Over the weekend I took a break from my normal schedule of partying to participate in DCWEEK’s Hackathon. This Hackthon was two days, Saturday to Sunday. Teams up to four members competed to create an application the judges deemed ”the best” for prizes. There were no restrictions in what type of app you created but there were extra prizes for those who programmed for the Microsoft Surface.
My co-workers from JIBE – Adam Lloyd, James Petty and Boris Kozak formed our Hackathon team and arrived early Saturday. After getting briefed about the different APIs that were available to us we broke to a room to start coming up with ideas. We debated on a couple of ideas before settling on Sous Chef – a voice-activated recipe app that would work on the Microsoft Surface. 36 hours later we had a workable demo and the beginnings of a promising product.
It’s been 90 days since I left Blackboard and started a new job developing software at JIBE.com. The past three months have been a blast – packed full of coding sessions fueled by 5-hour energy, trips to NYC and a lot of learning. I’ve picked up a new language (ruby) , framework (rails) and have used many other new technologies including SOLR, REDIS, Nokogiri, Mechanize, MongoDB and nginx.
Going from Blackboard and their 1500+ employees to JIBE, which is currently around 17 full time employees, has been what I was hoping for – awesome. At JIBE, I can tell my work has made an immediate impact on the company and that feeling has been great.
JIBE.com has been dubbed by the press a “next-generation job board”. In short, JIBE leverages Facebook and LinkedIn to help job seekers find the best positions in the job market. When a job seeker searches for a job on JIBE they are shown their connections to the companies hiring along with the job posts. This allows people to use their personal network more effectively to land their dream job.
Check out the new Quasars-inc.com! Quasars is an engineering and technology company based in Washington DC. Artin Petrossian and I collaborated with Nick Riotto of 829 llc to put together a sleek corporate site. Quasars supports client missions involving systems engineering, information management, program management, custom application development, configuration management, and independent validation and verification for a wide range of federal and private clients.
This simple facebook application takes in your home address, work address, car type and days commuting to calculate the amount of fuel costs incurred. The EPA-determined electricity-per-mile cost is subtracted from the fuel costs to give a user an idea of the monthly and yearly savings of driving an electric vehicle.
ZenTaraTea is a local tea shop in Bethesda, MD. Since 2008, I have been visiting ZenTaraTea to purchase loose leaf tea (Oolong is my favorite). When it was time for them to revamp their website I volunteered to help out.
ZenTaraTea.com provides customers with over 100 different specialty teas from around the world. Customers can learn about tea through the Tea Knowledge section and the Zen Tara blog. ZenTaraTea.com allows customers to sign up for Tea of the Month Clubs and Tea Tasting Events.
Nick Riotto of 829 Studios did yet another great job with the design of the site. Artin Petrossian and I worked closely with Guy from ZenTaraTea to provide a front-end his customers could enjoy and a back-end that he and his staff could use with ease.
This has been a fun and challenging project. I have learned more about e-commerce and have learned a ton about tea. We will continue to tweak the site as time goes on. Feel free to email Guy or I about any feedback you may have.
The latest project I have been working on has officially launched: EatByTweet.com.
I hope that EatByTweet can be a go-to location for Foodies looking for specials and for Deal-seekers looking for free and discounted food. I have been using the site to find happy hours and where my favorite mobile truck foods are in DC.
I am happy to announce that the CostToDrive Re/Max widget is live! For the past couple of months I have been working with Jim Kovarik, founder of CostToGo, on a cost to drive calculator at CostToDrive.com. When Jim was approached by Re/Max, the international real estate company, to build a widget I was tasked with the product management and development.
The widget provides potential home buyers the ability to calculate the cost of their commute to work from their potential new home.
Thanks go to Wes Schauble for the design and Artin Petrossian for the CSS layout.
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