I write this week’s post with mixed emotions, as yesterday marked the last day for the MKS30 cohort.
For those like myself staying on for the fellowship, week 12 was actually the beginning of our fellowship. We stepped into that routine, as our cohort-mates began focusing on their job searches. It was an odd, in-between space — knowing that after this week, we would no longer see each other nearly every day. The grind of an intensive educational program like this creates an intense interpersonal atmosphere, forging connections quickly. At times, it’s nearly unfathomable that you didn’t know each other three months before.
Week 11 saw the conclusion of our thesis projects. Our project idea centered around solving the problem of scattered personal health information. Throughout your life, your personal health information gets scattered and lost — at doctors’ offices, in various health systems, on paper records you’ll never find again. With no centralized way to store and access this data, often it’s just lost. When you need it, it’s not there. Our goal was to prototype a product that would serve as a personal health information vault — like a 1Password for your health.
Last week, we began work on our final project of the program — a three week long thesis project. Our team convened and quickly began working together to brainstorm a strong core idea. Ultimately, the idea that we selected was based on a concept that has been wandering around my brain for quite a while. I’m delighted both to be at the point now where executing something like this is a possibility, and that the group of people I’m teamed up with found the idea interesting. The idea itself… I’ll leave as a surprise
Another whirlwind week at MakerSquare comes to a close. Beginning next week, we move fully into project mode — we’ve spent all day every day of the last five weeks working through foundational computer science theory, web application frameworks, different database systems, etc.
With the close of week 4, we have now been immersed in MakerSquare ATX for a month. Last week was a blur, diving in to the server side, and databases. In the interest of focus and brevity, here are some highlights from the week:
It’s difficult to believe that the ending of this week means that we are a quarter of the way through MakerSquare. So far my approach of just putting my head down, and working as hard as I can on whatever is in front of me is serving me well. (In fact, one of the projects we worked on this week provided me with the best animated gif I’ve ever seen to accurately describe me):