Welcome to my website! Here’s some pictures from my work and my world. This is me speaking at the i.am.angel foundation annual TRANS4M Gala. I’m the advisor for STEM education and other initiatives there.
My boss is will.i.am. Here’s his response to Kanye West’s recent Twitter rants; this set off a chain of events leading to me trying to find out where Kanye West went to high school, so that we could help them create a robotics program. It turns out that Kanye’s school was shut down in 1999 and turned into an adult training center! So instead, we are looking into other Chicago public schools to support.
My boss at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, wearing the jersey of our award-winning high school robotics team. When will.i.am is on your robotics team, you gotta give him #1. Check out the team, Los Stemateros from the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights on their Instagram!
Our high school robotics team from Boyle Heights won the FIRST Robotics Los Angeles Regional! This is an amazing feat for any team, let alone a young team that just started 3 years ago. What a proud moment for Boyle Heights!
Future engineers right here 👦🏾👦🏽🤖❤️ These are elementary school kids participating in the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition. They build and program robots with LEGO Mindstorms. We support over 20 teams from east LA, south LA, and Compton.
I recently got to hang out with the Afghan girls robotics team, the Afghan Dreamers! These girls have overcome incredible challenges to study engineering and compete at a robotics competition; being banned from entering the U.S. last year was just one of them.
One of our robotics students at the i.am college track program…
i.am college track is an after-school program in Boyle Heights that serves up to 300 high school students a year, helping them to achieve their dreams of getting into college. Here’s our first cohort that graduated high school in 2016, holding up the t-shirts of the colleges they’ve chosen to attend!
And here’s my actual day job. I’m Senior Product Manager at i.am+, a technology company creating cool wearables powered by artificial intelligence. Our products include BUTTONS, premium wireless Bluetooth earphones.
BUTTONS are sold worldwide. Here’s a pair I picked up in Hong Kong, at the Apple Store in the IFC.
Other stuff I do: I’m the co-founder of Hack of LA, an organization that brings LA's tech community together with the city government to solve civic problems through app development and open data. Here’s our team being celebrated by the Los Angeles City Council at City Hall!
Hack for LA has some cool swag :-)
Here’s a throwback, on stage with my boss at the 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis.
In 2015, we started supporting 2 robotics teams in Ferguson, MO. It was our way of bringing some hope and positivity to students there, after the anti-police brutality riots and the death of Michael Brown, a student at Normandy High School. Normandy High is one of the schools we now support.