Like most of my journey into the tech industry, my introduction to Hacker Fellows was plagued by imposter syndrome. I’m too old, I don’t have a degree in Computer Science, blah, blah, blah. Now that the 5-week training bootcamp is complete, I can confidently say that my imposter syndrome is banished...Almost...
Time to get super technical and tell you about Tome allows all of their engineers to build on wild IoT projects once a month. I spent two sessions building a system for a fully connected coffee roast that logged and visualized aspects of the roaster. GOOOOOONNNGGGGG, lab days and food, what more do you need?
Working in Start Garden’s co-working space, I met so many amazing people with such great ideas. One of the main perks of working at Start Garden is being exposed to the entrepreneurial ecosystem they are building within West Michigan. This network of doers, thinkers, makers is so embedded within the community. I'm still figuring out how I can remain part of this network despite moving back to Ann Arbor.
Sometimes I forget that I sit in-front of a computer 40+ hours a week. Ann Arbor is the perfect place to work, study and get drowned in an abundance of yummy food, bookstores and tech meetups. I'll most likely will be here to stay.
Building custom software used to programing projectors and acquiring sensor data is pretty neat. I didn't fall upon my experience at OPS-Solutions easily, it took serious persistence with my professional contacts and upmost value of my individuality. I am so thankful that I wore my calculator watch to Michigan Tech's job fair...
While running my own fashion startup, I decided to join Hacker Fellows Internship program to learn the inner workings of a growing tech startup. What makes a tech startup successful? How do you manage building software with multiple contributors? I wanted answers to these questions for my career trajectory. I'm now am realizing that this experience is positively affecting my company Ninety6.
I was driving around town with a car full of friends. We were all brainstorming possible internships. I thought, why not try and land an internship with StockX? Soon after that thought, I emailed their support team, asked if I can intern with them. About a week later, their CTO reached out...
Interning 9-5 InfoReady Corp., working on their UX/UI initiatives has already been a very nice summer experience. A few of the interns and myself wanted to make a point to take a step away from coding and get in shape. We created a workout Slack Channel! We call it ... not "Gymterns," "Gymfellows!" No gymtimidation here!
The honeymoon is over and 14 days of work at InfoReady Corp. down! To my surprise, my first week was planning for scale and my second week was sifting through mountains of Angular 2. This summer is building to be the season of working with a tech company full of mentorship and heavy hitting connections.
Prepping for my first day of work, I remember feeling both nervous and excited on Sunday night. Now that the first week of work is over, I can confidently say that working at Start Garden is an incredible opportunity for me to learn about the Smart City initiative and IoT. Grand Rapids will be the perfect place to live for the next eight weeks.