Georgia Tech's 2018 Greek Week was April 2 - 9! This year, 27 fraternities and 10 sororities competed in over 30 events. We had field day classics like Egg Toss and Dizzy Bat, sport tournaments like Flag Football and Dodgeball, and other mainstays like Tug and Greek Sing. We had a team of 15 people working hard to make it the best Greek Week ever. I was our Technology Chair this year, and I got the chance to work on some pretty cool stuff! I worked with our new Tech Committee to build out mobile-friendly web projects like a new Calendar website, and I led the charge on organizing our first-ever Greek Week hackathon!
I'm a big fan of hackathons (if you couldn't tell). Greek Week has lots of sporting events that test physical prowess, but we also have plenty of other events that cover all sorts of different interests and skills. We assess our event line-up every year to see if we want to make any cuts or additions, so this year I lobbied for us to host a hackathon. We got a room booked, ordered some food, invited judges, and were ready to go!
Recently I was at MinneHack in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was a pretty short hackathon (only 19 hours of hacking!), but it was a great time! We hacked together a project called Twitter Assistants. It was one of the hackiest hacks we ever hacked, but it's certainly pretty interesting.
Twitter Assistants is a twitter bot that lets you ask questions to Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant at the same time. You could tweet a question to @Assistants_MH, your question is sent to each of the assistants, and then they send back a reply to your tweet.
AR Planes is now available to download on the App Store! It lets you discover nearby planes in augmented reality -- just point your camera to see all the planes around you. I've been working on it for a long time, so I'm really excited to finally put it out there!
AR Planes focuses on augmented reality with your phone's camera, but it has a bunch of other cool features.
Window has been on the App Store for around a year and a half, but until now its only been available in English. After gaining valuable experience from translating Blurb into Spanish and Chinese, I decided it was a good time to give Window the same treatment. With some hard work and outside help, Window is now available for download in English, Spanish, and French!
Blurb is a photo editor for iOS that lets you add customizable blurred backgrounds to your photos. I prototyped it at WWDC 2015 and published it on the App Store later that year. This new version is Blurb's first major update, and it brings along support for Spanish and Chinese, a new look, and tons of other small fixes.
Emoji Names is an iOS app I first wrote back in 2015. It shows you the Unicode name of any given Emoji, with immersive full-screen animations. This is the first big update for Emoji Names, bringing several new features that make the app feel a lot more useful.
Last weekend I was at UB Hacking 2017 in Buffalo, NY. It was a 24-hour hackathon at the University of Buffalo, and the trip was one of my favorites of the semester!
We built an augmented reality Android app called Mario Sketchbook. The app itself is a pen-and-paper platformer. On paper, the user can draw a game world with their own desired objects and platforms. The app captures their hand-drawn world and adds Mario to it! Mario can run and jump around on the drawn shapes.
This weekend I was at HackGT here in Atlanta. As much as I enjoy traveling across the country to go to a hackathon, they're just as fun when they're in your own backyard.
We built an app called Nametag AR that detects and remembers the names of people you meet. The app listens in the background for when people introduce themselves to you. When it detects an introduction (like "Hi, I'm Jake"), it saves the person's name and an image of their face.
Once you've met somebody, Nametag AR will remember them for you. Whenever you see them again in the future, the app will overlay their name near their face so you don't forget who they are.
Last weekend I was in Waterloo, Ontario for Hack the North 2017, the largest hackathon in Canada. Justin Trudeau showed up, so you know it's a big deal! I love traveling to hackathons, meeting new people, and working on cool projects, so it was a fantastic weekend!
We built an app called AR Planes that lets you visualize and discover the planes flying around you. It uses ARKit to show all of the planes nearby in augmented reality. You can tap on a plane to find out additional information, like the airline, origin airport, and final destination.
Since Window was published back in May 2016, I've gotten a lot of great requests for new features from people who use the app every day. After a few months of hard work, I'm very excited to announce that Window 2.0 has been published on the App Store and is now available for download! It includes tons of great new features:
Weight tracking was probably the single most-requested feature I've gotten over the past year, and a lot of thought went in to how to make it as useful as possible. Now you can view and log your weight right in Window! You can see a graph of your weight over time, including a seven-day moving average. You also have the option to show your window history as a line on the graph so you can understand how your use of Window is impacting your overall weight.
Window uses Apple Health to access and store your weights, so you can rest easy knowing your data is in safe hands. This also means that your weight data is shared with any other app that works with Apple Health. If you log your weight in another app or with a smart scale device, it will still appear in Window.
This summer I had the pleasure of interning at Airbnb in San Francisco, California. This was a big move -- I had been out west twice, but up until this summer I had never been outside of Georgia for more than a week straight. Needless to say, it was the best summer of my life! I really loved it here at Airbnb. It has a great culture and a was the perfect environment to continue to learn and grow as an iOS Engineer.
I worked on the Booking team this summer. They're all about improving the core Airbnb product -- booking homes for your travels. We want to make this process as easy as possible and foster the strong sense of trust that ties our community together. This takes lots of forms, including improving the guest booking experience, increasing host adoption of Instant Book, and giving our hosts the tools they need to succeed. This touches many pieces of our product, so I got the opportunity to work on three very different projects.