I am a recent graduate of Wesleyan University ('17), with degrees in Economics and Psychology, and a minor in Data Analysis. I'm an almond addict, dance lover, tech geek, occasional writer, and proud Filipina. My biggest dream is to give back to my communities in the Philippines and in S.E. Asia as much as they have given to me.
Roboterra Web App
(May 2016 - August 2016)
For Summer 2016, I worked in a robotics edtech startup called Roboterra based in Silicon Valley.
I designed the entire user interface of the CastleRock webapp, and a resources integration platform. I developed and deployed the frontend with 3 engineers using Electron, React.js, Redux.js and three.js. This also involved extensive research for the creation of the onboarding process of the webapp.
Our work contributed to maximizing the efficiency of Roboterra's 4 global offices. Our work was also used as the second version of the product Roboterra created, deployed to 3000+ teachers and students.
I also eventually helped with product management jobs such as content writing, collaborating across teams, setting up an Agile environment, designing implementation plans, writing specs, coding, and the like.
Read more about our work here:
DESKTOP APP WEB APP ONBOARDING
(June 2015 - September 2015)
I interned for MedGrocer in Summer 2015 (after I failed at a business-- great learning experience!)
MedGrocer is a tech-enabled startup that enables delivery of trusted drugs. This summer was my first foray into the tech startup scene. Here I realized the potential that technology had to reach a mass of people. I helped develop the product through talking with customers, forming partnerships with health professionals, developing the website, and initiating a project of my own: a mobile app.
Read about how I designed the Android App here:
NAIA Airport Redesign
I initiated a project with the CEO of a domestic airport in the Philippines. He knew that I was training with User Experience and Human-Centered Design studies
and wanted to find a way to improve the airport through this process. My task:
Use human-centered design to improve the User Experience of NAIA Terminal IV. I gathered 5 friends who were also into design, we crafted
a 4-day research plan and scheduled brainstorming sessions thereafter. We submitted our reports, and I'm proud to say that one year after
we did the design research, the airport implemented bits of our designs to improve the airport experience.
Read our reports and some lessons learned here:
REFLECTIONS DOCUMENTS GALLERY
Design Thinking Class
(January 2015 - May 2015)
I wanted to bring a culture of design on campus, and also teach myself the principles of human-centered design.
In spring of 2015, I ended up crafting a for-credit semester-long class that taught 15 students design thinking through hands-on projects.
The 5 groups worked with non-profits, student organizations, and local companies.
One group created the entire branding system of a student organization. Another design the physical layout and space of a non-profit's office.
One of our students was so enthusiastic about the HCD process, she offered to teach the class in the next semester.
The greatest feeling is seeing our students years after and hearing about how they continue to use the creative skillsets they learned in their every day.
One graduate uses what he learned in his work in a medical institution while another student talks about how she feels more empowered to be a creative when she otherwise would have felt disencouraged.
Warms my heart!
Unfortunately, our Tumblr blog was taken down, but here was our initial syllabus:
(March 2016 - May 2016)
I did a mini data visualization project that explored the patterns of Philippine immigration through the years.
I'm really passionate about Filipinos all over the world, and I wanted to trace out the numbers of Filipino diaspora members globally!
I used (sparse) data from phil.gov. I used R for analysis and preliminary visualization and Excel for extensive visualization.
Here's the link to my project:
Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan
Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan is a non-profit that promotes inclusion and diversity in entrepreneurship.
We have a range of programs including trips to Silicon Valley and the New York tech scene, mentorship programs,
for-credit classes for business, design and engineering, speaker series and much more! I co-founded this group in my
sophomore year of college and remain its co-president.
We are always open to welcoming people who might be interested in joining or collaborating with our group. Reach out to [email protected] for more details.
Kai Labs is a project under Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan. I serve as the head "teacher" and coordinator.
It is a for-credit class taught by a team of 5 other student-teachers
wherein students get to work on real projects with faculty and staff clients to develop their
engineering, design and management skills. It mimics the real world and allows our students to interact
with real clients and solve problems at Wesleyan.
We're currently going through the semester with the first iteration of our class. It's exciting and I'm hoping our students learn as much as we learn from them.
Here's a link to our syllabus:
Birth Control Bot
Birth Control Bot is a sms messaging bot for people to obtain information about birth control
options near them. Users can discreetly find out which options most cohere with their choices
and bodies, as well as receive addresses of nearby locations to obtain birth control without
needing a smartphone or accessing the internet. This project, built using Python, Flask,
HTML, CSS, JS, and the Twilio API won first runner-up in the
Spectra (all womens) Hackathon Summer 2016 in Youtube Headquarters in San Bruno.
Here's the link to the Github repository:
I wanted to create an app that made all our school's requests (rides, lost and found, event announcement) on our Facebook group more efficient.
At that time, I had to post my request on all 4 batch groups, hoping someone would answer. On user’s feeds, not everything is sent to the entire student body,
and my post may potentially just fade away.
I sought an engineer to help me with the back-end and I designed the beginnings of the user interface and coded the front-end.
Check out the case study here:
My university started using a new job search platform called Handshake
It was infinitely better than our previous platform, but was still rife with a few problems. I decided to
go through an exercise to redesign Handshake and came up with low-fi wireframes and high-fi mockups at the end.
I'm hoping this can somewhat benefit Handshake or inform a few of their designs in some way.
Check out the case study here:
© Coded by Mika Reyes, 2017.