Rushi Gajaria My Thoughts on the World

SnapTravel Engineering Internship Experience

Over the last four months, I worked as a Software Engineering intern at SnapTravel, and had the opportunity to develop my knowledge of data pipelines, software design, and deployment, all while getting to make a difference in a fast-paced startup environment. I worked on their data engineering team and had the chance to build several data pipelines and make improvements to the data infrastructure. This blog post outlines my internship experience in terms of impact, mentorship, and culture.

SnapTravel is an online conversational hotel booking service that users can interact with using Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS, or Slack. It was founded in 2016, and has been featured at Facebook’s F8 conference, and is also part of Steph Curry’s startup investment portfolio.

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My Summer with the Tribe

Heading into my first coop term, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I had heard tons of stories of interns only working on simple administrative tasks or grabbing coffee for the team. Fortunately, my experience working at TribalScale has been nothing like the stereotypical first internship experience. Whether it was working on client-facing projects, attending company events, or participating in discussions, at TribalScale, interns have an opportunity to build industry experience through a multitude of roles. Personally, I served as an Agile Software Test Engineering intern, but above all, these are my key takeaways from the experience:

Learning About Innovation

“Creativity + Iterative Development = Innovation”- James Dyson 2005

The innovations of today are helping us push boundaries and raise our expectations at an ever-increasing rate. TribalScale does an outstanding job keeping up-to-date with all the latest in tech. Each morning with the tribe (“tribe” refers to TribalScale employees) begins with a daily stand-up meeting where employees share tech news they may have come across. Whether it was the latest about Uber or a new record-breaking digital currency, I found myself more informed about the industry than ever before. Additionally, with all the discussion surrounding the latest tech news, it was quite easy to start meaningful conversations with fellow co-workers about topics that you’re passionate about.

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The Latest in Enterprise Software at OpenText’s Future Forward Event

For the first time in the history of OpenText’s Enterprise World Conferences, the Future Forward event was held for students interested in how the latest technology is shaping the future of enterprises worldwide. I had the opportunity to attend the event and was blown away by the vast array of software companies are using.

Along with learning about OpenText’s offerings, a series of TED-style talks were held exclusively for Future Forward attendees. The speakers ranged from Craig Haney (Communitech) to Feridun Hamdullahpur (President, University of Waterloo). Here are some of the key takeaways I had from the event:

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My DECA Experience

DECA was a pivotal part of my high school career. Although a blog post cannot encapsulate all the memories and growth I experienced during my time in DECA, I hope it gives you a quick look into what the organization is about.

Getting Started

It was my first week of high school when one of my best friends told me I should check out the introductory meeting for a club called DECA. After learning about the club at the meeting, I was quite reluctant to join because I wasn’t too sure if I was going to enjoy competing in a business competition. What I didn’t realize at the time was that DECA is a lot more than just a “business competition.” Fortunately, my friend convinced me to join and compete in a team role-play event together just to see how well we could do.

After barely scraping past regionals, it was time to prepare for provincials. I attended a few meetings and quickly noticed that DECA was an integral part of many students’ high school experience. The chapter executive team was led by grade elevens and twelves who had built their leadership experience through the club. I was inspired by their actions, and decided to commit myself to continue to grow as a leader within DECA.

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Igniting Entrepreneurship with Impact Tomorrow

“If you can dream it, you can do it”- Walt Disney

Many of the world’s most critical moments have been inspired by the dream and vision of an entrepreneur. Over the past several years, we’ve been fortunate to witness the world change in ways that seemed impossible a decade ago. Whether it is self driving cars or state-of-the-art entertainment systems, innovation has powered our way of living and will continue to do so for years to come.

Entrepreneurship continues to be glamorized for youth, with many students lacking an understanding of the stories and struggles faced by business owners local and internationally. That’s why I decided to get involved with Impact Tomorrow and help high school students connect with entrepreneurs and learn from their experiences and perhaps even start their own ventures.

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