Lisa Maile’s Job interview take aways

Hi everyone.

I was asked by my mentor to attend a mandatory seminar by Lisa Maile. before I get any further into that I’d like to say that this post won’t be addressing anything with technology this week, it’ll be more about brief key take aways I’ve learned from going to one of these seminars which can be useful to anyone reading this.

Most of the content she went over was basic information we all need to know when having to present ourselves during interviews, it never hurts to get some further pointers. It was a great experience! 


95% of all interviews take place BEFORE they even begin.

  • 10% of them are communication
  • 25% of them are about projecting your voice
  • 65-70% – Image and how you present yourself

It takes about 4-10 seconds for an interviewer to make their decision!


That famous phrase “sell yourself” definitely plays a role in the corporate world.

“We are what we look like, what your Image & what you bring to the table also represents the  companies reputation.”

How you carry and package yourself says a lot about you coming into any profession so use good branding words such as

Accomplished, Dedicated, Gifted, Talented, Energetic.

which give off a positive outlook to employees.

Dress for Success

I’ll continue this post with a few guidelines for men & women on appearance along with Do’s and don’t for interviews.

Image Guidelines for Women and Men

The most powerful look for ladies (according to Lisa Maile’s advice) is a two piece matching skirted or pant legged suite in conservative dark colors (ex black, grey, navy blue).

This Image with Women is also comparable to Men’s business suites.

I’m only speaking about this briefly, these pictures are just quick examples to get an idea.

Four factors to combine in coordinating a look:

color, pattern, texture, and shape. The most conservative selection in each area gives off the perception of authority and professionalism in your appearance. 



Interviewing Tips

  1. Keeping in mind the image factors above, look better than an average employee, it’s a plus. always. 
  2. Prepare learning as much as you can about the company prior to the interview is key.
  3. Your intro will set the tone for the rest of the interview. Make it count & own it. 
  4. Beforehand, determine what you’ll want to bring into the table involving your skills such as sharing your previous experiences to feel comfortable around a potential employer. 
  5. “Tell me about yourself” uses subtexts which means they want to know how you are useful to their company in terms of the employers needs. 
  6. Filler words limit those ums, uhs, huhs, likes, duhs, along with pauses and stalls, try using a broad vocab that relates to factual things about your experiences. 
  7. Body language, be mindful of how your perceiving yourself with nervous energy, fidgetiness, nail biting, playing with jewelry, try being energetic and enthusiastic.
  8. Gestures, follow up to the previous tip, help you seem more open with your body language and relieve nervous energy.
  9. Eye contact. In some cultures it’s seem as disrespectful to not maintain eye contact, this is so important for your employers as well, throw in a smile and volume and they’ll be a little more than impressed.  
  10. Ask them questions! They like the interaction, it can very from the company, to them, workflow, or even, if your daring enough, how your interview with them went for feedback purposes.

I hope this brief summery of Lisa’s seminar helped somewhat, I’ll be attaching her handouts and more informative resources into the bottom of this post.

Thanks for reading.




Code Gamer

Coding and Gaming have always gone hand in hand in web development but never for the purpose of learning it in a casual setting, for fun. It’s always been creating for entertainment and vise versa. I, being a gamer myself, was excited when discovering this new gismo listed in Mashable’s list of coolest techy toys of 2016 from this years toy fair.

Code Gamer ranks in at #3.

Basically Thames & Kosmos’ Code Gamer controller connects to a tablet and allows you to play through video game levels that teach the basics of Arduino coding, which is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board. To do so you use the Arduino programming language (based onWiring), and the Arduino Software (IDE), based on Processing, introducing to players the interactions between hardware and software.

Believe it or not, gaming has always been a fundamental way of the learning curve, incorporating anything  which can be taught into a more innovative and creative way of teaching. Depending on how well this toy does it may lead to similar projects further down. Developers are always striving for something that pursues growth and sets a trend, Mario Maker, changed the way we game by allowing players to build and create their own levels, this might just allow us to not only have a better understanding of code but who knows, maybe even introduce us to someone who could do wonders in the tech field as well. starting at $150 it’s definitely a smart investment.


Ask a Dev: Q&A’s for WebDevs

Ask a Dev is a channel I recently stumbled upon on Youtube which is a segment by Mashable and Mutual mobile where they take some of the top coders and developers in the industry and answer questions which are useful to anyone looking to get into the field.

Here’s how it works.

They take developers, for example like the guy featured in the video above, and answer questions tweeted based on the content and subject to give viewers answers to questions they’d like to know. knowledge in learning code, tech, or overall improving their craft or just brushing up on their techniques at hand.

todays video featured focuses on Android apps and how developers can get in on the latest tech trends in creating the next best app.

Every now and then i’ll be posting one of these in class for quick as a quick insight or reference.


Infusing Design with Developement

How InVision Is acquiring a suite prototype Design Tool for Macaw,

InVision, still in it’s prototypes stages, is a tool where Designers can upload their work to the system, add some animations and connective fiber to various screens, and immediately share an active prototype with other parts of their team and even a group of beta users.

Since the company first started it has grown to see over 500 enterprise customers, ranging from 100 seats per company to 1,200 seats per company, with more than 3,000 new user sign-ups each day. (clients such as Uber, AirB&B, and twitter). The company has just surpassed the one million user mark.

Back in the day, designers worked alongside coders to build out prototypes and products, and that collaboration was limited to a small inner-circle of people. InVision allows designers to jump ahead of engineers and build something that looks, feels and acts like a real application or product without waiting on the back-end technology to be in place. And now, expected to be a part of the latest update, using the essentials from Macaw will help users to achieve their goal of bridging the design-to-development gap by implementing Macaw’s “design to code” features into InVision’s products, Infusing both elements will give both developers and designers a sense of freedom and more of an overall appeal towards their client needs. They are planning to name it Motion, sort of like a modern more flexible version of Dreamviewer only targeted to both sides of the spectrum.

Because of this, engineers (and the finance department, and the sales team, and the marketing team, and even some users) are able to weigh in on prototypes and offer feedback far earlier in the process. Thus so far tons of users subscribed to both websites have started to sign up for the upcoming Beta project as well as offering any of their former applications and software free to the public until they have successfully finished designing their prototype.




cyber purging; Content organization


The new year is the beginning of new goals, personal achievements, and overall new experiences. Having a goal is one of the first steps towards starting off right but what I wanted to go over today has to do with social media as well as briefly go over some great smart apps for mobile users that will overall be useful with school or office work.

Cyber Purging, for the most part everyone goes through some type of purging phase, whether it’s getting rid of or donating unwanted teams, cleaning out the office,  Cleaning out the living area, it’s different for everyone yet a lot of people don’t ever consider (or have the time) in cleaning out their social media, letting content build up for years until they stop bothering with it. That’s fine on a personal aspect but when it comes to having more professionalism in a potential career those kinds of things are a major setback.


Let’s start off with the basics, emails.

Organizing your emails is the first priority on the list (especially the ones used for primary communication) Start off by cleaning out the trash and checking your spam filter, unsubscribe from any unwanted sites and magazines, set up separate categories (or even a separate account all together for junk), and deleting any unwanted emails bottom to top.

App Tools

The following apps featured will help mostly with organization and office/school work, as previously mentioned, for smartphone users on the go.

Inbox (by google)

makes your inbox smarter and easier to manage, and Inbox, for the most part, lives up to that promise. The app bundles similar messages together, picks out the most important parts of your messages, provides extra info about what you need to get done and can even write some replies for you.

Microsoft Office (mobile)

Microsoft Word makes it easy to create and edit documents on the fly whether you pay for Office 365 or not. The free version has some great tools for anyone on the go needing a quick edit.

Office Lens

Microsoft’s document scanning app is one of the best out there. Snap a photo of business cards, paper documents or even whiteboards and the app can translate it into searchable, editable text. The app can also convert documents to PDFs or Word or Powerpoint files.

Social media

So, let’s talk about the content that’s been on your facebook for over half a decade. Those memorable pics that were taken in which you were tagged in, or just decided to keep them up because let’s be honest, facebook (among other platforms, such as twitter and IG) won’t be going away any time soon right? Okay, now let’s say there’s been a turning point where realization kicks in and it’s the start of a new chapter and for whatever reason within reinventing yourself the thought of having those pics up there doesn’t seem like such a good idea. (whether it’s a new job, school year, adventure, overall experience) it’d be good to organize that time spam somehow and on that note it’s okay to keep some pictures up there, the most recent at least, but just remember to keep them up to date.

cloud storage

Most of us by now have heard of the phrase “it’s in the cloud” right? Now a days a variety of similar services also offer a free or premium online storage saving service that allows us to store just about anything without going over the limit provided.  The following is a chart that briefly lists the services and pricing for those willing to try this out.

Dedicated photo storage services

Flickr Google Photos Apple iCloud Photo Library Amazon Prime Photos Photobucket ThisLife
Free plan 1TB of storage Unlimited storage for photos and video* 5GB of storage Unlimited photo storage and 5GB for video with Prime subscription 2GB + 8GB with the mobile apps Unlimited photo storage
Paid Plans Ad Free for $5.99/month, 2TB for $499/year 100GB for $1.99/month, 1TB for $9.99/month Starts at $0.99/month for 20GB $12 per year without subscription Starts at $2.99/month for 20GB Video only: 60GB for $20/year, 30GB for $50/year, Unlimited videos for $140/year.
File types JPEG, GIF and PNG JPEG, TIF, TIFF, BMP, GIF, PSD (Photoshop), PNG, TGA and some raw JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and most RAW JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF and some raw GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG JPEG
File size limits Photo: 200MB, Video: 1GB Photo: 75MB, Video: 10GB Photo: 1000 per hour, 10,000 per day, 25,000 per month Photo and Video: 2GB Free plan: 5MB Video: 2GB
Bandwidth limits None None None None 10GB/month with free plan, Unlmited with paid plans None
Apps iOS, Android, Mac and Windows iOS, Android, Mac** and Windows** iOS, Mac and Windows iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Mac and Windows iOS, Android, Mac and Windows iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Mac and Windows

Flashdrives or USBs

Whatever we call them they are an essential part of storing files. Although they are also great for storing old pics as well. Not everyone is optimistic about online storage or wiling to give it a shot. Sometimes it’s easier storing personal info on a portable hard drive because it’s convenient and everyone has a different method of organization.

Here are some places for where to find relatively cheap flashdrives smallest to largest:




New Egg

Hopefully this brief informative article on virtual purging has given anyone reading this a quick insight on getting organized and as to why it’s good to have that taken care of before the start of a new year.

Thanks for reading.






Smart toys; Code-a-pillar

Code-a-Pillar is an adorable toy that teaches 3-year-olds the basics of coding.

Fisher Price, a toy company well known for their interactive toys which help toddlers & young children learn, is taking the learning curve one step further with one of their latest gizmos called Code-A-Pillar. 

The toy teaches kids ages 3 to 8 problem solving and sequencing by directing the caterpillar to move in a certain pattern, it reinforces skills associated with writing code.

Here’s how it works.

The toy comes with eight segments which feature a unique command icon on its surface. Each command programs the Code-a-Pillar to move in a certain way (forward, left, right, spin, make a noise and so on). The segments hook together via a USB port and the kids can select the order.



Once the segments are connected and the start button is pressed, the Code-a-Pillar will take the programmed route. While there isn’t any actual computer programming taking place, the bottomline concept is similar to coding.

The toy works as a standalone, and it also comes with a companion app that encourages users to partake in challenges or experiment with different patterns.



The toy is a part of a larger trend to introduce computer skills to a demographic at a very young age. For example, a board game called Robot Turtles recently has drawn attention for its method of teaching kids the basics of coding: the child has to “write code” by using directional cards for an adult to follow and get a cartoon turtle to a jewel.



The Code-a-Pillar will officially launch in Fall 2016 and cost $49.99 for the set of eight segments (additional segments will be sold separately for an unannounced price).


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How entrepreneurs and aid groups are helping refugees with digital tools

A Syrian refugee looks at his mobile phone in the Kara Tepe refugee camp near the town of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Like many of the more-than 770,000 refugees and migrants who have made it to Europe since January, Ghassan, a former engineering student, was ready for a self-guided journey. Many refugees are educated, tech-savvy and come from middle-class backgrounds. They use their smartphones for GPS navigation and to get advice from friends and family through Facebook groups and the smartphone apps Viber, WhatsApp and Line.

But sometimes that information is outdated, incomplete or wrong, especially when some countries tighten their borders — or close them altogether. As the refugee flows show no signs of letting up, tech companies, aid groups and entrepreneurs are creating tech-focused ways to provide official guidance that ensures the safe passage of refugees.

Refugees Smartphone Shore

A Syrian refugee checks his cellphone wrapped with a plastic sheet upon arrival after crossing from Turkey, at the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.


Last month, Google, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Mercy Corps teamed up to launch It’s a one-stop information portal for refugees from the moment they land in Greece, explaining the registration process, where they can eat or sleep, how to get medical help, and the cost of a ferry ticket to Athens.

Hyper-local pages are now live for the islands of Lesbos and Kos, with more locations on the way. Users can set the language to English, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi or Greek.

“We wanted to create a roadmap,” Rey Rodrigues, IRC’s technology coordinator, tells Mashable. “You see a lot of refugees walking with their smartphones and power cords and extra batteries. This lets them be self-sufficient.”

Indeed, glowing cellphone screens dot Lesbos’ winding mountain roads at night. Many refugees walk for up to 10 hours to camps on the southern part of the island to register with Greek authorities. They often don’t know buses are available for free, and there aren’t enough translators available to tell them.’s webpages are open-source so they can be updated regularly, Rodrigues says. Eventually, the group will roll out location-specific pages for points along the entire journey from Greece to northern Europe.

Most critically, the site is low-bandwidth, so it’ll load on the islands’ spotty network connections and save users’ cellphone batteries. In Lesbos, Disaster Tech Lab recently brought Wi-Fi access to the two refugee camps, Kara Tepe and Moria, while groups in Croatia and elsewhere are sending human Wi-Fi hotspots to help those waiting at camps and train stations.

Information access has to be in every humanitarian toolkit

Information access has to be in every humanitarian toolkit in the future, so we’re not struggling to provide basic things like Internet access and charging stations,” says Kate Coyer, director of the Civil Society and Technology Project for the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University in Budapest.

Refugees Charge Smartphones

Refugees charge their mobile phones onboard a ferry traveling from the Greek island of Lesbos to the Athens port of Piraeus, on Sept. 9, 2015.


For refugees, smartphones provide a critical link between the family they left behind and the long road ahead. This is especially true as the oncoming winter brings heightened threats to refugees’ physical safety.

In a sobering reminder of the immense risk refugees take in coming to Europe, on Oct. 28 at least 40 people, including several children, died when their boatcapsized off Lesbos. Volunteers called the tragedy a “day of death.” At least 3,440 refugees and migrants have drowned or have gone missing this year in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Despite the horrific risks, tech solutions can help make the final stretches of the journey easier. builds on projects such as InfoAid, an Android app built by a Hungarian husband-and-wife team earlier this year. Users can learn where to obtain train tickets, medical care and water. They can also get alerts on ever-changing border closures. Hundreds download the app each day.

Another such initiative is, which went live in August. It offers information specific to the Greek islands of Lesbos and Samos, as well as locations within Croatia and Serbia. Refugees can view local NGOs and useful phrases in the local language (think, “Where can I buy a bus ticket?” or “I’m pregnant and need help”). is a project of Startupboat, a traveling hackathon comprising startup founders, social entrepreneurs and investors from Greece, South Africa and Germany. In the past three months they have visited Lesbos and Samos to better understand how the technology can make refugees’ journeys through Europe a bit easier.

Migration is not a challenge — it’s an opportunity to build collaborative solutions

Migration is not a challenge — it’s an opportunity to build collaborative solutionsand scalable concepts,” says Startupboat founder Paula Schwarz, a 25-year-old serial entrepreneur with Greek and German roots.

Startupboat is also behind Migration Hub, a free coworking space in Berlin for refugees, activists and social entrepreneurs working on migration-related causes. More locations will soon open in Brussels, Geneva, London and Istanbul, Schwarz says.

The groups behind these sites and apps hope to accomplish what European leaders have failed to do: gain refugees’ trust. Rather than create more safe, legal means of resettlement, in recent months European officials have instead focused policy changes around keeping out people who are escaping war and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.

Strained relations came to a head in September, when the Hungarian government essentially tricked refugees into going to a refugee camp by telling them they’d boarded a train to Austria.

When you can’t trust governments, you have to rely on your own devices

When you can’t trust governments, you have to rely on your own devices and networks,” Coyer says. “And even when the government started to provide transportation and do the right thing, sometimes it was difficult to convince people to believe them and not traffickers or taxi drivers who are trying to extort them by charging 200 euros per person for a ride.”

“The damage to that trust was real,” she adds. “It still reverberates among people in transit.”

Hence the need for up-to-date information from reliable sources, especially as borders between Schengen countries become less porous. Those posting in Facebook groups about alternative routes may not be fully aware of the dangers.

Hungary, for example, has sealed its southern border with razor wire. And those racing to avoid border police in eastern Europe have recently ended up crossing icy rivers or walking through fields containing old land mines from the Balkan wars.

That’s why entrepreneurs and aid groups are creating these digital tools.

“If there are any dangers along the route, we want to make sure people avoid them completely,” Rodrigues says. “We hope this will save a lot of lives.”

Tania Karas is a 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Fellow based in Greece reporting on the refugee crisis at a time of financial crisis.



Ways to Use your phone to do good (ios edition)

Your iPhone is a constant in your life, its tiny screen captivating you for more hours of the day than you’d probably care to admit.

But what if you could feel good about using your smartphone because you’re actually doing good? Suddenly, tinkering away on your Phone doesn’t seem so shameful.

SEE ALSO: 10 Empowering Apps for Social Good

With Apple’s annual September iPhone event upon us, there’s a lot to be excited about in the world of smartphones. But it doesn’t matter if you’re holding out for an iPhone 6S Plus or can’t let go of your iPhone 4 — you can start doing good with your phone right now.

Whether you want to strengthen your allyship, become a smarter consumer or get rid of your old phone in an ethical way, there are simple tech solutions that make it a little easier to help the world.

Check out these six easy ways to use your iPhone for good.

1. Become a better ally.

Your smartphone can be a great tool for aiding the communities you already advocate for in your everyday life.

Be My Eyes, for example, is an app that allows sighted people to connect with blind people via live video, helping them navigate situations in which sight is helpful — whether it’s a crowded neighborhood or reading a can’s label.

Refuge Restrooms is an app that allows volunteers to log gender-inclusive public bathrooms, helping transgender and gender non-conforming people find safe places to use the restroom.

If there’s a community you’re passionate about helping, chances are there’s an app for that.

2. Donate on the go.

Donating money is the most obvious way to do more good, and smartphones help you give back with ease.

Whether the dollars are coming directly from your bank account (as with charity app Instead) or through a game-like reward app (like FreeRice), giving a little money can help make a big difference.

Be sure to check out our list of apps that fit charity into your daily routine.

3. Do your part for the environment.

Donating money is valuable, but donating time can be just as impactful — especially with the help of some stellar science apps.

Educate yourself about your carbon footprint (and learn how to lower it) with Oroeco, or learn about invasive species in your area and how to report them with What’s Invasive.

4. Shop ethically.

Being an educated consumer is hard, but your phone can help. Apps like Buycott and GoodGuide help you discover the social impact of the products in your cart, and help you make more informed decisions about what you purchase.

Check out these additional tools to check if your clothing, specifically, is ethically made.

5. Know how to help others in an emergency.

Sometimes doing good is a hands-on task, especially when it comes to emergency situations. Always know what to do in a medical emergency by having the American Red Cross First Aid app on your phone, as well as other essential apps for storms and emergencies.

From info on asthma-related emergencies to burn care to CPR instructions, these apps have you covered for a wide variety of situations.

6. Donate your used phone for good.

Planning to upgrade to a new iPhone? Donate your old tech for good.

Consider donating your old phone to Rainforest Connection, an organization that turns phones into rainforest monitoring devices that listen and locate chainsaw sounds, allowing for the interception of illegal deforestation.

You can also donate your phone to a local women’s shelter to help women in domestic violence situations have a device to quickly use in emergency situations.

check out this link for other resources to similar causes.

Article by Katie Dupere

Freelancer tips for Client Questionnaire

review: tips and tricks freelancers in the tech field could use.

Steven Sepulveda

As some of you may know I am one of the students in class that is on their final stretch of the course(Leslie SmithSteven Ruiz, and myself) and I am working on my client project so after doing tons of research online I came to the conclusion that I need a very extensive questionnaire to properly determine whether or not a Potential Lead can become a Qualified prospect.

Overview: Stages of the sales funnel and how I use it

Lead (Suspect): A lead (also known as a suspect) is someone you have not spoken to. But if a lead appears similar in profile to your target customer, you may decide that they are worth pursuing. Track your most fruitful sources of leads (that is, leads that become customers).

What do Leads look like pertaining to my business?                    …

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Study Guide

really useful for beginners in Java

The Code Cabinet


What to know:

  • What variables are
  • What Booleans are
  • What Arithmetic operators are 
  • How to find a string and its length
  • How to make a Basic alert in a javascript console
  • What Js is and What its used for


JavaScript lesson 1

JavaScript Lesson 2

JavaScript Lesson 3

JavaScript Lesson 4

Flip Quiz Game: I did not change any of the information from this game , therefore it can be used as a fun way to study. It does actually have similar questions to the ones on the test. Challenge yourself while having fun the same time. Click the image to proceed.Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 12.41.09 PM.png

Hope that helped guys 🙂

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