Me at the Horse Shoe Bent, Arizona

Introduction

I’m Rafael Medina, a product designer and front-end developer. Outside of design, you will often find me learning photography or illustration.


PUBLIC SPEAKING

A considerate amount of my time is spent sharing knowledge with others. Public speaking is a meaningful way to do it while lets you be in touch with your professional communities.

Here are a few talks I've given recently:

"Designing a Process"

- Microsoft Dominicana

"Dev Ways to Design Interfaces"

- Las Américas Institute of Technology

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Hackathons

Hackathons are events where people gather to build things on short timeframes, often going from 24 hours to 3 days. I love working with new people and constraints to go out of my comfort zone and experiment.

Here are a few prizes me and my friends won recently:

3rd Place at Disrupt the District MLH Hackathon 2018 (Capital One). —

Product Designer / Front-end, “Voluntee” (Washington, D.C.) http://bit.ly/2GBrfvL

Designed a map-based application for students to fulfill their volunteer requirements in a fun and timely matter. Researched and tested MVP with other participants. Used React frontend, AWS, and DynamoDB in the backend.

Best Financial Tech Hack at HoyaHacks 2018 (Georgetown University). —

Product Designer / Front-end, “Hlth.chain” (Washington, D.C.) http://bit.ly/2FSrocW

Utilized Blockchain technology to more efficiently solve genome sequencing used to detect potential cancer and genetic anomalies in patients. Implemented would save lives and millions of US dollars for researchers.

3rd Place at Climathon George Washington University —

Product Designer / Front-end, “Hello911” (Washington, D.C.) http://bit.ly/2pjCjWU

Taking sentiment analysis and voice recognition to gather emergency calls over radio signal and cellular, using recordings to get transcripts to sort, translate, localize and categorize for better response.

Best Transportation App at AT&T IoT Government Solutions —

Front-end / Product Designer, “Flood Map” (Washington, D.C.) http://soc.att.com/2FgeTe9

Leveraged real-time sensor data to determine flooding location and depth, partnering with first responders to plan, deploy, and execute rescues during emergency situations.

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SKILLS

— Strong foundation in software development

— Experience developing and designing mobile and web apps from scratch

— Foundation in digital art and illustration

— Branding and art direction experience

— Foundation in digital art and illustration

— Good at communications, native Spanish speaker

— Strong foundation in front-end development

— Familiar with Git, terminal commands and Linux


I LOVE

— Colaboration, big ideas and relationships

— Reading blogs on medium and interesting books

— Be constantly in motion learning new things

— Having a meal with friends


EDUCATION

CCI Program Scholarship Award

Northern Virginia Community College (US State Department Scholarship)

2017-2018


Software Engineering

APEC University (Mescyt Scholarship)

2015-2019


Software Development Associate Degree

Las Americas Institute of Technology (D.R. Government Scholarship)

2012-2015