Giovanni
Alcantara

a Software Engineer

a Serial Entrepreneur

an AI enthusiast

about me

Summary

Proven experience driving products from concept to reality.

I find value in building solutions that have a concrete impact, leveraging skills at the intersection of tech, design and business. I have experience building software architectures, algorithms and data structures for products at scale, coupled with data mining and analysis, and applied machine learning skills.

I started multiple ventures, and worked in the industry at Fortune 500 companies, where sustainable innovation was a driving factor in businesses of any scale. I have proven leadership in understanding markets and customer needs.

I excel in collaborative environments, which often stem the most valuable discoveries and breakthroughs through discussion originating from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley

    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Master of Engineering

    Aug 2018 - May 2019 (exp)

    Data Science and Systems track

  • The University of Edinburgh

    Computer Science, Bachelor of Engineering

    Sep 2014 - May 2018

    Thesis: "Transfer Learning with Generative Adversarial Networks in Reinforcement Learning Tasks"
    Grade Average: A, equiv. US GPA 4.00

  • The University of Texas at Austin

    Computer Science, Bachelor of Science (exchange year abroad)

    Aug 2016 - May 2017

    Visiting Exchange Student, Turing Student Honors Track
    GPA: 3.93

Experience

  • Facebook

    Solutions Engineering Intern

    Jun 2018 - Sep 2018 • 3 months
    • Joined the Solutions Engineering team
  • Salesforce

    Software Engineering Intern

    May 2017 - September 2017 • 5 months
    • Developed integration features at scale in the core CRM app using Java, specifically building Salesforce Connect, which integrates and interfaces thousands customers of external systems and databases onto the Salesforce Platform.
    • Built a fully-featured OData 4.0 provider with queryable and interoperable RESTful APIs. Also implementing new remote data change tracking features, designing the data pipeline and data structures to model delta changes of CRUD operations.
    • Prepared feature for pilot customers and iterated with Agile methodologies.
  • Rapid Diligence

    Lead Developer • rapiddiligence.com

    December 2016 - August 2017 • 9 months
    • Leading a team of four software developers and analysts to develop the next generation of automated due diligence tools for web businesses.
    • Architectured and built a Java multi-tier scalable web application to generate real-time due diligence reports based on data coming from endpoints in a microservice architecture.
    • Participated in Capital Factory incubation program.
  • Mentuit

    Founder • www.mentuit.com

    August 2016 - present
    • Created Mentuit, a peer-to-peer mentorship platform and community that lets users from disadvantaged background in the develop mentorship relationships.
    • Piloted with 50 mentees and mentors.
    • Selected as of winning startups at 3 Day Startup in Austin, Texas.
  • The University of Austin at Texas

    Student Developer

    September 2016 - May 2017 • 9 months
    • Developed a search engine indexing 1,000+ internal files facilitating medical staff processes.
    • Designed and deployed student portal to manage health profiles and bookings for 50,000 students.
    • Received Outstanding Student Health Leadership Award (OSHLA).
  • Ask

    Co-founder • ask.sli.is.ed.ac.uk

    July 2015 - August 2016 • 1 year, 2 months
    • Co-founded Ask, a collaborative web application providing students with academic support, raised seed investment from the University of Edinburgh, and continued development with University internally.
    • Developed with Meteor.js (full-stack framework on Node.js) and MongoDB.
    • Integrated platform with University login systems and databases by working with two different development teams at the University.
    • Conducted outreach with faculty, students, and senior developers of the University.
    • Designed and led a usability study with 5 participating students and faculty.
    • Launched the platform and piloted with 2 Schools of the University, with 9 participating courses and over 2,500 enrolled students.
  • The University of Edinburgh

    Lead Student Developer • www.librarymaps.is.ed.ac.uk

    January 2016 - June 2016 • 6 months
    • Led product team of one designer and one developer to build a web application to help 50,000 students and faculty locate books and services within the 12 University Libraries, managing requirements from three separate departments.
    • Designed and implemented a responsive GUI for librarians to manage the position of shelves and books, automating the process of updating shelfmarks and locations.
    • Developed using Ruby on Rails, with visualisations in Fabric.js and Leaflet.js.

Skills

Proficient

  • Python
  • Data Science
  • Java
  • Product Management
  • Web Development
  • Agile Methodologies
  • SQL (MySQL, PostgreSQL)

Prior Experience

  • MapReduce (Hadoop, Spark)
  • C++
  • Spark
  • Swift
  • Haskell
  • NoSQL (MongoDB)
  • MATLAB
  • Javascript

Tools

  • Git
  • Salesforce
  • JetBrains Tools
  • Xcode
  • JIRA
  • Adobe CC

Languages

  • Native:
  • Italian
  • English
  • Proficient:
  • Tagalog
  • Spanish
  • French

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