At the end of our inaugural 2021 session, participants created final projects that reflected their newly-acquired skills as well as their incredible persistence, dedication and creativity. Please scroll down to learn about a few of them.
Team: Michael Bostick
Michael joined Reskill Americans with experience in the restaurant industry. His demo project, Live Look, allows users to view live surveillance footage of restaurants and other businesses to inform their decision-making better. The feature offers transparency on the things customers want to know, like how busy a restaurant is or how the kitchen operates. Michael developed Live Look to integrate into Yelp’s existing design and envisions that the feature can be seamlessly integrated into other apps as well. Michael’s experience with Reskill Americans allowed him to discover his ability to work on a team, conduct research, and problem solve. “Reskill really helped me figure out what I wanted to do,” said Michael.
Team: Lauren Smalls, Talisa Foster, Sharifa Nichols, Richard Jackson, Shelique Richardson
Lauren presented the COVID Tracker project on behalf of her team. Lauren currently works on a college campus and noticed an issue with COVID-related communications. Her team developed a COVID Tracker that would house all the information a student may need in one spot. The project included a real-time look at stats, along with details regarding vaccination availability and policies. Team members who worked on the COVID Tracker were flexible and resilient as they learned to coordinate within time zones worldwide. The team also expanded their skills when they unexpectedly had to play the role of backend developer and designer.
Team: Karl and Lorraine Boehringer
Karl and Lorraine are the husband-and-wife team behind More Knickknacks. The idea was inspired by Karl’s mother, who wants to sell her collection of antiques after retirement. The project was a family affair: Karl and Lorraine learned how to communicate as colleagues, working together in a designer-developer relationship. As a first-generation student, Lorraine said that she left the program with “confidence and enough work to build a portfolio.”
Team: Jarla Kornegay, Christian Villaroel, Tasha Taylor, Michale Bailey
Jarla Kornegay presented The Century Health App on behalf of her team. The app aims to find a way to grant quick access to medical information for patients. The team’s demo included a look at the patient portal and the physician’s portal. The final project included many features, such as a dynamic calendar, appointment submission, and a physician schedule. Jarla said that one of the biggest lessons she took away was “the need for persistence in finding a solution to a problem and for sometimes testing your own instincts even if you’re a beginner.”