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.