Behind the Scenes / June 2018

2018 Fellowship Showcase

Our Class of 2018 Fellows recently presented their projects at the closing ceremony for the fellowship program. We’re so excited by what they learned during their fellowship and the progress they’ve already made in their careers as designers and developers.

Ellen Duong created a watercolor effect, a non-photorealistic renderer, that displays 3D models as if they were a watercolor painting with interactive artistic UI tools. Check out her project demo here and her presentation slides here.

“I learned to break tasks down so they’re not so scary. Literally opening an application is a task and moves a project forward.” – Ellen

Ellen just this month accepted an offer with Laika and is moving to Portland. Be sure to check out her post on how art made her a better developer.

Ellen Duong Presenting a Powerpoint presentationAmelia Longo and Ellen Duong

Rana Fayez built a website from scratch for the first time, to serve as a hub for her non-profit and music festival YallaPunk, which celebrates music, art, film and other cultural artifacts created by Middle Eastern and North African individuals.

“I’m getting more comfortable breaking things, because then I get to fix them.” -Rana

Check out her blog post on her journey building community through tech.

Rana was awarded a Codeland scholarship this year.

Rana Fayez giving a power point presentation Rana Fayez and Christina Deemer

Lori Imbesi conducted user experience processes to advise Transition Town Media (a hub for individuals who seek to build community independence by localizing food, transport, economy, education, waste removal, and energy) on their website redesign. You can view her presentation here.

“I really like building things and figuring out how they work…and I think that makes me a developer.” – Lori

Read her blog post about her journey as a career changer, going from teaching, to tango, to tech.

Lori started an internship with Delaware County Community College working on augmented and virtual reality with Unity.

Lori Imbesi giving a power point presentationMike Tedeschi and Lori Imbesi

Madi Pignetti created an interactive resource directory aimed at reducing sexual assaults and redirecting cycles of violence by providing direction to people who find out someone they know has committed a sexual assault. Check out the beginnings of her app here.

Check out her post on lessons she learned while working on her project.

Madi was hired away from us mid year and still stuck with the program from California where she’s working as a software engineer at Intuit.

Madi Pignetti giving a power point presentation.

Amelia Longo has been the lead coordinator for the fellowship program thus far. As she departs Interactive Mechanics for other exciting opportunities we’re taking a step back to plan how to run the program in her absence. Keep an eye on our website for the next fellowship program application for the Class of 2019.

Interactive Mechanics Fellows and Mentors

The Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program aims to build capacity for representation and inclusion in the technology field. We see it as a mutual learning experience for the fellows and for our existing team, so we’ve asked our fellows to share some of their expertise on our blog.