Rails Girls and RailsBridge

Andy volunteered as a photographer for Rails Girls in Baltimore, MD March 20131.

He volunteered at a similar event called Rails Bridge in Boston, MA January 2015, as a photographer and mentor, held at the General Assembly space. These organizations help increase diversity in tech.

“RailsBridge workshops are a free and fun way to get started or level up with Rails, Ruby, and other web technologies.” ― RailsBridge ―

“Our events focus on increasing diversity in tech, so that people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and comfortable in our industry.” ― RailsBridge ―

RailsBridge Boston 2015 Marketing Material RailsBridge Boston / General Assembly, 2015. Photo by Andy Atkinson

RailsBridge Boston 2015 Participants RailsBridge Boston / General Assembly, 2015. Photo by Andy Atkinson

RailsBridge Boston 2015 Participants RailsBridge Boston / General Assembly, 2015. Photo by Andy Atkinson

Overnight Website Challenge

“Pairing volunteer technologists with nonprofits during a 24-hour hackathon.” ― Overnight Website Challenge ―

Andy was part of a 10 person team for the Overnight Website Challenge event, helping the non-profit organization Resource Center of the Americas (closed 2017) build a brand new website. A content-management system was introduced (Radiant CMS) along with custom design and template. Blog post with more details.

Node Knockout

Part of a 4-person team competing in a 24-hour programming competition, building an app using Node.JS. Node Knockout blog post with more detail.

MinneSpark

May 2010 — MinneSpark Cash & Services Winner. More Details:

Train Brain is a simple app serving a real need: more convenient Metro Transit train schedule access on iPhone. While Train Brain has been on the market for a while now, developer Andy Atkinson’s focus will be on “delivering a completed Bus Brain iPhone app as the next step.”

  1. Photo credits and coverage at Technically Baltimore