WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Roomalyzr that lets you envision how a room in your home might look with different faux paint finishes. "App development has always been a moonlighting situation for me," says Looper, whose tech arsenal includes several iPhones, an iPad mini tablet, a Samsung Galaxy S II smart- phone, and a Nook e-reader. "But I really enjoy it and would do it full-time if I could." As it is, Looper says she works on apps in her spare time — what her daughters call "mom's hobby" — whenever she can. But she also takes a healthy approach to it, both in terms of the apps she designs (including a workout one called SevenMinutes) and by taking part in a growing movement among developers to embrace an active lifestyle. A slim woman who follows a diverse exercise regimen, Looper was an ambassador for the recent Hackfit Boston event that combined fitness, coding, entrepreneurship, and super- foods. Helping Himself Help Others Whereas Looper's path into app develop- ment was perhaps unconventional, that of 2011 Weston High School graduate Frederick Lee was much less so. The 20-year-old Lee, a self-described techie guy, learned Java programming as a high school student and took programming courses during the summer. He now studies electrical and computer systems engineer- ing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and builds apps in his spare time under the umbrella of his RedLeef Studios. Lee is relatively new to mobile apps development, having taught himself how to create pro- grams for devices running Google Android software at the start of 2013. He has no illusions of making a Flappy Bird-like $50,000 a day from the apps he builds. "I got into it because there were some routines and tasks in my daily schedule that I thought could be shortened and simplified with the right app," says Lee, whose programs for mobile 91 f a l l 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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