Despite being a high school student, I've been with Mixer since its foundation in 2014, all the way from our first working demo, to our acceptance into TechStars Seattle, to winning TechCrunch Disrupt NY, to getting acquired by Microsoft. Being the only mobile engineer at Mixer for two years taught me to iterate quickly while still paying close attention to detail, and I've learned to carry that mindset into the rest of my work as well.
I also organize AtomHacks at Bronx Science, regularly attend hackathons around the country, and have a passion for technical writing. However, when I'm not at my computer, I'm probably reading a book, biking, or playing badminton.
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In my free time, I love going to hackathons. In the 2014-15 season alone, I went to 18 MLH-sponsored hackathons, which was more than anyone else in the world had attended for that season. I used these hackathons to hone my skills, creating projects with technologies that I was unfamiliar with, and winning some prizes along the way.
As the only high school students at hackNY in 2016, Claire and I won first place with Accent, an app that we made in under 24 hours that assists users with learning a language through real-world context. We were awarded $1000 and given one Dell tablet each, and presented at the New York Tech Meetup as a result of winning first place. I've also placed at McHacks, Hack Gen Y, HackRU, Hack Upstate, and AngelHack.
I've written numerous tutorials, presentations, and more for Bronx Science Hackers, the programming club I started at my school. Some of the topics I've written about include introductions to web design, mobile development, and data science, as well as tutorials on using GitHub and Jupyter. Since we can only meet in school once a week, all of my writings on our club's website act as resources that club members are able to refer to at home.
I have a budding interest in data science, and to experiment with it, I occasionally attempt to enter challenges on Kaggle. For the competition about estimating the duration of New York City taxi trips, I created a feature that seemingly nobody had explored yet, and wrote a guide on how to incorporate it into an existing model.