Here are some of the initiatives I have engaged in. They are not possible without the awesome peers and mentors I worked with along the way.
I was the VP of Marketing at Pearl Hacks, a hackathon for female and non-binary students to explore technology. During a weekend, we provide workshops for beginners to learn about different CS topics and create a platform for them to launch their first projects. In Pearl Hacks 2020, we supported 350+ hackers with 19 workshops, 128 volunteers, 107 mentors, and 38 sponsor companies. Our participants delivered over 70 projects to solve real-world problems.
My effort towards diversity in the tech industry didn’t stop at Pearl Hacks. I am currently working with my advisor Prof. Pedro Lopes and other lab members in planning a series of events to introduce under-represented students about electronics. Please join us in our upcoming event Ada Lovelace Week !
I got involved in HCI research in my senior year. Since then, I have been trying to contribute the community. I recently helped organize CHI 2020 Smell, Taste, & Temperature Symposium as a moderator. I will also join UIST and UbiComp 2020 as a student volunteer.
I launched UNC Product Management Club in Spring 2019, intending to build a UNC product community. As a two-time product intern at Microsoft, I understand how much lack of resources and understanding for undergraduate students to break into this field. PM Club hosts weekly events, including hands-on workshops and invited talks, to introduce product management to a broader audience. Through partnering with local startups, our members research, propose, and ship product features.