Participant in Summer of Drones (posted on July 15 2013)

Why?

I wanted to learn about quadricopters and work with the Ar Drone.

What?

I forked a Ar.drone user interface and added more function calls and listeners.

Future Updates

  • My team and I tried and failed to implement Head Trackr. If I ever have some more time to work with Drone's I'll be completing the integration.

Random Hacks of Kindness: Girltank Videos (posted on June 3 2013)

Why?

Girltank encourages and celebrates the success of female entrepeneurs across the world. This is freaking wonderful! They desperately needed a proper video catalogue site to display their member’s achievements and insights.

What?

We built them an awesome, fully maintainable, Wordpress system (after all, what good is a random hack of kindness if the end-user can’t use it?). We created a custom design, and built on top of Wordpress plugins to auto import videos (AND video tags) from Youtube. All the content is searchable and I had the opportunity to work with a group of 4 really great coders. Building off of my success with Lucru’s website, I added a few key plugins to our vanilla Wordpress install. I also modified some code to display custom post fields and helped with updating the youtube plugin to grab video tags.

Startup Weekend Ottawa: Lucru (posted on May 27 2013)

Why?

I wanted to build a 'Startup Weekend' business to gain experience managing other people and working on a short deadline to create a business.

What?

I lead the development of our team’s Minimal Viable Product (MVP). I decided what platform & tech stack we would use (WordPress & mysql with Microsoft Azure for hosting) and locked in the feature list, making sure it was achievable. I also lead my product team, a designer and another developer.

Lucru is a business that provides informational interviews to job seekers and students and schedules brief 1-1 meetings with working professionals (Similiar to Clarity.fm, but focusing on professionals working in the field for 1-5 years). Often, students go through 2-4 years of education without working in the actual position! Lucru's main goal was to inform future job-seekers about the day-to-day routines of professions to help them make an informed career decision. Although the business was viable, I decided to spend more of my time on SME projects.

WP7 Application: Sonic Screwdriver 1.1 (posted on Jan 19 2012)

Why?

I wanted to update my WP7 application to have more features. People took the time to suggest updates to the app and I was happy to invest the time to upgrade it.

What?

I added the 10th doctor's screwdriver and sound effect as well as a feature to allow for endless looping of the sound or for the sound to play through once and close the sonic screwdriver.

Future Updates

  • Aquire more sonic screwdriver models and sounds by ripping the sounds from the television series.
  • Change the pitch of the sonic screwdriver sound based on how the WP7 is held. Example: if you rotate the screwdriver forward it will raise in pitch.
  • The Sonic Screwdriver will turn on the WP7's photo LED lights. This update cannot happen until the WP7 dev team provides API access for the LED to developers, currently, only OEM's are allowed access to those APIs.

The Colony: New York Short Video. (posted on Dec 28th 2011)

Why?

This is my first vimeo hosted video. I used to create and edit videos where I would perform magic tricks. I created this new video because I wanted to restart my video editing and filming hobby. The footage was shot with my Flip video camera.

What?

The Colony is a great T.V show, the show gathers a bunch of people from all walks of life and simulates an end of the world enviornment, think Big Brother and Junk Yard Wars. The first season had a computer engineer & programmer who was the most valuable member. Sweet.
Chris and I were stuck in New York and I decided to create this video and we treated the situation like an emergency, planning just like we would have on the Colony.

Future Updates

No future updates to this video are planned. Lets see if it stands the test of time. (Nope, haha.)

Windows Phone 7(WP7) Application: Sonic Screwdriver 1.0 (posted on Nov 8th 2011)

Why?

This is my first WP7 application and it was a fun small project to mess around with deploying WP7 applications and using the silverlight & xaml programming languages. I think i'm going to use c# for my next app idea, however it was fun to experiment with these new languages.

What?

I am a fan of the BBC show Doctor Who, in short, it is about a time travelling timelord who saves the earth from sticky situations that involve death and destructions using his intelligence and without guns or violence. His trust sonic screwdriver is a tool that can open doors and scan all sorts of objects (similar to Star Trek's tricorder - heck that just gave me a new app idea!). My small, humble app allows WP7 users to have their own sonic screwdriver in the palm of their hands. The app makes the Sonic Screwdriver sound effect and vibrates your phone to mimik the pulsing of the sonic screwdriver.

Future Updates

  • Change the pitch of the sonic screwdriver sound based on how the WP7 is held. Example: if you rotate the screwdriver forward it will raise in pitch.
  • The Sonic Screwdriver will turn on the WP7's photo LED lights. This update cannot happen until the WP7 dev team provides API access for the LED to developers, currently, only OEM's are allowed access to those APIs.
  • Different Doctor's screwdriver's (i.e different models and sounds).
  • Create a more realistic illumination animation for the tip of the screwdriver.