Research shows that over half of American households engage in gardening activities, with a rise of over 18 million new gardeners since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, what has also been on the rise is global greenhouse gas emissions. Our solution is Carbonet – a platform for new gardening enthusiasts to reduce their carbon footprints through home gardening. Through our virtual, personalized trackers and community features, home gardeners can not only reach new milestones in gardening more efficiently, but can also make a measurable difference in combating global climate change.
Our team seeks to understand the relationship between climate change and the 15 different community types that our sponsor, the American Communities Project, has identified. Working with climate data provided by USAFacts, we seek to analyze and understand temperature/precipitation data, as well as income data, to see if we can identify significant relationships between specific communities and climate change. Our website contains data visualizations that will assist journalists in telling the story behind these communities and drawing conclusions about their impact on the climate.
Women of color students are a marginalized identity within the field of STEM spaces. In understanding how we can better support WOC students in educational settings, we can turn to teaching assistants. Teaching assistants play a direct, vital role in providing encouragement and empowerment to help students strive in pursuing the tech field. CONNECTA’s mission is to educate and engage students and teaching assistants to better equip them with tools to work with students with diverse backgrounds in creating comfortable and engaging learning spaces.
Cultured is a web app that builds personalized itineraries through an interactive quiz. As vaccination rates increase, people seek in-person experiences but struggle to coordinate with loved ones to try new things in their city. This led us to a key question: how might young adults make plans more efficiently to discover new activities and experiences? In a few easy steps, Cultured builds a personalized itinerary for individuals and groups looking to explore their city. Our interactive quiz learns what you like and builds a custom plan just for you. Discover hidden gems & local delights with Cultured!
Currently, about 20% of all college students live in dormitories. These students spend more than half of their time at their residence halls. Students' dorm experiences are an important aspect of their overall college experience. Dormino is an information sharing platform for all things related to dorm life. From sharing stories about the dorm to connecting with friends. With Dormino, students can live, share, and reflect beyond their dormitory rooms.
Young people in college often have problems with debt management, don't have access to financial classes, and set fewer financial goals. To address these problems, we created a mobile application that connects low-income young adults to pro-bono financial advisors for individualized support. Users will be able to track their financial progress at their own pace and get one-on-one coaching with their advisors regarding their goals or concerns. Our app will help more young adults learn how to manage their credit and debt, and create the habit of setting financial goals that fit their lifestyle in the long term.
Our project picks up from the 2021 project, Funds to Vote, a website focused on creating transparency between American voters and politicians’ funding. American politics is full of jargon, confusing statistics, and an overwhelming amount of information, especially for the average voter. We improved the UX/UI to create a more user-friendly experience, modernized the old codebase, and added the “Congressperson Comparison Tool” feature to the website. We did this in hopes of helping American voters make more informed decisions regardless of background in the political sphere and empowering them to vote for politicians who truly align with their values.
Among 200 million U.S Gamers, 83% of American adults have experienced harassment in online multiplayer games. Our research showed that 64% of the harassment seemed from the low skill level of the players. Thus, the gaming community needs a friendly and safe environment where they can find teammates and improve their in-game skills. Guddy seeks to create the environment by matching players based on their gameplay, interests, and preferences. With Guddy, players from around the world would be able to find new ways of improving together and find connections that can last for a lifetime.
Healio: Your children, your family, you. Manage your family’s medical information in one patient portal.
Healio provides a modern and accessible solution for users to access their healthcare information with a user-friendly interface and family healthcare integrations to manage health information efficiently. Based on our research, many users face difficulties managing their family’s healthcare online, with issues ranging from difficulty logging into family member portal accounts, making appointments and reviewing treatments online, as well as health privacy concerns. To address these issues, Healio is designed to be navigable and easy to understand to allow users to access and share family health information, communicating with providers as they often would in person - as a family.
Housing Voucher Help is a design-sensitive website that fills the tech-literacy gap for the homeless community, empowering individuals to get the resources they need. By simplifying the housing voucher application workflow and consolidating low-income housing resources, we make applying for and using the vouchers easier. The emergency housing voucher was implemented to help homeless people afford rent, but a year after distribution, less than half of them have been awarded in Seattle. That’s why we aim to increase voucher applications so that 100% of Seattle vouchers are utilized to connect people with stable housing that could change their lives.