Media

So Where’s Home

So Where’s Home is a short documentary that explores the unique identity of “third culture kids” (TCKs), people who spent a significant portion of their childhood overseas. It explores how a sense of home and identity can go beyond traditional national boundaries. This film was my senior thesis project for Georgetown’s Film and Media Studies (FMST) program. I personally relate to the subject matter because I was born in the United States, but was raised by Filipino parents in Singapore. The film currently has over 240K+ views in 150+ countries.

Tools and Equipment

  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Zoom H4N
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe After Effects

Urban Beekeeping: NYC

Urban Beekeeping: NYC is a short documentary that showcases two beekeepers and their stories of beekeeping in New York City’s urban environment. I produced this film with two classmates, Martha Gleen and Brooke Tascona, for the Design and Technology: Sound and Vision summer course at Parsons.

Tools and Equipment

  • Canon 7D
  • Zoom H4N
  • Final Cut Pro

Work

Betterment for Business

Betterment is the largest independent robo-advisor and Betterment for Business is its 401(k) product. I currently work as a full-stack engineer in a ten person product team to deliver a modern, automated 401(k) recordkeeping system that provides personalized retirement planning advice at a low, transparent cost to employees and employers.

Languages and Libraries

  • Ruby
  • Ruby on Rails
  • PostgreSQL
  • JavaScript

GA Profiles

GA Profiles is a Ruby on Rails application that connects over a thousand active General Assembly (GA) alumni with employers in over thirteen campuses around the world. I led full-stack development in a four-person product team for this project. We ran user tests and iterated on features such as an email message thread tracking system to help scale GA’s student outcomes program.

Languages and Libraries

  • Ruby
  • JavaScript
  • Ruby on Rails
  • React
  • Webpack
  • PostgreSQL

Web Development (Let’s Break it Down) Workshop

I hosted this free workshop to introduce programming and web development concepts for a general audience. A big focus of this workshop is breaking down tech jargon and using ordinary analogies to transform web development from a black box to accessible ideas. I used to also teach Programming for Non-Programmers, which was a similar hands-on workshop.

Tools and Equipment

  • Keynote

How to use Command Line

I helped my GA colleague Dana Reilly create this tutorial on how to use the command line. We worked together to identify the important concepts and formulate understandable examples for an audience that is learning to program for the first time.

Languages and Libraries

  • Node.js
  • Reveal.js

Personal

Foursquare Tips + Restaurant Sanitation Grades

This data science project explores the relationship between Foursquare users’ tips and a New York restaurant’s sanitary inspection grade to determine if the city can predict and prioritize restaurants for review. I fetched Foursquare’s data using their developer API and compared it to the open source restaurant grade data provided by NYC Open Data. More analysis details and the regression models are available on the project page.

Languages and Libraries

  • Python
  • Pandas
  • NumPy
  • Scikit-learn

Keynote Karaoke

Keynote Karaoke is a game I built for an internal hackathon that challenges the player to present a keynote speech given a prompt and random slide images. A smartphone can be used as a slide remote and the game helps players develop their public speaking skills.

Languages and Libraries

  • Node.js
  • Express
  • Socket.IO