New Partnership with CodeLab

BlockScience Labs is proud to announce our partnership with CodeLab.  CodeLab is a software development and UX design organization at UC Davis comprised of a community of students passionate about technology.  Their teams work on industry-level projects with established companies to gain real-world knowledge and experience.  This collaboration is offered to CodeLab at no cost during their 2021-2022 Winter and Spring Quarters to help prepare the students for their post-academic life.

This partnership began in December 2021 when James Junaidi, board president and founder of CodeLab, was looking for companies to work with and reached out to BlockScience Labs to see if they could collaborate.  After learning about their mission, Chris Frazier, CEO of BlockScience Labs, was thrilled to offer CodeLab the opportunity to work on the Labs Platform (a data science, decision support platform) and contribute meaningful work to help their team gain real-world skills.  The team consists of eight members, including three UI/UX designers, three developers/engineers, and two data modelers.  This team is just one of seven teams at CodeLab UC Davis.

The student team is working on two projects with BlockScience Labs.  The data modelers are creating their own version of the predator-prey model using the cadCAD open-source modeling framework. The modelers are interested in observing how different parts of a complex biological ecosystem will affect the different species within the environment.

Figure 1: The predator-prey model allows the observer to see the symbiotic relationship between two or more species within an environment [1]

The remainder of the students are designing and building a web interface that is a visual representation of version control data created in a Github repository and then brought into the Labs Platform. The team has referred to the project as ‘The Subway Map’ due to its visual similarities to a map of a subway system.

Figure 2: The design concept of ‘The Subway Map,’ a visual representation of version control data.

“We thought this was a good project for the students to work on because there are several features to be developed for the subway map,” said Frazer in a recent interview.  Frazier went on to say, “We thought it would be an interesting project because it uses data that the students are already familiar with since they are using version control data in their course work.” The project came to mind because BlockScience Labs already had initial designs of the subway map, and the team thought the designers would enjoy iterating on the designs.

Michele, one of the UI/UX designers, said, “Since working with BlockScience Labs, I’ve learned about how real-world teams function and structure their workflow. Thus, as our project continues to develop and progress, I’m really looking forward to learning even more from the different perspectives around me.” The students have already made fast progress on their projects, so the BlockScience Labs team has added another project to the student’s pipeline.  Their next project will be improving the UI/UX for our Jupyter Hub integration within the Labs Platform. Jeffrey, a project manager with CodeLab, added, “I hope to get some knowledge on how people in industry lead projects, and I hope that my team can create a useful product for BlockScience Labs.”

The team at BlockScience Labs have enjoyed working with the students and seeing their progression on their projects. Sam, one of CodeLab’s developers/engineers, said, “Working with BlockScience Labs has allowed opportunities for students like myself to apply theoretical knowledge to the real world and have a meaningful impact through software development. I hope to keep learning and mastering the art of working in and being a part of a team.”  The collaboration has been rewarding for both BlockScience Labs and CodeLab.

The CodeLab team presented their progress at their mid-term organizational meeting on March 28th.  The final presentations will be held on May 31st at the end of the Spring 2022 quarter.  We are excited to share their results and accomplishments over the coming months.

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