“Lights, Camera, Code” Scholarship Winners

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This winter, we teamed up with LaunchPad LA, Cross Campus, and Los Angeles Venture Association to offer a select number of $2,000 scholarships to our full-time Web Development Immersive program at our brand-new campus in Los Angeles, California. After pouring over thousands of applications, we are excited to present the five winners who will be embarking on a 12-week journey to become full-stack web developers.

HAMILTON CHANHamilton_headshot

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am an entrepreneur, based in Los Angeles.  After attending Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and working as an investment banker and corporate attorney, I knew that I was an entrepreneur at heart, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

What’s your favorite hobby?

I love playing tennis and pick up basketball.  There’s nothing more satisfying than hitting the (occasional) perfect shot in the heat of competition!

Why did you apply to WDI?

By finally committing to learning to code, I feel like I am shedding ignorance.  To be a tech entrepreneur today and not be a fluent coder is to sit in the seat of power without having much power.  I’ve always enjoyed computer programming and am excited to delve into building this skill set!

What are you hoping to work on in WDI?

There are more projects that I’d like to build than I can count, but the common thread is that they will all be Ruby on Rails dynamic websites with clean interfaces and easy data manipulation.

ALEXANDRA ESTRADAAlexphoto2

Tell us a little about yourself.

LA native and first-time entrepreneur. I have an on-demand dinner service called trivetLA that brings personal chefs to the home for an affordable price. Although it’s been quite a journey starting a business I am having a blast learning everything and anything that comes along with it!

What’s your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobbies tend to be my de-stressors: cooking, yoga, and Zumba. My 2014 New Year’s resolution is to learn how to make artisan ice cream and take Argentinean tango lessons.

Why did you apply to WDI?

What’s the point of having a great idea if you can’t make it a reality? Whether it’s for my current business or future MVPs I want to be able to take any idea or vision and put it into action without having to hire outside help! I heard about GA and the WDI program through networking events here in Silicon Beach and thought this was the perfect opportunity to learn the technical skill sets necessary in a short amount of time and in a supportive learning environment.

BEZ REYHANBez

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a marketing and design enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles. I studied business administration and am really interested in using data and ethnography research to create great user experiences.

What’s your favorite hobby?

I love to hike or camp during my spare time.

Why did you apply to WDI?

I have a lot of ideas and I want to be able to make them – whether that means developing apps myself or working with developers, I knew that my experience at WDI would be invaluable.

What are you hoping to work on in WDI?

Pictures have almost become meaningless – they go out as fast as they come in. Most people want to print at least some of their pictures, but nobody want to sift through the thousands of photos that they have on Facebook. I want to create an app that finds your most popular photos for you.

TANYA CONTREAStanyacontreras

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a self-taught .NET developer born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I’m shy of a few classes from receiving my Bachelors in Computer Science. A couple years ago I finally realized what I was meant to do – create and break boundaries! I believe web development does both!

What’s your favorite hobby?

Can my beautiful, four year old daughter be my hobby and inspiration for all that I do? Well, it is. Rightfully so, she takes up all of my free time and I enjoy every minute of it.

Why did you apply to WDI?

Learning how to code on your own is not easy – possible – but not easy. I always craved the classroom time, to be surrounded by fellow students who thrive to do what I love to do, and not to mention to have awesome teachers to blow your mind away.

What are you hoping to work on in WDI?

I have a few ideas in mind but not quite sure which one I will implement. The possibilities seem endless with the curriculum ahead…

MAREN WOODRUFFMaren

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have had many different careers, as I have been searching for the right fit.  I feel like I have been waiting for General Assembly’s web development immersive.

What’s your favorite hobby?

I play the guitar and sing.  I am teaching myself piano as well.  I love to dance- swing, tango and salsa.  I love photography.  And I also love to bake.  I feel like when you bake something, its a treat, its something special.

Why did you apply to WDI?

I started teaching myself how to code earlier this year, and fell in love with the process.  It feels like a puzzle to me, that I get to solve every day.  I have always pursued that type of profession.  I used to be a master electrician for a theatre.  And I was always excited after I hung, focused and circuited 250+ lights, and they would all turn on when and where they were supposed to.

What are you hoping to work on in WDI?

I am interested in learning about the entire process.  My love of art and design would like to focus on the front end.  And combine my interest in user experience design with building websites.  I also took the last digital marketing class here at GA_LA, and will use the knowledge gained in that course as well.

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