By: Christine Garland
Last Friday the entire Remind101 team paused our normal tasks and spent a day creating something new for the company. It was great way to finally put to fruition some of the fun ideas we’re always talking about, but never have the time to do.
Here are the fun projects that came out of Remind 101’s first Hack Day:
The Development Team:
Jeremy made us a robot! Her name is Rosie. We can talk with Rosie in our team chat system (we use HipChat), where she is able to answer questions about the status of our servers and delivery in seconds. Rosie can also start Google hangouts, make fun of us, solve math equations, and more.
Ben put on his anti-bullying hat and created filters that detect hateful content, or inappropriate messages attempting to be sent out. As a team, work needs to be done to better train the system on what is and isn’t appropriate. Once done, we’ll be able to add another security layer to the Remind101 service.
Max is our Android developer (more on Max soon). He spent his Hack Day making an Android widget for Remind101 subscribers. When live, students or parents receiving messages on their droid will be able to drag and drop a widget that shows them their unread Remind101 messages in a single feed. Stay tuned.
David worked on building a chat room that displays any tweet where someone mentions Remind101. Now the entire team gets to enjoy the 140 characters worth of pure motivation.
Design and Marketing:
Lindsay and I worked together on a project. Lindsay had the amazing idea to spend Hack Day compiling and sharing nuggets about how texting in the classroom benefits students. So we put together 10 of our favorite stats, and Lindsay created a beautiful website showcasing them. Check it out here.
Brett wrote a blog post welcoming Ben to the Remind101 team, and embarrassing the heck out of him by posting an adorable photo of him at age 7.
It was a great day! So great, that we’ve decided to make it a regularly scheduled activity. We’ll be implementing a Hack Day every 3 weeks. Can’t wait to see what else gets created!
Want in on the next Hack Day? We’re hiring. See available positions here.
It’s my absolute pleasure to introduce our most recent full time hire, Ben. Ever wonder how messages get sent each and every time you hit send, or when you click ‘schedule later’ it actually sends later? Well, Ben’s one of the fellas that holds the fort down at Remind101. He’s a software engineer.
Remember the widget that just launched? He built it from scratch. More cool stuff to come.
Ben was born and raised in Northern California and went to the University of California, Santa Cruz.
When he’s not hacking, you can catch him working on his boat with his brothers.
Ben, we’re so excited to have you!
This week the Remind101 team moved into our new office space in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s fully equipped with lots of granola bars, sparkling water and gorgeous views. Check out our new thinking pad!
Teachers in, or visiting, San Francisco, our doors are always open to you!
If anyone would like to stop by the office we’d love to have you. Reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team News: Happy Holidays to us! This year we get to enjoy the gift of a growing team.
Please welcome Lindsay, our new lead designer.
The hiring of a designer has been a long time coming for Remind101. As much as we all love the Kopf brothers, they aren’t exactly the most artistically suave gents. So while we give them a wowing applause for getting the site to where it is today with little more than white board drawings, it’s finally time to give the website’s interface the attention it craves.
As soon as Lindsay jumped on the Remind101 boat, she started making moves. She’s hard at work, as we speak, beginning stage one of re-decorating our entire website. Even more exciting (well, maybe equally exciting) is what Lindsay’s influence means for problem solving the interface nuances that have made navigating Remind101 sometimes less than enjoyable. She has the fun roll of analyzing where teachers have gotten stuck in the past, and how to bulldoze those obstacles. We’ve already gotten some sneak peeks of what the new site could be, and you’re going to LOVE it.
Lindsay graduated from RIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, with a bachelor of fine arts in New Media Design and Development. As you may recall, our lead developer, Jeremy, also graduated from RIT. The verdict is still out on whether either of them are hiding crazy college stories about each other.
Since graduation, Lindsay has been busy building up her fabulous resume working for places like MODE, Odopod, Hunt & Gather, IBM, and BEAM. Since 2009, she’s moved from New York, to California, to North Carolina, married her hubby, Andy, and then moved back to New York. Somewhere in there she and Andy also began raising their two canine “children,” Bowser and Leeloo. I know it sounds exhausting, but believe me, she’s high energy.
Much to the chair next to mine’s dismay, Lindsay’s isn’t working from the San Francisco office. She will be working remotely from her home in Rochester, New York. I’d say we miss her, but luckily her presence is never absent. We keep a live facetime going with Lindsay on the company iPad all day.
Hey Lindsay! (and Brett in the corner)
Who am I kidding…we still miss her.
If you’re in the Rochester area and want to meet Lindsay, let her know. You can connect with her directly on Twitter.
Welcome Lindsay! We’re so excited to have you!