As a software engineer at HFA I collaborated with the product team to develop effective solutions that increased productivity of Hillary Clinton's campaign staff around the country. I created web apps for the finance department to fundraise millions of dollars via donor and grassroots events. I also developed efficiency-focused apps for field organizers to reach millions of voters across the US. You can read more about the campaign technology operation on the tech blog.
The ASK mobile app gives Brooklyn Museum visitors responses to questions about art in real-time as they meander through galleries. I developed the dashboard that allows art experts to chat with visitors assisted by key contextual information such as the visitor's location in the gallery and metadata on artwork nearby. The ASK app was featured in the New York Times for its innovative use of technology in audience engagement.
Fashion and folk art came together at American Folk Art museum’s Folk Couture exhibition. American Folk Art museum was looking to tap into the fashion and art communities on Tumblr. On this project I worked as the project web developer to implement the site’s design. Featured in the Guardian for its excellent use of social media.
Ollie is an open-source DIY autonomous robotic blimp who is vulnerable, socially awkward, and yearns for human attention. I wanted to design and build a fun robot that interacted with people in a charming way. Ollie has inspired kids, DIYers, and blimp-enthusiasts all over the world. Watch the adorable video of him in action and make your own at ollie.nilaratna.com. Featured on TechCrunch, Hackaday, and The Creator’s project.
At Ed-Design Lab, I worked with teachers to design and build an open-source tool called Linky to help students make connections. Linky is an image-sharing app designed for the classroom to help students relate what they are learning with events in their lives. Check out the walkthrough video, project summary, and codebase on Github
Designed and developed at HackNY 2010, As Seen on NYTimes.com continuously streams videos scraped from the New York Times Developer API, offering a compelling experience for browsing news.
Robin Review is an open-source web tool that exchanges small chunks of a larger text for realtime peer editing and aggregates feedback for learner reflection. Project summary is still in process but you may fork the project on Github.