One of the factors that distinguishes Sabio from other bootcamps is that Sabio creates real products utilized by real clients. Recently, Cohort 39 was invited by the Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) to create a web portal for community use. Working under the leadership of Senior Instructor John Lee, Sabio created a product that the WCA will utilize as it seeks to engage the public about new projects.
Gateway Greening Plan will highlight a specific theme surrounding the goals of the WCA. The portal will have a public fund features page documenting ideas and engineering proposals to further enhance water conservation and wildlife ecosystems, as well as a listing of state and municipal agencies that have public funding abilities to finance these specific improvements. The portal will also include a mapping feature that will include pages for comments and questions that can be fed to an RSS type feed in one screen. Gateway Greening Plan will provide online access to general information pertaining to all public access to the existing and scheduled improvements and new recreation opportunities in the region. All funding information and specific fiscal content will promote and generate public transparency.
“Sabio has been instrumental in working with the WCA on a high-profile local government project in the Los Angeles region. We knew we had complex challenges to develop a custom and innovative combination of applications, and Sabio staff and the cohort have been ambitious, creative, flexible, and dedicated in realizing project delivery. Working with them has been an outstanding experience well beyond our expectations,” said Johnathan Perisho, a project manager with the WCA.
John Lee, who was the lead developer and Senior Instructor, was pleased that his team could deliver in creating the portal and learn coding fundamentals at the same time.
“This project has a number of features including mapping and a content management system so that the client can dynamically change elements of the website. The cohort was able to meet with Johnathan on a weekly basis, as the project progressed and to determine how to prioritize certain tasks. The fellows participated in those weekly meetings where they could ask questions and get more guidance about the features, so they got to experience what it’s like interacting with a client at different phases of the project,” explained John.
Rudy Sanchez, a fellow in Cohort 39, was happy that he and his team could deliver what the WCA requested even though there were only eight fellows working on the development team.
“In the beginning, our team of eight fellows was kind of overwhelmed by the scope of this project, but in the end, we were able to get it done and do some of the things that the client wasn’t sure that we would be able to finish. My cohort had people had people with different backgrounds from graphic design, business operations, some with experience on front-end development and even people who worked in mortgage and real estate, so we all process information differently. This ended up being one of our strengths as a team,” Rudy said.
The WCA is a Los Angeles County-based local public entity. The WCA exercises the joint powers of conservancy overseeing the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers, the Mountain Conservancy (RMC) and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District.
The WCA seeks to connect the communities of Los Angeles County through a “work with nature” approach. By improving water conservation and supply reliability, the WCA seeks to enhance open space and recreational opportunities within the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers Watersheds. This varied area includes mountains, valleys, rivers, coastal plain, wetlands and coastline as the Puente Hills, Montebello Hills, San Gabriel Foothills, the Angeles National Forest, and the newly established San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
By creating a healthy watershed functionality, we, as a community, can protect open space for people and wildlife. Utilizing technological means to improve watershed hydrology helps our community protect our water supply, water quality, flood protection and maintain and improve our ecosystems. This type of project not only gives our fellows an opportunity to learn new skills, but they also gain the experience of working with a client directly on a project that will be used by a public agency.