Intel Ultimate Engineering Experience (IUEE): Code for Good Hackathon Week 1

        Second week and week one for the Code for Good Hackton has ended. This week was rough for my group and I. We went from winning to failing. But as the brilliant Thomas A. Edison once said “[We] have not fail. [We]’ve just found a thousand ways that won’t work”. Everything is a process. Not everything will come to us so easily. 

        The week started by greading and meeting the Code for Good Hackton instructors. The main instructors are Brad Hill and Tom Murphy; from Intel Paul Steinberg; the students intructors are Alejandro Ramirez Escanellas, Aura Davis, Edward Thang, Ferissa Lagasca, Francia Garcia, Jeffrey Petersen, Michial Green and Yirong (Alexis) Liu. So far, they have been amazing. We are not just getting to meet them at a professional level but also at a personal level. Since my group is formed by non-programming experienced students, we have been dramatically benefited by the instructors. We have been given  tutorials, group and personal, and help from them. 

        This week was all about developing our applications, getting it to the Alpha level and team work. However, for our team it was not just that it was also and mainly to learn how to program. With the help from the instructors we were able to fully develop a web site and to start our app. However, we took to much time on learning how to program the app. At the beginning we all took a day to learn how to code but it actually took as about 2 days. Then we divided our group in three groups; the web developers, who are Joseph Shiboyan and David Ta; the program coders, who are Thoa Nguyen, Marcel Morris, and Diana Monreal; and the graphics designer, which is myself. As the days went by we saw the our app progress develop right in front of our eyes. On Thursday, the day before the deadline to have the Alpha level, we all though we were going to have it. However, unfortunately we didn’t. 

        On Friday, we realized that we were not going to have it on time. We worked as fast and as hard we could, but did not may the deadline. When it came to present we knew that we did not have our app at the Alpha level. We presented as our product and are currently still working on getting the Alpha level done. However, we it will be good. Failure is a way of learning. It gives us more knowledge of our product and it makes us group up in many other forms. I’ll be updating and letting you guys know how it goes on Monday. I will also be posting the Alph aproduct. 

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Intel Ultimate Engineering Experience (IUEE): Code for Good Hackathon Day 1

     The Hackathon has started. June 24, 2013 the Code for Good Hackathon started here, at California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). We have all been waiting for it. The experience that most of the IUEE participants have been waiting for.

     Our team, Team Numero 2, is composed by 6 members, 3 males and  3 females. The 3 males are all recent High Schools graduates, they are Joseph Shiboyan, who will be pursuing a Computer Engineering bachelor here at Sac State; David Ta, who will also be pursuing a Computer Engineering bachelor but at the University of California, Davis (UCDavis) instead; and finally, but not least, Marcel Morris who will be pursuing a Computer Science bachelor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CalPoly, Pomona). The 3 females are Diana Monreal, who will be entering to pursue a Computer Science bachelor at Sac State this fall of 2013; Thoa Nguyen, who’s currently a student at Sacramento City College pursuing an Electrical Engineering bachelor and who will be also entering at the Sac State campus to continue pursuing her degree. She will learn that here at Sac State, it will be not just Electrical Engineering, but rather Electrical and Electronics Engineering; and finally the other female is myself Christian Yarima Poveda Alvarado who prefers to just be called Yarima, I’m currently a double major in Engineering hoping to pursue a bachelors in Civil Engineering and Electrical and Electronics Engineering. I’m entering my third yeah here at Sac State.

     Out of our six members, only one has programing experience but as the great Albert Einstein said ” The process of scientific discovery is. in effect, a continual flight from wonder.” My team and I will continue to grow and to develop ourselves into some decent or even great  programmers. Some additional information about our group is that we were the winners of the Ideation Business Application Development Competition, as I like to call it. 

     Our team’s idea is to develop an application which profit/non-profit organizations could use as an automatic donation platform to raise money and solve their lack of funding. The app’s name will be Food Bank Hero, since the inspiration and ideation were developed to help the Sacramento Food Bank & Family’s needs. The app itself will be a game very similar to Rock Band; both games will have something sliding down which the user will have to tag to receive some sort of reward. However, in Rock Band you have lights that you need to tap on in you game, Food Bank Hero, on the other hand,  will have ether rotten or fresh food falling from above.  The user will have to select the fresh food and drag it to a basket to receive points. 

     As a team we have decided to help not just in the design of features, but also in the programing. Therefore, we are almost all in the process of learning programming basic knowledge from sites such as Khan Academy, Code Academy, Udacity and Coursera to make sure that everyone in the team gets some knowledge of HTML 5. Eventually, we will start setting up roles and dividing the team into little groups to get more stuff done for this application. 

     As of now, we don’t have much developed for this application but since everything is a process of progress you will be hearing back from me soon to update you about the progress my team and I will be making and will have made. But so far, the IUEE and more specific Code for Good Hackathon experience has been excellent. 

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