Mason Ziedonis

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Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Sumo Group, Inc.

Austin, TX / Remote

Summer 2017 - Fall 2017

Computer Science Intern

I worked at Sumo Group during summer 2017 and continuing through the Fall. I developed marketing tools for Sumo and OkDork to help customers and in-house marketers. Many of the tools were to help with productivity, including data aggregation.

Accomplishments
  • Reporting to CEO Noah Kagan, devised marketing plans and built online tools to centralize tasks.
  • Independently developed 4 automated marketing tools to speed up marketing processes by 33% which helped in growing one of the sub-businesses (OkDork) 40% in 3 months.
  • Implemented using APIs from Slack, Shopify, Twitter, and YouTube.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology D-Lab

Boston, MA

Summer 2016

Computer Science Intern

I worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology D-Lab during the summer after my freshman year of college. I was supervised by MIT Computer Science faculty, Dr. Richard Fletcher. The National Institute of Health was in need of a mobile application for their study of alcohol’s effect on sleep. The study was designed so that case study participants would live in a research building with an open bar. The goal of our project was to create an app that would alert these participants at custom-specified intervals to stand in front of an infrared camera that was attached to an Android tablet next to the bar. The application would detect when a face was fully in its line-of-sight and then automatically take a picture. Facial recognition frameworks were used to automatically record body temperatures from different parts of the face and store this information for later analysis. This application was programmed in Java.

Accomplishments
  • Developed a mobile application for an NIH-funded study of alcohol’s effect on sleep
  • Utilized infrared camera and facial recognition frameworks to automatically record body temperatures from different parts of the face and store this information in a database
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Claritas MindSciences

Shrewsbury, MA

Summer 2015

Computer Science Intern

I interned for Claritas MindSciences during the summer before my freshman year of college developing the app Craving to Quit. The application is to designed to help cigarette smokers quit smoking by using mindfulness techniques tested and created at Yale University. My job was to create a hyper-creative atmosphere with fellow developers in order to generate engaging experiences for the end-users. I was able to help boost the app’s rating by working with users who left reviews on the Apple or Google Play store. Common complaints were resolved by improving the checks and balances that made sure relevant content was downloaded on the user’s phone, by ensuring the app’s data wouldn’t get corrupt if the user tried to switch to a different task in the middle of another one, and by creating new pages and functionalities. This application was created with Apache Cordova, or PhoneGap, which is an open source framework for building cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS.

Accomplishments
  • Designed and delivered new pages for users to navigate content more fluidly and intuitively
  • Resolved user complaints to boost the app’s rating over 0.5 points
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Peloton Web Design

Westborough, MA

2013 – 2017

Founder and Owner

Peloton Web Design is my own web consulting company that I created my sophomore year of high school. I delivered search engine optimization, web design, web development, e-commerce, social media, advertising, and web hosting services. I have helped many small businesses and the large Veterans Affairs Health Care System start and grow their highly sophisticated online presence.

Accomplishments
  • Delivered search engine optimization, web development, web design, e-commerce, social media, Google advertising, and web hosting services.
  • Built web services for many small businesses and the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
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Hector Reyes House / Latino American Health Alliance

Worcester, MA

2012 - 2015

Computer Science Intern

The Hector Reyes House is a residential substance abuse treatment program for Latino men. The residents usually have either just been released from prison or are attending the program as a substitute for prison. They have many regular appointments outside of the house for physician check-ups and other counseling sessions. Administrators used to give the residents sticky notes to remind them of their appointments. It is difficult to keep track of sticky notes for long periods of time, so residents would often miss or show up late to their appointments. The goal of this project involved both software and hardware challenges. We developed a website, harnessing the database power of Drupal, so that administrators could be able to easily create new users and new appointments to assign to specific users. When an event is created, the resident would get an automatically generated text message to let them know that they have a new appointment. We integrated Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and automated voice generation frameworks so that residents would get an automated personal phone call an hour before each appointment. In addition, the residents were given new identification badges with near field communication (NFC) technology in them. We installed an Android tablet with a NFC tag reader in the lobby of the house. A resident could then scan their ID card and see all of their upcoming appointments mapped out on the screen.

Accomplishments
  • Devised IT infrastructure that linked mobile phones and web-based server technology to improve patient scheduling
  • Developed a website for administrators to create new residents and appointments
  • Integrated VoIP and voice generation frameworks to automatically call residents before their appointment
  • Implemented NFC sensors to display scheduling information for a specific resident
  • Supervised by MIT Computer Science faculty, Dr. Richard Fletcher
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Bedford VA Research Corporation

Bedford, MA

2012 - 2015

Intern

Accomplishments
  • Led a team on developing a website for the Center for Homelessness Amongst Veterans
  • Engaged medical faculty and staff in developing content.
  • Led focus study for research on the use of social media.
  • Developed website with PSA for a National Initiative to Reduce Stigma and Increase Awareness.
  • Publication: Ziedonis M. “Accessing Important Resources and New Information at the MISSION Model Website.” In Pinals D, Smelson D et al. MISSION: Criminal Justice System Treatment Manual. 320 [2014].
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Westborough Basic Arbitrage Trading System

Westborough, MA

2013 – 2015

This project was created to offer our high school business and investment classes a tool to practice trading in the stock market with no financial risk. Students were able to create new accounts that start with a set amount of money. We used Yahoo’s Finance API to update every account’s projected investment evaluation in real-time. Some applications for this project included seeing which student could come up with the most amount of money at the end of the semester.

Accomplishments
  • Co-led a team developing an online mock stock market system for students to gain experience managing stocks.
  • Programmed plug-in to pull real-time stock data for accurate representation of the market.
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University of Massachusetts Medical School

Worcester, MA

2011 – 2015

Intern

Accomplishments
  • Evaluated apps and social media strategies to educate patients and connect with their doctors.
  • Implemented new updates for www.umassmed.edu.
  • Worked as research assistant learning how to analyze neuroimaging findings.
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