TEDx Virginia Tech presents

Spark

at the Moss Arts Center

Alexander Obenauer

Alexander Obenauer

Steering Committee 2012, 2013, 2014

Alum, Computer Science '12
Co-founder & CEO, Mindsense

What illuminates your life?

Passion. I am most motivated when I witness people applying their strengths to solve problems that they are passionate about.

Alexander Obenauer

Alexander runs Mindsense, a software engineering firm headquartered in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Mindsense oversees the development of Mail Pilot, a product that Alexander took to market with a fellow Hokie in 2012. Mail Pilot, which David Pogue called “Ingenious” in the New York Times, has been recognized multiple times by Apple as a “Best New App” and became the #1 paid app in the Mac App Store hours after launch. Within Mindsense, Alexander also co-published the book Maximize Your Crowd, a book on how to succeed on Kickstarter, and he is working with the Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council to start The Developer Studio of Roanoke, an organization that hopes to bring free web and software development classes to underprivileged secondary school students.

Alexander graduated from the Computer Science program at Virginia Tech in 2012. As a student, Alexander developed Hungry Hokie, an app that shows what dining halls are open in the next hour. It became popular within the campus community, and was featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. During his time at Tech, Alexander was a student leader at The Newman Community (Catholic Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech), the ACM Student Chapter at Virginia Tech, Transfer Orientation, and the VT Bus Tracker. He also enjoyed being involved in WUVT and the rock climbing club for a semester each. Alexander developed projects with APIs for Hungry Hokie and VT Bus Tracker for students of an introductory-level computer science course (CS 2114) to use. This allowed students new to computer science to dive right in to practical and exciting applications of software engineering, which was more motivating and better concretized core programming concepts and paradigms. Upon graduation, the Computer Science department recognized these efforts by presenting Alexander their “Outstanding TA of the Year” award.

What illuminates your life?

Passion. I am most motivated when I witness people applying their strengths to solve problems that they are passionate about.

Alexander Obenauer

Posts and Videos

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Nominations for TEDxVirginiaTech 2015: Kaleidoscope Now Open!

“Kaleidoscope” will be the theme for the TEDxVirginiaTech 2015 event to be held on November 19th at the Moss Arts Center. The TEDxVirginiaTech Steering Committee invites nominations for speakers for this event. Intentionally broad, this year’s theme is meant to captivate and inspire multidisciplinary and transformative ideas in line with the principles of TED, a… Read more »

Your Guide to TEDxVirginiaTech 2014

It’s almost here, and our speakers are getting more excited each day to share with you the incredible things happening in their pieces of Hokie Nation. To prepare you for TEDxVirginiaTech 2014 “Illuminate”, here’s a complete guide to your day.   Parking Free parking will be provided in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street… Read more »

Schedule

Session 1 — 6 PM Steve Matusak Introduction of first speaker Roop Mahajan Intersections: Incubators of Sustainable Technologies Brook Kennedy Undark and the Firefly Wornie Reed A Framework for Civil Discourse about Race and Racism Video 1 Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea Art Conroy Draw Aloud – The Power and Peril… Read more »

Announcing: Illuminate

“Illuminate” will be the theme for the TEDxVirginiaTech 2014 event to be held on Nov. 20, at the Moss Arts Center. TED enthusiasts and great speakers, thinkers, and doers are invited to “give the talk of a lifetime” at the third annual event. Intentionally broad, the theme is meant to inspire multidisciplinary and transformative ideas in line with… Read more »

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