With 3 hours to go until judging and our 48 hour deadline, we pried Jeff Chang away from his mac to find out a little more about him and how things were progressing on the development side.
Jeff Chang. Radiologist and Student in AI
How did you hear about the weekend?
Online, at rookie.oven.com.
What attracted you to Impact48?
Wanted to get involved in non-profit projects, I’d been planning to work on building non-profit projects this coming year, and figure out the greatest gaps in information transfer and intelligent data analysis, as it applies to NGOs. In the medium and long-term, I’d really like to make a stronger impact in helping the impoverished to stand up on their own, in doing whatever I can to help address poverty and issues of inequality – these issues will only worsen as our globe’s technological gap widens and the Gini coefficient increases. It’s a chance to gain a good deal of experience over a single weekend, to build up long-term relationships with a great group of people, and to build a strong project that a non-profit would actually find useful.
Describe yourself in three words.
Sleepiness. Curiosity. Drive.
What else makes you tick?
The chance to learn, to explore new things, to meet new people and to travel.
What are you working on today and what are you hoping to bring to the challenge?
Building out the GIK social enterprise – the backend and try to tie all the functionality together, it has a lot of moving parts. This wasn’t really a project anyone could finish in a weekend, but we’ve gotten remarkably far for the past 40 hours of work. Lucky to have worked on multiple projects over the summer that share similar components, so have been able to borrow extensively to build out the code in the timeline required.
What do you hope to gain from the weekend?
More experience in rapidly building prototype projects, having the chance to help build this project if we can get it off the ground, keep helping out with the project if the Cyrenians decide to continue and expand Give in Kind over the year to come.
What have you enjoyed most so far?
People have been really laid back and relaxed, probably from being a small, relatively tightly knight group, and also from being in Edinburgh. It’s been great to work with a variety of interesting people from all sorts of backgrounds, with a very wide range of skills and talents.
What is your favourite home baked treat?
Any kind of pie.
Do you think there will be a lasting impact from the weekend’s efforts?
Yes I think there will be, it may or not take the form we thought it might, but it’s a first step in the right direction. Thinking on the multi-pronged approach where we’re addressing four issues the non-profit is interested in, at least we can bring a variety of ideas to help the Cyrenians out, so they can figure out in which direction(s) they’d like to take each of these projects.
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