As the six of us step forward into the unforeseen future, the ultimate state of WeatherVain as a developing app remains uncertain. At first we promised each other to raise our brainchild together after the semester ended but reality took a tole on our dreams. Some of us will venture to cities thousands of miles away for internships, some of us will become Longhorn Alumni, and others of us have actual children to nurture. After accomplishing so much in such a small amount of time, however, at least we can all leave with a sense of fulfillment.
As a farewell of sorts, we decided that a collective message would be the best for our final blog post; we started as Team CodeKite and we wanted to mark the end of the journey together as well.
Since day one, I told you guys that all deserve 5′s and up to this day, you still do. This time it was even harder to only put 5s so I wrote a little statement about each one of you. Best to all!
- Cassandra did an amazing job on the videos and bringing great ideas to life. She’s such a talented person and has tremendous potential. We wouldn’t have done it without her.
- Silvana did a superb job on all the writing assignments and videos. Her video in Demo Day really made the difference. She’s a wonderful person to work with.
- Mark is an amazing editor and help the team come together. He’s extremely organized and without him, we couldn’t have done it. He made all the amazing Prezi’s presentations.
- Jung made it happen. I was worried for a moment but her final push to develop the algorithm is what made our app Best Overall. As you can tell by the Demo Day, she’s an amazing developer and the best developer I have ever met. She worked her magic when we most needed it!
- Tehreem was so focused on the project that she knew exactly what the group needed. She was co-project leader along with Mark and she helped us reach our final objective. See great thing coming from her soon!!!
CodeKite Team is the BEST TEAM OVERALL. We pull together to make the amazing WeatherVain APP! Cheers!
This semester was by far the most challenging semester I have had at UT. There were times I moaned and groaned and felt so stressed that my hair may fall out, but now I see it was all worth it. I believe our team had all of the valuable skills needed to be successful in this class. Team CodeKite had it all from coding, marketing, writing, design and filming.
I’d like to thank every single one of my teammates for always putting 100 percent into our app. Yes, at the end of the course, the class was just another requirement audited on our degree plans but we leave this year with something that most students cannot say that have accomplished.
- Carlos, thank you so much for your patience and for working so tremendously hard this semester with Parse and the WeatherVain database. I wish you the absolute best working with the city of Austin– hit a sister up when you’ve got a news story scoop/pitch! Haha.
- Silvana, I admire you so incredibly much. You are an incredible mother and journalist who is so lucky to have such a beautiful and precious daughter. Thank you for all of your creative ideas and beautiful WeatherVain video.
- Jung, girl, you are going to kill it in the computer science/mobile app industry. Never lose your drive and I truly expect incredible things out of you in the future. Also, whoever gets to marry you is getting himself the ultimate wife. Smart, beautiful and can bake some bomb cupcakes.
- Tehreem, you made this team stick together and stay together these past few weeks. You held a strong grip on the goals you wanted to achieve by the end of the semester and you never lost sight of that. I can already see myself interviewing you as the CEO of the next big tech company.
- Mark, to the future DR.CODDINGTON– that sounds freaking legit. Dr. Coddington. You’re getting so close to finishing your Ph.D and I hope this semester didn’t make you too stressed. Thank you so much for always keeping our team in order and making sure that the work load get delegated. Please be the next UT School of Journalism director… hell, be the next BILL POWERS! I know you will be a tremendous professor and change the lives of the future students to come to the Forty Acres.
Told you guys we had nothing to worry about! Jung Yoon isn’t confident without reason.
- Carlos: Thank you for being the base to our app, pun intended. You built the database rather quickly and allowed us to move forward. I really hope that you will enjoy your new job and that you will live a long, joyous life with your family.
- Cassandra: You’re going places and we all know it! You are a fabulous reporter and you are one of the kindest people I have had the pleasure of meeting. Thank you for bringing patience to our team and for trusting the coders until the very last minute. Good luck with your internship this summer and see you in New York!
- Mark: You are extremely wise and your daughter is lucky to have a father like you. Personally, you made me an even better communicator. You have this way of making everyone feel useful and relaxing them and I greatly admire that about you. Thank you for being the organizer behind our team and for keeping everyone glued.
- Silvana: Since the original idea of a weather-fashion app was yours, you were the epitome of a client for our app. Thank you for giving me the invaluable experience of working directly with a client even before graduating. Also, your promotion video was amazing and you know how much I adore your daughter Augustina. I hope that she grows up to be just as strong and independent as you are.
- Tehreem: With your patience to explain everything to the non-programmers, you were a great co-project leader. I just know that our friendship will last beyond the scope of this class. Also, if we both decide to go on with WeatherVain, we really do need to invest in walkie-talkies so that you don’t have to call me every 2 minutes in the middle of the night.
Thank you for making this entire semester such a great experience and thank you for trusting me.
It really was a pleasure to work with this group. Throughout the semester, there was so much work, so much stress, so many twists and turns, so many obstacles, so many seeming dead-ends. But through it all, we stuck together, worked through our conflict, (mostly) stayed calm, and made a seriously cool app. I’m so proud of each one of my group members.
- Carlos was the workhorse. He put in so many hours working on Parse, solved so many problems along the way, and did it all without complaining or criticizing. All semester, Carlos put his head down and got stuff done, with an attitude that was always both encouraging and realistic.
- Cassandra may have been the youngest person in the group, but she didn’t act like it. In addition to her top-notch video work, Cassandra contributed bunches of valuable ideas and was always eager to help get various tasks done. She is smart, creative, ambitious, extremely professional, and mature well beyond her years. TV news directors of America: Hire this woman!
- Jung was the driving force behind the app, as everyone could see in Saturday’s presentation. She has an incredible ability to develop a vision to solve really complex problems, and then to translate that vision into reality. That’s really, really rare – most people are lucky if they can do one of those two things, but Jung can do both. She’s flat-out brilliant, and our team was lucky to have her.
- Silvana was the passion behind our app – WeatherVain was her idea, and she continued to come up with a never-ending stream of ideas for it throughout the semester. Most of those ideas either found their way into the app or are in our future plans; that’s a testament to how good they were. Silvana was constantly expanding our vision of what this app could be and what we were capable of, and we were so much better off for it.
- Tehreem was a reluctant leader for the group, but I can’t imagine a better one. She was the perfect mediator, always striving to listen and understand everyone else, then communicate things patiently and calmly in a way that all of us could agree to. She was the glue that kept the group together and kept the project on track – a natural-born leader.
When Robert Quigley announced me that I was going to be part of this amazing class, I truly didn’t know what I was getting into it. However, I was thrilled and excited because I knew it would change my life for the better. It was something that I’ve never done before, and, let’s be honest, I love challenges! (One of my friends says that it seems like I always need to prove myself. And he might be right)
I was lucky enough to be randomly arranged with a group of teammates that are as passionate, as neurotic, and as perfectionist as me, because our app wouldn’t have made it otherwise. We all wanted the same: An amazing product that would set us apart and would awe the judges at the same time.
And we did it! Despite the hard times, despite the original differences, despite our ridiculous changes of mood and ideas, we managed to create WeatherVain.
I would like to say, since I didn’t have the chance to hug you all and thank you in person, how lucky I feel to be part of this team. That Saturday when we won best app, when I saw our happy faces, I knew that we had created something special and meaningful.
Perhaps WeatherVain will become just a warm memory years from now, but I’m absolutely certain that I will never forget the process. I truly feel this creation will change our lives for the better,somehow. And trust me, I’m never wrong! (ha!)
You are all amazing, and I admire you all! You are the most professional group I have ever encountered, and it’s clear why Quigley chose you to be part of this class.
I wish you the best and hopefully destiny will bring us together again.
The more I reflect on this class, the more strongly I feel that if I were to be given a second chance , I would not change a single thing for this class. I would want to work with the same team,for the same app idea and the same situations/circumstances we went through. At the end, it all fell so perfectly in place for WeatherVain and Codekite. Each person from our team brought a refreshing perspective to the table and Weathervain is just an embodiment of all our efforts. I cant express how incredibly proud I am of CodeKite and our brilliant Weathervain. If I were to pick things I learned from this course in terms of teamwork, they would be as follows:
1. Communicate Effectively – In a team working together during a creative process, as dynamic as making an app, everyone has their own opinions and ideas about how they feel regarding design, implementation and functionality. I realized how hard it is for somebody from a non -technical background to understand(without getting overwhelmed) the amount of man-hours that go into putting those words in a computer and actually making it work. I tried to overcome it by explaining in different ways and bugging my extremely patient journalists till I was certain that they got each part of the app.
2. Be Patient - During your (what seemed like never-ending) brainstorming sessions at each step of the way to making an app, there will be times when your brilliant ideas will be turned down. Don’t take it to heart or personal, think of it as though the idea that everyone liked was probably the best idea on the table and was picked up. There will be arguments and criticisms, one should take them in a positive light and be receptive towards them.
3. Trust each other – At the end of the day, you are a team and it is not a one man show. Everyone is motivated to build the best product and are giving their best. Trust each other and what each of you do.
4. Talk to Professor Quigley – If 1,2,3 and nothing works -Prof Quigley is the man.:)
I would like to thank Professor Quigley for making the dynamics of the class such that they encouraged freedom of creativity and expression that were absolutely crucial in making the amazing apps we all worked on. Thank you for your inputs and mediation that were absolutely needed. Thank you Jeff, for all your guidance and encouragement and our TA Qian for your help during Demo Day and helpful comments during the semester.
Finally, thanks and appreciation for my wonderful team:
- Thank your Mark for being the leader that you were. Always so calm and laid back, always so understanding and getting me so well. Also, making sure we got everything done in time for deadlines and demos. You are the “positivity” of WeatherVain and I want to admit that I was always looking forward to your turn for writing a blog.
- Thank you Cassandra for being the awesome journalist that you are. As busy as you were between late night work shifts and classes, you rose to our expectations and did whatever you could do to help us, be it blogs, social media efforts or videos.You are the “voice” of WeatherVain.
- Thank you Silvana for being the “persona” of WeatherVain. If it were not for your creative idea and arguing for it, WeatherVain might have not been here. Thank you for your efforts with Parse , with that awesome video starring beautiful Augustina and your constant efforts in improving the UI and functionality of the app.
- Thank you Carlos for your endless hours and work you put in Parse. There were so many times we switched ideas and made you implement things again and again but you never complained. Thank you for boosting our morales and encouraging each one of us when we needed it most. You are the “motivator” of WeatherVain.
- Last but not least, thank you Jung for the amazing creativity and confidence you brought to WeatherVain. Thank you for bringing the best out of us all. We were very ambitious in terms of what we envisioned for WeatherVain at the coding end, and as much as you were hard to convince when it came to design and implementation, came up with super design ideas and criticism, you always believed we could get it done. You are the “perfectionist” for WeatherVain. Also, thanks a lot for the “sugary” goodness you brought to class.:)
It warms my heart whenever I see WeatherVain boot up on my IPod. Cant wait until its in the App Store and everyone can download it. I feel very lucky to be a part of this class, my team and WeatherVain.
“Best Overall App” and “Most Original Idea” – while the two awards recognized our countless all-nighters and made up for all the difficulties we faced, we didn’t need them to justify our accomplishments. Merely being able to grow as people, as developers through this class was award enough. In no other class do you find such a talented, motivated, diverse group of students and instructors and we would like to congratulate every one for a successful year. We wish that we could share the “Best Overall App” award with each and every one of the groups.
To our hilarious classmates in Newt, thank you for always making us laugh with your humorous videos and your less than conventional app icon designs. To the sweet members of intELECT, thank you for always offering a message of support when we needed it most. You guys are amazing, having had to build an app within a few weeks. To our ambitious friends who created Sono, thank you for pushing us to be our best. You guys were definitely the most professional. To our spirited counterparts of Game Plan, thank you for letting your guard down and befriending us. To our always-prepared TA Qian Wang, thank you for constantly supporting us and making sure that we had all the necessary resources to create WeatherVain. Our Demo Day presentation would have been flat without your guidance. To the brilliant Jeff, thank you for taking out time in your day to be with us. None of our apps would have made it to the app store without you. To our kind and animated Professor Quigley, thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for believing in us and supporting us through it all. Thank you for bringing such an amazing, innovative class to campus. Thank you for everything that you do and know that it has made a difference.
And finally, thank you everyone who supported us – our families, our friends, the judges, and those who of you who attended Demo Day – for joining us in our journey and remember to Dress the Weather!
☁ Love CodeKite, the creators of WeatherVain.