’Sup. I’m a software developer at Khan Academy and a recent graduate of UCLA. I like web applications and distributed systems and I care about using them to solve problems in ways that make people happy. This is my website.
Last weekend Khan Academy held its first inaugural Healthy Hackathon. It has already been covered well by Jessica and Ben, but I will add that I also found it to be healthy, fun, and overall a great success. I saw my coworkers produce some incredible hacks–well, more like highly polished brand new features–that I’m really looking forward to seeing land on the site in the near future.
For my hackathon project I wanted to work on something that would let me flex my relatively weak frontend muscles. I also wanted to see what kind of cool stuff could be done with the Khan Academy public API. So I made Khanpedia, an unofficial Chrome extension that integrates Khan Academy content into Wikipedia. Everybody loves the untold treasures that lie within Wikipedia’s blue links. Now, with Khanpedia installed, about 7,000 of those links will turn green with
Khan content Khantent! Clicking on a green link will let you jump to Khan Academy videos and exercises about that topic or continue on to Wikipedia as usual. (I’m unapologetic about puns. My new favorite zsh alias is called khanginx.)
Some interesting details about the extension, depending on your definition of interesting: