Hi! My name is Gentle and I am a computer programmer and web developer. I build fast, secure, reliable websites, apps, and scripts for a wide range of clients. My goal is to build technological projects that empower Black communities and honor their privacy. Technological self-defense has interested me for over five years and I am fortunate enough to have gained experience and expertise both inside and outside of the classroom. I am most passionate about using my software engineering background to envision technology products that are transparent and empower Black communities.
In Spring 2020, I collaborated with the NYU Prison Education Program and researched how carceral ideologies, practices, and policies have come to govern nation-state geographies. I explored colonial enclosures and examined what were the conditions of possibility for materializing new geographies of freedom. I believe technology functions as a means to mobilize liberation struggles domestically and abroad when we let it.
As of January 2022, I am the most recent addition to the Digital Interest Lab team where we explore Public Interest Technology. This is a multi-disciplinary lab centered on human empowerment, informed by history, guided by theory. I am afforded the opportunity to explore the social impact of data science, build capacity in systematic reasoning across deductive and inductive methodologies, and support the Management and Ethics of Data course at NYU Steinhardt.
I am constantly exploring new projects on Github. In my Power and Politics of Data at New York University, I built a map which visualized how many criminal court summons were issued for each violation in every police precinct of New York to gain political experience in NYC’s open data website and to create a product that may be of use to other hactivists or comrades. Another project I am interested in is making an animated U.S. border map using D3.js using the geo-spatial files containing U.S. boundaries from the data in the National Historical Geographical Information System. I’m also excited about a data visualization project that collects weather data from the weather.gov’s API to provide live information to the user and plot the temperature in a charting library. This could be useful for political environmental petitions and awareness. Find my github and lets collaborate!
Another data visualization project I plan to contribute to is building a product to track the unemployment rate by county using the Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Finally, a different data visualization project I am looking forward to engaging with is tracking COVID cases by county.
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• Invited to Twitter's first-ever virtual hackathon! The Hackathon included all of Spring Camp attendees in a #BattleOfTheCamps showdown!
• Throughout the weekend, we interacted even more with Tweeps through development workshops and mentorship.
• Collaborated with a team of 6 and back-end engineered 1 twitter bot using TwitterAPI, Tweepy, Google News, Python3, and Java8 that connects users and circulates articles, mutual aid efforts, and other abolitionist readings to encourage liberation practices.
• Built 1 “Magic 8 Ball” app using XCode, Swift, and Swift UI, Object-C.
• Selected Achievements:
• Winner of Twitter for Everyone Prize
• Advanced tech skills & tools: Python 3, Java 8, Swift, XCode, Object-C, TwitterAPI,
At NYU, I am minoring in Web Programming and Applications. Here is a portfolio site of all completed assignements for the Web Design and Computer Principles Course offered in the fall of 2020.
There are two primary aspects to this course at New York University. The first is learning how to build websites and prepare the various elements that comprise them. The second is understanding concepts behind computers in general and the Web in particular.
Repo for team Phoenix Sankofa for the first-ever virtual #BattleOfTheCamps Hackathon organized by the Twitter Hype team!