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Nancy Zuo
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A couple months ago, I drove a Tesla for the first time.

I was surprised to find driving it felt more like using a piece of technology than driving a car. Unlike a typical car with physical buttons and a dashboard in front of the wheel, Tesla’s screen replaces all…


flappy bird trying to get over obstacles to get into college

Disclaimer: Everything in this article is based on personal experience, and in no way is representative of everyone’s experience growing up in the Bay. This is a self-reflection while trying to make sense of my past. …


“Reaching for the fruit of fulfillment”

As a student studying Human-Computer Interaction and immersed in the UX world, I spend my time advocating for humans when thinking about designing for technology. As design thinking has taken over my life, I began wondering— has the system we built for the world also put humans first? …


When applying to college, I got rejected from my dream program (USC Iovine and Young Academy). It really stung at the time, but I’ve since then found a similar path through a different program (Human-Computer Interaction) at CMU. While applying, I didn’t find many rejection stories so I wanted to…


graphic of apple and oranges tug of war

In my experience speaking with hackathon veterans, I’ve heard the phrase “Good UI/UX wins hackathons” very often. However, a quick look around most hackathons, and you’ll find there are disproportionately fewer designers than developers.

Why is that? 🤷‍♀️

Joining hackathons as a designer is intimidating. When I first started attending…


Fueled by the adrenaline rush from Treehacks 2021, my team (Table1) decided to tackle Tartanhacks, Carnegie Mellon’s annual hackathon hosted by ScottyLabs. This time, we created an augmented-reality geospatial social media platform to connect users to their local communities. We won the Scott Krulcik Grand Prize and “Best Throwback Hack,”…


This past weekend, I attended Treehacks, Stanford’s premier hackathon with 2,000+ attendees from across the world. It was held virtually this year through Ohyay! Our team created a gladiator cat-themed interactive virtual reality game that allows you to learn and improve your American Sign Language skills. We won the Moonshot…

Nancy Zuo

Hello 👋, I’m Nancy! Currently an Instructional Design Intern @ State Farm, Content @ Design Buddies, HCI @ CMU.

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