Hacker Fellows

Blending Development and Entrepreneurship (Intern Files #022)

I am not one of those people who knew they were going to be a Computer Scientist from birth or had been programming since they were nine years old (OK, bit of an exaggeration, but I know people who started programming really young). In fact, I had zero experience with programming!

Michigan’s Got Talent, Let’s Keep It

With over 700 applications for our 2019 program, these young developers are soon to make huge impact at the startups they are soon to work with! We‘ve always believed in the brilliant minds that Michigan has to offer and we’re confident 2019 will show that again. Help us in welcoming our 2019 Hacker Fellows and Interns!

Samantha Stewart (Startup Stories 18.07)

After graduating from UMich with a Psychology degree, I spent the majority of my early to mid-twenties traveling. I woke up one morning, just tired. Tired of packing, tired of moving, of living out of a suitcase, of building my bank account up just to obliterate it again, or not knowing what I was doing with my life. I decided to go to a coding bootcamp to become a web developer, moved back to Detroit and began working for Waymark. Now, I have more opportunity, skills, and freedom.

From Hired to Hiring (Startup Stories 18.06)

I chose to work for a large company in the automotive industry, or rather they chose me. And that was another misconception. The idea that they were doing me a favor rather than a mutual exchange. But I would soon come to realize that I would just be another number. A headcount. A body.

Finding the Way and Leaning In (Startup Stories 18.05)

I wanted to be a Physical Therapist when I started at Michigan State. I played sports my whole life, dealt with numerous injuries, and thought a career helping people recover from injuries was the right path for me. I ended up becoming a software developer…

Modding Calculators and Ping Pong (Startup Stories 17.04)

I've had a love for calculators, since getting my TI-Nspire that was required my freshman year of high school. Getting that calculator led to modding it for games in class, which led to more versatile calculators, which led to my interest in software development. Fast forward 6 years or so, I graduated from Michigan Tech with a Software Engineering degree and am now working with SU2 Systems

A Groundswell of Momentum (Startup Stories 17.03)

My path as a software developer has definitely been a groundswell of momentum. At age ten, I started to save money for a laptop, bought the laptop at age 11, at age 16 I got my first web dev job. Now at age 21, I'm working for ProNav Marine, building out their trolling motor and mobile application.