Spring of 2018, I worked on the PRE-LIFE project at Meaningful Interactions Lab (mintlab), which is a research group at KU Leuven, Belgium that is affiliated with imec. MintLab is a multi-disciplinary group that strives to perform excellent Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research by working at the intersection of interaction design, media, and the Humanities.
The aim of the PRE-LIFE project is to develop a pre-conceptional lifestyle intervention for couples undergoing fertility treatment. The app will support them with respect to mental wellbeing, physical activity and diet to increase success rates in fertility treatment.
The app will also act as a medium of interaction between the couple during the fertility treatment cycle, allowing them to share their moods and emotions with each other and collaborate together on planning their treatment. …
This comes as the promised follow-up to my previous post about working as an Outreachy intern with Tor. My intern period officially ended on 5th March 2018, but after attending the Tor meet-up in Rome shortly after, I decided to continue my involvement with the Tor community.
I spent the months of December, January and February working on my project tracking user issues, and as a result interacting and collaborating with people from different teams within Tor.
My weekly activities consisted of going through feedback forums and different channels of user communication, and finding and categorising the information into a systematic manner. I maintained a comprehensive spreadsheet for all the data collected, and was able to take out relevant insights and translate them into design or content related solutions. I then relayed this information to the developer and community teams, who then incorporated it into creating and prioritising tickets and generating content for the support portal. …
November 2017 was indeed an exciting month for me, but getting selected for Outreachy December’17 round was by far the best thing that happened. I have previously worked with Mozilla as a contributor to their open design, but other than that, I was completely new to open source.
The Outreachy program runs twice a year and provides three-month internships for people from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech. Interns are paid a stipend of $5,500 and have a $500 travel stipend available to them. The sponsors and promoters include the likes of Google, Mozilla and Intel.
Similar to Google Summer of Code, interns work remotely with mentors from Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities on projects ranging from programming, user experience, documentation, illustration and graphical design, to data science. …