Los Billanos is building a graphical user interface for UTAPI. The team’s four members Eugenio Rodriguez, Abraham Nieto, Jose Ramon Aleman and Gerardo Solis are working with the goal of making it easier to get a view of the status of data at a glance by displaying it graphically as an alternative to the standard text-based terminal view.
Eugenio graduated from Penn State University wits a B.S. in Engineering Science, with a focus on nanotechnology. After college, he returned to his home in the Dominican Republic, but decided to come back to the U.S., this time to San Francisco, where his sister lives. His plan was to find a good bootcamp and learn to program, but he heard about 42, and since he was already in the area, he decided to give 42 a try. He started the program in November, having done his Piscine in October. This is his first full hackathon.
Abraham is from strawberry country; Watsonville, California. He holds a B.S. in Digital Media from U.C. Santa Cruz, but, after he finished it, he decided that he wanted to be an engineer. He supported himself with odd jobs while he self-studied Web development, but he wanted to go deeper. The program at 42 gave him just that. He started in September, 2016,, and has put all of his energy into learning to program. He’s done a couple of San Francisco hackathons before and a Game Jam at Facebook.
Jose Ramon Studies Informatics Engineering at Latin University of Panama, and earned a B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering. He has worked as a freelance Web designer, but entered the program at 42 because he wanted to go more in-depth. He actually learned about 42 from a friend with whom he came to the month-long Piscine (a vetting period). His friend enjoyed the Piscine as much as Jose Ramon enjoyed it, but ended up not staying because it was too difficult for him to change course at the time. Jose Ramon, though, was ready and able, so he started in November, 2016. He has done a few other hackathons: a Space App challenge in Panama and two others at 42.
Gerardo is from Mexico City, where he attended Instituto Politecnico Nacional and earned a degree in Engineering and Computer Science. He found 42 on Facebook, and knew immediately that he wanted to be there. He sees quite clearly what a great opportunity it presents. This is just his second hackathon; the first was also here at the school.