Meet the Students!
Our Two-Year class is composed of Silicon Valley's next generation of leaders and thinkers. They're building products ranging from a music visualizer to an app to file for a visa.
Abenezer MamoWebsite 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 WisaksanaWebsite 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.
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 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 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 GordonShipped 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" HetesShipped 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 LarcoWebsite Resume
Ignat RemizovWebsite 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’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 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 RansijnWebsite 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 YueShipped 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.
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 SubramanyamShipped 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 KomotoShipped Product Resume
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 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 KimWebsite 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.
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" KimShipped Product Resume
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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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 Academy (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.
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.