About Mezcode

Mezcode founder, Elizabeth Mezias just got back from the Consumer Electronics Show and 2014 AT&T Developer Summit. She attended the show with Hoyos Labs, the recipient of a Showstoppers award for Design in Engineering. At the Summit, she paid special attention to the voice biometric web service that was announced and introduced by AT&T. This service does not require the AT&T network and could prove useful in the product plans at Hoyos Labs. Of course, the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert was also great fun, if not a little controversial.

Last summer, she went to the AnDevCon show in Boston.  The conference is packed with technical classes to keep any Android Developer up to date with the latest and greatest mobile technologies.  Earlier in the year she spent a week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, participating in two hackathons while attending the biggest show in the business.  One of the coding contests is part of the show, the CEA MoDev Hackathon on Wednesday, January 9th.  Another code-a-thon was held at the Palms as part of the AT&T Developer Summit on Saturday and Sunday, Jan 5-6th.  Elizabeth created Google Earth hacks to demo at both of these events.


In January Miss Mezias enjoyed a two day vacation with the new Google Glass at Google's offices in San Francisco. The Glass Foundry event for developers was invitation-only.  "It was like touching the sky" to stand next to the Bay Bridge and become a Glass Pioneer, trying out the new technology and getting a preview of the Mirror API; an awesome privilege. She bought Glass #534 and is collaborating on a Glass project with Stanford University Human Computer Interface grad students to bring this convenient, wearable technology into health care, specifically into Stanford hospital. This work builds on her earlier work in the Stanford Medical school, on the MILES project (see links on left).

In October, Miss Mezias presented the latest techniques for writing live wallpapers and home screen widgets that create real-time, actionable data in a glanceable display to motivate users.  The talk related lessons learned from the Healthy Aging Studies research projects at Stanford University. The first presentation was given at the Silicon Valley Code Camp.  The "Home Sweet Home" session was given on Sunday, October 7th.  A repeat of the session was done on Friday, October 19th at the San Jose Convention Center as part of the Global Mobile Silicon Valley (GMIC) conference. The Mezcode Sound Check app for the Sony SmartWatch also qualified for participation in the GMIC conference contest for new mobile apps.   

The Medicine X conference held on campus at Stanford University in September 2012 hosted a breakout session for the MILES project that was well attended. In addition to participation at the conference, Elizabeth was also seen on the podcast of the pre-conference Self-Tracking Symposium.  The symposium and conference are informative discussions of mobile and wearables offering continued inspiration for continued work with Android sensor technologies.  A detailed article to describe the work of the Stanford MILES research team is found on the medicineX web site.

Origins 

After purchasing an HTC G1 phone in 2008 Mezcode was founded by Elizabeth Mezias.  She downloaded the Android SDK and started writing apps. You can find most of her work on the Android Market. Mezcode apps are also on the Blackberry App World and Kindle Fire markets.  Early on in the Android eco-system the Alarmoid app was entered into the Android Developer Challenge.  It scored in the top 25% of applications overall from thousands of entries. Elizabeth has been working full-time on Android with Mezcode since 2008.

She started writing apps for a research team at Stanford University in June, 2010.  She is on the cutting edge, using apps to influence behavior and help people make good choices.  The effort includes animated live wallpapers, home screen widgets and daily polls to collect data from participants in an intervention - a preventive health study.  More details about this work in Healthy Aging Studies can be found on the Stanford Apps project page.

In April 2012 Elizabeth pulled together a Silicon Valley team for an app challenge sponsored by Samsung to create content for the Galaxy Note that would highlight the new pen device available on newer versions of the Android platform.  It is called DigiBlog and is available for free on the Samsung App market and the Google Play Market.  Her most recent app is a Sony SmartWatch widget called Sound Check.  It is also available for free on the Google Play market. 

Mezcode is mostly Android. There is a Wiki TV app built for Google TV.  Flipper, the lucky coin flipper app, is one of the first Android apps to be published on AppWorld for the BlackBerry playbook tablet. A second Blackberry app, the WikiBrowser, is also available there. Three "Wiki" projects are a spin-off of the open source Wikipedia Mobile App.  Mezcode also does some open source work. WikiWidgets can be found on Github. It is an app tailored to Android tablets and shows off the list and stack style home screen widgets that are in newer releases of Android.  

Elizabeth has a long history on the Java platform having converted from Objective-C and NextStep while at Sun in the 1990s.  She is able to communicate complex technical ideas to lay-people as well as other engineers having been both an Individual Contributor and a Director of Technical Support.  She is making connections in Silicon Valley and has done so for years, working with people from small, private start-ups, to Universities to large multi-national corporations like Sun Microsystems and Adobe Systems.  Miss Mezias is originally from Bridgeport, CT.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.  She enjoys softball all through the summer and gets into downhill skiing in the high Sierras through the colder months. 


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