I went to the European Innovation Academy in the summer of 2017 with the Master’s of Product Innovation program at VCU. While there, I worked with a truly singular group of people from all over the world to build a virtual reality advertising product. Not only would this concept increase revenue for independent game developers, and provide cool ways for companies to advertise their products, the gamified nature of the ads did not break the immersive experience of VR. I acted as head of Marketing and CEO for the group as we worked feverishly for 3 weeks to get a working product.
In three weeks we were able to build:
- Three prototype advertisements in Unity
- Implement one of them into an actual VR game
- Develop a working back-end that captured gaze-tracking analytics
We were pretty successful and I got the opportunity to pitch in front of 700 peers, mentors and investors, as one of the top 10 teams out of nearly 100!
In the news:
- At entrepreneurship academy in Italy, VCU students’ innovative startups rank among the top 10
Here’s a short video that shows the level of development we achieved in just 3 weeks:
I am a coffee snob and one day I decided that the IoT revolution had not gone far enough in the world of bean water.
The resulting concept: Burrbox. An automated burr coffee grinder that works from your phone and perfects your grinds by brew method. This handy device weighs your coffee and changes the size of the grounds whether you are making a drip pot or a french press.
The best part?
Set an alarm on your phone at night and it will grind your coffee when you dismiss it in the morning.
About two years ago I had a dream that I was playing an MMORPG game in The Fan neighborhood in Richmond, VA. This might seem like a strange dream to you, but it gave me a really cool idea. Doing side-quests for cash could exist in real life.
At the time I was relying on part time work at the local butcher shop and odd jobs to keep my bills paid. I was hanging dry wall, painting decks, building flower beds, digging ditches, anything I could get. However, I usually had to drive a long way to get to the jobs.
From this personal need, reQuest was born.
I acted as the product manager on a team of 4 as we brought this idea to prototype.
I made this WordPress website for a Richmond based startup that is reinventing the sliding-glass patio door.
This was my first foray into using bootstrap. I built this site for a Richmond artist who hand-dyes wearable textiles.