The Capstone event showcases the breadth of skills and expertise students develop in the program. In poster and oral presentations of the culminating projects, students demonstrate how they have been using information as a tool for transformation in their personal, academic and professional lives.
In Capstone projects, students identify an information problem in a real-world setting and develop the means to address it. Capstone projects can be research-oriented or design-oriented. Solutions are typically interactive, meaning the end product is something that can be implemented and used.
The Capstone experience is student-directed, meaning that students take responsibility for:
- Identifying the problem they will address
- Developing the approach used to address the problem
- Carrying out the investigation
- Presenting their findings
Capstone project collaborators include organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors, and each project represents a concrete example of what it means to design and build novel applications of technology that meet the needs of people. With projects ranging from building social networking applications to improving services for homeless youth to supporting more efficient mass transit, Capstone projects reflect the many ways students at the UW iSchool make information work.