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Product Progress Assessment

12 Apr Product Progress Assessment

Introduction and Statement of Purpose

 

As it was my original goal to utilize this year in ISM to explore the depths of the entrepreneurial tech industries through the means of web development and peripheral services alongside, I plan to execute this concept by doing what I am most interested in when creating my final product. Through the guidance of my mentor, the Founder and CEO of Osky Blue, Mr. Jon Kendall, my engineering lab professor, Dr. Steven Foland, and my personal freelance client, Mrs. Kiki Wang, it is my intention to create multiple websites as my final product for their organizations in the month of May, and to be debuted at Final Presentation Night. I will be assuming the role of a web developer, designing, managing, and maintaining the front-end and the backend of websites, while learning the process of how business organizations work and how solopreneurs can succeed in delivering products and communicating with clients.

Ultimately, the purpose of creating multiple websites is to utilize all the research, experience, skill sets, and networks I have acquired over this year in interacting with real-world professionals and combine them into a digital product that I can showcase on my personal website and resume.

 

Osky Blue Internship Projects  

 

Objective

 

I will accomplish so by working as an intern every week at Jon Kendall’s company focusing on client work in terms of modifying WordPress web pages, generating clients’ contents, and running social media campaigns.

 

Materials

 

  • Laptop
  • WordPress
  • Xenu
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign

Meetings/Dates

 

  • Every other day from 3 PM to 5 PM from January to May

 

Description of Process

 

Regarding achieving a comprehensive understanding of the web development and through professional experience, I attend my mentor, Jon Kendall’s company every week since the first week of January, for approximately 10 hours every other day to get a hands-on experience with the areas of Digital Marketing, Content Curation, Advanced Web Design and Development with WordPress, Search Engine Optimization, and tech entrepreneurship through working on client projects and learning the flow of team and management. I will be working with Osky Blue’s team members, including Kim (to learn about projects and processes such as the web server, and backend site edits), Loretta (Search Engine Optimization), Steven (web developer and content), Veronica (graphics and website design), and Lisa (social media and content curation), to complete all my designated projects and learn about the flow of a team in a startup.

 

Result/Conclusion

 

So far, I have completed the tasks of writing editorial calendars, finding broken links, fixing and updating web pages, updating products, creating videos blogs, making social media campaigns, creating new websites from scratch. Moreover, by interacting with my mentor, I get to hear his feedback on my work and explore the conceptual aspects of web development and entrepreneurship. Furthermore, I am taking on parts of the project of migrating and renewing the Frisco Style Magazine’s site.

 

The Shoulders of Giants Site Rebuild

 

Objective

 

I will attend Dr. Steven J. Foland’s engineering lab every week and discuss how he would like his lab’s website to be built using React Redux, learn the coding language of JavaScript CS6 on my own, and ultimately make his website from scratch delivering the new web concept.

 

Materials

 

  • Laptop
  • Codeacademy

 

Meetings/Dates

 

  • Every Saturday from 2 PM to 4 PM since the month of March.

 

Description of Process

 

As a volunteer at my engineering lab (The Shoulders of Giants), I will explore the concept of the new web by learning the programming language from scratch and building the engineering lab’s (TSoG) website. I will learn to code JavaScript CS6 to implement React Redux on my free time online and ask web development professional Jonathan Hellstrand, about questions I encountered when learning JavaScript, during my time at the lab on Saturdays. Once I have enough knowledge to build a site, I will discuss what the final product looks like and should contain function-wise with Dr. Foland, and execute the vision with several other team members (Max Moreno) to complete this project.

 

Result/Conclusion

 

I have not yet completed this project, as I am still at the stage of learning HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and React Redux. But my vision for this project to be completed will include:

Firstly, people who do not have the prior knowledge of the organization can quickly understand what the organization is and how they can get involved in the opportunity for their children (as an engineering mentorship student) or organization (e.g. Girl Scouts) through for example, our embedded virtual tour of the lab on the site.

Secondly, it will be a user-friendly medium for those who want to attend the SBEE and SABE sessions (biomedical engineering camps at UT Dallas) this summer.

Thirdly, it will be easier for the current engineering mentorship students to navigate and access their learning targets and materials for DC Sensors and Actuators, Static Analysis and Mechanical Fabrication, Data and Control Structures, Applied Reaction Chemistry, Physiological Systems and Bio-signals, Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing, Thermodynamics, Embedded Systems, Biomechanics and AC Signals and Filters.

Fourthly, the site will also become a platform showcasing the students’ achievements at the lab in those areas of engineering studies.

Fifthly, the site will become a platform showcasing the research projects and papers published by the lab professionals.

Lastly, the site will serve as a medium receiving donation and sell promotional products to raise funds.

 

Kiki Wang Fashion Site Development

 

Objective

 

I will create and maintain my freelance client Kiki’s Fashion design site with both the English and Chinese version of the site, and boost the traffic of her site through Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and social media marketing.

 

Materials

 

  • Laptop
  • WordPress

 

Meetings/Dates

 

N/A (Work remotely from home)

 

Description of Process

 

Kiki and I will communicate through an app called WeChat. She will instruct me on the new contents to include and what changes should be made. Sometimes her other employees will send me the content (e.g. photos) to add on the site through email. Since this is a job, I will track my hours through a professional time tracker named “TopTracker” to record my progress and total hours worked. Since March, I have worked for a total of 34 hours to complete all her requests.

 

Result/Conclusion

 

I have completed her English version of the site, but have not yet started on the Chinese version. But by serving my client Kiki Wang with her fashion design website and social media, I am able to help her achieve her mission of making runway clothes wearable and make every person feel like a celebrity in his or her life. I will also help her to further her venture in the fashion industry visible in the international market and achieve a greater visibility to a wider audience.

 

Jessy.io: My Personal Blog

 

Objective

 

I will focus on my own personal sites of Jessy.io by continuously blogging every month to gain an online present and build my portfolio to give me options in the future (for example, I can open a web development agency, become a freelancer to support my lifestyle of being a digital nomad, have something to show if I want to work with people from around the world, and get hired if my business fails). I will concentrate on applying SEO strategies for this site, so my posts will rank higher on search engines, therefore, receiving more traffic. ­­

 

Materials

 

  • Laptop
  • WordPress
  • LinkedIn

 

Meetings/Dates

 

N/A

 

Description of Process

 

I will brainstorm topics for each month to blog about, do research and gather the required materials for the blog, and write it out with Grammarly to proof read my grammar. For example, I’ve been blogging about the application process and student experiences of my desired schools (Minerva, Watson, SP Jain)

 

Result/Conclusion

 

So far, I have blogged almost every single month (sometimes I might skip a month but blog twice per the next month) since 2016. I have gotten great results regarding making friends with people from around the world as a result of the blogs. For example, my Minerva blog was performing quite well as it is ranked the 6th on Google’s search result for its designated keyword through Search Engine Optimization. I also had a few people reaching out to me through email and LinkedIn, who I made friends with. On the other hand, to complete my college blogs, I sent messages out to approximately 200 people (who are related to SP Jain and Watson University) on LinkedIn, asking about their experiences. I now gained around 160 connections and made friends from other parts of the world such as Singapore, Sydney, Dubai, India, Colorado, etc.

By blogging about relevant subjects in the topics of travel hacking, college, and being a digital nomad on my personal website, I can attract other like-minded individuals around the world and provide insightful knowledge and advice to their interests and pursuits. This concept has worked out as my audience reached out to me and we have established mutually beneficial relationships. On the other hand, I was able to influence my friends about these subjects and join the journey with me. Overall, I am incredibly satisfied with the seemingly “reckless” decision I made in the January of 2016 to start a blog about digital nomads.

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