Jennifer is an expert in product development. She has more than two decades of experience designing and developing innovative, award-winning commercial applications for enterprises and consumers. Her passion for technology was inspired by an introduction into programming as a teen, and she’s parlayed her knowledge and zeal for cutting-edge technology into product marketing, product management, and engineering leadership roles ever since. Today, Jen is co-founder of a start-up in the machine learning space, focusing on helping retailers to leverage big data to deliver exceptional, personalized customer experiences. Previously, she was CTO at an enterprise software company that developed security, compliance and business software for customers in highly regulated industries. Jennifer is also a mentor and advocate for early STEM education and participates in a number of organizations and events that help promote greater diversity in the technology industry.
Ben Jenkins is an Instructional Associate at General Assembly. He started his career at RoboKind developing software for humanoid robots which administer autism therapy lessons and are part of a high school computer science curriculum. Ben earned his Bachelor's in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State University. He is currently a part-time Master's student at Harvard Extension School and a Teaching Fellow for their Intro to Swift & iOS course.
In his free time, Ben enjoys biking, rock climbing, and exploring Boston.
Eron Salling (nonbinary he/him) has lived in the Boston area since 2012 when he started at Emerson College. Coming from a theatre background, he initially went into film production, but found himself drawn to the DIY appeal of web development.
Finding a fit at the Engagement Lab, Eron built various games and interactive experiences to help solve social problems. After receiving his BA in 2016 he went on to get my Masters in Civic Media, Art, and Practice in 2017. Some of Eron's favorite development projects have been a Tinder-style recycling game, a video database platform for natural history studies, and an escape-the-room game using Slack-based chatbots.
In his free time, Eron enjoys reading and watching TV, playing video games, seeing live music or theatre performances, and hanging out with his friends and Oliver, his cat. Eron is also very passionate about immigrant, indigenous, POC, LGBTQ, and women’s rights as well as environmental issues.