Mayor Peter Carlisle introduced the 2012 Code for America fellows assigned to the City & County of Honolulu. The three CfA fellows, Diana Tran, Sheba Najmi and Mick Thompson (l-r) are here for the month of February working with the City officials and meeting with community leaders. They are looking a potential areas where they can apply their skills to leverage open data to build mobile and web apps to improve city processes and drive citizen engagement. Let’s welcome the CfA fellows:
Diana Tran is a graphic designer, veteran, and a recent graduate of the University of Texas, where she earned her BFA in visual communication. After hight school Diana enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and spent six years in the reserves. In 2006 she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Diana is currently pursuing a MFA in graphic design at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Sheba Najmi is a user experience designer and product manager. Sheba earned an MS and BS degrees in Cognitive Science from Stanford University, investigating the language and thought of humans and computers. Most recently, Sheba co-founded boomerang.io, technology for baby boomers and seniors. Prior to that, she spent over six years at Yahoo! as a lead designer for Yahoo! Mail — Yahoo!’s flagship service with 262 million users. She has also worked as a television news anchor in Pakistan, interviewing, and reporting from both the streets and the studio.
Mick Thompson is a developer who has been using open source tools for ten years. Mick has worked almost exclusively for startups where building applications on new and innovative technologies is the norm. As location has become more available on mobile devices in the past few years, he has focused his work on integrating location into existing projects. He is the author of a digital book for O’Reilly Media on the use of public location data. He is passionate about open source software, web applications, API design, and open data.