I have work experience from various companies, including Intuit, Microsoft, and General Mills. Upon graduation, I'm going to work for Venmo as a software engineer!
When I'm not studying or playing with programming languages, I fool around with Photoshop, blog for CycloneLife.com, watch movies, root for the Cyclones, play guitar, eat a lot, practice Spanish (I studied abroad my sophomore year to Spain), and salsa dance.
I also enjoy public speaking, and I have done so at events like the National Center for Women & IT Summit, the U.S. Department of Labor's Diversity in Tech event, and the IINSPIRE (Iowa-Illinois-Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education) conference, TEDxDesMoines, the United Nations (see "Press" section), and the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival this past year.
Please have a look around! I made this site entirely from scratch in less than 30 hours. Here is my resume if you'd like to take a peek!
You can look at my works besides this website in the Projects section, where I have bigger projects from work, school, and for fun. The Experiments section consists of "mini projects" that you can play with right away. They're not always entirely useful, but hey, I made them for fun. I've done a lot more than is on this site, check out my GitHub profile to see! But anyway, I am really pleased that you came to check out my site. If you have any questions at all please look in the Contact section below and I will be happy to answer them.
It brings joy to my heart that you've read this far, so here is a joke for you: How do you organize a space party? You planet.
Hackathons generate solutions, opportunities and support for women in computer science
ISU students win Money Game Jam, have financial fun
Winning Idea: ISU Students do a hackathon
Growing up in STEM - as a girl: Cassidy Williams at TEDxDesMoinesWomen
From "Me" to "We"
Forbes - Why Don't More Women Go To Hackathons?
Chicago Suburban Standouts 2013
The childhood toys that inspired female engineers and scientists
Adventure is in their genes (Iowa State Homepage cover story)
Code secrets: The real reasons why girls need to become computer geeks
How My Love of Programming Took Me to Microsoft, the White House, a Mile-High Hackathon, and My Dream Job: A Student's Story
ISU senior takes flight for social change in STEM fields
Suburban wiz wants to lead women into tech world
#WomenWhoTech: Cassidy Williams
Link Magazine, Spring 2013
Computer science major's ideas take flight on British Airways' UnGrounded
Brains on a Plane: Innovation at 30,000 Feet
Silicon Valley stars take off on British Airways 'UnGrounded' flight to London 'to change the world'
UnGrounded in London, encouraging women in STEM
Young Women from NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Program Invited To Join British Airways' UnGrounded Flight
'A package deal': Downers Grove sisters fly high in tech industry
ISU student to join flight for social change
Iowa State computer science student selected for Innovation Lab in the Sky flight
5 Girl Coders Under 21 To Watch
Growing the Tech Talent Pool: NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Program Scales Up
Atanasoff Today Cover
Iowa State's Williams sisters share their computer science experiences at White House tech summit
The Williams sisters head to the White House
Cassidy and Camryn Williams Featured in Microsoft Research/NCWIT Promotional Video
Get Inspired by Aspiration Award Winners
This is what a computer scientist looks like
For the ISU Money Game Jam hackathon, I worked on a team to make Balance, a game where you have to get through your senior year of college while balancing your money, grades, happiness, and energy. In order to win the game, you have to pay off all of your student loans!
My team completed the game in just under 24 hours, and we made both a web and Android version. My role was to create the entire front end experience, as well as work on the web logic. Everything is done on the client side, and built from scratch! Our project ended up winning first place at the hackathon, which was great! The team and I are still fine-tuning different elements of Balance to make gameplay smoother and more fun.
Check out the repo for Balance here, or play the game if you'd like!
For Startup Weekend Des Moines, I worked on a team to make The Wedding List, an easy wedding guest list manager! There's all kinds of fun features we packed in there.
As a user, you can see who you've invited, from whom do you need addresses, and who has RSVPed. Users can bring in all of their guests straight from their Facebook friends, or manually add them themselves in our simple application. And finally, one can take their guest list and instantly get address labels, a spreadsheet, or a PDF of everyone for easy printing. I worked on the front-end of the website, all custom-made. Our team ended up getting third place overall!
The Wedding List isn't online anymore, but if you want to see some of my UI work, just let me know.
British Airways' UnGrounded is the first innovation lab in the sky, designed to connect industry leaders and creative minds for the purpose of tackling challenges that affect the next generation of global innovators. I was a member of Team Altitude: tackling the challenge of how to foster women in STEM positions. On the flight from San Francisco to London, teams came up with ideas and pitches to tackle the challenge.
On my team, we made AdvisHer, an online community that leverages the power of pipeline programs to advise, advocate, and accelerate women in STEM related jobs around the world. We ended up winning the hackathon on the flight! Afterwards at the G8 Innovation Conference and the Decide Now Act Summit, we presented our solution. Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, officially offered support for the project's goal of advising, advocating, and accelerating women in STEM related jobs.
Please take a look at AdvisHer, Dr. Touré's speech, and follow @AdvisHer and Like our Facebook page! There's been a lot of press about the UnGrounded event and our project. In addition to looking at #BAInnovate on Twitter, check out some of the articles below:
- British Airways Ungrounded Hack Took 100 Innovators Over the Atlantic
- British Airways' In-Flight Hackathon Spawns Solutions To The Engineering Crunch
- The Hottest Spot for Hackathons? 30,000 Feet in the Air
- Silicon Valley elite hack British Airways flight to DNA Summit
- UnGrounded - Hugh Moloti's Blog
- UnGrounded Thinking Concepts
- Strategies: High-flying solutions to a world problem
- Ungrounded Unleashes Dynamic Innovation: Four Teams Top Competitors to Create STEM Solutions
- UnGrounded: Silicon Valley stars embark on flight 'to change the world'
- Chris Pirillo's Flight Vlog and his conference vlog (even if you don't watch both of the videos, at least check out the second one at 6:39. You'll see.)
Are you tired of emailing yourself whenever you want to remember a book title, picture, link, address, or document? Well, I have a solution for you! I worked on a team of 5 (I was the main front-end developer) to create Muna (which means "to remember" in Icelandic, catchy huh?), which attempts to provide a fast and easy way to copy/paste text, images, and files between various devices. This saves you the trouble of having to login to an email service or download an application such as Dropbox. A database residing on a server provides persistent storage and retrieval of any data uploaded by a user. A webpage hosted on the same server allows users to manage their data from any computer, tablet, or smartphone! Additionally, this project provides a desktop application that can be installed for even more streamlined performance on any Windows computer. Once installed, the user simply has to highlight text and press a hotkey to upload that text to the database. We use Facebook login so the user doesn't even have to remember another password or login to yet another site.
We recently took Muna offline, but you can still see our infomercial here, and let me know if you'd like to see our final presentation!
For the first annual Startup Weekend Ames, I worked on a team to create Finddit (pronouced "find it"), a mobile application to help you find your things. At Startup Weekend I was on the Best Pitch List for the first portion (where we present initial ideas). To use Finddit, a user simply marks what location they want to save (say, where they last left their bike), and they have the option to leave notes and take a picture as well. My team worked and created a working web application and Android application, as well as a business plan and popular Facebook page. Finddit is not available right now, but a few of us on the team are continuing to work on it probably as you read this to make working, attractive applications for every platform.
Feel free to check out Finddit's Facebook page, Twitter page, and let me know if you'd like to see our Startup Weekend final presentation!
If you'd like to see version 1.0, just ask and I'll be happy to show it to you.
Poster available upon request (see "Contact" tab below)!
Worked (with a team) to create a mobile web experience for Bing Ads, which is where advertisers can manage campaigns for ads that display on Bing. The focus was on a consistent user experience across all mobile devices and platforms such as iPhone, Android, and of course, Windows Phone. Project inherited from the existing codebase of adCenter. While conforming to the MVC3 Framework, the team developed our platform on top of that existing layer. The team used the jQuery Mobile framework to provide a natural user experience within the web browser. This mobile feature is scheduled to be deployed with the rebranding of adCenter.
Poster available upon request (see "Contact" tab below)!
Presentation available upon request (see "Contact" tab below)!
Actual game available upon request (see "Contact" tab below)!
Do you have an enemy that could really use a talking to? We all do. Maybe you're my enemy. Probably not. This was a big ol' CSS experiment. Check out the glowing candle, the ink bottle, and the creased paper. There are NO images! Oh, and check out the insult too. Use it. Love it.
Check out the generator here!
Check out ErmergershScript here!
Play with [Color Detector] here!
This is a pure CSS experiment I novelly call Dots (tested in all browsers, unfortunately only works fully in Chrome). Dots can be added and cleared by buttons on the screen, and they rotate about the y-axis. The dots are made with only CSS gradients, no images at all! Future work will probably include rotating dots about the x-axis and changing their colors.
Play with Dots here!
This is a pure CSS (no images) styling experiment (tested in newest Opera, Firefox, IE10, and Chrome browsers, and WORKS). All the text on the page is editable thanks to contenteditable divs. Check out the layering, the gradients, and the lines on the page. They took a while to do!
Play with Notes here!
I like it when people talk to me. So you should. I promise I'll talk back.
I reply to emails usually within a day or two, with the exception of holidays and apocalypses.
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