Rodolfo Ferro, 27

Hacker, Organizer, Mentor, Administrator
Rodolfo Ferro
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Rodolfo had a lot of doubts about his studies. Majoring in mathematics, a lot of his courses are shared with computer science students. Like many others, he struggled to see where the material he learned in class would translate to the real world and how it would enable him to help others.

Rodolfo’s friend brought him to a hackathon and everything clicked for him. He participated in his first hackathon in April 2016 where he developed a biometric system designed for security in ATMs. With this project, he won his very first hackathon and felt confident in his decision.

It was also through this project that Rodolfo and his friend won a national hackathon. The prize allowed him to pay for an internship at Harvard University for two months, where he was able to improve his Machine Learning skills by applying them to a chemistry project.

Rodolfo has continued to put himself into situations of growth and learning. He won first place at HackBajío FinTech 2016, was one of the finalists in the national Hackathon 2017 for Smart Cities, and won the first IBM national hackathon, Hackapalooza. He was also just named a winner of the TensorFlow online hackathon and will be attending the next TensorFlow Dev Summit in March.

It was through his major and the science workshop program he participated in that helped him to get to where he is today. As a result, Rodolfo has been able to create a career for himself as a data scientist. He spent a year as a public worker for his local government, he worked as a remote developer on automation tasks for an international company and is now part of the organizing teams of the local hackathons in his state. In addition to this, he is a co-organizer of science workshops (Clubes de Ciencia México) which he had once participated in as a student. 

Rodolfo is currently working at Codeando México, a company that creates civic technology and uses open data to help citizens and improve their relationship with the government. He is also working on machine learning projects and collaborating on research on Facial Expression Recognition tasks at an HCC lab. 

His favorite project that he has ever worked on is a citizen reporting system for smart cities that he worked on with his best friend. They designed a whole system, with its own dashboard, to assist citizens in reporting of public services. The idea was to take advantage of the existing infrastructure provided by different companies, instead of developing a new app with the risk of no one downloading it. So, they designed social network bots (starting with Twitter and Facebook) so users did not have to download new apps or unknown functionalities. Instead, they just had to follow or text the users on social media to report their issues.

Quick Facts

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: León, Guanajuanto, México
School: Universidad de Guanajuato
Graduation Date: 2020
First Hackathon: HackBajío (April 2016)
Favorite Coding Language: Python, Flask, and Tensorflow
Can't Live Without: Twitter
Rodolfo at the IBM Hackathon, Hackapalooza

Rodolfo Ferro, 27

Hacker, Organizer, Mentor, Administrator
Rodolfo Ferro
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Rodolfo had a lot of doubts about his studies. Majoring in mathematics, a lot of his courses are shared with computer science students. Like many others, he struggled to see where the material he learned in class would translate to the real world and how it would enable him to help others.

Rodolfo’s friend brought him to a hackathon and everything clicked for him. He participated in his first hackathon in April 2016 where he developed a biometric system designed for security in ATMs. With this project, he won his very first hackathon and felt confident in his decision.

It was also through this project that Rodolfo and his friend won a national hackathon. The prize allowed him to pay for an internship at Harvard University for two months, where he was able to improve his Machine Learning skills by applying them to a chemistry project.

Rodolfo has continued to put himself into situations of growth and learning. He won first place at HackBajío FinTech 2016, was one of the finalists in the national Hackathon 2017 for Smart Cities, and won the first IBM national hackathon, Hackapalooza. He was also just named a winner of the TensorFlow online hackathon and will be attending the next TensorFlow Dev Summit in March.

It was through his major and the science workshop program he participated in that helped him to get to where he is today. As a result, Rodolfo has been able to create a career for himself as a data scientist. He spent a year as a public worker for his local government, he worked as a remote developer on automation tasks for an international company and is now part of the organizing teams of the local hackathons in his state. In addition to this, he is a co-organizer of science workshops (Clubes de Ciencia México) which he had once participated in as a student. 

Rodolfo is currently working at Codeando México, a company that creates civic technology and uses open data to help citizens and improve their relationship with the government. He is also working on machine learning projects and collaborating on research on Facial Expression Recognition tasks at an HCC lab. 

His favorite project that he has ever worked on is a citizen reporting system for smart cities that he worked on with his best friend. They designed a whole system, with its own dashboard, to assist citizens in reporting of public services. The idea was to take advantage of the existing infrastructure provided by different companies, instead of developing a new app with the risk of no one downloading it. So, they designed social network bots (starting with Twitter and Facebook) so users did not have to download new apps or unknown functionalities. Instead, they just had to follow or text the users on social media to report their issues.

Quick Facts

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: León, Guanajuanto, México
School: Universidad de Guanajuato
Graduation Date: 2020
First Hackathon: HackBajío (April 2016)
Favorite Coding Language: Python, Flask, and Tensorflow
Can't Live Without: Twitter
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Rodolfo at the IBM Hackathon, Hackapalooza

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