Annual expoSItion spotlights student innovations
School of Information students’ innovative ideas for connecting people and solving real-world problems are showcased in the annual SI expoSItion, Monday, March 28 from 12-2 p.m. in the Michigan League Hussey and Vandenberg rooms. Attended by potential employers, prospective students, and members of the SI and U-M community, the expoSItion offers a great opportunity to learn about some of the innovative individual and group projects current SI students have undertaken.
Attendees can vote for their favorite projects in the categories of Best Overall Project Presentation and Best Social Computing Project Presentation. Winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,500, thanks to the event’s generous sponsors: John Deere Foundation, Yahoo! and Microsoft Research.
Over 20 projects will be on display, including:
• WCBN, U-M College radio–preservation needs assessment
• Emotion API — open mobile software platform that enables users to collect and reflect on their changing emotions
• Itsika — Mobile service layer enables communication between public services and private enterprise in developing countries using a standard mobile phone. Itsika means “we and you” in Malagasy
• Know Your Neighbors — reduces consumption and waste by promoting sharing of products and services between neighbors
• Repair Worlds — examines the importance of repair and maintenance of digital infrastructure in rural Namibia and Madagascar
• Wasteliminator — keeps track of a purchaser’s consumption of disposables with a universal card that makes consumers aware of the amount of non-recycleable products they buy. The application suggests alternative packaging and supports a social network of savers.
• En Route — helps coordinate carpools and ride-sharing through plotting efficient pickup routes and enabling communication between drivers and riders.
• From Accession to Access — is digitizing hundreds of oral histories held by the Reuther Library at Wayne State charting the heritage of the labor movement in America.
• Roadio — allows drivers between Detroit and Chicago to experience the landscape they’re passing through using the touchscreens in their Ford vehicles to access stories and local news.
• ParkNego — connects “buyers” looking for a parking space with “sellers” who have space available. The app rates the spaces on the basis of proximity and price. Drivers can negotiate for the best price and pay online.
• What’s the Big Deal? — explores the popularity of “penny” auctions to determine if there are truly bargains to be had and what constitutes successful bidding behavior.
• CookShare — allows users to share cooking resources and knowledge within their social network.
• Lingua–creates a learning environment where users can meet fellow language learners, build relationships with conversation partners, and exchange cultural information.
The expoSItion is preceded by a Networking Fair from 9 -11 a.m. in the Michigan League Ballroom. Potential employers participating include Microsoft, Quicken Loans, Blackbaud, Open.Michigan, ProQuest, Kane Koval Associates, LLC, U-M Kresge Business Administration Library, ForeSee Results, Enlighten, Ithaka/JSTOR, Biggs|Gilmore, Media Genesis, Washtenaw Community Health Organization, Cengage Learning, Ford Motor Co., HathiTrust, The Boeing Company, Domino’s Pizza, and several of the University of Michigan libraries.
The Networking Fair is open to current and prospective SI students and informatics students.Explore posts in the same categories: Career Development, Entrepreneurs, Students
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