UCLA DevX: Moonshots for UCLA

“You won’t get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it.”

Motivation

UCLA has changed a lot in the last couple years, especially through the efforts of clubs like UPE, IEEE, BE, and ACM, all of which have continuously strived to make improvements to the Tech community.

For a long time I’ve envisioned a community that brought together students of all backgrounds to work on transformative projects, and it’s what prompted me to start drafting together the early concept for DevX. What if we could empower students and tackle the most pressing problems facing our campus? An organization like this would not only satisfy students’ desires to get more practical industry-like experience, but also fix pressing problems that many of our peers are facing.

So what is DevX?

We took some inspiration from GoogleX, and wanted to achieve something similar at UCLA. DevX is focused on Moonshots for UCLA, and ultimately is seeking to do this: empower students and tackle the most pressing problems facing our campus.

So how do we create this environment? That’s where you come in! We’re looking to hire talented developers, designers, and product managers. An organization is only as good as its members, so we’ll have a comprehensive interview process to ensure that everybody qualified gets in.

If you want to contribute to this mission, build out cool projects, and grow your technical skills then this is the team to join. DevX will have weekly sprints, continuous product iterations, and will release something to the public by the end of each quarter. We want to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit within the university, and help students build solutions for various problems they encounter.

What will you get out of this?

You will get a chance to learn new languages, frameworks, and skills. Build out real-world projects, and grow your technical skills.

If you’re an underclassman without internship experience looking to get more hands-on practice, this is the club to join. If you’re an experienced developer looking to manage a team of coders and act as a product manager then this is the club to join. If you’re a designer looking to build your portfolio and offer innovative design solutions then this is the club to join.

Regardless of your age, major, or background, we want DevX to be a community that strives to improve the technical and creative skills of all our students as well as have a meaningful impact on campus.

What is the time commitment?

Most projects will be a quarter long time commitment, requiring you to complete your weekly coding assignments assigned by your PM. There will be a weekly sprint meeting on Friday to sync up with your team and reflect on the week’s work as well as plan for the following week.

There is no set time requirement per week, and it will vary depending on the scope and scale of your project. A reasonable estimate is a minimum of 10 hours a week, but we can also work around your schedule. In addition, you are free to remain a part of the organization for multiple quarters once hired, or just participate for one.

What is the Club Structure?

Product Managers— Lead organizer for each team, responsibilities include:

  1. Hiring team from available talent pool
  2. Deciding between technical tradeoffs for building product
  3. Managing team, and making sure individuals are contributing
  4. Organizing weekly sprint meetings
  5. Delivering product by end of the quarter

Developers — Individuals who build the product, responsibilities include:

  1. Actively participating in weekly product discussions
  2. Offering technical and creative input
  3. Following good coding practices
  4. Communicating progress, and contributing weekly effort for the product
  5. Training and mentoring interns to effectively contribute

Designers — Individuals who build the UI/UX, responsibilities include:

  1. Actively participating in weekly product discussions
  2. Offering technical and creative input
  3. Following good design practices
  4. Communicating progress, and contributing weekly effort for the product
  5. Training and mentoring interns to effectively contribute

How do I join?

Checkout our website to find out when the next recruiting cycle begins.

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