I love food, technology, and everything in between. I hope to be an explorer in all senses of the word - to set out and discover world cultures, learn from diverse people, and eat delicious food.
I am a Computer Science student at Stanford University, focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Information Systems. My mission is to leverage technology to help communities around the world. As a KPCB Engineering fellow at Indiegogo last summer, I worked on the Campaigner and Contributor Growth team, giving me a first hand look into the multiplier effect of technology in enabling groups of people sharing a common passion. In the long run, I plan to move back home to the Philippines and apply artificial intelligence to marketplace problems in South East Asian developing nations.
Outside of engineering, I am the Co-President of BASES (Stanford’s student entrepreneurship organization) and lead a core team of 100 students to implement programs that Inspire, Create, and Launch student entrepreneurs. BASES empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs at Stanford through the annual $100k BASES Challenge startup competition, startup career fairs, hacking workshops, and more. This year, I created a new program to focus on social impact through entrepreneurship.
Software Engineering Intern
June - August 2015
Shipped new Indiegogo site features Shipping Now (storefront for campaign perks) and Pre-Launch Page. Used Ruby on Rails and Angular for full-stack development. Participated in agile development – sprint planning, peer code reviews, unit testing (RSpec, Mocha). Joined the 58 other KPCB Engineering Fellows for technical workshops and mentorship.
Co-Founder and CTO
Jan - June 2015
Connecting Home Chefs and Busy Professionals. Working as a team out of Stanford, we aim to provide a marketplace for people who enjoy cooking at home and those who are searching for a delicious, routine home-cooked meal.
April 2013 - June 2014
Stanford Nomz is Yelp for Stanford - a restaurant review site where Stanford students can share their favorite places to eat. Users can rate and review over 50 restaurants categorized by cuisine and specialty. The Feature page gives an in-depth look at popular Stanford student restaurants.
3 weeks after its launch in October 2013, the site received a total of 1,300 hits. In May of 2015, Stanford Nomz received recognition at the National Center for Women & Information Technology Summit.
Scheduling algorithm solving the job request scheduling problem in the kitchen services industry. This algorithm takes domain specific inputs (set of requests, list of available resources, and prioritized performance objectives) and returns a schedule that maximizes customer utility. Solved as a linear integer programming problem.
Implementing RL algorithms (Value Iteration and Q-Learning) on 3 Markov Decision Process data sets. Goal is to create a best policy for each MDP.
This project is a knowledge and artificial intelligence platform that aggregates Yelp members' experiences at local restaurants to predicts users’ food taste similarities and recommend new social relationships.
From personal experience, we believe that people often bond over food. The goal of this project is to consistently identify clusters wherein users can both discover new friends, and also identify members of their own friend lists with whom they may share common food tastes with. We train multiple similarity scores to classify similarity in users’ attitudes towards restaurants (using each user’s ratings and reviews) and generate a food network model that recognizes taste compatibility between Yelp users. Community detection algorithms are then run on this food network in order to match compatible users.
In my free time, I love playing ultimate frisbee, listening to 60s music, and walking (*cough*eating) my way around the Bay Area.
After family, my second love is food. Many of my projects revolve around food, from starting Stanford Nomz - a restaurant recommendation platform connecting the local foodie community - in my freshman year, to working as a pastry chef in an Italian restaurant in Florence in my sophomore year, to founding a food startup in my senior year called Breaking Bread.
I believe in the importance of user empathy in building products that truly change the way individuals live and work. One of my favorite activities is volunteering at and getting to know the individuals at the Julian SF Food Pantry, where I am consistently humbled by the other volunteers' life stories.
A perfect Saturday for me would be walking around San Francisco tasting different kinds of food -- visiting farmers' markets, food trucks, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and anywhere delicious food is served. There is no food that I will not try!
Check out my food photo blog in Italy!
Email angelasy (at) stanford (dot) edu