An LED Charmer in Minnesota

There are times when you show up to a hackathon or tech show-and-tell and you see computer screens filled with marketing material. There are also times when dudes in khakis and button up shirts try to persuade you to divulge personal information in exchange for a branded trinket.

And then you show up to an event and are blinded by bright colors. After the initial pain fades, you realize that it’s not your “light at the end of the tunnel” moment but in fact Kristina, the defacto LED queen of the North.

Some of you may know her as Kristina. I happen to know her as gelicia. Either way, her numerous LED projects mix the worlds of electronics and fashion in ways that make people stop and stare. Between LED projects, Kristina is also front end software engineer and a loving provider for a few unique cat-like creatures.

The first project I saw of hers was during Mobile March in 2014. She was giving a presentation titled “Building Wearables”:

And there it was! The Twitter Sash. The sash filled with colorful LEDs that could display her tweets! Bonus, it even played a game similar to Tetris.

In 2015, she brings another impressive project to the world, the Tweet Skirt:

And now… in 2018 she busts out an internet connected pair of LED shades.

Rad.

On top of all of this, Kristina is a leader in our Minnesota tech scene, working for inclusion and diversity. If you ask around, you’ll quickly find that people are amazed at her ability to execute on her ideas. A true doer. Having been a personal friend of Kristina’s for the last 5 years, her passion for introducing young (and old) to the world of programming is inspiring and I hope that you all have a chance to meet her at the next hackathon or tech event.

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