The fourth hackathon that I have been to, this hackathon is held at Western University. It is their third installment of the event called HackWestern III. This hackathon I have worked with random strangers from all over the province. Jayden Windle came from Carleton University, Taihyun Lee from University of Toronto, Fahad Ahmad from Brock University, and me from McMaster University.
This application was inspired by people going to hackathons, events, and meetups. These people exchanges contacts for the purpose of the event but rarely get back in touch. This application is the answer to that problem, it tracks the duration of your last conversation with your peers (with the option of blocking) and reminds you the absence of conversation. If you are lazy or do not know how to start a conversation, we have a function that does the typing for you, we called it the Lazy Typer function. Since we have to scramble up a demonstration at the end of the event, we use a simple tree diagram to determine the sentence you were going to use.
My contribution of the application was to code the interface of the application, so I have designed and picked a color palette that suits a social type of vibe.
I chose these colors because they are easy on the eyes, and know which action button to press when you need to find an action button on the interface. I also created the deck that was used for demonstration can be found here and Devpost link here. There are plans to make this application downloadable from the app-store. So there is a need to create a working website, intaking pre-alpha testers. The website is still in progress at the moment but the mock can be shown here.
From my previous logo design has taken a liking by a newly formed club, the MIRC or McMaster Investment Research Club. The president of the club offered me to design a logo for the club has he has plans to make it a recognized club. His request for the logo is to look super edgy and abstract, and I find it difficult to synthesize what combination of “super edgy” and “abstract” logo will look like. through many sketches and coloring the prototypes. It was then finalized with Photoshop Illustrator program and the result was astonishing.
The font is really important when it comes to making a logo, I could not find the right font as I wanted to embed an uprising graph linking to “R”. So I have decided to create my own font using a grid to match their sizes and space accurately. for the gray outline was used int he finalized logo as a request by the board members of the club to make it “McMaster like” and one was suggesting to incorporate the infamous big and heavy door entering the math building at McMaster University. The outline was inspired by the roof of Hamilton Hall, home of math students which is from this picture
This picture has appeared in all of our courseware booklets, bulletin board announcement, updates and even on the website. Many math students can relate to this particular picture and students of McMaster can recognize that the club from this building.
The logo was sold to the club president for a sum of money. This logo was my first time doing a combination of abstract and edgy logo, now that I have looked back on it there are many improvements that it can be touched on and make the logo smoother on the edges.
McMaster University has hosted another hackathon titled DeltaHacks II. It was a blast working with random strangers in the previous hackathon where DoctorHookups application was made. This time I went again alone to work with new random strangers. This time we made a smoking habit application that involves with a wearable device, we use the affordable Pebble smart watch. We were given the wearable as a task to make a problem-solving solution with the device. So we came up with SmokeFree, an android based application that tracks your smoking habit with the accurate gyrometer readings from the Pebble smartwatch.
This application was complimented with an Android application that consists of an interface that tracks and record your smoking habits. The application has options to help you set your goals, and does cost saving calculation on how much you have saved.
My contribution to this application is to run tests, using JUnit testing tool for the Java application. learning a new language C in the process to code an app on the Pebble smartwatch. Learning these tools were a challenge as I have to consistently look up functions and what do they do but eventually we successfully created an application enough to present at the demonstration phase in the hackathon.
This application can be found here and was collaborated with Nancy Du, Sylvester Chiang, and James Earle.
During my university days, the Math and Stats Society held a logo design competition, this logo design was to be put into wears. This logo was inspired by a diamond shape and mathematics symbols, the idea was to incorporate mathematical symbols that represent the Society. Pi is a key notation in math, it is an irrational number and it is used to calculate circle precisely. The summation symbol was added because when the symbol is rotated clockwise, it shapes like an “M” which is the first character of my school name. Then it seems like it is weird that it does not have a shape so I decided to add the rest of the summation in different rotation to make it a diamond shape.
This logo won the competition and it was placed on sweatpants as part of math wear.
This app was named doctor hookup from the themed hackathon that my team and I were participating, it was a valentine day event and helping people in need. The inspiration for this idea was to help victims who are incapable of explaining their conditions over the emergency line. Victims that suffer cardiac arrest, within that short conscious period of time often would often give out as much information and as fast as they can. In that panic phase, 9-1-1’s operator often advises you to calm down and speak clearly and that can be fatal to an isolated victim. That’s when this app comes into place, the user keys in their basic medical profile that can be used when help is needed. The profile consists of vital information such as age, blood type, and medical history.
As observed that a profile is to be filled in, and there is a big red button on the main page. This function is to send your medical profile as a text message to nearby medical professionals, first aiders, and your emergency contact. Many victims have been found dead alone in their homes because they could not help in time before they pass out. Life threatening situations require medical attention right away, and certain rural parts of the country do not have the luxury of having medical facilities nearby. Time sensitive diseases such as stroke can be very deadly and often times, you have a certified first aider nearby to keep you alive till the arrival of professionals.
My contribution to this app is making the messaging function to work properly with the app. I have done research on what languages and platform I can use, and stumbled upon Twilio. This platform has a simple framework that we could scramble in a demonstration at the end of the hackathon. Working with Twilio wasn’t easy, I had to learn how to create a server and encode the server with PHP coding. Twilio has then given a special key to the application that is unique to others. After 18 hours of learning, I have successfully made a working function for the application.
This app is then renamed to Big Red Light for the intended purpose. The project has collaborated with Justin Licari, Mushahid Khan and Harit Patel.
Hi, my name is Yikern Looi and welcome to my portfolio blog. I am passionate about designing logos, web development, technology, and startups. I graduated with a Mathematical Science degree in McMaster University, with that I am an innovative and efficient problem solver, a hard-working and a team player. Building chemistry and understanding each individual are keys to building a better team and completing the task at hand. This blog is intended to put all my projects ranging from creating logos for a club to building full-fledged websites and applications.