crime area, it checks other potential options against high crime areas and finds the safest route. The map shows the original Google suggested route and then the adjusted safer route.

Nija Mashruwala

Nija is a DevOps professional increasing her skill-set to include full-stack web development. She makes big computers go fast. And now, she does it with python too! Nija has worked with computers professionally for just over 20 years. In that time, she has had experience on every platform – DOS, Windows, Mac OS X, Unix, and Linux. She mostly uses CentOS or Ubuntu for work, and has a special place in her heart for FreeBSD and IRIX.


Project: Chatty

Chatty is a python micro-service with a RESTful API, responsive front-end, and integrated chat bot. Users can interact via the web interface, command line, or any other service that understands http and JSON. There are three major components to the service: the server, which implements the API; a one-way event bus; and a listener class. The server publishes events to the bus, which notifies all listeners subscribed to that event. The chat bot analyzes the event it receives from the bus, and posts a response to the server using the API.

Patricia Korijn

After moving to the Bay Area from the Netherlands, Patricia attended UC Berkeley. Thereafter, she earned an M.F.A. in Design from AAU in 2011. Post-graduation, she was hired by Visual Therapy, a luxury lifestyle and consulting company located in New York, where she developed Visual Therapy’s online voice. After a successful stint in New York, Patricia returned to the Bay Area to work for Gymboree, where she was tasked with supporting seasonal product development and creating hindsight sales analysis. Living in the Bay Area for years, Patricia entered the start-up scene where she created two successful companies, She was responsible for marketing, financial planning, product design, UX design and investment strategy.

Project: Scuber

Scuber is a new way to travel fast from point “A” to point “B” by scooter. This web app allows passenger’s looking for ride-share to save time and make friends on short trips throughout San Francisco. Passengers can book a scooter ride at the touch of a button and experience an enjoyable way of travel.

Scuber allows for registration by both driver’s and passenger’s. On the driver side, a claimed ride will provide the driver with the prospective passenger’s contact information. The driver can view his/her own ride history as well as the passenger’s rating.
On the passenger side, the passenger can enter a pick-up destination and a suggested route will populate. They also have access to their ride history and can rate their driver.

Sarah Fleming

Sarah graduated from the University of Missouri in 2014 with a BS in Mathematics. She moved to San Francisco shortly after where she worked as an actuarial analyst. While at this job, Sarah received her first taste of how powerful software could be. She worked in Fortran and VBA, but was eager to learn more modern programming languages and tools. The more she learned about these tools, the more she knew she wanted to pursue a career as a software engineer. After digging deeper into Python, Computer Science, and data analysis through Hackbright and her project, Sarah is excited to apply her math background as a software engineer in a field that is always evolving and coming up with better and faster solutions.

Twitter: sajafleming


Project: Sunset Funset

Have you ever been to a new city and wondered where to watch the sunset? Sunset Funset does the hard work for you by analyzing topographic data from the USGS to find the best sunset viewing locations for a given area. It does this by searching for peaks within a certain radius of a user-specified location. These peaks are then further evaluated as sunset viewing points by testing if the view is obstructed to the west. They are ranked using a variety of criteria including their elevation and their viewing angle. The top-ranked sunset viewing points are then plotted on a map along with sample sunset pictures from each location that are pulled from the Flickr API.

Veronica Erick

Veronica graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and Business. While in college she did an internship at Lagunitas Brewing Company in the marketing department and deeply enjoyed the technical side of the field. Most recently she worked at an art manufacturing company and a financial consulting firm, assisting with marketing and various IT projects. In her free time Veronica enjoys travel, live music and hunting for the best food and tastiest beers in the Bay Area.


Project: Wanderful

Wanderful is an adventure and events discovery page designed to make planning excursions more fun and efficient. Users search by location and date, and the app curates local listings of the highest rated attractions for the given location, and events for that date. Each search result includes details and a map to make navigation easy. The app helps users avoid the endless loop of re-saving and re-finding travel information, since they can save search results to their agenda to view later on a single page. Users can send themselves SMS reminders about upcoming saved events or invite their friends. Wanderful helps users save time by providing a one stop place to find, save and be reminded of all of the adventures they want to go on.

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35 Amazing Web Apps by Hackbright’s Latest Grads

During the last four weeks of Hackbright Academy’s 12-week software engineering fellowship, each student puts her new programming skills to use and builds a web app. From desserts to diversity, the below 35 web apps brilliantly highlight the unique personalities of our grads. Read on and be inspired!

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Alena Kruchkova

Twitter: PyGurl


Hackbright Project: Rocketmen

Have you ever wondered how many people are in space right now? Who are they? How long have they been out there? Rocketmen provides users with realtime information about astronauts. Keep tabs on who’s floating, what they are like and who’s been in space the longest. Follow them as they work and explore in zero gravity. Share their photos and videos via Twitter. Be notified when the number of people in space changes. Rocketmen makes it easy for you to spot the International Space Station (ISS) and watch it on a map as it moves across the globe. You can also request a forecast of the next visible pass for any location in the world. Explore astronaut statistics with Rocketman’s data visualization tool.

About Alena

Alena graduated from college with a degree in Film & Media Arts. She then worked as a Producer/Production Manager on features, TV shows, documentaries, and numerous media projects. After moving to SF Alena worked at the Academy of Art as a Department Manager for School Of Motion Pictures and Television. As she worked on developing more effective operational approaches for communicating with academic teams and student body through technology she was first introduced to coding. Her interest in Computer Science kept growing as she taught herself new technical skills, eventually leading Alena to Hackbright. After Hackbright she looks forward to combining her ability to problem solve effectively with her skills as a software engineer.

Alice Pao


Hackbright Project: Project ReadMe

Project ReadMe finds the books you want to read for free at the libraries closest to you! The web app provides any book’s details such as summary and average rating and helps you discover its real-time availability by searching multiple public library systems at once. The app renders this availability on a map to help you visualize and discover the library branch (and its wonderful book collection) right around the corner from you.

About Alice

Alice graduated from University of Pennsylvania majoring in English and History and built her marketing/BD career in the startup and VC practices of global law firms Latham and Orrick. While analyzing tech deal flow and organizing entrepreneurial programs, she found herself inspired by the tech community. Last year, while traveling three continents, Alice self-studied programming and has been coding every day since her return to the Bay Area. Post-Hackbright, Alice would like to work as a full-time software engineer, melding her experience in software and marketing/BD to help her team reach the next level. When not coding, Alice can be found training for her first half-marathon, eating out, playing board games, and reading tons of books.

Alitsiya Yusupova


Hackbright Project: HireBright

HireBright is an app that helps to connect applicants with recruiters. As an applicant you can submit your application in txt or pdf of your resume and see your application status. As a recruiter you have access to data of all applicants, you can schedule and cancel interviews, search for applicants and see results ordered by relevancy, see your upcoming and past interviews, and see applicant GitHub profile and resume. It has a pair programming tool to solve code challenges remotely in real time. The app also sends an SMS when an interview is scheduled via Twilio API.

About Alitsiya

Alitsiya graduated from university in Moscow, Russia with a degree in Computer Engineering and for more than 5 years worked for well-known Russian Tech company Yandex as a Search Quality Analyst and a Project Manager. Then she moved to US and worked as a part of Xbox localization team in Microsoft. She wrote her first program in High School in Basic, and used Pascal for her graduation project at university, during the past couple of years she found herself exploring modern programming languages like Python and finally decided to move into new career as a Software Developer. In her spare time Alitsiya loves to wake up early in the morning to take pictures of the beautiful Bay Area and usually carries bag full of photo accessories.

Allian Roman

Twitter: I_am_Allian


Hackbright Project: Check Engine

Check Engine enables users to find maintenance information for their vehicle based on the car’s specifications and current mileage. Users can see a list of upcoming maintenance items and find details for each task, including DIY resources. Authenticated users can keep track of their maintenance history, store completed items, and update their mileage to see new maintenance needs. The app uses the Edmunds dataset of commercially sold cars in the US since 1990.

About Allian

Allian earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she explored how to design and build mechanical systems. To supplement school work, she sought practical experience by participating in Formula SAE and working as a machine shop technician. After graduating she worked for a submarine component manufacturer, where her responsibilities included troubleshooting assembly problems and writing repair instructions. Her experiences with mechanical systems have given her an appreciation for software’s importance in developing smart machines. Her curiosity led her to learn more about software development, where she enjoys understanding and designing the nuts and bolts of code.

Anli Yang


Hackbright Project: BobaFetch

BobaFetch provides an easy tool for finding and getting to your new favorite boba shop. Intended for runners and walkers who love bubble tea, this app curates local restaurant results for selecting a restaurant and provides a helpful map and directions for navigating to it. Users can limit their searches based on their running/walking speed and how much time they have available for procuring these delightful drinks. Users can also track their favorite and visited restaurants.

About Anli

Anli graduated from Wellesley College, where she double majored in environmental studies and economics. After stints in event-planning and academic research administration, Anli moved to the bay area in 2012 to work at a subscription e-commerce company. While it went from a scrappy start-up to being acquired, Anli had the opportunity to work directly with customers and cross-functionally across the organization, and discovered passions for creating joy for users and working with databases and code. After Hackbright, she’s excited to build her skills as a full-stack software engineer and empower others looking to join the tech industry. Beyond the nets, Anli can be found outside running, inside crocheting, or anywhere eating ice cream.

Annie He


Hackbright Project: NomNow!

NomNow! is a user-driven web app that provides the ability to make informed decisions on choosing a restaurant based on current wait times, popularity, and proximity. Users can search for nearby restaurants or by cuisine and get a map and list of restaurants with the most recent user-reported wait times. Sorting and filtering features allow for more tailored results. Users can also choose to receive text notifications for reminders when their wait time is up, allowing for more control over their time instead of hovering outside a restaurant.

About Annie

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, Annie began working in the MIS department of a small non-profit where she often found herself troubleshooting and streamlining processes. She enjoys problem solving, and attending Hackbright grew her technical skills and offered the intellectual stimulation she needs in her professional life. Coding is empowering and she can’t wait to change the ratio as a full stack software engineer. When she’s not coding, you’ll find her eating her heart out at the hottest new restaurants in the Bay Area or crushing her friends and family on board game nights.

Bekka Murphy


Hackbright Project: SafeRun

SafeRun is a fitness tracker and running path generator, made with the nighttime runner in mind. The app renders a map and directions based on user-entered start and end points. Users may optionally view government data on existing streetlight outages. In response to such data, users may update their course to avoid unlit areas with a simple drag of the running path polyline; SafeRun will dynamically update the map and directions. After creating a course, users can save it for a future run, or add it to their run history, along with run metrics. The profile page displays workout data, including pace and distance over time, in chart format, giving users the ability to easily discern their run progress over time.

About Bekka

Bekka studied Philosophy at UC San Diego. Her affinity for logic drew her to the LSAT and eventually law school, where she pursued interests in criminal defense and intellectual property. When she began taking courses in Java to better understand the facts of some IP cases, programming quickly became her favorite hobby. She’s excited to be back in the Bay Area, and to continue learning and building.

Celia Waggoner


Hackbright Project: Pulse

Pulse is a web application that helps people discover workout studios and fitness classes. Pulse displays details about the studios including the location, class types, and Yelp star rating, as well as ratings and tips generated by users. Users can create an account in order to review studios and instructors, save their favorite studios, and set weighted preferences in order to view an individualized score for each studio.

About Celia

Originally from Cleveland, Celia graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Urban Studies in 2013. She spent some time backpacking through Southeast Asia and then found herself in San Francisco about a year and a half ago. Living in the Bay Area and working at Yelp inspired Celia to start learning to program through part-time and online classes. She soon realized that she loves to code and decided to pursue software engineering full time.

Chandrika Achar


Hackbright Project: House of Cards

Do you know who your president is? Great! Do you know who your senators and your representative are? Not bad! Do you know who your state level representatives are? Didn’t think so. Enter House of Cards, an app that uses the Sunlight Foundation API and JavaScript geolocation to retrieve your personal state and federal representatives. Study notes rendered with dynamic CSS, flip through custom flashcards and quizzes based on what you want to learn, keep track of your highest scores, and clear existing scores via an AJAX request. Because the only way to make sure your voice is heard is by knowing who your voice is.

About Chandrika

A Rice University alumna, Chandrika was a nuclear pharmacist in Nashville, TN for the past 7 years. As an Authorized User of radioactive materials, she compounded and dispensed radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging studies and select therapies. She loved working with her team to resolve Tc-99m resource management and delivery routing issues to ensure timely delivery of time-sensitive doses. She also participated in a rotating shift schedule, and is excited to be entering a field where she can have a normal circadian rhythm again. Chandrika loves problem-solving, learning new skills, and introducing others to cool concepts. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and taking practice Canadian citizenship tests for fun.

Chelsea C. Little

Twitter: tullyandtsegi


Hackbright Project: As❤naGenerator

As❤naGenerator gives users a tool to create a yoga sequence, with an extensive and original database of asanas to create a beginning, intermediate or advanced practice. Intended for yoga teachers looking for specialization and variety in their classes, it is also useful for all yoginis and yogis within their home practice/self-study. This app queries the database to search for selected asanas and builds a personalized sequence based on user input; with specific features that allow for randomization, Sanskrit translation quizzing, pose detail, pregnancy contraindication searching, and receiving a “Pose-of-the-Day” text message using the Twilio API. Once registered and logged in, users can also save their generated sequences for future use.

About Chelsea

Chelsea graduated from UCLA with her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Economics, Gender & Globalization). Realizing her love for teaching, she received two California Single Subject Teaching Credentials in Social Science and English, as well as her MA in Education. After teaching for 5 years as a High School, Alternative Education, Online, Special Education and Adult School Teacher in the East and South Bay Area, she was drawn towards technology and the way that it can transform all fields; from the classroom and beyond. Looking to incorporate her passions into coding and software development led her to pursue a new career as a Full Stack Software Engineer. Chelsea is also a mama, yoga teacher and adventurer, loving worldwide eco-travel.

Doria Keung

Twitter: doriaKeung


Hackbright Project: Office Jukebox

Office Jukebox is a crowd-sourced music player. It allows any user to create a new jukebox that they have ownership and admin rights over (authenticated through a Flask session cookie). They are able to play/pause/skip music and search for/add new songs from Spotify to their playlist through AJAX requests. The jukebox also provides a unique URL used to invite guests. All users on a jukebox are connected through WebSockets, allowing realtime updates. Guests are given a limited view, with the ability to add songs to the playlist and upvote/downvote other songs. When a song is voted on, an updated version of the playlist will render for all users, ordered based on votes. And when the party’s over, the admin can end the jukebox session.

About Doria

Doria graduated with an HBA in Business Administration and began her career in market research and management consulting. She worked on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research projects. As an analyst, she worked on research design, data analysis, and report writing. Doria quickly recognized her favorite things about her work involved coding, so she began a small Python study group at work. After she left her job, this passion drove her to transition towards the tech industry. She continued her self-study and decided to come to Hackbright to build a career as a full stack software engineer. When Doria isn’t coding, she can be found playing video games, jogging, and exploring new restaurants.

Dori Runyon


Hackbright Project: Broadcast

Do you love seeing live music and want to discover up-and-coming artists? Broadcast quickly searches for concerts based on whatever mood and city you’re in. Enter an artist and city (or let the geolocator automatically determine your city) and Broadcast will ask the Spotify API for related artists, then will asynchronously request each artist’s calendar from the Songkick API to determine if the group has any upcoming events. Multiple searches can be performed by clicking on artist images making subsequent searches easy and fun. A user can save events they find interesting to their profile and view event venues on an interactive map. Users can also create a playlist based on their saved events.

About Dori

A Bay Area native, Dori attended the Ohio State University where she was on the OSU synchronized ice skating team and graduated with a B.A. in Economics. Dori previously worked in finance, most recently as a research analyst at Albourne. As a research analyst covering many tech focused late stage VC and private equity managers, she became fascinated by the tech industry. She is particularly interested in the intellectual challenges provided by software engineering. Other than coding, Dori enjoys live music, board games, and traveling by train.

Elsa Birch

Twitter: elsabirch


Hackbright Project: Gallery Wall

It is trendy to hang a collected gallery of pictures together as a larger composition. Gallery Wall produces visually pleasing arrangements from a set of user provided pictures. Users can select from different styles, such as columnar or cloud-like. Continually varying layouts are produced dynamically for any gallery of pictures, regardless of sizes and numbers of pictures. Users may save and compare wall layouts for a single gallery, and handy dimensions are provided for hanging.
Sample sets of pictures are also available for users to try the layout algorithms and heuristics designed specifically for this project. The Object Oriented design of the arrangement process also lends itself to experimentation and extension!

About Elsa

Elsa has a PhD from Stanford in Chemical Engineering, and a bachelors degree in the same from CU Boulder. Most recently she spent two years in a fast-paced technical consulting role, engaged in rapid hands-on troubleshooting and litigation support. As a graduate student she used Matlab to build simulations of the chemical processes in microorganisms. During this time she focused also on data-visualization, presentation design, and was introduced to software development tools such as version control and testing. Drawn back to coding, Hackbright has been a wonderful place to take her programming from scientific to engineering. Outside of engineering, Elsa enjoys the farmers’ market, analogue office supplies, and drawing.

Emily M. Lam

Twitter: emilymlam


Hackbright Project: VeganHub

Tired of not being able to find results that suit your vegan lifestyle? VeganHub is a resource for vegans that enables users to search for restaurants and to check if their favorite wine, beer or liquor is vegan friendly. This app is a pleasant way to search for restaurants that will always be vegan without the hassle of sifting through irrelevant results. Rest assured that with this app, you can now search like everyone else!

About Emily M. Lam

A first generation graduate, Emily studied Management Information Systems at San Jose State University. She spent two years as a test engineer at Quixey, a startup in Mountain View. At Quixey, Emily was further exposed to engineering and her interest grew. Being able to see how pieces connect from a concept to a deployed app excited her. She collaborated with engineers across teams to give back by hosting tours for low income students. She found herself taking online programming classes but wanted to pursue it full-time. The excitement, challenges and rewards of programming are what led her to Hackbright. Emily loves to be involved and is enthusiastic to share her knowledge with her community.

Emma Ferguson

Twitter: EmmaAnAnalyst


Hackbright Project: NextBook

Many avid readers suffer from Reading List Paralysis: you finish a book, and you’re overwhelmed by your overflowing bookshelf. How to pick just one?

NextBook stops RLP before it starts by providing one tailored book suggestion a day, for anyone with a Goodreads account. When a user signs up, NextBook pulls their book ratings from the Goodreads API, then retrieves additional book data from the Google Books & OpenLibrary APIs. Multiple machine learning models are trained on each user’s ratings; the most accurate model selects books to recommend from NextBook’s library. Users are emailed just one title per day, avoiding option overload entirely! Feedback is collected on every suggestion, so NextBook can improve recommendations over time.

About Emma

Emma spent the last four years working as a data analyst in San Francisco. She began her career in digital marketing, with clients across a huge range of industries. She began learning about R & Python while working with the data engineers on new internal analyst tools. Just before Hackbright, Emma was the only analyst at a small startup; her role was, loosely, “handle all the numbers stuff”. She designed their first data pipelines, partnering with vendors for technical implementations. She realized how much more efficient (& fun!) it would be to build her own data collection & storage, which led to pandas, APIs, database specs, and Hackbright. She looks forward to working on more backend systems & expanding her data engineering skills.

 Erin Allard


Hackbright Project: P2P Lens

Peer2Peer Lens provides Lending Club investors with clean, modern visualizations of their account’s performance.

Intended for the savvy peer-to-peer investor for whom the Lending Club interface just isn’t enough, the app leverages a user’s Lending Club API key to obtain information about the loans for which they hold notes. Using this data a diverse selection of personalized charts appear, highlighting metrics such as Loan Grade, Loan Status, Loan Term, Loan Purpose and Loan Amount. Users can also view a complete list of their note details. For account security, user API keys are encrypted using the AES 128 algorithm before being entered into the database.

About Erin

After earning a BA in Economics and MS in International Real Estate, Erin purchased her first rental property at age 25 and fully restored a 1906 Crafstman home before turning 27. The confidence she gained from the renovation compelled her to learn other things she thought would be hard, including coding. She took online courses in JavaScript and Python before jumping into a LinkedIn hackathon. Convinced she loved building with code just as much as building with power tools, she applied to Hackbright. Erin looks forward to working with smart, passionate people on computational & backend engineering challenges. She holds a CA real estate license, has both US & Canadian work eligibility, loves to make quilts and is teaching herself physics.

Florence Loi


Hackbright Project: Fetch

Want to grab a bite during an outing with your dog? Fetch helps you choose from 300+ dog-friendly restaurants in 30+ cities. Natural language processing extracts content from reviews in Yelp’s Challenge Database regarding restaurants’ dog-friendliness and food quality. Then, scores from 0 (negative) to 1 (positive) are computed based on the sentiment for each category. Dynamic visualizations allow users to seamlessly compare individual restaurants, cities, and states. Restaurants are displayed on an interactive map using the Google Maps and Yelp APIs.

About Florence

Florence Loi graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics. After graduation, she worked as a researcher in Stanford University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery with the goal of pursuing a career in medicine. After several years of processing data for statistical analysis, she saw an opportunity for technology to expedite this process and became interested in the ways in which technology could facilitate workflow processes and make them more efficient. With that, Florence completed courses on Codecademy and read JavaScript books before starting at Hackbright. She looks forward to further developing her skills as a full-stack software engineer. When she’s not coding, Florence can be found out hiking with her dog.

Vianey Munoz Gallegos


Hackbright Project: Spot Finder!

Spot Finder is a web application that helps you find the best State and County for you to live in based on preferences such as cost of living, salary, safety and demographics. It uses an algorithm that calculates and ranks the States most suitable for you. The results are shown on a choropleth map and you can also see charts of top ranked states, according to your profile. You can also go into every County of any selected State and review relevant statistics.

About Vianey

Vianey Munoz Gallegos was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She holds a B.S degree in Computer Engineering as well as a M.S in Management of Information Technology. Fluent in Spanish and English, Vianey has over ten years of experience in software development and information technology management. She started her career in systems support and then moved to development for a number of years before going into project management. She recently became a U.S Permanent Resident and moved to SF. Being new to the local tech industry, Vianey has since devoted herself to updating her coding and programming knowledge in order to successfully transition her IT career.

Kara Yount

Twitter: karamyount


Hackbright Project: CommuKNITty

CommuKNITty is a full-stack web application where knitters can plan their yarny adventures. Knitters can see their current yarn inventory in their Basket, and maintain preferences of what they like to knit. From those preferences, users receive personalized recommendations of things to knit through calls to the Ravelry API. CommuKNITty maintains a Postgres database of knitting patterns and queries it to provide recommendations of what to knit with a yarn in a user’s Basket. Knitters can search for instructions for specific items, like a scarf or beanie, and view local yarn shops, retrieved from the Yelp API and displayed with Google Maps. If solo knitting gets lonely, they can join the larger commuKNITty and find a weekly knit night nearby.

About Kara

Kara Yount is no stranger to the engineering world. She studied business and electrical engineering before going on to become a technical consultant. Kara worked on projects that helped companies work more efficiently, and honed her skills in deployment, testing, and customer success. Remembering how much she enjoyed introductory coding courses in school, Kara started coding for fun. She came to Hackbright to continue to challenge herself and to embark on a new career. When she’s not coding, Kara, a self-taught knitter, can be found working on her latest yarn project.

Katie Atkinson


Hackbright Project: CryptoIM

This chat client uses encryption to secure the communication between two clients. Each message is encrypted with an RSA private key on the client and decrypted with the matching public key on the receiving client. This means the server never sees the raw message!

About Katie

As a software engineer Katie is looking forward to building things! She came to Hackbright after being a test engineer and finding creative ways to break software. Prior to obtaining that position she took a class in Python and really enjoyed the challenge of programming! As a test engineer she enjoyed working closely with software engineers, and continued to expand her knowledge of computer science by taking computer science courses on EdX. She chose to apply at Hackbright in order to learn more about computer science fundamentals.

Kaylie Kwon


Hackbright Project: Electable

Electable is a political campaign tracker and analytics tool for the U.S. presidential elections. It is a single-page web application with live data where the user is able to do the following:

1) View most up-to-date scores* of each candidate and the change from past 24 hours
2) Customize the score graph of each candidate with different dates and time intervals
3) View the breakdown of tweets between positive, negative, and neutral sentiments
4) Search through tweets by keyword, and visualize those results for all candidates
5) Customize the scoring model with user-entered weight system

*Each score is normalized based on the party’s total numbers, and factors include social media presence, poll numbers, and media coverage.

About Kaylie

Kaylie graduated from UC Berkeley with honors in History of Art and Business Administration (Haas School). Her first full-time role was at TechCrunch, where she found her passion for tech and startups. After an amazing year of designing billboards, implementing sales tracking software, and traveling halfway around the world to work with Google for Entrepreneurs Program, she joined the startup scene in New York to help companies with international growth. In all her roles, she especially enjoyed working with the engineering team, and eventually came to Hackbright to become an engineer herself. Kaylie loves the challenges of working with data and algorithm design but is also interested in the front-end aspects of UX and data visualization.

Kristin Parke

Twitter: KNParke


Hackbright Project: Ada Audio

adaΩaudio is a music media app that helps people discover new music. Users can enter their favorite song, artist, or music genre, and Ada will generate a customized music video playlist. The user input seeds a text-based playlist which is created using the EchoNest API and then the text playlist is converted to a music video playlist using the YouTube API. Ada automatically displays the music videos to the user and plays through the playlist. Every time a song or genre is entered, adaΩaudio generates a new playlist to increase the chances of new music discovery.

About Kristin

Kristin Parke graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a music degree and a second bachelor’s in biology. Most recently, she managed the Santa Barbara location of Nick Rail Music, an instrumental retail and repair specializing in music services for schools. This exposed Kristin to the powerful role of technology in the music industry and sparked her interest in programming. Kristin enjoys the continuous learning culture of the technology industry and is interested in the crossroads of music, media, entertainment and technology. When Kristin isn’t coding, she is training her cats to do tricks, hiking, or at the beach.

Leilani Taziri


Hackbright Project: MakeAlong

Bringing the world together one project at a time. In the MakeAlong online community, crafters can create a group for a project. To start a group, a user selects a pattern for the group or creates a pattern poll in which other members can vote on a selection of patterns. On the group’s page, users can post comments, photos and videos as they progress through the pattern. They can also tweet about their progress using the group’s hashtag. More users can easily be invited to the group via email. Crafters can opt into numerous groups based on their interests. Their homepage serves as a dashboard to view all participating groups.

 About Leilani

Post graduation from St. Mary’s College, Leilani began her professional work at an advertising agency. She then transitioned to the client side as a Marketing Project Manager at UC Berkeley Extension, where she created project timelines for varied marketing deliverables. Augmenting her detail-oriented mindset, Leilani began doing some front-end coding for the Extension website to fill in production gaps. This sparked a newfound talent: coming up with creative solutions to enhance a customer’s user experience. Desiring more knowledge to complement the front-end coding, she completed programming classes in her free time. Leilani looks forward to building on the skills she has learned at Hackbright as a fullstack software engineer.

Malika Nikhmonova


Hackbright Project: LingoChat

LingoChat lets people send and receive text messages with their friends and family in any language. By letting everyone use their own language, LingoChat allows for multilingual conversations. Users can create new contacts or import them from their gmail contacts. A user can preview and edit a translated message prior to sending it to their chosen contacts. If both users have an account in my application, they can chat with each other live in their own languages via websockets. There is also sentiment analysis where each user’s messages are broken down into positive, negative and neutral categories. Each user can also see which contacts got the most positive, negative or neutral messages. LingoChat – Your Channel. Your Chat. Your Language.

About Malika

Malika Nikhmonova is a Software Engineering fellow at Hackbright. Prior to coming to Hackbright, she was working as an Automation Engineer as well as a Release Manager at a solar power company in San Francisco. Her main responsibilities were developing, maintaining and extending scripts with Java to increase the testing efficiency of the web applications used by sales teams to sell solar panels. She was also responsible for managing and deploying weekly releases to production. The reason that she decided to attend Hackbright was because she wanted to improve her career opportunities and also gain a deeper understanding of web development. In her spare time, Malika enjoys learning new languages and practicing them with her friends.

Marisha Schumacher-Hodge

Twitter: MarishaSHodge


Hackbright Project: Diversitech

Diversitech is considered to be “The Glassdoor for Diversity in Tech Companies”. Created for job-seekers who are researching companies to work for and advocates of diversity and inclusion, this app analyzes tech companies’ publically-reported gender and ethnicity diversity data, allows current and former employees to write anonymous reviews on companies, and provides the most recent news on diversity efforts within that company. Users can search for a particular company to get a visualization of all of the diversity details and overall ratings for that company. Diversitech is unique in that it compares the diversity data for all of the tech companies in order to rank the top companies for gender and ethnic diversity.

About Marisha

Marisha graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations, and played professional soccer in the US and in Europe for a few years. After earning a master’s degree in education from Durham University, she became a NCAA Div. I collegiate soccer coach, using her leadership skills to promote student-athlete development and success. In 2015, she took advantage of the opportunity to launch a startup company and website with her sister, and quickly became interested in learning more about programming by taking online coding courses. She looks forward to continuing to build on her newfound passion and further developing her skills as a full stack developer. In her free time, Marisha enjoys hiking, reading and traveling.

Megan Peterson


Hackbright Project: Marvel Cinematic Universe

In the crazy world of Marvel superhero movies, it can be difficult to understand what’s going on at a given time. Is Ant-Man an Avenger? Who is Scarlet Witch? Why are Captain America and Iron Man fighting? The Marvel Cinematic Universe was designed to be an application where users can access movie information, see which characters are featured in a given movie, check out character back stories, and even visualize relationships between those characters. This visualization is created with a D3.js force layout and shows certain connections between the different characters in the MCU.

 About Megan

Megan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She moved to Denver, CO where she worked as an Account Manager at SpotX, an online video advertising platform. A year later, she founded the Business Analytics team at SpotX and became a visual data analyst. In this role, Megan worked to develop data visualizations using Tableau Software. Working closely with data, Megan became interested in how to interact with data at every level. She began studying relational databases and SQL in her free time. Megan is excited to take her new software engineering skills and combine them with her love for data visualization. In her free time, Megan likes hiking, trying new Denver breweries, and snuggling with her English Bulldog, Marvel.

Meg Bishop


Hackbright Project: DessertFinder

DessertFinder allows users to peek inside a wide cross-section of nearby restaurant menus and find their desired desserts. This app analyzes menu contents of the Locu/GetFound API to double-filter for likely dessert menus, and further searches within menu contents to extract dessert items containing descriptions or words matching the user’s search term.

A list of responsive dessert items is generated on-the-fly and provided with corresponding restaurant name and address, dessert name, dessert description, and price so that dessert items can be compared across restaurants.

Users can search for all desserts near a location, or specific dessert types. Dessert search results are plotted on a Google Map, using Google Map API.

About Meg

Meg began programming in high school, writing a text adventure game in BASIC. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in English. Working with developers in EDiscovery as Data Analyst, she enjoyed finding bugs, filing feature requests, and working with big data. She resumed studying programming in 2010 using online resources. Interested in Hackbright from its inception, Meg kept a keen eye on it while working as a Data Analyst and taking online courses in UNIX, SQL and Python. She looks forward to building her skills as a backend software engineer after Hackbright. When not programming, Meg is in the air at Circus Center refining her skills in Static Trapeze.

Melissa Fabros


Hackbright Project: BUILD-Reads

Melissa’s work with Berkeley Unified in Literacy Development, a program supporting under-resourced k-8 students in Berkeley and Oakland, inspired her BUILD-Reads project. She built a GoodReads-for-Kids web responsive app for mentors and scholars to motivate enjoyment of reading. A scholar can use BUILD-Reads to track his reading progress and to keep a reading history profile. He can log his daily reading progress, book ratings, and comments. A scholar reviews his improvements through data visualizations and reward badges, and he also can review his “book shelf” of cover images. BUILD-Reads also provides reading mentors with data visualizations of BUILD’s community impact and a machine learning book recommendation feature.

About Melissa

Prior to Hackbright, Melissa was a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley in English, and taught Core Curriculum and academic writing at UC Merced. Her interest in programming sparked during middle school, and her dissertation looks at an intersection between science and poetry. After teaching in Japan, California, and Massachusetts, she sees opportunities to scale her impact beyond the classroom by merging her professional problem-solving, communication, community outreach, and inquiry skills with her technical training. Most recently, she was teaching with Hackbright’s Part-Time program, and she was helping to launch Bridging Berkeley, a math and science tutoring program that matches UC Berkeley students with local middle school students.

Patricia Arbona

Twitter: Patricia_Arbona


Hackbright Project: MedMinder

Have you ever struggled to remember to take your medication during a busy day? Have you ever missed a doctor’s appointment because it slipped your mind? MedMinder was created to alleviate this challenge. MedMinder is a reminder web-app that dynamically displays a user’s personalized health information, empowering patients to take control of their healthcare. Your health should never be negatively impacted by missed doses due to complicated dosage schedules. MedMinder notifies the user’s upcoming prescription doses and future medical appointments, both within the app itself and also via email.

About Patricia

Patricia graduated with a degree in Latin American history from the University of Chicago. In her career before transitioning to software development, Patricia was an editor for a major textbook publisher. She wrote, edited, fact-checked, and translated secondary school texts from English to Spanish and Spanish to English. She is passionate about languages, specifically Spanish and Portuguese. The fascinating challenges translation posed allowed her to utilize languages as tools to resolve issues. As a software developer, she utilizes the power of coding languages to overcome barriers.

Shai Wilson

Twitter: shai_wilson_


Hackbright Project: View

Inspired by deep learning, View is an application that uses image pixel data in photos — a subset of computer vision — to identify visual characteristics.

When shown a photo of a flower, for example, the software responds with a group of like images. The software can predict the description of the image by identifying single objects.

View uses a large collection of data from the imagenet competition to simulate a neural network for processing incoming data. The rules are simple, search by text or image and View provides you with images within the same classification. Users can also contribute by tagging images to help enhance the image search process.

About Shai

Shai Wilson graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A in Art History and a double minor in Computer Science and Design. She played a pivotal role in reinstating USF’s Women in Computer Science Organization leading projects as the Chief Technology Officer. She was most recently a software engineering intern with the Internet Archive, a 503 non-profit. As an undergraduate, Shai has also worked with small tech companies in Japan and France, conducted undergraduate research in Dakar, Senegal, and landed in Hackathon competitions around the country.

Shalini Pyapali


Hackbright Project: Veganista

Ever wanted to try a vegan diet, but weren’t sure whether you would get enough protein? Veganista helps vegans or those trying a vegan diet to be aware of whether they are hitting their daily nutritional requirements. It offers users visual tools to check what percentage of their daily protein, carbohydrate and protein requirements they are satisfying based on dishes they enter into their account. Users can view daily percentages on a dish level, daily level and over the course of when they started entering dishes into the app, through different charts. Users can also view the list of dishes they have consumed on a particular day and a dish directory of all the dishes they have entered thus far.

About Shalini

Shalini Pyapali recently graduated from UC Davis with a degree in biochemistry. She decided to pursue software engineering after thoroughly enjoying an Introduction to Python course her senior year. She is particularly engaged by the tools out there to build cool web and mobile applications and is eager to gain experience as a full stack engineer. During her free time, Shalini loves delving into nutrition and healthy eating, which is the motivation for her project Veganista, which is a vegan nutrition tracker.

Shijie Feng

Twitter: Neon_Badger


Hackbright Project: Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown is a mischievous roulette mystery trip generator that can sweep you away on a spontaneous adventure. Users can log in with their Uber accounts, compose a story for their ideal escape, and see a top-rated mystery destination unfold on a story-book map. The destination contains just enough information to pique one’s interest but not spoil the surprise. Users can request a ride from Uber directly via Destination Unknown, complete with text message confirmation. Destination Unknown also provides users with insights into their own “Inside Out”: curiosity stats, mood triggers, and celebrity alter-egos. As the saying goes, “only the curious have something to find.” Destination Unknown will encourage you to forge a bolder path.

About Shijie

Shijie earned her BA in Economics from Yale and is a lawyer licensed in California and Arizona. She spent 3 years practicing commercial litigation and energy transactions, resolving conflicts and drafting contracts. During this period, Shijie cultivated an unlikely hobby in coding, reminding her of the times in college building web pages for nonprofits and writing R scripts to analyze data. After moving to San Francisco, Shijie started a coding study group at Google and realized she wanted to pursue a career in software engineering, bringing into this new career path the same vigor and tenacity as a lawyer. During her free time, Shijie likes to play with her cat Mylo and go to indie rock concerts with her husband.

Terri Wong LEE

Twitter: terriwonglee


Hackbright Project: Weekend Wanderlust

Weekend Wanderlust is an interactive map for weekend explorers in the San Francisco Bay Area. It maps upcoming weekend events, uncovers hidden-gems nearby, provides routing estimates and updated information to help users plan smarter for their weekend adventures. Hidden-gems are “hidden” by default, but users can discover them by clicking on an event, typing an address, using current location or activating the “Explorer Circle” to sweep around – all will lead to a more detailed map showing hidden-gems within 1 mile, tips & photos, and normal/popular hours. Users can save trip notes via sms for handy info on the go – and you will never get bored by discovering more.

About Terri Wong LEE

Terri graduated in Hong Kong with a BSs degree in Digital Graphic Communication & Business. As a branding-turned-UI/UX designer, she’s always passionate about the interplay between branding and cognitive sciences. She believes the understanding of human brains helps design. In 2012 she landed on a mobile app project where she discovered the exciting world of tech startups. Since then she has been actively involved in tech, and moved to the Bay Area to explore more. Terri loves to build. She’s a craftswoman-at-heart embracing maker culture. With the merge of design instinct and programming skills, she looks forward to becoming a full stack engineer with front-end niche to build products with intuitive interaction and better user experience.

Tiffany Hakseth


Hackbright Project: Reggie

Reggie is an app that shakes up the way companies create event websites and build registration flows. Reggie allows companies to dynamically create customized registration forms and build the event website with their specific design specifications. This app turns building an event website from a process that typically takes weeks into just minutes plus it enables complete customization throughout the process. The app also stores the registration data for companies, and ensures easy navigation and manipulation of data from the onset. Reggie makes registration easy and beautiful.

About Tiffany

Tiffany attended St. Catherine’s University, earning BAs in Spanish and International Business and Economics. Fresh out of college, she managed a political campaigning office, which led her to San Francisco, where she changed careers to event management. Her work centered around event registration where her primary focuses were website development, maintaining databases and reporting data to clients. She had the privilege to work with software engineers and loved working with the team on the technical aspect of events and decided to become a software engineer herself. Tiffany is enthralled at the prospects of continuous learning, and working at an innovative company that will let her flex her programming skills.


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