Transition to Tech 2020 Mentors and Mentees

Welcome mentors and mentees of our first Transition to Tech program! The program is grant backed by the FHL Bank San Francisco and our 2019 Donors. The program provides the attendees with 1-year access to community support and online training to Data Science, Web Development and Cyber Security. More details of this Hacker Dojo's community program can be found here. For those of you who are interested in becoming a candidate for our next year program, stay updated via our social media! Here are our handles: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn

MEET OUR MENTEES!

After 2 rounds of careful consideration through online application and interview, 9 final candidates were selected this year for the pilot program. They will be able to access online program from QuickStart  and join the Hacker Dojo's community for a year! 


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Eliezer “Elie” Santiago recently migrated to the U.S from the Philippines. Eliezer finishes his Bachelor Degree in Web and Mobile application in the Philippines and has a strong enthusiasm for technology, but has to postpone his dream and spend time raising his little daughter Meili. “Hacker Dojo Transition to Tech program is a blessing for me and I’m so thankful for this because I can start my journey here in the hub of tech companies,” said Eliezer. Eliezer is eager to join the Hacker Dojo community and continue his education through the Web Development track with the help of his mentors.

 

Born in San Jose, Josh Dorn grew up being constantly inspired by the spirit of innovation and positive change he saw around him in Silicon Valley. He graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Davis where he majored in linguistics and took several computer science courses to fulfill his major requirements. He is currently studying front-end engineering in Transition to Tech and is also interested in social impact investing and human-centered design. When not coding, you can find Josh reading, doing improv, and practicing Vipassana meditation.

 

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Natalie Macks is an experienced manager, data analyst and leader skilled at building a culture of dedicated customer evangelists, as well as the systems and processes required for success.She excels in roles that help bridge the gap between business technologies and the internal and external user experience. After an employment gap to deal with health issues, Natalie is especially excited to broaden her skills through the Transition to Tech program at Hacker Dojo. Natalie moved to the Bay Area in 2004 and enjoys hiking, the symphony and opera, and playing role-play and board games.

 

 

Marielle Gali is from San Jose and has a diverse background ranging from Microbiology and Chemistry to Marketing and Sales. She plans to advance her skills in front-end development from the Web Development track to pursue a technical-based career path in biotech. She enjoys trying new cuisines, taking pictures of nature and city views, and playing the piano.

 

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Mahshid Merayin Prior to the Transition to Tech program, Mahshid attended the Facebook Cybersecurity University for Veterans and graduated with honors.  She was awarded a Facebook F8 Developers Conference Scholarship, Facebook Blackhat/Defcon Cybersecurity Las Vegas Scholarship, and Facebook Enigma Conference Scholarship. Mahshid also completed certification as a Palo Alto Networks, Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE). She is currently working towards achieving a Cyber Warfare Engineer Officer’s commission within the next two years, with a goal to provide defense against attacks and deliver tactical advantages.

 

 

Van Dinh graduated from San Jose State University with a Management Information System major. She is currently working for a shipment company in accounting and customer service. Van is excited to join the Web Development track in the Transition to Tech 2020 as she always wants to get a job in the Tech field.

 

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Born in Binh Dinh Province, Viet Nam, Thinh Nguyen moved to Sai Gon to finish high school. Inspired by computer technology, Thinh followed his dream and graduated from FPT University with a major in computer science. After 3 years working as a ERP developer in a small company, Thinh found the career passion in database. “I can spend a couple of hours working with each number or optimize each query,” Thinh stated. He is currently studying Data Science in the Transition to Tech program. Thinh enjoys reading in his free time.

 

 

Born in Vietnam, Ngoc Anh came to the U.S. when she was a sophomore at Vietnam Aviation Academy. She graduated with top honor from De Anza College, where she majored in Business. Being amazed by the amount of major tech companies in the Bay Area and how they operate, Ngoc Anh wants to challenge herself with something totally new to her: becoming a web developer. She is studying front-end coding at Hacker Dojo and loves to cuddle with her daughter in her spare time.

 

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Hoping for a better change in career, Nelson Huynh is excited to be a mentee of the Web Development track. Apart from working on the Transition to Tech program, Nelson is a computer science major at San Jose State University and works part-time as a chef at Casino M8trix. He enjoys going to gym, cooking and singing. “You never know how far you can go until you have attempted a great opportunity,” he believes.

 

MEET OUR MENTORS!

Transition to Tech mentors consist of our beloved Hacker Dojo members who possess many years of experience in Web Development, Cyber Security and Data Science. Thank you Kevin Elgan, Paul Fahn, Hannes Marais, Sridevi Pudipeddi, William Luk, James King, Lancy Huang, and Ed Chouhdry for kindly volunteering your time. We would also want to send our appreciation to Shamsah Noorani, our member and VP from Quickstart for helping accelerating the program.


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William Luk has over 20 years experience in computer & network security - from the 1st commercial Internet firewall to security systems protecting some of the biggest enterprises around the world.  He also led teams developing software solutions that manage large enterprise data warehouses and monitor servers performance. For the past 5 years, William has founded Data Lantern, Inc, a startup company focusing on gathering and protecting data from smart devices.

William has a MS and BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and an MBA in Marketing also from the University of Southern California.

 

Trained as a Computer Scientist, Paul Fahn has also been both a prolific inventor and a technology investor. More recently he has co-founded and advised several start-up companies pursuing innovative solutions to common problems. He enjoys mentoring and advising people from all walks of life to build their tech skills and knowledge.

 

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Hannes Marais is a serial entrepreneur/hacker working on an AI based research assistant for knowledge workers. He likes red wine and fire!

 

 

Sridevi Pudipeddi, Ph.D. teaches Machine Learning with Python and Python for Data Analysis at the University of California Berkeley at San Francisco campus. Her research interests are in machine learning, applied mathematics and image and text processing. She co-authored Image Processing and Acquisition using Python and Essential Python.

 

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Founder/CEO of Chatterbox, the smart speaker that kids build and program that funded more than $55000 in Kickstarter, Kevin Elgan is obsessed with the power of technology to transform learning. His previous companies, Tynker and Piper, were pivotal in spearheading the kids "learn to code" and "maker" movements, for millions of kids worldwide. 

 

 

James King is a Information Security and Privacy Specialist. A graduate reseacher from University of Calvary, his former employers include Jawbone and Adobe Systems. He is currently working on his startup as a Security Consultant. 

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