Saturday, April 23, 2016

A new hackathon, a new adventure

Glad to be writing back :) I spent this last weekend in Abu Dhabi in a Hackathon for the Social Good. It was four days of collaboration, ideation, coding, pitching, coaching, roaring! This was the first time I join as a mentor. It was hard! I had to round-robin my time to help students and contribute solving their hardest problems, they mostly were freshman and sophomore of Computer Science. The hackathon was a competition but also a collaboration for mentors. We were encouraged to contribute to other teams on the things we are proficient on.

People from 36 countries attended the hackathon.
Ali Aldarwish from United Arab Emirates, Fabricio Ph from Argentina.

Our topic was education, and the team came with the idea of encouraging kids from the Arab world to read. Some studies showed that in average, a kid from affected areas reads 1.000 less than in other countries. But kids have smartphones, or at least there is a smartphone per family at home (I’m not sure what’s the source for this). So we designed and implemented a mobile app using hybrid technologies to make reading fun, interactive and engaging, so kids will see the long term benefits that reading has. We also developed a server that does crawling and curation of content in the internet from special sources for kids content.

The team!

Places visited.

Fortunately I got my MI band (fitness tracker) right before going to the hackathon, so I ended up tracking my sleep and wanted to share the statistics here:

Sleep history for the hackathon week.

I discovered that after I moved to Switzerland I stopped collaborating in public projects (except a hackathon I attended back in CERN Sep 2015) and also not writing anymore here. Truth is that there are lot’s of things going on, but I promise to be back ;)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sharing my magic

The title sounds tremendously awesome, but It's not real magic. I decided to version and make public my bash profile, git config as well as many other config files (Sublime, Xcode, Vagrant). Also, I created a basic script to install all this magic and to be able to remove it, just in case I need to use a computer temporary.

I don't expect people to learn form this. I just share it so maybe someone can clone the repo and create its own version.

Find it here:

Also, in my previous jobs we were in need of a personalized code styling for Objective C, so I created a basic parser using RegEx. It's not the happiest thing on earth to maintain, but it was easy to code and use given the situation.

If you are interested in Objective C development, give it a look to the Xcode folder. I personally believe that Alcatraz is an awesome plugin manager.

Fabricio PH

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What's on World August 2015

Hey! As always, I wanted to share some interesting stuff I've been finding this last weeks. This time is a short post I've been delaying for a while. Lately I been busy preparing my paperwork to join Google as a full-time in Switzerland. Later on I'll prepare a post about general tips for interviewing in big tech companies.

Project Soli by Google

Using a radar as an interface, for gesture detection.

Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos

A cool paper about mining lots of pictures in the internet, normalizing them, and showing time-lapses.

Continue reading.

Chromecast update

Some good improvements came to Chromecast: autoplay, queuing, second screen and multiplayer gaming! Continue reading. Games are kind of basic for now, but lucky they will improve as long as the market grows.