Last week we had a meeting where the interns talked about what they did over the summer. And while I was listening to them talk it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to share this with a larger audience for a number of reasons. Firstly, they did very well and deserve a shout out. But it also says something about us as a company so I’m going to talk a little about the larger context which might not be obvious to everyone. Some of the interns are staying, Brittney, Hunter, Lindsey, Jon, and Spenser will be here on reduced schedules while they go to school. Luke is going to UofM and Steven is going to intern at SpaceX.

Steven, Luke and Hunter talked about their hacking efforts over the summer, where they bought a plane ticket for $1, got banned from Tumblr, hacked a russian mobile app, a startup shopping cart and a bank. Lindsey talked about how she learned Balsamiq, iRise and Calabash as well as how to write user stories. She also went over what Brittney did as a HR intern as Brittney is on vacation this week. Jon talked about adding SSL certs to a Cliqbit domain with less than stellar support from Spenser talked about a couple projects he worked on. The first was for indoor mapping using a Google Tango tablet and the second was to keep orthopedic patients following post-operation directions using 3 sensors.

There are a couple of take aways from the talks that I think we should point out, to provide an overall context on what this means for RIIS. First Jon’s doing a great job of taking care of our network. It is not really something I worry about these days which is a great sign that one of our ongoing issues isn’t a problem anymore. Lindsey has filled a huge requirements hole that we’ve had in previous years. I’m still haunted by the Ghost of Interns past asking me for information on what exactly they were supposed to be doing. Spenser’s work could literally save lives if we can get some follow through on the work to date from our partners. It also helps with our healthcare story. The hacking projects really pushed the boundaries of what you can and cannot do in mobile security. In the past we’ve struggled to find projects that were a good match for interns abilities. This year we did much better thanks to everyone’s efforts.