Are there any projects that your startup has been working on during this time that you’d like to announce?
KLOA, a mobile messaging startup, has completed a new UX research study about how mobile users find, surf and decide what blog posts they read. Plus, they have a new interaction for surfing blogs, which they hope is better than existing ones.
Circle of Friends has officially partnered with the Technology Access Foundation to design and implement a 6th-8th grade computer science curriculum that will be aligned with the national computer science standards. They will be creating a series of curriculums that will start with Web Development (HTML/CSS) and will include 3D Animation and Game Design, using Twitch, Roblox, Minecraft and Unity. Chandler says, “It will be a daytime program at two local Title I middle schools and will run the entire school year reaching over 100 students a week.” Students’ work will be graded and those who meet the grade level standards will be given a certification of completion for their coursework.
Favorite books or podcasts?
Ironically, Michael recommends a book he recently read called ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus. He was a 20th century French author and existentialist philosopher. The book is about how individuals and a community respond when the gates of an Algerian city close for 10 months due to a pandemic. One question the book raises is how one weighs personal interests versus duty to others and your community. Michael adds, “An incongruity the book raised for me is how love can be generous and selfish at the same time. How do you divide your effort between giving/taking love with a partner and putting that effort toward actions that benefit other people, even people you don’t know, and society?”
What social games are you playing with friends to help with social distancing?
Chandler says he and his team has been playing a lot of Jackbox.tv. Their favorite game is Fibbage.
How are you staying active or getting exercise?
Emily shares that staying active has always been important to her so she makes it a priority now as well. Instead of going to the IMA with a few other Fluke Hall members as in the past, they have been able to transition to 3x per week workouts over Facetime/Facebook Messenger Video. Emily says, “We have even taken advantage of the fact that it’s remote so we have added friends from all across the country!”