About

Wild Noodle's mission is to provide technical educational opportunities for students of all ages.

Wild Noodle's first product, Herbert, has been used by over 20,000 students worldwide as a way to learn the fundamentals of computer programming and to challenge themselves and others. Herbert teaches core computer science concepts including the role of software, computer languages, statements, programs, procedures, parameters, arguments, recursion, and optimization. Upon learning each concept, the student is challenged to demonstrate their knowledge of these via a series of increasingly sophisticated challenges. Thousands of such challenges have been created for Herbert, with a broad range of difficulty levels, from challenges easy enough for a kindergartner to solve, to challenges that have stymied even the top students in the world (including worldwide finalists in the Imagine Cup Algorithm Competition).

Team

Soraya

Dr. Soraya Cardenas

Dr. Soraya Cardenas received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her specializations in Sociology include, Sustainability & Environment, Inequalities, Race & Ethnicity, and Social Justice. While a graduate student, she received a Post Doctorate Fellowship from the University of Kansas, the prestigious Presidential Fellowship from University of Nebraska and was the recipient of the Garcia-Robles Fulbright scholarship, which she received to study water scarcity in Queretaro, Mexico. She later spent three years in Oaxaca to study poverty and the Environment. While a professor at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), she produced documentaries with her classes. One of her films, which explored Aroostook County’s interest in biomass, was financially supported by a National Science Foundation grant. She also received the Trustee Professorship to study windmills near the vicinity of communities. In 2010, she was awarded “Researcher of the Year” for her work with students in the classroom along with her chairing the maiden event, Scholars Symposium. This event united UMFK for a conference, which brought notable scholars, such as Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Distinguished Professor Dr. Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez and others. The event also provided an outlet to showcase students’ work. In 2012, Dr. Cardenas was nominated for the Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service-Learning Excellence.

Brian

Brian Conte

Brian has over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience and technology expertise. Brian managed the development of Microsoft's first browser in 1985 and later founded hDC, the first Windows software company. Brian ran hDC, later named Express Systems, for 10 years before selling it to WRQ in 1996, where he remained as CTO. Brian spearheaded the development of one of WRQ's most successful products, Express 2000, which generated more than $10 million in its first year. Brian subsequently founded Fast Track and ran Microsoft Imagine Cup Algorithm competition from 2004 to 2008. Brian holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

Miri Hyman

Miri Hyman, 2016 Summer Intern

Miri just finished her freshman year at the University of Washington, where she intends to major in Computer Science. She loves computer programming, and is so excited to spend her summer working and learning through projects at Wild Noodle. During her free time she enjoys running, baking, and looking at cute gifs of puppies.