AGGIE++ / NORTH CAROLINA A&T - BESmart Hackathon

DEMONDRE SHAHEID LIVINGSTON

North Carolina A&T · ATTENDED TCX 2018
On August 29, 1996 in Georgetown, SC a child was born and name Demondre Shaheid Livingston. For him life was very easy, his mother had him at a very young age and struggle to provide for him, but with the help of close family he was always in good hands. He grew up as curious kid taking apart electronics around the house to see how they operated and would proceed to put them back together but not without at least one of its original functions. Demondre moved from place to place with his mother and siblings looking for a better life some places better than others but nothing ever horrible. Fast-forward to his high school years, Demondre’s admiration for technology grew at an alarming rate and he knew that if he wanted to get a could education he would have to find a school outside of his own state which was going to cost him. He did some research and stumbled upon North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and read how they were number 1 in the nation for African Americans graduating with degrees in engineering. Through further research he realized that a school like this would cost a lot of money, money that his family didn’t have, so he had to come up with something. From there he decided to join the SC Army National Guard at the age of 17 to help pay for his schooling. He noticed that joining may hold him up for starting college on time, so he pushed himself harder than ever before and graduated High School a whole year early just, so he could use his would-be senior year to complete his military training and be ready for school in the fall. Fast-forward to present day Demondre studied hard and worked a part-time job along with training with the military to put himself through school without the help of anyone else and finally and his hard work paid off. He now Co-instructor programming classes for students of all ages, helped a start-up company understand the bigger picture of the end goal, and landed an internship with Goldman Sachs for Summer of 2018.

JOELLE BANKS

North Carolina A&T · ATTENDED TCX 2018
My name is Joelle Banks and I am a third-year computer science student at North Carolina A&T State University. I was raised in a small town near Charlotte. There I worked with a small church to help rebuild the building. Whenever I go back, I continue to help them with anything that they need in terms of modernizing their record keeping. I continue to help small organizations including the ones in my university with web and front-end development. Within my university, I am a member of many organizations including the Association for Computing Machinery and two honors societies. For the Association for Computing Machinery, I hold the position of Publicity Chair on the executive board. Over the past two years, I have used my experiences from my internship with Microsoft and my leadership positions to positively impact other students and people that I meet.

NYLAND SIDIFALL

North Carolina A&T · ATTENDED TCX 2018
Nyland Sidifall is a junior at North Carolina A&T State University, Born in Queens, New York
and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is currently perusing his bachelor’s degree in
Computer Science and is considering perusing his master’s. During his time at A&T, he had an
opportunity to participate in internships, he held several leadership positions and even
participated held roles in plays hosted by the university’s theatre department. His most recent
internship with PayPal yielded him the opportunity to work alongside their core development
platform team where he developed new components for a developer operations web application.
Prior to PayPal, He has received an opportunity to work with Union Pacific Railroad Company
as an Information Technology intern after his freshman year.

Outside of being the telecommunications chair for his NSBE Chapter on campus, he is also the
president of the Gamma chapter of the National Computer Science Honors Society, Upsilon Pi
Epsilon.

On campus, Nyland is known as a mentor, a leader and in inspirations to all those around him.

OLUCHI CHUKWUNYERE

North Carolina A&T · ATTENDED TCX 2018

Oluchi Chukwunyere is a sophomore Computer Science Student at the illustrious North Carolina A&T State University. She hails from Lagos Nigeria. She is a 2017 UNCF HBCU Innovation Scholar as well as a Walmart First Generation Scholar. This summer she worked at Microsoft on their Security Intelligence Platform team as an explorer intern. A fun fact about her is that loves helping other find and achieve their own goals and listening to J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar.