Side projects

The stuff I pursue in my free time.


FoodHabit

Snap a photo of your food to create an instant food log

People can spend 30+ minutes logging food each day through apps like MyFitnessPal, which force manual entry of all the food on a plate. This is a painful problem for people who want to make drastic shifts to their diet. The most demanding customers are the huge number of people who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS). These people have to log 100% of their meals to track their eating balance with precision. It can take over an hour a day for these customers to input the food-type and amount to apps like MyFitnessPal.

FoodHabit makes the food-logging process easier and quicker by leveraging image recognition APIs to convert food images into the food-type and quantity. Customers can skip the input step and still have an app that tells them how to balance their food intake.

David and I launched an intial prototype with 10 users and found great success with the most demanding customers (e.g., those with IBS). However, we ran out of resources to pursue the project further and halted development.


UrbanPod

Web App to find affordable housing for young-adults out of college

David Zhu and I aimed to alleviate loneliness and isolation in urban settings by making it easier to find a community.

City stress and the lack of human connections make cause a 21% increased risk of anxiety disorders and a 39% increased risk of mood disorders. The problem will compound as people move increasingly away from their hometowns and into cities. The UN predicts there will be over 9 billion people in the world by 2050, 70% of whom will live in cities.

The primary services available to people moving to a new city advertise for space but disregard the importance of community. I decided to research why no one had solved such a widespread issue. We realized that affordable and healthy living arrangements involved complicated systems of economics, politics, culture, urban planning, and technology processes.

I researched past and current solutions, met with local leaders and uncovered intricate layers of the housing problem. My research gave me a chance to contemplate solutions which could be successful in the context of an entire society.

I use my ability to analyze intricate societal systems from the perspective of various disciplines to design solutions for societal issues. I hope to help cities and social organizations architect solutions that can make a real change to significant problems.


Acera School

Consulting project to improve Acera's brand

To ensure non-traditional students can succeed, a team of consultants and I helped close the gap to higher education.

Acera is a K-8 school, giving students strong foundations for the modern world. It recognizes that rote memorization models, created for the industrial era, no longer apply to modern work-life. Instead, Acera prioritizes creativity, science, and leadership (and even emotional self-awareness). Students who graduate are prepared and enthusiastic but need to make it into a school for secondary education. Acera does not emphasize standardized tests, which means that when higher education institutions judge Acera students based on tests alone, those schools do not recognize Acera students' true merit.

I realized that the problem was not with the Acera students, but with the education system. Most education establishments employ traditional test-taking assessments and lack awareness about how Acera students stack up against peers.

To raise awareness throughout the education system about Acera students’ strong ability, I assisted building an Acera brand. The consultants and I made communication materials to pave a pathway toward success for students. Since my project, Acera has built new partnerships while continuing to grow their credibility and success.

I strive to aid organization missions by crafting brand messaging that urges listeners to take action. I like to use my communication ability to help social startups gain traction with their audience, cultivate the talent they need to grow, and develop partnerships that will benefit their business.