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Isabel. a CS/bio student. a software engineer. an entrepreneur.

CUNY Hunter College | HackGuild | Vitalverse

about.

I am Isabel Sofia V. Abonitalla, a CS & bio student at CUNY Hunter College. I am also the co-founder and executive director of HackGuild. I currently work as a [freelance web developer and personal tutor]. I am also a hackathon enthusiast and an aspiring entrepreneur.

Outside of programming and academics, I take care of my cats Roshi and Momo. I also enjoy watching dramatic TV shows, playing video games, eating double cheeseburgers, and walking the streets of New York City.

I hope that after you go through my personal website, I will have given you a better sense of who I am and how I add value through my actions. I've learned and contributed through the experiences I've listed, and I create projects that have social impact. Causes that are most important to me include mental health literacy & advocacy, as well as accessible education. I also act as a mentor, guiding younger students to help them succeed.

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experiences

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TEACHING ASSISTANT | RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
September 2020 - Present

Tools used: { Zoom, Blackboard, HTML, CSS, Python }

▪ Tutor 25 students in Computing Fundamentals class on course assignments

▪ Assist students with lab activities and course project implementation

▪ Assist the instructor with student feedback and class activities

This course introduces students from any non-CS major to the fundamental concepts of computing, technical innovations, and social issues that are at the heart of computer-based technologies. Students are introduced to the myriad uses of the Internet, cloud services, social media, other computer applications designed to connect physical and digital worlds.

LEAD & PRESIDENT | GOOGLE DEVELOPER STUDENT CLUB
July 2020 - Present

Tools used: { Bevy, Notion, Discord }

▪ Facilitate communications between core team, Google representatives, and campus faculty and student government

▪ Plan and execute workshops and panels on technical skills and professional development

Developer Student Clubs are university based community groups for students interested in Google developer technologies. Students from all undergraduate or graduate programs with an interest in growing as a developer are welcome. By joining a DSC, students grow their knowledge in a peer-to-peer learning environment and build solutions for local businesses and their community.

LEAD DEVELOPER AND BOARD MEMBER | THE PURPLE HYDRANGEA PROJECT
June 2020 - Present

Tools used: { Gatsby.js, React.js, GraphQL, Contentful, GSuite, Notion, Discord }

▪ Delegate tasks to the dev team and mentor the high school students in programming and career development

▪ Make executive decisions, discuss solutions for issues that arise, and start initiatives that affect the entire company

▪ Modernize and spearhead the development of the web app and blog

The Purple Hydrangea Project is a student-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for mental health awareness in children and teens. In our fight to eliminate the stigma around mental health, we hope to move the community towards an environment of understanding in which everyone can feel safe in reaching out for help and speaking about their mental health struggles without fear of being judged, ignored, or shunned.

CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | HACKGUILD
May 2020 - Present

Tools used: { Gatsby.js, React.js, GraphQL, Contentful, GSuite, Notion, Discord }

▪ Manage administrative duties which include nonprofit compliance, documentation, and financial reports

▪ Create biweekly sprints, delegate tasks, and ensure that 20 members meet deadlines with high quality deliverables

▪ Develop and maintain website

HackGuild is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to tech education to underserved communities and empowering the next generation of innovators, computer scientists, and tech professionals. We do this through organizing beginner-friendly hackathons, workshops, conferences, and more. Through these events, we aim to help students from disadvantaged populations explore CS, and overcome barriers in pursuing a career in technology.

WEB DEVELOPMENT INTERN | CARIBOU HEALTH
May 2020 - Present

Tools used: { Gatsby.js, React.js, GraphQL, Contentful, Slack }

▪ Develop components for web-based healthcare platform

▪ Follow the Agile methodology and participate in daily standups and weekly retros

Caribou is a marketplace that connects people living with cancer to cancer care advisors for support services, including but not limited to: researching and understanding the disease, finance and insurance-related challenges, searching for physicians, and appointment preparation.

DIRECTOR OF SPONSORSHIPS & COMMUNICATIONS | CUNY HACKATHON 2021
February 2020 - Present

Tools used: { Hopin, Discord, GSuite }

▪ Lead the sponsorships team in communicating and negotiating via email and phone call with company representatives, delegating tasks and handling 3 large prospects myself

▪ Lead the communications team in creating and moderating both the Discord server and Hopin virtual conference platform

CUNY Hackathon 2021 will be the second iteration of New York City’s biggest hackathon for CUNY students from all 25 schools within the City University of New York system. The virtual two-day hackathon will bring together students, and professionals in creative, software development, marketing, and entrepreneurship to build solutions to problems unique to the New York City community. Students will also have the opportunity to learn during workshops or activities hosted during the Hackathon, all with the goal of improving our great city. The event is hosted by CUNY Startups, Macaulay Honors College, the College of Staten Island, CUNY Career Success Initiatives and a team of student leaders from across the CUNY system.

OPERATIONS & IT INTERN | FIERA CAPITAL INC.
January 2020 - July 2020

Tools used: { Python, PowerApps, Flows, SharePoint }

▪ Developed an API that pulls 18 years' worth of data from the FBI's crime reports to calculate Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance criteria used for investments

• Enhanced the controls and reporting processes, saving 400 hours and $20,000 a year for the accounts services team

Fiera Capital Corporation is a global independent asset management firm with over $124 billion in AUM as of September 30, 2019, more than $25 billion of which is managed or advised by the U.S. division. We deliver customized multi-asset solutions across traditional and alternative asset classes to institutional, retail and private wealth clients across North America, Europe and key markets in Asia. We strive to be at the forefront of investment-management science and we are passionate about creating sustainable wealth for clients.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | HAX
March 2019 - April 2020

Tools used: { Trello, Notion, Slack, GSuite, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop }

▪ Promoted to director within 5 months of managing the design team in the creation of graphics & social media posts and the maintenance of branding standards

▪ Streamlined onboard of volunteers & mentees to lower attrition rate

▪ Managed nonprofit compliance, financial reports, logistics, quarterly goals, and maintenance of guidelines & standards

As a nonprofit, HAX aims to globalize computer science education for all by hosting hackathons as a way to provide equal opportunities for women and disadvantaged minorities. We are guided by our three core values: inclusiveness, accessibility, and education. We emphasize these values through our hackathons that are catered towards educating and empowering women and minorities to pursue computer science and using it for social good.

DATA ANALYTICS INTERN | CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK: REGISTRAR
July 2019 - August 2019

Tools used: { PeopleSoft, Microsoft Excel }

▪ Collaborating with a team of 6 to collect, organized and analyzed educational and institutional records for student enrollments

▪ Researched and standardized the records of over 250 comprehensive courses offered by the CUNY system

▪ Validated over 1400 records of institutions from CUNY applications

▪ Tested and debugged Schedule Builder, a student-facing software application that allows them to optimize their class schedules

The Office of the University Registrar serves to ensure academic integrity by communicating institutional policies and is a resource for all members of the college community. OUR fosters an environment that supports students, alumni, faculty, administrators, staff and the community in order to promote the educational mission of the University. The Office of the University Registrar monitor university practices and procedures and recommend changes to ensure the most accurate, efficient and prompt service.

QUALITY MANAGER | KHAN’S TUTORIAL
March 2017 - March 2019

Tools used: { GSuite, Google Sheets }

▪ Promoted to manager within 7 months of instructing over 70 students

▪ Yielded a 20% increase in sales and enrollments; enabled over 239 students get 88th percentile on SAT and over 252 students get over a 90 on state exams

▪ Spearheaded the creation of a more efficient student database for the SAT program

▪ Supervise and collaborate with 5 instructors who teach over 210 enrolled students for state exams and the SAT

▪ Manage classroom logistics; office and technical inventory; and company finances

Khan’s Tutorial is a tutoring academy founded in 1994 with 11 locations and over 300 highly-trained instructors. The High School Achievement Program prepares students to excel in high school and gain acceptance to the top colleges of their choice with financial aid and scholarships by providing subject tutoring, standardized test-prep, and mentorship through weekend sessions, small group classes, and daily classwork and homework from a specialized and challenging curriculum.

NURSING INFORMATICS INTERN | ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
January 2019

▪ Educated nursing directors on using HealthGrid for electronic medical records and optimizing patient experience

▪ Debugged and troubleshooted Find Your Way, the in-house navigation app

The Nursing Informatics Department is an interdisciplinary team who research, educate, implement, and maintain technology to promote and ensure high quality patient care and patient safety while motivating and leading the nursing team.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE | COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IRVING MEDICAL CENTER
June 2017 - August 2018

Tools used: { R, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy }

▪ Applied machine learning algorithms to classify multiple sclerosis variants based on proton spectroscopy data from the human brain

▪ Developed algorithm using R Studio with over 72% accuracy in classifying multiple sclerosis variants in patients

The MR-Science Laboratory pursues MR engineering in the fields of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), spectroscopy (MRS) and spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) to advance their clinical potential for the study of neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, MR method developments are combined with state-of-the-art MRI, MRS and MRSI techniques to derive in vivo direct knowledge of the pathobiochemistry underlying clinical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

RESEARCH INTERN | ICAHN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT MOUNT SINAI
April 2016 - May 2017

Tools used: { NCBI database, Basespace Sequence Hub, Spectrophotometer }

▪ Identified novel phage by characterizing soil biomes using next-generation sequencing

▪ Participated in preparatory classes in Conservation Biology & DNA Barcoding

The tenOever lab [pronouced ‘ten-oo-ver’, like maneuver with a ‘T’.] is interested in the way cells have evolved to defend themselves against virus infection. More specifically, the lab focuses on what constitutes different cellular defense systems, how these systems have been shaped over time, and how viruses circumvent them and cause disease.

STUDENT INTERN | FU FOUNDATION SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
July 2016 - August 2016

Tools used: { Arduino, Ultrasonic Sensors }

▪ Prototyped & tested a guidance system for the visually impaired using ultrasonic sensors placed on glasses accompanied by speakers

▪ Devised a business plan & presentation for a panel of biomedical professionals

The Hk Maker Lab is an intensive six-week summer program to learn the foundations of design. Focusing on addressing a health problem, participants will design, prototype and test a biomedical device and develop an associated business plan. The program will culminate in a presentation to leading executives from the biomedical community. The Hk Maker Lab projects might then be incubated using the state-of-the-art facilities at Harlem Biospace.

projects

As of October 2020, I have participated in 21 hackathons and won an award for 7 of them. Choose a project through the dropdown menu above to learn more.

Plate

Plate
OpenHacks: May 2020

Personal Contribution:
• Developed several of the pages of the web app prototype using React

Created with: { React.js, Sprint Boot, MySQL }

Plate is not just any ordinary task management application! What makes it unique is its time tracking and budgeting feature. There are 168 hours in a week. Subtracting time needed for basic human necessities like sleep, we have around 100 hours a week to be productive. Plate helps the user budget those 100 hours accordingly to the user's different responsibilities and commitments. It divvies up those hours accordingly, and makes sure the tasks tagged with those commitments do not exceed the time alloted. It holds the user accountable to their time and does not let them overwork or underwork for each commitment they've signed up for.

AccounTwin

AccounTwin
Hack At Home:
May 2020

Personal Contribution:
• Developed several of the pages of the web app prototype using React

Created with:
{ React.js, MongoDB, GraphQL, Node.js }

AccounTwin lets you win with a twin! Be held accountable by like-minded and driven individuals to reach your goals together. Similar to the dating app Tinder, users are mutually matched based on a swipe left or right mechanism. Other users are displayed anonymously based on their goals. Once matched, the users can then communicate with each other and disclose the essential information to hold each other accountable.

NYC COVID Data

NYC COVID Data
Newlab COVID Hacks: April 2020

Personal Contribution:
• Worked individually to create all data visualizations

Created with: { Tableau }

Using open source data on NYC's demographics and the NY Times' COVID data, I created 14 tables, maps, and graphs showing different relationships between factors. One of the noteworthy findings that I found was that the negative correlation between the number of COVID cases and the zip code area's median income is significantly stronger than the negative correlation between the number of COVID cases and the population density of the zip code area. What I infer from this is that socioeconomic status has a stronger effect on COVID than people's ability to follow social distancing.

Home Buyers
Brown Datathon: February 2020

Personal Contribution:
• Assisted in creating data visualization dashboards

Created with: { R }

The challenge that was set forth was to find insights between the number of home buyers within a small zip-9 area and the many features in the given dataset by one of the corporate sponsors. The team created two interactive dashboards that visualized the given data in an accessible and user-friendly manner.

SmartSpray

SmartSpray
Hack@CEWIT: February 2020

Personal Contribution:
• Created desktop dashboard that visualized sensor data
• Developed multiple regression algorithm to predict crop yield based on sensor data

Created with:
{ Grafana, Swift, X Code, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Google Cloud Platform, Python, Node.js, MySQL }

In order to address the water waste issue in agriculture, the team created a network of monitoring sensors that detected soil moisture, temperature, humidity, and UV index. This information is then presented to the user (presumably farmers) in an accessible way, in both a desktop dashboard and iOS app. Both show the data and alert the user if certain measurements are beyond ideal conditions. Moreover, there is a machine learning algorithm that predicts crop yield in kg/acre based on the 4 measurements.

House.py

House.py
HackHer413:
February 2020

Personal Contribution:
• Developed computer vision algorithm to measure the dimensions of an object in a given image

Created with: { HTML/CSS, OpenCV, Django }

We are preventing inaccessibility before it even arises! Using computer vision algorithms, we allow engineers and interior designers to align their designs to accessibility regulations and best practices. This improves the quality of life for every differently-abled person.
Our website provides a platform for engineers, architects, interior designers, and other home creators to have a checklist of accessibility regulations. Using computer vision to "check off" the different requirements for making an accessible home makes it even more convenient for creators to tailor their designs to the user that requires accommodations. Users can take a picture of a part of the house, like the door, and see if it's accessible for all users. In this example, the app will check whether the door is wide enough to fit a wheelchair.

Enviro
TechTogether Boston: January 2020

Personal Contribution:
• Designed and implemented front-end development

Created with:
{ Google Cloud Platform, React, Redux, Express }

Enviro streamlines the recycling process by providing users with all the information that they need without any of the hassle. It (1) classifies the user's image based on what kind of trash it is, (2) teach the user how to recycle that item, and (3) measure the user's impact on the environment.
The user takes a picture of a piece of trash and our product classifies that trash based on 14 categories. Based on that category, the user is taught how to recycle, repurpose, or dispose of that trash. Moreover, the impact of the user's actions is measured and quantified.

FemmeCare

FemmeCare
Technica:
November 2019

Personal Contribution:
• Designed both mobile wireframes and web app prototype

Created with: { Python, Flask, SQLite, HTML/CSS,
Twilio, Capital One API }

FemmeCare is a finance app that rounds off all bank transactions to the nearest dollar and uses that surplus to donate or invest in nonprofits that support women. From providing menstrual products to the homeless, making industries more inclusive and diverse, and advocating for the trans community, to destigmatizing sex workers and securing protection from revenge porn, the user chooses where their money goes, but all options are female-centric and all-inclusive of females.

Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk
JP Morgan Chase Code for Good: September 2019

Personal Contribution:
• Assisted in the front-end development of the web app

Created with:
{ React, Node, TypeScript, HTML/CSS }

The team created a web app that aided Scholars at Risk, a nonprofit organization, recieve and process information from at-risk scholars all over the world. We also created a user-friendly admin dashboard that allowed the nonprofit to screen and assist the scholars they are trying to protect.
Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.

Reunited

Reunited
PennApps XX:
September 2019

Personal Contribution:
• Created a website to house the computer vision algorithm

Created with: { Amazon Web Services, Flask, HTML/CSS, mySQL }

Reunited provides a platform for families to find their missing children as well as a way for concerned citizens to report a child's information to help find their family. The web app compares two photographs of children and determines whether those two children are the same person with an accuracy of over 90%. This creates a match between parent and temporary caretakers in order to reconnect the children with their families.

Captain Planet

Captain Planet
DragonHacks:
April 2019

Personal Contribution:
• Collected and visualized data regarding ocean conservation

Created with: { Unity: ARCore, C#, HTML/CSS/JS, Firebase }

Captain Planet simulates an interactive underwater VR domain, aimed towards educating people of all ages about the marine ecosystem depletion due to human activities. It takes the user in a multiplayer underwater ocean bed, whilst monitoring the health levels of the surroundings. It provides them with a closer perspective on water pollution, dead zones, and instructs them on the basic steps that one can take to preserve oceans. It is a multi-level game that begins by restoring a stable ecosystem in a dead zone covered by an algal bloom. Along every step of the way, Captain Planet's immersive platform educates users on what steps need to be taken to restore a healthy environment.

MySympTracker

MySympTracker
TechTogether Boston:
January 2019

Personal Contribution:
• Designed and developed website

Created with:
{ HTML/CSS, Node.js, Express.js, MongoDB, Microsoft Azure, Twilio }

One of the biggest disparities in healthcare is the lack of widespread knowledge of many common health issues. We wanted to create an application that would help address this and decrease the severity of this, making room for more universal access to healthcare. Users can take a photo of themselves which will undergo facial emotion recognition. An additional questionnaire will be administered, detailing symptoms associated with health issues associated with the emotion that the user is displaying. Based on the user's answers to the questionnaire, an automated voice call will be made to the number that the user had inputted as their primary care physician, detailing the symptoms they had been experiencing and the possible health issue they could be a result of, urging a call back to the user to schedule an appointment.

MamaCare

MamaCare
New Jersey Innovation Institute Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Code-a-thon:
January 2019

Personal Contribution:
• Acted as both product manager and UX/UI designer
• Created wireframes and user persona
• Interpreted medical jargon to engineering team and judging panel in clear, accessible language

Created with: { Flutter, API's for smart devices, Node, MongoDB, Twilio }

MamaCare is a cross-platform mobile app that educates pregnant & postpartum women, tracks their symptoms & risk factors, and calls the physician when their symptoms surpass healthy thresholds.

FemmeCare
Technica:
November 2019

Personal Contribution:
• Cleaned, parsed, and visualized open data from NY State

Created with: { HTML/CSS/JS, Python, R }

Know Your School is a website which provides graphic data and links to relevant datasets which are either hard to understand in their raw form or not easily found without sifting through pages and pages of data on data.ny.gov. We focus on the data that user interfaces like data.nysed.gov do not show upfront, such as violence in and around schools, dangerous lead levels in water, and poor physical infrastructure. We also provide functionality to find NYC petitions for education improvement, contact your local representatives, and donate to local schools.