Last night, Walkstarter, the school walkathon fundraising platform I created, achieved a meaningful milestone — $250,000 in aggregate funding for schools. This is so awesome. It’s also very exciting that more and more schools across the U.S. are requesting to use this platform. I have never really written much about the platform and this seems Read More
A friend shared this delightful site recently: http://www.careergirls.org/ If you have a daughter and want to help her see that she can be anything that she dreams of being, check out this site with her. You can see videos of women in many different jobs ( astronaut – check, physicist – check, executive – check … and Read More
After a whirlwind five weeks, last night was the last session of the CoderDojo “Interactive Web” series of classes. The sustained effort of developing the content for each class was exhausting, but it was all worth it; seeing the ~60 boys and girls see their browsers come alive with their own code was a joy Read More
For the third time, my daughter and I teamed-up for a Hackathon. This time it was at Google for the “Code For India” Hackathon. The goal of the Hackathon was to create solutions to solve challenges related to problems in India. We picked the challenge related to advancing financial literacy for kids through gamification. Our Read More
Yesterday was the first session of a new series I am teaching. Organized by CoderDojo, the session was geared towards kids who have prior HTML experience. Through the series, I am going to introduce kids to interactive web development and Cloud services. We had the session at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus and had a full-house. Read More
My daughter and I teamed-up at the Mojio/Hertz Hackathon at NestGSV Silicon Valley yesterday. Our app — GoodGaadi — was the winner of the Social category. It uses real-time telematics to aggregate driving data to the Cloud. It then scores the data and enables individuals to have a safer driving competition with friends, family and colleagues. It’s the Read More
My daughter made her hackathon debut at Microsoft’s “Big Data Hackathon” yesterday+today. We used San Francisco parking meter data, map-reduced it with Hadoop and created Meterzilla — a site that helps you identify parking meters that are within walking distance of your destination (based on how many minutes you are willing to walk). It was Read More
My team’s app “HiveHere” won third place at the Facebook/Parse Mobile Dev Day Hackathon. Wooohoooo!!! HiveHere is an app that uses Bluetooth Low-energy to automatically match persons with similar interests at a conference.
Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.