Find That Song
I regularly get indie songs stuck in my head, and when I search for the lyrics on Google, I only find more popular songs. To solve this problem, I created a web app that will let you search for lyrics in a given Spotify playlist. The project involves web scraping, caching, and fuzzy matching using regex. It utilizes the Flask framework and Spotify API. Find the code here.
While Duolingo teaches languages, NuoLingo teaches something that's also important but often overlooked: social customs. Whether you're an immigrant adapting to a new culture or a businessperson working internationally, NuoLingo is the best service for learning foreign etiquette. I built an SMS service that allows users to view and be quizzed on information through texting, which increases the accessibility for those who are unable to access the Internet easily. This utilized the Sinatra framework, Twilio API, and Heroku web hosting. This project won the Airbnb prize for Scaling Human Connection at PennApps XII.
Music Intros is a website that lets people quickly get information about new artists, displaying photos, biographies, and a YouTube playlist of their top songs. This project gave me experience working with Sinatra and the YouTube and last.fm APIs.
In the summer of 2014, I built QuiziCal, a web app that helps high school teachers coordinate on dates for tests and quizzes. Check out the QuiziCal website for more information.
I was part of the Project Seed team at Hack the North 2014. Project Seed is an off grid web server that lets people within range connect to our broadcasted wifi network. Then, they can access pre-downloaded resources like Wikipedia and Khan Academy. I built Seed Chat, a PHP application providing a public forum and group chat features for users. Project Seed reached spot #8 on the front page of Hacker News!
In December 2013, my brother and I created hublr, a Chrome extension that adds content discovery features to GitHub, like project descriptions on users' newsfeeds and infinite scrolling.
At CodeDay Boston 2014, I created two Twitter bots, programs that tweet on their own. Both implement a Markov chain text generator algorithm. The PoliticianBot uses historical speeches to generate political statements. The AustenBot uses Emma and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen to generate things Jane Austen would say. These bots won the Most Organized Code award at CodeDay Boston.
Recently, I made the Startup Ideas Twitter bot. Often times, startups describe themselves in terms of another startup in a new context. This bot pokes fun at that idea by continuously scraping a website of top startups and mixing that with a scraped list of words.