I’m Sarah Strong, a third year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, and I’ll be working on the Elmcity project this semester.
I spent the summer of 2008 working at The Centre for Global E-Health Innovation on their remote patient monitoring system. It’s a rails app that listens for home recorded medical readings and sends out alerts to both doctor and patient if something’s wrong. It was a fantastic crash course in agile methods and the practical side of software development.
The next summer, I worked on TracSNAP, or Trac Social Network Analysis Plugin. It’s written in python and flare, and it’s designed to help developers on large, disorganized code bases connect with colleagues. I learned about program design and the challenges of making a novel app useful and easy to use.
In the past, I’ve worked as an anti-homophobia workshop facilitator, a conversational English teacher in China, a corporate ghostwriter, a copy editor, and a screen printer, and ran my own business helping people find positive expectation bonuses at online casinos.