The technical and personal aspects about what I learned this summer. My heart and mind opened up a lot :-)

Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington! I visited during my onsite interview in November 2019

This summer I was an Explore intern at Microsoft. The Explore intern role is where a first or second year in college is placed in a “pod” of 2 other Explore interns and together they learn the role of software engineer while rotating through being program manager.

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Reconnect and realign with nature, others, and yourself. An app tackling home isolation to help transition exercise habits due to COVID-19. Learning about mobile information systems through research then applying them by creating a product.

Made with 🏃by Ilmaa, Kasey, Kendall, Kenny, and Natalie

COVID-19 impacted people in many ways, from mental health to their daily way of life. We specifically wanted to tackle home isolation and the way people’s exercise routines were affected. …

Redesigning the way 1000+ members interact with the ACM UC San Diego Membership Portal

ACM was the first student organization at UC San Diego to create an in-house membership portal. It is now used by 1000+ members within ACM’s first year since founding.

I was part of an ACM Design team project to redesign and create new features on the ACM Membership Portal for…

They say do what you love and I love boba so I designed a boba app

Made with 🍵 by Amy An, Emily Nguyen, Kendall Nakai

Boba or bubble milk tea is a tea drink with numerous toppings availible, from tapioca balls to egg pudding. For me, it is an obsession, if I could go to a boba shop and pick it up as much as a coffee lover goes to their local coffee shop does…

Learning about the civics of San Diego from the perspective of micro-mobility safety in urban environments

Back in February, my friend and teammate, Amy and I were researching micro-mobility for our special interests design class in civic design.We learned a lot in this process of going on field observation trips, sending out online surveys, conducting interviews, and going through empathy exercises. We were trying to understand…

🐔It really is more than just chicken: a reflection

Originally written on June 20, 2019. Posted to Medium on December 25, 2019.

A few days ago, I turned in my Chick-Fil-A uniform and resigned as a Front-of-House Associate. As I was leaving, it was bittersweet to see many of the…

Evolving Yelp’s messaging feature into a more engaging experience through group polls and clickable restaurant cards.


I collaborated alongside a team of three in the course, Data-Driven UX/Product Design to research, design, extend a feature to and redesign the popular mobile application, Yelp.

After reading the Atlantic article, “The Important…

Kendall Nakai 🌸

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