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Polaris Beta Testing – Week One

Polaris began its beta testing on February 22, 2017. Over the past two weeks, over 250 students, duty crew members, duty administrators (DA), and weekend coordinators have started using Polaris. From such as diverse group of users, I have received much valuable feedback and made adjustments to Polaris accordingly. In this week’s blog post, I will detail some of the user responses and how they are addressed.

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Deploying Polaris – Week Two

A lot of people have asked me about Polaris since its launch. The question is usually brought up during brief conversations:

A person would ask, “Hey Kevin, how’s Polaris going?”
My reply is always very terse: “Pretty well!”
“Good! When is it going to be available?”
“Very soon…”

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Deploying Polaris

Over the past week, I have been working very closely with the technology office to deploy Polaris. To my surprise, my first week’s work has turned out to be very challenging. I have encountered numerous problems with both the server and Polaris itself. In this blog post, I will be discussing some of these problems as well as the lessons I learned from them.

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Press Release: Introducing Polaris – Kevin

WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania — January 20, 2017 — The Polaris Team today announced Polaris, a revolutionary departure management system designed specifically for the Weekend Program at Westtown School. Polaris replaces the current SignUpGenius®, an event organizer, and offers a responsive design, Google® integration, Alchemy℠, manageability optimizations, data analytics along with many other features.

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Reflection | Kevin Wang

Instead of writing a routine update, I’d like to dedicate this blog to a reflection on the work I have done for the past eight weeks. I will first discuss what I have learned from the project. Then, I will identify, if not address, the problems I have encountered over the course of this quarter. Finally, I will plan for further projects and establish a set of more attainable goals. 

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What Makes Snapchat a Success? | Kevin Wang

Snapchat is an instant messaging application created by three Stanford students. Messages sent in Snapchat known as “snaps” are self-destructive images and video clips. The concept is that users can send snaps that last up to 10 seconds after they are opened by the receivers. Since its launch in 2011, Snapchat has achieved an active user base of 150 million users with more than 9,000 snaps being sent every second. Aside from the statistics, Snapchat has successfully incorporated emotion into instant messaging and brought forth a new lifestyle for teenagers and young adults. After all, what is it that makes Snapchat so successful?

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What’s Next? | Kevin Wang

The new Westtown Resort has proven to be a successful release. Just within the first day of its launch, over 200 people have already set up the new Resort on their devices. While watching the adoption rate of this new product going off the charts, we cannot help asking ourselves: “What’s next?” Westtown Resort 3.0 it simply not an end to us; it is a new beginning that drives us to think and innovate. In this blog post, I will be detailing some of the possible projects we will work on in the near future.

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