JULIA SOLANO

CXO @ Humanitas.ai | Social entrepreneurship, digital design + fabrication, fashion tech.

Experience

Humanitas, Co-Founder and CXO (Present)
ML/AI tools for philanthropy in Athens, Greece

Works with nonprofits and foundations to understand the needs of refugees at scale. Conducts user research with NGOs, family foundations, and refugees based in Athens. Designs and prototypes applications across mobile and web. Responsible for UX/UI, branding, and graphic design.

Teak, Design Intern (Summer 2015)
Branding and Production Studio in San Francisco, CA

Focused on branding, campaign design and launch, UI/UX design and product design. Created content for JanSport’s and Eat Club’s social media. Designed content for Yahoo’s international music campaign. Researched packaging design for Nest.

Workday, UX Design Thinking Intern (Summer 2014)
Cloud-based Enterprise Software company in Pleasanton, CA

Developed and implemented Design Thinking curriculum across company. Identified new features, conducted user research, tested, presented hi-fi wireframes and research to Execs.

Saha Global, Solar Field Representative (Winter 2015)
Takpili, a rural village near Tamale, Northern Ghana

Collaborated with rural village to design and build a sustainable solar charging business which provided light, renewable energy and revenue to 600+ people. Trained local women to run the solar charging business. Fundraised $5k through a social media video campaign in 10 days.

Fresh AGM, Co-Founder and Designer (Summer 2013)
European Innovation Academy in Tallinn, Estonia

Created platform to optimize Annual General Meetings for businesses. Interviewed CFOs, CEOs and fund managers of major Baltic corporations. User Research, Branding, UX/UI.

HONORS

Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation, Social Entrepreneurship Fellow (Summer 2016)
a16z Gen.D Mentorship Program, Design Fellow - Cycle 3 (Spring 2016)
National Maker Faire 2015, Maker of Merit (Summer 2015)
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog, Project Mention (Summer 2015)
European Innovation Academy, Pitch Competition Winner
2nd place out of 60+ start-ups (Summer 2013)
California Dream Week, Sustainable Architecture and Design 3nd Place Northern California Winner (Spring 2012)
Voice Your Verse Poetry Competition, 1st place Scholarship Winner  7k total entries, Published in Anthology (Spring 2012)
“In My Life” Poetry Anthology, Published Poet (Fall 2012)

Education

University of California, Berkeley  (Graduated May 2016)
BA in Engineering + Architecture

Courses in architecture, critical designvisual design and representation, web design, Industrial and Mechanical engineering, urban planning, digital fabrication and entrepreneurship. Certification in Human-Centered Design and Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Projects

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Student Lead
 UC Berkeley Engineering, Jacobs Hall (Opened Fall 2015)

Worked with faculty to plan the organization and program of Jacobs Institute. Designed the Makerpass, which provides interdisciplinary, project-based & hands-on design experiences to 1,500 undergraduate students/year.

Student Hub for Design Innovation (SHED), Lab Manager
Design Engineering Collaborative, UC Berkeley Engineering

Maintained a student-run makerspace that provides experience and educational resources in human-centered design, hands-on prototyping, digital fabrication and team-based learning.

Berkeley Innovation, Partnership Chair
Berkeley Innovation (Human-Centered Design Organization)

Coordinated 40+ design consulting projects connecting multidisciplinary UC Berkeley student teams to corporate companies, start-ups and nonprofits for semester long HCD projects in UX/UI design, User Research, and Product Design.

LEADERSHIP

Virtual Reality @ Berkeley, Research Member (Spring 2016-Present)
Berkeley Innovation, Partnership Chair (Fall 2013-Spring 2015)
Kairos Society, Executive Design Intern, Fellow (Fall 2013-Present)
Design Engineering Collaborative, Exec (Fall 2013-Spring 2016)
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation (Spring 2014-Spring 2015)
Design Council, Founding member (Fall 2015)

SKILLS

UX/Design User Research, Design Thinking, Prototyping (low - high fidelity), Survey Design, Storyboarding, Pitch Deck Design, Brand Development, Social Media Marketing, Content Creation, Social Business Model Canvas
Technical Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Sony Vegas, Premiere Pro, Keynote, Excel, HTML, CSS, Unity, Agile, Lean Start-Up
Fabrication Rhino, Fusion 360, Maya, 3D printing, Shopbot CNC, various Lasercutters, Zund, Wood and Metal design and fabrication