We are so excited to finally announce the name of our project, WeatherVain, the app that will forever change the way you think about the weather.
However, before we dig into the details of our prototype, we want you meet our team. As you will soon discover, we are the most diverse group out there in that each of us comes from a different country. How amazing is that?
It has been a great experience getting to know each other, and we can’t wait to share our WeatherVain journey with you! In the meantime, you can follow us @WeatherVain.
So, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, meet CodeKite:
Silvana Di Ravenna
Silvana is a photojournalism/French senior born in La Serena, Chile. She has worked as an independent photographer since 2009. Silvana currently works as a Staff Photographer for Longhorn Life and as a Photography Assistant/shooter for Reporting Texas. Silvana also loves languages, and currently speaks three (working on her fourth). In her spare time, Silvana enjoys writing, reading and playing dress-up with her daughter Augustina.
Carlos H. Hernandez
Carlos was born in El Salvador, raised in Austin, TX. He works full-time and is the Web and Application Developer for the Center for Community College Student Engagement, a research and service initiative that is part of the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
Carlos received his B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently taking courses to complete his second degree in Computer Science. He holds a teaching certification in Bilingual Education and prior to working/studying at UT, served as the Migrant Program Liaison for Taylor Independent School District where he also taught fourth-grade bilingual education classes.
On his spare time, he enjoys studying the Bible, learning how to play the piano and being outdoors to play tennis or soccer.
Jung Eun Yoon
Jung was born in Seoul, South Korea and was reportedly the country’s second smallest baby in history at the time, but she takes her dad’s claim with a grain of salt. Now a senior 21 years later, she is set to graduate in 2015. In her nonexistent free time, she likes to explore all facets of music through instrumental practice, study the bible, watch movies, develop websites, make graphics, and bake from scratch.
Tehreem Fatima Syed
Tehreem was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She moved to the States four years ago. She is currently a junior, doing Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. She spends a lot of her spare time reading, cooking and being by the lake.
Cassandra Jaramillo was born in Monterrey, Mexico and was raised in southeast Texas. She is a sophomore multimedia journalism major at the Moody College of Communication. Cassandra currently works at the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence as an academic coach for journalism students. Outside of class, she interns with NBC affiliate KXAN News and is a reporter for Texas Student Television.
If she’s not working on a story, then she is out training for the next half-marathon or cooking up a healthy meal.
Mark was born and raised in the frigid Midwest locales of Wisconsin and Nebraska, where he worked as a newspaper reporter for four years at The Grand Island (Neb.) Independent. He is now a second-year doctoral student in the School of Journalism and the editor of the school’s student-powered news features site, Reporting Texas. He writes each week about the latest in the future-of-news world at Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Lab. He’s also involved in collaborative research through the Digital Media Research Program and the Twitter Research Group. In his rare bits of free time, he likes to hang out with his wife and 1-year-old daughter and indulge in sports nerd-dom.
There you go! Now that you have met our members, we would like to give you a brief description of WeatherVain, an idea that was born out of a simple question.
Have you ever been surprised by the weather? One minute is hot, then it’s cold. One morning it’s sunny, then it’s raining in the afternoon. It’s supposed to be mild, but somehow it feels cold.
Wouldn’t it be nice if your iPhone app notified you about sudden changes, and would alert you about temperature, humidity, winds, precipitation, and heaven forbid, sleet? Wouldn’t it be even better if that same app helped you create your own wardrobe archive, so you would always know what to wear and how?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could archive the clothes that you already own, so you could access and share your creations with other users? Wouldn’t you just love to have all these features at a quick swipe of your phone?
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WeatherVain will do that and more! WeatherVain will revolutionize the way you check your weather.
No more logging into applications, no more caught in the rain without an umbrella, no more fashion faux-pas at the meeting.
With WeatherVain, you will always be fashionably prepared. Stay tuned for details!
☁ Team CodeKite