Current Projects

12 months of giving

12 months of giving is an experiment in social giving. I'm giving a thousand dollars to charity every month, for a year, and my friends are helping me decide which ones. The catch is that they have to offer something to win me over, anything from volunteer hours to baked goods to matching my donation.

The Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation is a global network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Awesome Foundation chapters give monthly $1,000 grants to whatever they deem Awesome. I am currently the Dean of the Seattle Awesome Foundation.

Global Shapers

The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, is “a network of hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements, and their drive to make a contribution to their communities”. I am a founding member of the Seattle Global Shapers hub, whose focus is on empowering youth in the Pacific Northwest.

Past Projects

Arrived.

Advanced Interaction Design, Winter 2012

Arrived. was designed for the Microsoft Expo 2012 challenge “Information in My World”. We developed a device agnostic system that combines mapping systems, events, and contacts to help users get where they are going with minimal stress. Real-time information and smart predictions are used to dynamically generate routes and handle delays, to let users get where they want, when they want, how they want.

Watch our video prototype on Vimeo.

Mamalode

User-Centered Design, Fall 2011

Mamalode is a print magazine focused on supporting and networking current and expecting mothers. The goal of this project was to help Mamalode explore digital content distribution, in the form of an iPad magazine application. The final deliverable was a design specification/user research report and an interactive prototype (constructed with HTML, CSS, and javascript).

Olin-Draper AGV

Senior Capstone Program in Engineering, 2009-2010

The Olin-Drapor AGV was an Olin College SCOPE project to design and build an offroad robotics research platform for Draper Laboratory. We built the base hardware platform and developed proof of concept autonomous behaviors. The final goal was to autonomously follow GPS waypoints with half meter accuracy while preventing collisions.

Watch our final demo on Vimeo.

Home Entertainment Systems

Human Factors & Interface Design, Spring 2009

This home entertainment system redesign was done for Olin College's Human Factors and Interface Design course in the Spring of 2009. The focus of the project was on simplifying experience of using a home entertainment system, driving strongly towards a goal-centric interface instead of the current task-centric interaction.

One Velociraptor Per Child

Independent Web Design, Fall 2008

Most of the nearly two billion children in the developing world have inadequate access to dinosaurs. Some receive no paleontology training at all. One in three has never even seen a dinosaur in person. The One Velociraptor Per Child project set out to fix this dire situation.

(OVPC was a collaboration with the esteemed Greg Marra)