Project Manager of Web Application

with Team Coco Dojo

Press Release from SF Gate newspaper

Article from Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley website

Coco Dojo is a collaborative web application developed 100% by a team of Carnegie Mellon students. It initially started out as a way to win a JavaScript/HTML5 hackathon sponsored by Yahoo and Meteor. Since Meteor’s product is designed to synchronize data effectively we created a collaborative coding space and drawing whiteboard. Team Coco Dojo ended up winning overall first place as well as “Audience Favorite.” After the hackathon win we were approached by many developers and companies pushing us to keep developing our product. There was instantly value for developers and many wanted to already start using our software! In May 2013 we obtained a partner, MadEye who is contributing to the vision and providing technical guidance. Our current collaborate coding platform and whiteboard are being developed for ease of use, synchronization efficiency, and upgraded communication channels. The product is live and we are conducting user testing amongst the CMU community.

As the project manager of a small “start-up style” team I wear many different hats. But the key is that our team is very dynamic, agile, and have fun together! Some of the contributions I have made:

  • Front end JavaScript and HTML5 development – specifically the navigation bar and web site info
  • Marketing and business development – including photography, graphic design, and event promotions
  • Back end JavaScript development – including syntax highlighting and editor themes
  • Agile methodology – weekly releases and project management through Asana

Social Media Marketing Campaign

at Loaves, Fishes & Computers, a non-profit

Loaves, Fishes & Computers is a computer refurbisher that serves the low-income community exclusively. As a programming intern I got pulled in a different direction when Toyota announced a contest called 100 Cars for Good. After qualifying to participate in the contest, I spearheaded a social media marketing campaign to gain as many followers and fans as we could before voting opened. To win one of the 100 cars from Toyota the public was voting on your company’s 2 minute video that you created. Using the camera Toyota provided I shot and then cut the movie with Adobe Premiere. Although we didn’t end up winning the car, we did place top 200 and we had gained over 450 followers in just 3 months.

The social media aspect of the campaign still has lasting effects for Loaves, Fishes & Computers; we gained followers by posting original and useful content to our Facebook, Twitter, and home page.