Meet the Students!
The Product College is composed of students who are poised to be Silicon Valley's next generation of leaders and thinkers.
Aakash Sudhakar is a full-stack web developer, data science enthusiast, and former biotechnologist dedicated to creating products that augment the human experience. Across the years, Aakash has worked with grassroots social innovation startups, experimental nanotechnology research, and next-generation medically assistive devices in an attempt to make a impactful difference in the world. After three years at one of the top bioengineering colleges in the country, Aakash realized the potential for global change through the power of software development and applied to the Make School to sharpen his skills in the realms of product development, machine learning, and entrepreneurship. The rest, as they say, is history...
Alirie discovered her taste for problem-solving as a physics major in college, and found that computer science was a perfect source of tantalizing puzzles. Since finding her love of building websites, she’s developed an addiction to the rush of initializing a new repository on GitHub. She believes strongly in the power of the internet to create positive social change and her primary goal as a web developer is to become an agent of that change. She loves to spend her free time in nature, especially rock climbing, at the beach, or wherever there’s sunshine.
Andrew inherited his strong passion for programming from his father, who was a developer in the punched card era. Since he was in middle school, he has been intensely interested in smartphones. He began by rooting his and his friends' android phones. In high school he moved on to jailbreaking iOS devices and learning to code. After high school, Andrew studied Computer science at university, but decided to attend make school after his first year. Now he has a strong passion for swift and iOS Development.
Anthony Box is a aspiring full stack web developer. He has been programming for three years and worked with All-Star code and Girls who code. He thrives by tackling new problems and solving algorithms. He has experience with Python, Node Js and HTML and breaking computers. He is interested in backend developer and security. In his spare time you can find him Unicycling down the streets of San Francisco!
Elliot is currently a Junior Web Developer and a member of the Student Council at Make School based in San Francisco, CA. He is a creative and ambitious software developer. He approaches any work environment as an opportunity to utilize his experience with a variety of Web-based languages and server integration. He is currently looking to undertake a new role, which will further develop his skills and provide him with the perfect combination of challenge, inspiration, and growth. He is qualified to carry out any role by meeting the standards and exceeding the expectations that are looked for within any workforce. Throughout the years covering various roles, he has grown tremendously due to his interest and willingness to exceed within the industry by taking it upon himself to learn all key roles aside from that of general training. Per the norm, it takes several years for one to sit in the “Hot Seat” but his eagerness to enhance his knowledge was what motivated him to give himself a challenge.
Disclaimer: if you're in the presence of this guy, be prepared to smile, laugh and enjoy good energy. Along with his technical prowess, Chris is also a pleasure to be around. He has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and is always willing to learn and experience more. One the motto's he lives by is ”さるも、木から落ちる”, which is a japanese phrase that means, "Even monkeys fall from trees".
Christopher is a Software Engineer and currently a first-year student at Make School experienced in common deep learning and basic computer vision techniques, who has the ability to dive into various domains in order to get the job done. He is mostly self-taught. Learned a lot reading the internet, competing in competitions, and just playing around.
I'm a Full Stack Web and Python Developer and I just love to get my hands dirty with good code! Whether its playing with new JS libraries, exploring new Node packages, completing coding challenges and algorithms in Python , or learning the newest in data science, I'm all about learning and applying new skills. In my free time and I'm dipping my toes into modern dance and physics. Long walks around this amazing city, exploring new art and restaurants really get me excited!
Duncan is an iOS developer from Santa Rosa, California. With a knack for hardware, Duncan spends a lot of his time tinkering with his 3D printer and building his own electric longboard. Shortly after graduating from Santa Rosa High School in 2015, Duncan began taking Computer Science classes at his local Junior College. Since 2015, Duncan has gained proficiency in Python and Swift, along with some knowledge of C++ and Java.
Being mostly self-taught Elmer has always been passionate for technology. While pursuing a career in business he noticed it wasn't the right path so he left college and started teaching him self iOS Development. He would go on to work at Sharp Labs where he helped build a IOT Library written in C and Objective C. Elmer is passionate about learning which led him to join Make School. He wanted to learn advanced iOS development tactics, backend development and dive in into Algorithms and Data Structures.
Erik wrote his first line of code during his Freshman year of high school and since then he has devoted his free time to learning to develop mobile applications. He was introduced to Make School by attending our Summer Academy in Chicago Illinois. After finishing the academy, he decided to enroll in Make School's Product College program where he is currently a first year software engineering student.
Fernando is a mostly self-taught software developer and a part-time freelancer programmer. He's been known to rarely take the "traditional" route in most aspects of his life and leaving a traditional university so he could be in the Product College is proof of that lifestyle. He has more than 2 years of experience in web development, mostly freelance jobs, and a little over a year of experience in mobile development with Swift for iOS. Fernando came to San Francisco to sharpen his skills as an iOS developer and meet people in the tech space. He spends his free time with calisthenics training and expanding his knowledge in health and nutrition.
James can be described as a simple man, with a intense drive for success. He has a passion for solving problems, especially those where he can utilize his creative side. James is a big advocate for freedom, and believes that the user should have as much control as possible when it comes to his applications. Contact him for jobs or projects that require an unorthodox approach.
Jeff grew up in the Bay Area, surrounded by the burgeoning technology scene, and started out programming in high school. For the past several years, Jeff has been working towards achieving my professional dream of becoming both a CODER and a DESIGNER. Now, Jeff's excited for new opportunity as a software engineer.
I enjoy turning complex problems into simple, beautiful and intuitive interface designs 🖥️ . When I'm not coding or pushing pixels, you'll find me in the gym shooting 🏀 or watching 😂 videos. I have a 🐶 named Buddy I sashimi is my favorite kind of 🍣 I chew 3 pieces of gum per day I want to teleport instead of drive 🚗 I like traveling ✈️ the world 🗺️ I love edm music 🎶 I use a Mac 💻
Studied computer science while working for Saint Anthony's Alumni Association in Santa Barbara.
Kaichi studied mechanical engineering and control engineering before he came to Make School. He is specifically interested in robotics, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. He has studied computer science and data science to be familiar with A.I. and machine learning. He is going to integrate mechanical engineering skill and software engineering skill.
Melody is passionate about solving social problems. She aims at shipping products that add values to people's life with intuitive design. Aside from being a software engineer, she is also a data-driven marketer. She has dived into data science and machine learning to understand human behaviors.
Sam has a wide array of interests in technology, but his main passions lie in software and game development. He has a B.S. in Software Design and Development and enjoys developing iOS apps and web applications. Sam owns a game design company with two of his close friends, called Luna Wolf Studios, where he helps with software development and occasionally game projects. In his free time, Sam is a sucker for PC gaming, hanging with his finacée, or reading a good book.
My first introduction to computer science was during my time at SMASH (Summer Math and Science Honors) Academy at Stanford University when I was 13. The first program I used was MATLAB (*shivers*) but I fell in love with coding nonetheless. I've participated and placed in a couple of hackathons in high school, in addition to building iOS apps in both Objective-C and Swift for side projects, internship projects, and contracting. During my time at Make School, I wish to polish my skills as an iOS developer and dabble in product design and data science. In my free time, I enjoy learning languages [Spanish, Japanese, Korean] and napping. After Make School, I aim to break into the blockchain/cryptocurrency industry.
Tony Cioara is a full stack iOS developer focused on providing beautiful and fun user experiences in both apps and games. He has experience in Swift and Python and is excited about public speaking. He has completed the MakeSchool games summer academy and is currently attending the MakeSchool Product College. His most popular app is Box Run and has over 2,600 downloads.
Uchenna Aguocha is a mobile developer at Product College. Before arriving to San Francisco, Uchenna was studying architectural engineering at Tennessee State University. He came across programming during his sophomore year in college, and his drive to become a programmer started at that point. Two years later, he attended Make School Summer Academy in Los Angeles. At the Summer Academy, he learned how to program in Swift and built an iOS app called MakeList. Ever since then, Uchenna has been inspired and driven to continue his learning in mobile development and build products that have a positive impact on people.
Yveslym Songolo is a passionate and skilled software engineer with an entrepreneur mindset. His passion for software (and computer in general) start since he was in middle school. Today Yves decide to go to make school, to take his developer skills to the next level and become full stack developer. As Yveslym always believe " good is never enough, better is the begining".
Sunny Ouyang is a full stack iOS developer who loves to create functional and beautiful apps. Prior to programming, he was a biology major at UCSB but has since left school to pursue his passion in technology. He has experience in Flask, Python, Swift, creating RESTful APis and other frameworks. In his free time, Sunny loves to play basketball and weeb out with Anime.
Michael is a virtual reality developer who was born in New Hampshire and grew up in Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, and Indiana. Originally self-taught in C++, Arduino, HTML/CSS/JS, Cordova, smart homes, and networking, Michael found his home at Make School in 2016. His first major project was a companion device (and later an Android application) for geriatric physical therapy patients, which uses customized voice and video encouragement from their friends and family. Later, he took this mission of geriatric care to AlohaVR, where he works to improve patient care and quality of life for seniors using virtual reality technologies. An avid gamer, both digital and tabletop, Michael loves to bring people together to tell the stories within themselves. With a passion for games, learning, and technology, Michael aims to bring people from all walks of life the same passion and excitement that he feels when telling stories and helping patients.
Over the course of the semester, the students worked tirelessly to create impact oriented projects in self elected teams and present them to industry professionals. These are the projects they created.
Give With Us
Give With Us is a platform for people to make a big difference with small donations. Users can donate to a cause they care about either one time or recurring monthly, and receive updates on how their contributions are making a difference.
Front-end, UI design
A curated online repository of Internet/computer skill tutorials created by "tech helpers" nationwide. As part of The White House's national ConnectALL initiative, this site addresses the digital divide and teaches the basic skills needed to get people online experiencing the full potential of the Internet.
xBAND is a hardware solution providing text, voice, and basic Internet capabilities using low cost, long range mesh radios. Tiny xBAND hardware modules attach to mobile devices and are ideal for people with limited communication infrastructure.
Raspberry Pi, Arduino Mega, 915 MHz radio transceiver, C, C++, Python/Boost, Android/Java/JNI, React-Native
Arduino Firmware, C/C++ Radio protocol, Android Java App, React-Native
Hardware, Arduino Firmware, C/C++ Radio protocol, PCB design
React-Native Client, Android Java modules
Arduino Firmware, C/C++ Radio protocol
Hardware, Arduino Firmware, Python Access Point, GAE Server, Android Java modules
FoundVisa is TurboTax for the O-1 visa: An online platform that automates and digitizes the visa application to make the process simple and less expensive.
Front-end, UI/UX, Back-end
Front-end, UI/UX, Back-end
PyVenom is a powerful web server framework built on Google App Engine. Venom IDE makes working with PyVenom projects a breeze. Together they form the Venom toolchain that makes scaleable API development quick and easy.
PyVenom Framework, Hybrid Database
Meet our Alumni!
Alumni of the Product College (previously the Gap Year program) represent the brightest young developers around the world. With the expertise they gained at Make School, they’ve gone on to work at tech giants like Google, Snapchat, Oracle, and Yahoo!, as well as a slew of interesting startups.
Fanisa is passionate about tackling the accessibility of resources problem in developing countries and desires to inspire people to innovate and create products that will have a positive impact. Her goal is to build products, fix problems and help others. She is particularly interested in EdTech and values great leadership. She has a penchant for music, sports and discovering new things. She strives to grow and be a better version of her past self and always sees room for progress. Prior to Make School, Fanisa graduated high school in South Africa.
Buka CakrawalaGithub Shipped Product
Growing up in Indonesia, Buka always knew he wanted to be an artist. He first started to learn programming at the age of nine. When Buka came to Make School’s Summer Academy, he arrived with several web-development projects under his belt. During the summer, he fell in love with the Swift language and created a 2D iOS game to help his four-year-old sister to learn her colors. He has a strong passion for back end development, mainly in iOS, and Buka is currently working with his team to create a tool for people learning to think critically.
Kadeem PalaciosGithub Shipped Product
I was born and raised in the Bay Area as a first generation Afro-Latino. I wrote my first line of code sophomore year of high school in a program called SMASH Academy. That first exposure led to two years at UC Santa Cruz as a Computer Science Major. During some time off, Make School was recommended to me, and I attended the 2016 Summer Academy. Since then, I've shipped my first app to the app store, got second place in a hackathon, and third place at a Startup Weekend. Seeing just how much I could accomplish with only two months of experience in IOS development, I’m excited to see what I’ll be able to accomplish and create in the future.
Julia GeistWebsite Github
Julia soaks up information like a sponge. The breadth and depth of her technical ability and communication skills are clearly shown as she helps other students pick up class material. Julia has had experience in mobile and backend development, including an internship at Adobe. While learning data science, game development with Unity, and algorithms/data structures, Julia continues to spread her knowledge through her blog, which gets tens of thousands of views each month.
David CiaffoniWebsite Github
From a young age David has always been interested in technology and how it can improve our lives. Through his design philosophy of simplicity and elegance David has shipped a number of apps and websites that have made a positive impact on others. While at Make School David hopes to continue to improve himself and his abilities so his products can make an even greater impact.
Eric’s journey towards software engineering began in January 2016 after attending the annual ATT Developer Summit. Treasuring his experience at the Developer Summit, Eric began writing his first lines of code in spring 2016. Since then, his passion and dedication towards software engineering has caused him to hone his skills in iOS development. While he is still growing in his technical ability, Eric holds a vision for the future and a keen sense for product development. In addition to his technical pursuits, Eric loves playing soccer, loves philosophy and is loved by Christ.
Gian Franco VitolaGithub
Gian Franco's interest in computers started early in life - he asked for a computer as a birthday present when he was 4 years old, at a time when even his parents didn't own one. That interest only grew stronger when he played his first video game, an event which eventually led him to experiment with software development and pursue knowledge within various topics of computer science. His hobbies are playing video games, playing electric guitar, watching movies/TV series, and singing like a rockstar when nobody's paying attention.
Fiona CartyGithub Website
From a young age, Fiona has been an avid lover of science and design. When she went through Girls Who Code at Google in 2015, she found that Computer Science is a balance between the two subjects. In high school, she taught programming to her female peers and organized hackathons. Currently, she operates as the Lead Organizer for Make Hacks. Fiona builds products that help her grasp Human Centered Design and User Interaction. Tangentially, she loves learning about the human brain and artificial intelligence. As a dual citizen, she hopes to impact technology on a global scale in partnership with the United Nations or NASA. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, painting, reading, music, and listening to podcasts.
Alex PeñaWebsite Github
Towards the end of High School, Alex realized that he was passionate about Software Engineering, Space, and Education. It was then that he started the first Computer Science club at his school. Upon graduating, he was offered a position to teach AP Computer Science through TEALS, a Microsoft Philanthropy. Helping other people through what Alex creates has always been something he has cared about. Alex wants to change the way people think about education, help make earth become a multi-planetary species by means of engineering and research, and bring ideas that people can benefit from, to life.
Alex ReillyWebsite Shipped Product
Alex’s first brush with coding was in 6th grade when he discovered he could make friends laugh by writing scripts that made his computer say funny things. He liked making people happy and learned he could do that through coding. After winning second prize at a hackathon during the summer, Alex has been working with his Make School peers on Aux Music. In his free time Alex enjoys reading, cooking, and learning to play guitar. At Product College, Alex is exploring the different fields available to him, but his original goal remains true. He still want to make people happy.
Winnie was born and raised in Suriname, a country in South America. She moved to the United States in 2010 and graduated from Mission high school, San Francisco in 2012. Winnie then majored in Dutch studies and minored in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, graduating in May 2016. Winnie has a passion for languages, both computer languages as well as spoken languages. She can speak Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese, Dutch, and English. Passionate about the Natural Language Processing field, Winnie wishes to someday build an app or work in this field to help people overcome language barriers.
Bob De KortGithub Shipped Product
Since the day Bob learned to create the snake game in Excel, he had wanted to learn how to code. Not satisfied with traditional education, he stumbled upon Make School - and the discovery quickly turned his life around. He attended the 2016 Summer Academy in Singapore and later came to San Francisco to learn the very thing that kept him interested in school. Now with two apps on the Appstore, Bob wants to dive deeper into the Swift programming language and develop products for all Apple’s products. Besides building apps, Bob loves learning about space and its unlimited possibilities, contemplating about the meaning of life, and thinking about new ideas that could help the world accomplish day-to-day tasks.
Alexander DejeuShipped Product Github
Alex strives to create impact and is a charismatic doer. He has been tinkering with technology for as long as he can remember and he comes to Make School with several established iOS apps. The common theme in Alex’s work is his combination of simple meaningful design with deliberate implementation of technology to solve real world problems mostly in the education area. Beyond programming, playing soccer, hiking, and exploring balances his dynamic life. In the future Alex hopes to work at an established company on a dedicated team impacting the way people learn around the world.
Brian HansWebsite Shipped Product
Brian has come to Make School with several hackathon awards and published apps under his belt, all before finishing high school. He has already impressed us with how much he can accomplish in such a short time. His first iOS app was built in just under 2 months and allows listeners around the world to sync their music sessions. Currently, he is working with a team of other Make School students to redesign music discovery on iOS. Brian is looking to push the boundaries of mobile development and create products that will change the lives of millions.
Carlos DiezShipped Product Github
Carlos, aged 21, hails from Mexico. His career goal is to create his own startup, but he feels that he first needs to acquire the skills required to work at a successful tech company and work at one for some time. He loves gaming and is really interested in the eSports scene, enjoying tournaments of almost any game. He does not plan on becoming a game developer but nonetheless admires the work they do and, as his next project, is interested in building a platform for game developers that will make it easy for developers to playtest and receive feedback.
Chandan grew up in Flint, Michigan, and from the beginning he loved playing video games. By the age of 9, he was convinced that he should be making the games he played. So he started writing stories for potential games, drawing characters and environments, and creating music. Chandan started coding at 13 and his love for video games soon expanded to a love for computers in general. He hopes to create great experiences for users everywhere and make his love for computers, games, art, writing, and music, contagious for new generations.
Jake ZealWebsite Shipped Product
Jake is an insatiably curious and passionate software engineer. He focuses on iOS because of its reliance on excellent code architecture, attention to detail, and continuous innovation of Swift. When not writing code, he is brainstorming new, creative ideas, reading up on new programming paradigms and studying everything from psychology to philosophy. Jake looks forward to a future of solving challenging iOS problems, providing enormous value to the world around him in his every day interactions, and living out his enthusiasm - working with awesome people.
Juan Pablo FernandezWebsite Shipped Product
Jay started programming on his TI-83 Plus during his Junior year in high school, creating functions that pretty much solved every problem in his math class. This however did not have a happy ending. During his final math exam he was asked to clear the RAM of his calculator, leading to a low grade on the subject. Undeterred, he still pursued his passion for programming, leading him to iOS Development at the Make School Summer Academy and the publishing of 2 apps to the app store in the span of 3 months. One of his projects is an app that compares the price for various ride-sharing services, making it easier to choose the cheapest option.
Kenny BatistaWebsite Github
Kenny creates software to connect people. This past summer he wanted to find a way to enhance how people communicated via text. He built a keyboard for iOS that allows users to send animated emojis, instead of sending static ones. Kenny strives to find new ways for people to communicate and stay in touch. Read his full story here.
Kojin OshibaWebsite Github
Kojin is an artificial intelligence enthusiast who has work experience in natural language processing and data engineering. Before Make School, he attended Harvard College for two years, where he double majored in computer science and statistics. Kojin’s career interest is in education technology. His passion in education comes from spending 18 years of his life in Tokyo, where he experienced a totally different education system from the US. After coming to the US for college, he founded a nonprofit to help Japanese students study abroad. While continuing his studies in AI, he is eager to apply his knowledge to the field of education, especially on improving personalized learning and one-on-one communication.
Lorenzo CaoileWebsite Shipped Product
Lorenzo previously enjoyed a successful career as a hairdresser, but was inspired to pursue his passion for video games and made the choice to become a Game Designer. While scouring the internet for resources to help him achieve his dream, he stumbled upon MakeGamesWithUs and knew he had found an educational model that resonated with his approach to learning. Now known as Make School, Lorenzo has been exposed to many different areas of software development from Front End Web to Mobile Development. With his eye for design, he aims to add gamification and style to every project. Lorenzo loves how games and technology bring people together and hopes to create experiences that people will never forget.
Luca HagelWebsite Shipped Product
Luca grew up in Hattingen, a small town in western Germany. He knew that he wanted to be a professional developer ever since he got his hands on "Visual C++ 2008" by André Willms from his local Library and started learning the language. Recently his focus has been on helping fellow developers, either in the form of writing tools, passing on knowledge and automating daily chores. When he's not coding, Luca loves to see the more remote locations this world has to offer and enjoy the peace.
Madhur is a product engineer and designer from New Delhi. An early-obsession with video games sparked his long-standing infatuation with computer science. A fascination with storytelling drives his passion to create. An exquisite sense of design guides him to make delightful products that captivate and engage his audience. A thirst for learning motivates him to seek inspiring mentorship in thought-provoking environments. A natural leader, Madhur cares deeply about building inclusive communities throughout his endeavors. Corny puns, whimsical outfits, and a profound love for sports and hip-hop describe his sprightly presence. With a budding interest in technology and a bias for action, Madhur aims to positively impact others.
Marquavious DraggonWebsite Github
Marquavious's interest in tech goes way back to the age of five. Being mostly self-taught and unsatisfied with the traditional model of education, he left college and enrolled in Make School. While making solid, conventional apps is his main goal, he also enjoys seeing new places, meeting new people and making deep connections with them.
Anastasios LambrouShipped Product Github
The only thing permanent in this world is change, and Tassos wants to be a primary driver of it for the better. After receiving his BA in Economics from San Francisco State University he founded pullPixel Media, a marketing consultancy firm that specialized in web and print design solutions. With a vision for social entrepreneurship and a drive for excellence, Tassos hopes to bring real solutions to complex problems through his work at Make School and beyond.
Nicholas SwiftWebsite Shipped Product
Nicholas picked up his first programming book during high school, and it’s been a whirlwind of code since then. From self built C++ game engines to Python web scrapers, his love for technology has pushed him to constantly build and launch products. Despite his last name, Nicholas’s first encounter with the Swift programming language was at Make School’s Summer Academy! We’ve been amazed at what he’s accomplished since then - shipping many polished apps to the App Store, including the iOS app for Course Board (a course management system for Product College). Nicholas is currently working with a team of Make School students on Aux, an app that will revolutionize the way we listen to music.
Prior to joining Make School, Sam had been working toward degrees in both Math and Computer Science. Though college is now something behind him, he actively continues these interests in a new setting. Within engineering, Sam works hard everyday to be the best developer he can be, pushing his boundaries in every technology he gets his hands on. Within math, Sam acts as a tutor and mentor across a variety of courses and ages to push his students to be the best learners that they can be. Through his time at Make School, Sam hopes to learn skills that will allow him to bring technology to an audience of people untouched by its influence.
Trevin WisaksanaWebsite Shipped Product
Trevin was born, like most babies, back in February 28 in the year 1998. His passion lies in creating new things, innovating, and inventing. He was taught to be creative ever since he was a child - drawing has been one of the most common things he did and his family even created a gallery of his drawings on his bedroom walls. But this represents only a fraction of Trevin’s creative journey. Today, the monumental moments of this journey have been etched into the 3D concepts that he’s designed, the business plans for a lot exciting projects, and the disaster relief drone project he is currently part of.
William WoldGithub Website
William may have grown up on a farm in Virginia, but that didn’t stop him from learning to code at a young age. When he was 16, he got serious about it and learned C++. Since then, he has built a real time computer vision system, a 3D fluid dynamics simulation and much more. He loves figuring out logic puzzles and sees programming as the most useful application of that skill. When learning something, he’s never truly satisfied until he understands how it really works. His non technical pastimes include ultimate frisbee and making stuff out of popsicle sticks. His latest project is developing a new programming language, called Pinecone.
Jose GutierrezWebsite Github Shipped Product
Jose first experienced programming in an introductory Java course at North Carolina State University in 2013. He recognized the beauty in coding and its possibilities. Not long after, he was already considering it an art form by harmonizing functionality and readability with simplicity in the lines. Jose is interested in creating products with a straightforward intent. He spends his time focusing on personal growth, including coding mastery, learning, playing soccer, and asking why things work the way they do. His current vision is to build a platform for soccer fanatics, where they have access to the most comprehensive list of statistics in professional soccer.
Maribel MontejanoWebsite Github
Studying science has always been a passion for Maribel, which led her to graduate with degrees in Chemistry and Biology. While working in the industry, she often found herself gravitating towards researching and implementing new technologies. After noticing this trend, she decided to explore computer science. A curiosity for coding opened up when she wrote her first automation script, and she was ready to pursue a career in computer programming. Along the way, Maribel has also been a volunteer for several organizations, and has assisted as a mentor for other students. She is excited to embark on a career where she is able to serve others and also continue to flourish in her fondness for coding.
Thanasi StratigakisShipped Product Website
Thanasi taught himself to program at 14 and quickly began developing apps that have gone on to win numerous hackathons, app competitions, and awards. He recently won the Congressional App Challenge, where he was invited to present his app to an array of congressmen and representatives from the tech industry. Even more recently, Thanasi won a scholarship to Apple’s WWDC, where he had the opportunity to meet many of Apple’s engineers and executives like Tim Cook. Thanasi also inspires others to pursue computer science. He tutored his upperclassmen in AP Computer Science and even started a club where he taught programming in high school. Thanasi is currently working on Aux, an app that changes the way we listen to music.
Nabil KhajaWebsite Github
A scientist turned engineer, Nabil is deeply fascinated with human behaviour and leveraging technology to optimize it for social good. During undergrad, if he wasn’t thinking about experiments to try in the lab, he was engrossed in pedagogical pursuits — teaching psychology, designing curriculum, or attending conferences about either. As he approached the end of undergrad, he found himself pushed further into software-driven solutions, be it for crunching brain data, teaching, or just good old fun. Inspired by software's capacity to drive change, and a fierce desire to build solutions, Nabil packed his bags in Canada and moved to Make School in Silicon Valley where he started building technical skills, and apps, at a ferocious pace.
Ross JustinGithub Shipped Product
Ross is a maker and technology enthusiast who is always thirsty for knowledge. His professional experience includes shipping a product that is now used by thousands. The product he developed is a system for controlling outdoor lighting (timing, schedules, various features) via iOS and Android apps over Bluetooth, including embedded firmware and circuit board design. Ross is particularly interested in the marriage of hardware and software, and the way human beings interact with technology. He is also interested in virtual/augmented reality, computer vision, and 3D printing. Ultimately Ross wants to build cutting-edge, unconventional products that improve the lives of users all over the world.
Abenezer Mamo '16Website Resume
Abe’s love for technology began in a remote village in Ethiopia where he was born. He took apart the radio his mother had, the only technology for miles on end, to turn it into a fan. At the age of 14, he got his first computer. His first company was started not long thereafter. He has since started and grown several startups, become an avid software engineer, and developed a keen interest in project management. Abe combines his skills as a developer with operational expertise not often found in CS students.
Adrian Wisaksana '16Website Resume
Adrian created a fitness app where the health of a virtual pet depends on your exercise. Everything we’ve seen Adrian create since he joined Make School has reached a level of polish above and beyond what you’d expect from a single developer. He has a great product sense and is incredibly dedicated to becoming a stronger engineer - he’s blown us away with his technical understanding and work ethic. The products he builds speak for themselves.
Connor Maher '16Resume
Before Make School, Connor worked in the Air Force and started his own irrigation hardware company. Connor’s growth trajectory as a software engineer at Make School has been phenomenal. His impressively polished sports highlights app is a testament to how quickly his abilities have matured. He is particularly interested FinTech and technologies that are revolutionizing infrastructure and low-tech industries.
Daniel Hoang '16Resume
Daniel has professional iOS experience and several apps under his belt. He is passionate about the dynamics of tournament and competitive games, so he built an app to help tournament organizers create brackets and track competitor progress. Daniel transferred to Make School after a year at Santa Clara University and is looking for opportunities at larger companies with a culture of mentorship and collaboration.
Dennis Aleynikov '16Resume
Dennis came to Make School with over a year of professional experience as a full stack engineer and a winning Hackathon record. He lives for the excitement people feel when they interact with what he has created. To balance his love for creating products people love, Dennis took a deep dive into cross-platform mobile development, doing extensive research on the state of the art. Today, he is presenting an analysis and comparison of three different frameworks. He is looking for both product focused and research oriented opportunities.
Eliel Gordon '16Shipped Product Resume
Eliel came to Make School to learn how to build professional-grade software and has excelled in doing so. His universal app connects individuals to the mentors they need. It is gorgeous, polished, and technically impressive under the hood. He has also been working part time as an iOS developer while studying. He is excited by the health and fitness space.
Frantisek "Fero" Hetes '16Shipped Product Resume
Interested in self-development, Fero has deep knowledge of speed reading, memory techniques, sleep hacking, and life hacking in general. He strives to be the best Fero that Fero can be and this attitude is reflected in his work and recent experimentation with his development setup. He’s excited by products that help users better themselves and built a tracking tool to quantify exactly how and how much we adhere to our personal goals.
Hunter Larco '16Website Resume
Ignat Remizov '16Website Resume
Ignat’s new passion is Improv, so he built an app to practice. He loves diving deep into technologies - during the last few months as he became acquainted with iOS development he accumulated encyclopedic and often obscure knowledge on Swift, Objective-C, UIKit, and various other topics. He enjoys breaking and fixing complex systems by understanding how they work from the lowest of low levels all the way to the very top. He is particularly fond of working on technology to build communities and connect people.
Jacob Lichtstrahl '16Resume
Jacob’s love for programming evolved from his close relationship with puzzles. Over the course of this semester, Jacob focused on hardware projects and wrote everything from an iOS app to custom Photon firmware for an IOT piggybank he created. He is excited to build web applications to power IOT devices in the coming semester and work with a company in the IOT and hardware space.
Mike Kane '16Resume
Mike has been a professional standup comic, high school CS teacher, and wrestling coach. His app helps high school teachers track documents students generate during the school year and allows them to easily file reports with their state. He cares deeply about education and helped Make School build a new AP Computer Science curriculum parallel to building his app. Today, he’s building the products teachers need, in the future he hopes to leverage machine learning and big data to help fix education.
Jeroen Ransijn '16Website Resume
DJ and developer Jay has pulled off a technical feat with his audio visualizer, allowing on-the-fly authoring of OpenGL shaders that are rendered within his app. Jay is passionate about the intersection of music and technology - his Soundcloud and Github will both impress you. Jeroen’s was a professional developer before joining Make School and his products achieve a high standard of polish and beauty.
Jimmy Yue '16Shipped Product Resume
Jimmy brings two apps and a custom iOS library with him to Demo Night. He has strong professional experience from technical and design contract work before and during Make School. He is an accomplished musician and passionate about pure math. Jimmy is most interested in joining an experienced team with a strong track record of producing well maintained production code for complex applications.
Joshua Archer '16Resume
Josh thinks deeply about the dynamics of technology enabled social interactions and the user experiences behind them. His social app enables a fundamentally new type of interaction on mobile - ask him about his design process! He has a feeling AI will fundamentally change the way we socialize and can’t wait to learn more about the latest in the field. We have a feeling the social applications Josh will work on in the coming years will be used by millions.
Kavin Subramanyam '16Shipped Product Resume
Kavin created a beautifully simple way to connect with people at events and learned about how devices connect in the process. When he’s not coding, he’s studying up on theoretical CS, math, and preparing for competitions. He is excited about companies that are advancing science and helping educate the world.
Kazuhiro Komoto '16Shipped Product
Kazu joined Make School from a successful career in management consulting which gave him exposure to a wide variety of industries. He is particularly interested in robot-human interaction and has worked on a machine-human interaction project with Nissan. His app detects when people doze off while driving and helps keep them awake. His unique background allows him to bring strategic and engineering expertise to the table.
Kevin Caldwell '16Resume
Kevin impressed us by the number of technologies he learned to build his product - a security camera controlled by an iOS app. Before Make School Kevin worked at a 3D printing company and he is most interested in IOT devices with companion mobile applications. He is excited to build web applications to power IOT networks in the coming semester and work with a company in the IOT space.
Leslie Kim '16Website Resume
With a marketing degree and engineering internship under her belt, Leslie is passionate about joining a small startup in the education or health and fitness space. Her app is built for venues and performing artists, helping them plan shows and book talent. She has lived in Savannah, NYC, LA, Seoul, DC, and now SF in the past few years, recently sold pieces from her first painting series, and has a budding interest in computer graphics.
Unathi Chonco '16Resume
A natural leader, Unathi cares deeply about bringing resources and opportunity to the developing world. He built an app with Tyler that brings accurate transit directions to developing countries. Prior to Make School, Unathi was a freelance Android developer with a startup in the UK. He excels when his ability to inspire and create are both put to use and is looking for a company making positive impact on the world.
Kyung Heui "Ryan" Kim '16Shipped Product
Ryan is preparing to file for an O-1 visa, a visa category popular among foreign entrepreneurs. His app helps founders prepare their petition, guide them through the process of filling out all required forms and help them to consult with an attorney. The app generates the entire petition to be sent to the government, saving users thousands in legal fees. In the future, Ryan hopes to bring technology to medicine.
Tyler Hoffman '16Resume
Tyler has grown both as a software engineer and as a designer while at Make School. He built an app with Unathi that brings accurate transit directions to developing countries. Tyler enjoys competitive programming and rocking out on the bass. He looks forward to applying both his design and engineering skills during his upcoming internship.
Phillip Ou '15LinkedIn Github
Phillip previously attended MIT, loves fixing cars with his dad, and made an app with Sam that will revolutionize the way you read and share news.
Since finishing the Gap Year, Phil interned at drchrono and Snapchat before continuing his studies at MIT. This summer he is working at Google for the Google Photos team. He's still the cool, handsome guy everyone knows and loves.
Masa Bando '15LinkedIn Github
Masa chose to attend Make School instead of MIT after graduating high school and was our first student to receive an offer to be the CTO of a startup. During his time at Make School, he worked with Luke on an app to answer the age old question - where should we go to eat?
After finishing the Gap Year, Masa joined startup Papaly and developed products using iOS & Rails. He then returned to MIT and also interned at Yahoo!, working with Big Data between his semesters at college. He is spending the summer at Oracle with the Cloud team.
Ivy Xing '15LinkedIn Github
Ivy previously attended Bowdoin where she was a mathematics and computer science double major. She did research on how much patients trust their doctors by analyzing data from Twitter. She aspires to be a software engineer and founder.
After the Gap Year, Ivy joined Edmodo, an K-12 education platform with 51 million users. It aims to connect students, teachers, parents, and all learners. She's worked on various iOS projects and has recently taken the lead on the Edmodo Parents App. She has also been learning backend in Go and Ruby to become a full-stack engineer.
Harlan Kellaway '15LinkedIn Github
A Wellesley graduate, Harlan is an identical triplet, loves cats, volunteers at a feminist bookstore back home, and teaches coding at an LGBTQ center in San Francisco. At Make School, Harlan created an app to help transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals find safe restrooms.
While at Make School, Harlan interned for a mobile agency - and was hired shortly into the internship. Since Make School, Harlan has been working full-time as an iOS Engineer at Prolific Interactive, bringing apps to life for brands like Hollister, SoulCycle, Equinox, and more.
Jordan Arnesen '15LinkedIn Github
A UC Berkeley graduate, Jordan has held a Top Secret clearance, traveled to Jordan, made a game about bat echolocation, and biked from SF to LA. Jordan may well be the most interesting person in Make School.
Since finishing the Gap Year, Jordan has joined the Make School team full time on the dev team, with a short stint serving as the Sunnyvale lead instructor for Summer Academy '15.
Sam Drozdov '15LinkedIn Github
Sam previously attended the University of Maryland. He holds a pole vaulting record from high school and started an awesome music blog called laidbackbeets.com. He's an incredibly productive developer, having shipped three apps in 8 weeks during the Summer Academy in 2014.
Since finishing the Gap Year, Sam interned for a startup, Slide (that was later acquired by Raise). He then returned to UMD to study CS and joined Startup Shell, a student-run incubator for student startups, where he is now the Director of Events.
Andrew Brandt '15LinkedIn Github
An eagle scout who first started coding on Lego Mindstorms, Andrew was a pharmacy technician, is now a software developer, and built a new kind of pharmacy that can be accessed entirely through a mobile app!
Since finishing the Gap Year, Andrew joined Staples at their Velocity Lab in Cambridge, MA. There he has worked on multiple mobile products, focusing on B2B apps.
Donny Kuang '15LinkedIn Github
Donny previously attended Cal Poly. He’s Make School’s League of Light Champion and built an app to help journalists effectively catalog their interviews. He planned to join an early-stage.
Since graduating from the Gap Year program, Donny has joined WELL Health Inc and developed a HIPPA-compliant mobile-messaging platform that enables communication between hospitals and patients.
Morgan Chen '15LinkedIn Github
Morgan is Make School's rock climbing champ and, believe it or not, will beat you at Melee while playing Yoshi. Yoshi! At Make School, Morgan worked with Sam and Andrew on an app to share and upvote trending music.
Morgan works at Google now, spending most of his time working on developer platforms.