Third place non-technical winner at Engineering Open House, University of Illinois, 2008 recipient, Wosaic is an open-source project that takes several sources of photos - Flickr, Facebook, or local files - and creates mosaics comprised of those pictures. It was developed as a fun way to share photos, and put them to an interesting use, other than collecting dust on a hard drive. We entered the project as an interactive exhibit at Engineering Open House at UIUC in 2008, and had a lot of fun doing live demos for students and visitors. Though the code base has not changed much since 2008, it lives on in various forms as a project for some classes at UIUC.
GiveChange was a non-profit startup based in San Francisco, whose goal was to engage the online generation in philanthropy by incentivizing small donations and attendance at interesting events throughout the city. I helped on their web development team implementing a Ruby on Rails app that hosted fundraising goals, and provided an online marketplace for charitable donations. For about a year, I was part of this dynamic, 4-person team.
I designed and sold three pieces for a fund-raising event for a design organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. I chose cupcakes as the subject, and played around with GIMP to come up with some interesting pictures.
Apptini was a concept that a college friend of mine came up with. The idea was to virtualize a workstation, something that was a relatively young idea back in 2008. As a proof of concept, I designed a website for connecting users with a prototype platform running Linux, with several apps pre-installed. The connection was made with a secure Java applet running directly on the website itself. I implemented and designed the website, and worked on the Java applet that facilitated the connection.
From 2007 to 2009, I participated in the University of Illinois Varisty Men's Glee Club - a men's choir. I served as a member and webmaster, where I brought the group to iTunes, set up an online payment system, and of course, redesigned the website. I also designed one of our concert posters - a parody of the Wii Music video game cover, advertising our spring concert. The website has since gone under new ownership, but the group is still going strong.
The openfootball project is dedicated to maintaining a database of free, historical soccer statistics. I started contributing to this project in mid-2014 with US Major League Soccer (MLS) win/loss and roster data. I found it to be a fun side project, and an interesting way to keep up with the league. I am working on automating the process, but currently also maintain a set of scripts for gathering and organizing the data. Updates are done manually as I have time.
SportDB is part of the openfootball project. It is the tool that parses the data of various leagues and rosters, and refactors it in the database of your choice. I forked this project so I could add statistics to the roster. For example, any given player on a team may have some number of goals, assists, red cards, yellow cards, and so on. This allows me to maintain the MLS Almanac with more interesting information.
The MLS Almanac is an app I created based on the openfootball data for US Major League Soccer. It is intended to be a historical reference, and tool to understand trends throughout the MLS by presenting the data in an accessible format. The site is structured by season and team, and provides JSON hooks to all the information in the database back-end. This includes matchup results between all teams for the entire season, as well as roster information and stats for each player.