The ISSEC 2012 Finalists and Winning Abstracts
The Belly Button Program
Marianne Teixeira, School of Social Work, Master’s in Child Welfare
The proposed idea suggests that the new tools of social networking can be exploited to coax estranged parents back to the civics dialogue. New parents who receive public assistance will be taught networking skills as they wait for pre-natal check-ups in the obstetrician’s office. Their child’s “Belly Button Book” will evolve through the years, will be accessible on a host cloud and will be an education vehicle to connect families to the larger community, starting with a renewed connection to our schools. Every new navel needs a cordless connection.
BrightBond – Financing Future Leaders
Mitchell Aulds-Stier, Kelley School Of Business - Indianapolis, Bachelor’s in Finance & Management
Eric Su, Kelley School Of Business - Indianapolis, Bachelor’s in Finance
BrightBond is a crowdloaning social network which will connect great students with private student loan lenders. Students must go through our rigorous application process to join the network. BrightBond will also act as a middleman to facilitate loan contracts and encourage active communication between students and lenders.
CIPP—Interact. Connect. Inspire
Konye Ori, School of Liberal Arts, Communication Studies (M.S)
Jonathan Sheldon, School of Science, Computer Graphic Technology (B.S.)
Anne Weiss, School of Liberal Arts, Master’s Communication Studies, M.S.
CIPP provides a platform for students to present, interact and inspire, and a website for them to share and engage with students across their campuses and across the world. These presentations are recorded and uploaded on CIPP.com, making CIPP an alternative academic database, a socio-educational network a tool for global education. CIPP is the acronym for cultures, inventions, philosophies and politics.
Andrew Fraser, School of Engineering and Technology, Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering
Han Shih, School of Engineering and Technology, Master’s in Biomedical Engineering
The global diabetes epidemic affects 26 million Americans costing $174 billion annually. To date, there is no cure for diabetes. To solve this challenging social problem, we propose a pancreas replacement device made of cells coated in an immune protective membrane. This solution will defeat diabetes with strategic and sustained delivery of insulin. Our proposed technology will decrease cost and increase quality of life for patients with diabetes.
Jaguar Jumpstart, L3C
Mike Hurley, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Master of Public Affairs, Nonprofit Management. Kelley School of Business Indianapolis-SPEA, Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship
Aryn Shounce, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Master of Public Affairs, Policy analysis and Nonprofit Management. Kelley School of Business Indianapolis-SPEA, Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship
Jaguar Jumpstart, L3C is an early stage, venture development incubator that provides active management services by engaging alumni, IUPUI programs and local business leaders to serve as mentors and funders. Jaguar Jumpstart (JJ) will be Indiana’s first business incubator formed as an L3C organization. The L3C entity has been recognized by 10 states. The L3C organization is a for profit entity with an over-arching social purpose, in this case to accomplish the primary objective to educate and assist Indiana university undergraduate and graduate students on the business development and funding opportunities available in the state to reverse the “brain drain” problem that has plagued the Indiana economic landscape.
Kitch-On (2nd Place)
Ajay Bohra, Kelley School Of Business - Indianapolis, Bachelor’s in Marketing & Finance
Jim Plew, Kelley School Of Business - Indianapolis, Bachelor’s in Finance & International Studies
Often, we find ourselves frustrated after perusing the selection of food and ingredients we have on hand while attempting to consider the different possible meals that can be made using these inputs. Every household has a different way of organizing the contents of their pantry, refrigerator, and freezer, but essentially no real way of managing these contents in order to turn them into outputs. Thus, Kitch-On seeks to solve this ubiquitous dilemma by creating a virtual kitchen and recipe management interface. This tool effectively bridges the gap between the pantry and cookbook by giving the users the tools they need to turn their groceries into meals. Now, the common question, “what’s for dinner?” can be answered more efficiently and creatively, by identifying different possible permutations and combinations of ingredients the user actually has on hand.
Anthony Ward, School of Engineering and Technology, Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering Technology
The personal hand-held laser for treatment of toenail fungus is a device which is targeted toward people who want to treat their ugly, yellow toenails. The device is non-invasive, uses the same laser technology as a podiatric laser system, and is cost-effective to your average American. The device is targeted directly to the consumer, versus a podiatric doctor administering the treatment, via retail venues such as Walmart or Walgreens. This device provides convenience to the consumer, allowing for treatment at the comfort one's of home, and provides a true, cost-effective treatment solution for treating the nail infection
Mohamad Saltagi, College of Arts and Science, Bachelor’s in Religious Studies, B.A.
To solve the problem of childhood obesity, my idea is to create a social network that will reward parents and children who lead healthy lives. Imagine that, a social network that will PAY (through gift card rewards to be purchased through a reward store) users for making healthy decisions! Because of the social (leading a healthier lifestyle) and economic (monetary gift cards) gains that users can potentially acquire, I believe the website will see a large initial number of users sign up. From there, a built-in-referral system will give users reward points to use in the reward store every time they refer someone to the social network.
Project Place: Indianapolis (3rd Place)
Frank Giammaria, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Master of Public Affairs
Cora Griffin, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Master of Public Affairs. Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence
Project Place: Indianapolis hopes to build an online tool that connects the people of Indianapolis with a project management platform driven by social networking. Project Place would allow individuals and organizations to create and support community projects by connecting their resources and ideas in a single place.
Solar Thermal Turbine
Parvin Ghane, School of Engineering and Technology, Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering
The proposed idea is for renewal energy generation device, referred to as Solar Thermal Turbine, which works based on the length expansion and contraction caused by the thermal energy of sunshine. Compared to the current solar panels, this production can have a lower manufacturing cost and production wastage, as it does not need the use and synthesis of any chemicals and is recyclable. Furthermore, solar panels need to be cleaned frequently since even a thin layer of dust reduces their efficiency, while the proposed turbine does not face such a problem. Solar panels give the best efficiency when the sun beam is perpendicular to their surface but this device gives almost the same performance as long as sun is shining in the sky. We also proposed some further modifications to let this turbine generate more power not only in sunny days, but also during windy or rainy nights. Since the proposed turbine can work in different climates, it would be easier to find the suitable lands for them than for solar panels or wind turbines. This work is being carried forward in collaboration with Hassan Khani, currently a doctoral student at the University of Northern Iowa.
Team Positive Farming (1st Place and Audience Choice)
Danielle Hall, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Bachelor’s in Biology
Tirajeh Saadatzadeh, Indiana University School of Medicine, Master’s in Cellular and Integrative Physiology
The coastal town of Mombasa, Kenya, provides the ideal climate for agriculture. The region is also home to thousands of HIV+ individuals, most of whom lack employment or adequate nutrition. Our idea is to build a farming collective that will be maintained and utilized by a group of 50 HIV+ men and women who are part of the Community Light Programme, a support group co-founded by Tirajeh while volunteering in Kenya. The scope of this farm will include maize, kale, cabbage, spinach, and other nutritious grains and vegetables, as well as the raising of chickens. Consequently, the farm will provide both sustenance and income for community members. The nutrition will help improve their immune systems while the income will allow them to provide for their families as well as send their children to school. An underlying goal of the project is to empower HIV+ individuals, who are generally perceived as outcasts of society, by enabling them to build a self-sustaining community free of discrimination.