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Summer of 2011 – Google I/O and Facebook

June 9, 2011 11:45 pm by

I don’t know how to describe the past month other than the word ‘crazy’.  So much has happened during this past month that I found sufficient reason to write it down such that I can step back and assess it and lay out my plans for this summer.

So what happened this past month?

In April, I wrote about how I actually was still able to go to Google I/O despite not being able to buy a ticket.  Well, Google I/O 2011 was nothing short of amazing.  They had plenty of exciting announcements to excite all 5,000 developers that attended such as Google Music, Movies, and Chromebooks to name a few.  Not to mention that every attendee received a limited-edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Verizon 4G Mobile Hotspot (+ 3 month service), and a Chromebook in the near future.  It seems like every year they take it to another level.  Many people joked that in a few years each person will get a free self-driving car.

Even though Google I/O was during finals week and I sacrificed a ton of studying time for it, it was definitely worth it.  After school was over, I went to China for 3 weeks to visit Konnie and my relatives, whom I haven’t seen for about 6 years.  It was a very special opportunity to go back to the motherland and visit my old relatives and polish my Mandarin a little bit.  Everyone said I’m not chubby anymore, which is a good thing I suppose..

So what now?

I started working at Facebook this week.  What I’m doing there is serving as the Analytics guy on one of the Marketing teams.  So over the course of my summer, I’ll be developing/upgrading internal tools for my team that will hopefully simplify and streamline their work process.

Facebook treats their employees, including the interns, extremely well.  All the people I’ve met so far are awesome people who are super gosu at what they do.  Not to mention that they are genuinely passionate in the work they do and it inspires me to be the same.  My goal for this summer at Facebook is to produce results by the end as well as getting a better understanding of what kind of career path I should be heading towards.

Conclusion

Lastly, putting this out in public so I will stay committed.  This summer, my three priorities are: work, android app, and basketball/gym.

Work: Work hard at Facebook, move fast, break things, and get stuff done.

Android app: Integrate server code and updates from server, finalize any additional features to add, polish UI – all done by Fall 2011.

Gym/Basketball: Play ball 2-3 times every week, work out 3 days a week (squats, deadlifts, benchpress and power cleans).

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , , — Jesse Chen @ 11:45 PM

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Jesse is a software engineer at Facebook, who just graduated from UC Berkeley. Passionate about mobile technology and entrepreneurship, he started his own blog as a home for his tutorials, projects, and random thoughts. Follow him on Facebook to stay updated on his latest tutorials and projects.


Google I/O Bound!

April 6, 2011 11:11 pm by

Background

Last year, I had the privilege of attending Google I/O and it was nothing short of amazing.  When registration opened up for Google I/O 2011, it was sold out in 59 minutes.  I tried registering about 30 minutes upon opening, but I was unable to get a ticket.

Luckily, Google launched a contest called Last Call for Google I/O, which they describe as

“A contest that spans 10 days, 10 developer challenges and 100 chances to win tickets to attend the now-sold-out Google I/O 2011.”

I knew that this was my chance to win a ticket.  For each category, there was two rounds that developers must go through.  Round 1 is just a fast quiz that everyone enters, only the quickest and most accurate 200 submissions will move on to Round 2.  Round 2 is a 24-hour coding challenge, out of the 200 individuals that make it, only 10 will be selected for a free pass to Google I/O.

AccessibleYoutube

I made it to Round II in the Accessibility category, and for Round 2, the goal was to design an Android app that searches only for YouTube videos that have captions.  It must then be able to playback the video and be able to quickly share the URL with others.  It also must be accessible-friendly (obviously).

After 24 hours of disregarding homework, classes, and sleep to finish this app, I submitted it with little hope of winning.  I did not fully satisfy all the specifications, and my app was not optimized at all (Mark and I agree that it is quite the POS).

However, on April 4th, I received the great news that I was one of the 10 winners!  They even featured my name on the contest website along with the other winners.  Also, Google Code wrote a blog post that goes into more details about the winners of each category.

Conclusion

I will be attending Google I/O again this year, and I already can’t wait for it to begin.  I learned my lesson this year…next year I will make sure to be ready by the second.

In case anyone is interested, the source code for my AccessibleYoutube android app is here.

Screenshots of AccessibleYoutube

Filed under: Android,General — Tags: , , , , , , — Jesse Chen @ 11:11 PM

About

Jesse is a software engineer at Facebook, who just graduated from UC Berkeley. Passionate about mobile technology and entrepreneurship, he started his own blog as a home for his tutorials, projects, and random thoughts. Follow him on Facebook to stay updated on his latest tutorials and projects.