MakerSquare Week 11: Thesis, Concluded

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.

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MakerSquare Week 4: Mental Fog

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:

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MakerSquare Week 2: ‘Blur’

It’s becoming quite apparent that although I’m totally wiped, this experience is going to be over far too quickly. I can’t believe that two weeks have gone by. I’ve learned more in the last two weeks than I have in… I don’t know how long. It’s incredible what people are capable of in such short spans of time.

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MakerSquare Week 1: ‘Lots’

Week 1 is in the books, and most of us can hardly believe it. By “us” I mean my MKS30 (MakerSquare cohort #30) brethren. On the one hand it feels like we’ve been doing this for much longer than a week, and on the other hand it feels kind of like week 1 was all a dream.

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Give it everything… forget the rest.

Below is a piece of advice I wrote for myself at the beginning of last year (2015). I still struggle with this (and surely will for a long time), but this will be especially helpful to keep in mind during my time at MakerSquare.

Continue to do the best job that I possibly can, while maintaining a little more emotional distance from it. Fretfulness and anxiety doesn’t breed effectiveness. Give it everything, constantly solicit constructive feedback, adapt… but forget the rest. Don’t let it take over. Maintain balance.