When General Assembly students graduate from their course — whether it’s user experience design or data science — it’s always exciting (and sometimes surprising) to see the range of products and passions that actualize as a result. In the case of Nathan Maas, a Web Development Immersive alumnus of GA Seattle, the product was an idea called pennypost. The passion? Connecting the world with homemade digital postcards that are easy to send and share.
Nathan — who took a range of night classes in product management, front-end development, and data science at GA before choosing WDI — developed a web (and soon-to-be iPhone) app, pennypost, which was inspired by his travels to nearly fifty countries across the globe. Though he bought postcards everywhere he went with the intention of sending them home, constraints like time, postage, and tracking down mailing addresses, meant he never actually sent them. An idea was born.
Alumni App helps speech pathology students fill out clinical forms online.
The Reimagine Education conference, hosted in partnership with QS Quacquarelli Symonds and The Wharton School, has shortlisted two General Assembly alumni for its global education award. The conference takes place from December 7-9 in Philadelphia.
Sonya Corcoran and Terry So, graduates from WDI at General Assembly’s Sydney campus, partnered over the past year to bring together their experiences from programming and education to create a new app for university students called CAPTain—which stands for Comprehensive Auditory Perceptual Training.
The conference and the Reimagine Education Awards will recognize their collaborations by other higher education professionals from around the world.
Tyler Swartz is a graduate of General Assembly and the creator of Bar Roulette. You can follow him @TylerSwartz on Twitter.
Bar Roulette is my first web app. Last year I decided to learn how to code beyond the free code academy courses and signed up for front-end web development at General Assembly. I loved it and as soon as I finished I took the back-end web development course to learn Ruby on Rails. My decision to build Bar Roulette was a result of Uber releasing a new ride request API and the need to pick a final project for my General Assembly class. Uber also had an online hackathon and I thought that deadline would help give me an extra push.