Amy VanDonsel

LaunchCoding & Looking

codeAnd now for something completely different again… This month, I’m beginning a six-month training program through LaunchCode.

(LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating economic opportunity for aspiring developers through job placement and training in technology.)

I’ll be learning Python!

Meanwhile, my gig at Pikazo is winding down. I hope to remain involved with the project in some capacity, but it’s no longer a full-time situation, so I’m looking to pick up some work contracting, part-time, or maybe even full-time.

I have experience with communications, administration, and more for small businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs in the arts, hospitality, and tech industries. (And I’m an adaptable quick-learner with a wide range of skills.) You can find an abbreviated resume here and my LinkedIn profile here.

Please let me know of any opportunities! 

Hello from Pikazo!


Selfie at Blackthorn Pizza, styled by La Creuse Landscape, Spring by Armand Guillaumin.

Good afternoon from the Pikazo offices at Nebula Co-Working! Pikazo is a highly addictive app, remixing any photo into compelling visual art by using next generation  neural networks. Founded by some of my favorite humans, Karl Stiefvater and Lisa Donahue, and new fav Noah Rosenberg, it works the way your brain does to rip apart and assemble image details into something new and extraordinary. As we look forward to launching version 2.0, I’m thrilled to join the team as program manager. (And it’s fun to be working back on Cherokee Street!) The opportunity to merge my experience with my artistic tendency and my interest in tech is exciting, and I’m glad to be fully jumping in today! Check out what some Pikazo users have already made here, and hopefully you’ll see why.

More about the app:
Created by the image scientist behind landmark visuals seen in the Myst games, The Matrix films, 300, and Second Life, Pikazo lets anyone create and share beautiful artwork.Pikazo is at the very bleeding edge of neural network software. It really, truly, actually works by simulating the way your brain sees images. This is incredibly computationally intensive, and even on a cloud of the fastest computers, it takes a few minutes to process each image. Sometimes Pikazo paints masterpieces; amazing images that take the air out of the room. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, it doesn’t work at all. To be honest, we’re not yet sure why it works. That’s why we need your help – to discover what types of images are successful and what aren’t.

Learn more at pikazoapp.com and try it yourself by downloading Pikazo from the App Store or Google Play.



Many Thanks to Baileys’ Restaurants!

Today is my last official full-time day at Baileys’ Restaurants. This amazing and ever-evolving group of professionals has been my work family for the past five years, and I can’t thank them enough for being a part of my world. Although I’ll still be around for the moment in a part-time capacity, I’ll miss seeing everyone on a daily basis as I pursue a new opportunity.

It’s been such a pleasure to work in a locally-focused, city-centric environment, with hard-working cool humans, growth opportunity for plants and for people, plenty of challenges, beautiful restaurants, delicious food, and all the variations of the best beer, wine, and spirits I could ever wish to try.

To Dave, Kara, Gene, AJ, Andrew, Mike, Coleen, Tasha, Henry, Bobby, Melanie, Stephen, Justin, Tyson, Matt, Will, Katie, Allison and the entire crew at Baileys’: thank you for teaching me awesome things, collaborating with me, supporting me, making me smile, and feeding me! I wish you much continued success in the future and plentiful beer shots always.

If you’re looking for a new opportunity, Baileys’ is currently bringing on talented folks and still hiring others in management, front and back of house, and special events, so check them out at baileysrestaurants.com/careers and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.


Stay tuned…

…for an update this Friday!