While many people play video games, it can be difficult for some of them to play as games are often not very accessible to people with disabilities. Access is a project that compiles research and data on video game accessibility problems and proposes possible solutions for them. We explore the current solutions as well as our proposed solutions with code samples for future game developers. Within our research, we cover four major categories of accessibility: auditory, visual, motor, and cognitive impairments.
Aging and Disability Services (ADS) in King County surveys older residents who participate in senior center activities to determine the performance of these centers. However, the data collected isn't as helpful as it could be in decision-making. Our project digitized the data collection process and created a dashboard to visualize the survey data. ADS managers are now able to easily grasp how centers perform relative to one another and identify centers which may need assistance to best serve their community. ADS can use this information to allocate funding and design programming to improve the wellbeing of older King County residents.
The Gates Foundation partnered with ESPEN to create an open access data portal for the purpose of empowering Ministries of Health and other partners with the information necessary to drive efficient investments for neglected tropical disease treatment. This project aims to address low utilization of the ESPEN portal through the development of new metrics and dashboards that health officials can derive actionable insights from. By leveraging publicly available data from ESPEN and consolidating many relevant data points, we have provided tools for health officials to more effectively identify and act upon points of concern in drug procurement and administration.
Oftentimes, most information about an art display in a museum is contained on a small plaque next to the piece. Museum-goers usually do not have access to any further information about the art they are looking at. This Henry Art Gallery Guide App aims to supplement the modern museum experience and increase art awareness. Our platform directly addresses this issue by giving users an interactive guide to their museum of choice with detailed information about individual art pieces. We allow museum-goers to easily and immediately learn more about pieces that pique their interest during their visit.
The Microsoft Azure End to End platform team is invested in identifying an efficient way to steer revenue growth prospects and to further improve user experience as well as increase the customer retention rate. Our project involved the data validation, data quality check, metric definitions and automated pipeline building. Our analysis serves as a foundation towards data-driven decision making for customer retention. The result can be utilized to monitor the user behavior and performance in real time to provide the better service and garner customer loyalty.
Currently entrepreneurs in the maritime industry are facing the problem of finding funding opportunities efficiently with disparate messy online resources with high charges. Our Blue Funder Portal provides one central location for maritime innovators to find and search for a wide range of funding opportunities sponsored by the Washington State Department of Commerce. These entrepreneurial projects flourish and further help to grow the “blue” business in the pacific northwest maritime industry.
Blyp is a digital curation tool intended for those at end-of-life. People death plan in various ways--from cleaning social media profiles, to leaving predated emails for loved ones. Existing social media platforms focus on what is happening now, but not much on what happens after we pass. With Blyp, users can preserve memories through photo and text media, specify a location, and decide when loved ones can access their blyps. Blyp gives those close-to-death a platform to leave stories behind, while at the same time creating conversation around and de-stigmatizing death. Blyp is available as an iOS mobile application.
Imagine yourself suspended ten feet in the air, fingers losing grip, and bracing for your inevitable fall, all because you can’t tell the difference between two rocks. At rock climbing gyms, boulders are color-coded to represent the level of difficulty which is a disadvantage for colorblind individuals. Our team saw a need to help this user group participate in this sport with relative ease. Bold Colors is a free mobile web application that uses object recognition and color detection to help users autonomously see their routes before they scale the wall.
Cascade Bicycle Club handles 220 of King County Metro’s leased bike locker units and manages over 160 customers who rent these eco-friendly and affordable lockers. Cascade relied heavily on manual transactional processes to facilitate their bike locker leasing program. Our project, C-Bike, has successfully eased the process for this non-profit by creating a secure, data-integrable customer management database for locker administrators, and a clear, concise frontend locker rental webpage for customer inquiries. Through C-Bike, customers and administrators can have swift and more secure interactions, thus ensuring that these resources are quickly accessible to those who need them.
Refugees seeking refuge within the United States are denied entry due to government policies. Currently there are 1.4 million refugees who need resettlement and 37,000 people are forced to leave their homes everyday. The current atmosphere allows for misinformation about refugees to persist and denies refugees accurate representation and recognition. Our solution is a free web-based, open-access information source that educates users on issues and policies concerning refugees while providing them with a holistic range of information. Castaway enables people to identify the problem, gives them the tools to learn and encourages them to take action as advocates.