April 25, 2016 // Other
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Wrapping up my third year @ UW, I’m enrolled in:
- Data Structures & Algorithms (CSE 373): Fundamental algorithms, data structures for implementation, techniques for solving problems by programming and all that jazz.
- Software Entrepreneurship (ENTRE 432/CSE 490): Exploring challenges of launching a software product or company, along with rehearsing a software launch. I’ll be developing and pitching an iOS app called Rebound, which allows users to share content with friends. Rebound separates itself from other messaging platform apps through its the reminding algorithm, which pings a user to check out a link shared with them when they aren’t busy.
- Data Visualization (CSE 512): Techniques and algorithms for developing advanced visualizations using graphic design, visual art, perceptual psychology, and cognitive science. I’ll be developing lots of interactive visualizations in D3.js that I’ll be sharing. The course is taught by Jeff Heer, a co-creator of the D3 library.
- Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 300): The usual microeconomics topics; analysis of decisions by individuals and by firms and of outcomes in factor and product markets.
March 9, 2016 // Other
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I’m back for the second time on campus @ UW to recruit students for internships and full-time positions. This time, I had the pleasure of organizing (and speaking at) an information session. I had a fun time creating this promotional poster for the event:
February 5, 2016 // Events
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Yesterday I had the opportunity of attending the UW CSE Industry Affiliate career fair. I wasn’t sure what to expect — especially being that I am a current student and had never experienced the other side of a recruiting event before. Nonetheless, I was excited to see how I’d fair pitching HERE to fellow Huskies.
After registering HERE for the fair (3 days prior, by the way), I quickly noticed that some of the industry’s top companies were going to be attending: Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Tableau, Adobe, etc. I knew I had to find something to differentiate us and drive traffic to HERE’s booth. My solution: 12 boxes of pizza!
Our booth at the fair. Notice our 12 boxes of pizza!
At 1:30 PM, students began pouring into the atrium of the Paul G. Allen Center for CS exploring the different companies eager to grab top undergrad tech talent. From that point until the conclusion of the event at 5, I don’t think I’ve ever talked so much before in one period my entire life! Simply wearing a HERE t-shirt with my name tag, I became a target of conversation to eager students searching for opportunities to spend their summer coding or post graduation entry-level positions. Lines of students piled up to talk to us!
Many students, although never hearing of HERE before, grinned with excitement when I began speaking about the autonomous driving work we would be doing with the company’s new owners.
It was a pleasure collecting 50+ resumes throughout the day. I found the experience to be great practice for public speaking and sales pitching. To learn more about careers at HERE, check out the Students & Graduates career opportunities page.
A fun visualization I made the night of the 2016 Iowa Caucus. I grabbed my data from the Fox News election headquarters site at approximately 9:00 PM the night of the caucus, so the data does not reflect current results. For example on the democratic side, Clinton beat Sanders by .03%.
I was able to show a little love to my company by incorporating HERE maps into this visualization instead of the Tableau default OpenStreetMaps.
January 29, 2016 // Other
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warning: please excuse the ridiculousness of this next post
pow · er lunch
noun a high-powered business meeting conducted over lunch
Power lunches are all the talk nowadays. However, there is much confusion as to what actually defines a power lunch. I’m here to crush all the uncertainty as to what exactly a power lunch is. I’d like to thank my colleagues Andrew Bagherpour and Karl Manner for cosponsoring my definition.
Here is the official guide to what constitutes a power lunch:
- Attendees must be productive before and after lunch
- Restaurant cannot take longer than 15 minutes from ordering to food on the table
- Clean and simple food only (sammys, salads, soups, burgers, burritos, wraps)
- Conversation must be semi-productive
- 1-1 exclusivety (rare exceptions are granted for three-ways)
- Restaurants must have table ordering and attendees must be seated by waitress
- Collared shirts required
- Extra points rewarded for outside seating and strong sun presence
January 23, 2016 // Other
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Welcome to my blog!
My name is Dylan Babbs. I am a student at the University of Washington–Seattle. Currently, I am taking a one-quarter absence to gain professional work experience at HERE while also learning to develop iOS applications from Udacity.
I’m going to use this site as a place where I can write about my technology endeavors: data visualization, iOS applications, product ideas, events I attend, and books I read.
Feel free to leave a comment and follow my on my socials: Linkedin, Tableau Public, Twitter.
I created this Tableau visualization following Kobe Bryant’s announcement to retire following the 2015-16 season. I enjoyed making this because I have been watching Kobe Bryant play for the Lakers throughout my entire life. This was also a fun project because it was my first large scale attempt at combining Photoshop images within Tableau.