Meet Brandon Yip! He just graduated from Northeastern University as a Nursing major. Coming to HackBeanpot he had never written any code, but he wanted to try out something new his senior year and push himself out of his comfort zone.
“A lot of my friends had done HackBeanpot last year. I was going into my senior year and I kind of wanted to just try something new- try to push myself to be uncomfortable in that sense. HackBeanpot was the perfect event to do that because I knew people there, but I had zero coding background. And that was kind of the reason why because I knew that if I had gone I would be uncomfortable going, but that would be a good thing.”
At HackBeanpot, Brandon and his team worked on a project called Cap.py, which is a caption generator that uses Google Cloud Vision API to analyze a user’s uploaded photo and produce a caption relevant to that photo. During the uploading process, it produces a gif that’s associated with the photo that’s being uploaded. Once the caption is produced, you can copy and paste that caption and upload it to Instagram or Twitter, or refresh to create a new caption.
“I lead a 20-30 min brainstorming session for us to come with this idea. There was a couple of us at the start, and I told them “let’s spend 5 minutes and come up with as many ideas as possible, no matter how silly they are. Just come up with as many ideas of things you’re really interested in.” From there, what we filtered out and narrowed down our ideas. We narrowed it down from 50 to 5 ideas, this instagram caption generator being one of them. Then as a team we just debated the viability of the project and what it would take for us to produce it. When making our project, one of the biggest things we were trying to determine was would we have fun making this? Is this something that we genuinely love? We wanted to create something that was unique and that people would enjoy, including us.”
At HackBeanpot, Brandon got to learn Python and help his team come up with big-picture ideas. One of Brandon’s favorite parts of HackBeanpot was getting to spend the weekend with friends he knew from Northeastern.
“My favorite part of HBP was just being with my friends for 48 hours. I loved being being in a supportive environment where I could know absolutely nothing and still be able to come out and feel like: okay I learned something unique from this experience, I was able to help a team and provide feedback, and I was able to be with my friends for 48 hours. I can’t really complain.”