Posts Tagged ‘Benefit the World’

Draft of Project :)

Posted: April 10, 2012 by Katie Banko in Assignments, ideas
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this is what the design would look like, "The Green Box"

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RESULTS:

1. What does biotechnology mean to you?

  • Unsure of what biotechnology means exactly
  • Relates to the human body in a way to enhance technology
  • Any technology that shares a relationship with any biological system

(Basically everyone guessed a definition that related technology to the human body)

2. ARE IN FAVOR OF FURTHER RESEARCH IN THIS FIELD?

  • Yes, this field is needed in order to move into the future and advance

3. WHY DO YOU FEEL THIS WAY?

  • Technology is a good way to benefit the needs of humans, to make life easier
  • Technology is always changing, therefore any advances or improvements should be made in the field of biotechnology (could save lives)
  •  In diverse, it’s neither good nor bad. If biotechnology is implanted ethically, the benefits my outweigh the possible risks.

4. WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR?

  • Philosophy
  • Civil engineering.

Interviews from: Jon and Drew

Individual Solution and Research

Posted: February 19, 2012 by James Blinco in research
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Our goal as a company is to change how the average American does recycling. We feel that people can get confused by the ambiguity associated with recycling rules. We will alleviate this issue with our new trashcan and electronic application. Our new recycling bin will be able to communicate with a person’s cell phone and send the phone text messages. The text messages will contain coupons and other offers on goods made from recycled materials. Each cell phone will have an account attached to an email to help keep track of coupons. We decided to couple phone numbers and email addresses together to accommodate users without access to a smart phone. Accounts will be able to hold more than one phone number so we encourage family and friends to team up to get more offers. The smart phone application will also contain a database of the recycling laws. The user can sort the information based on location so he or she can easily find what can and cannot be recycled in his or her community. The combination of the phone app with all its capabilities and the smart recycling bins we believe will promote recycling on a much larger scale in all communities.

http://recyclingperks.com/

This is a link to website with similar ideas to ours. Users create accounts and receive perks in the form of coupons based on how much they recycle. Accounts accumulate points by how often they recycle, not on quantity alone.  This website has a great idea and we essentially are taking what they have started and furthering it. We want to have that kind of point accumulation tie into the recycling bins themselves. I believe our idea will allow us to do that and have more people recycling in an area.

Our project is finding a better way for the average person in any community and home to be able to recycle smarter and easier. For people to be able to do this, we will be designing a smart recycling can that will be linked to your phone, so that it will send you text messages about what you throw into the bin and points you will earn. This technology will also be linked to the computer so if for some reason you do not have a phone you can still keep track of your points. The points will go towards earning coupons, and the way you earn points is by recycling more and more of the right materials. I feel that people will be excited to have this product in their homes, because it will be a fun way to get the family and communities together and recycle, plus it will allow people to get something back in return for doing a good deed.

In this link students at MIT participated in a recycling game, Greenbean Recycle, which is exactly what we want to do with ours. Students brought their recycled goods to a vending machine, and typed in their phone number. After they recycled their things, it would send a barcode back to the computer and to their account which keep track of what they recycled, and the top recyclers got special prizes.

LINK: http://ecopreneurist.com/2011/11/11/mit-students-engage-in-recycling-game/

We conducted our interviews through a Facebook  Group, and had people we knew comment on the questions we asked them about Social Media Policies.

Here is a link to the Facebook Group (Benefit the World Usage Policy):    https://www.facebook.com/groups/264522560285826/

 

Questions asked during the Interview:

Hey ____, some questions for you regarding social media and these forms of communication have impacted policy in the workplace.

1. What do you feel is the purpose of social media? Some of examples of social media are facebook, twitter, wordpress, stumbleupon.
2. Do you regularly use social media as a student? Do you use it in any professional capacity?
3. Do you think it is fair for companies to be able to limit how an employee uses social media? Why or why not?
4. This is a link to the framework of our social media policy.
https://teambtw.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/benefit-the-world-social-media-usage-policy/
Do you think that there are any gaps in our ideas? Feel free to comment. Thank you.

 

Benefit the World Social Media Usage Policy

teambtw.wordpress.com

 

Data Collected:

1st Interview: (Juan Castillo)

  1. Networking, news, information (depending on the individual) very resourceful
  2. Does not use Social Media as a student
  3. It is fair. You are there to perform a job; if it is not directly assisting the business then it would have to be deemed unnecessary. More of a privilege than a right in a job setting.
  4. BTW’s policy covers everything well.

2nd Interview: (Jonathan Robbins)

  1. The purpose of social media is for people to reach out and make connections with one another in order to exchange ideas, keep in touch, and influence each other. On a level above that, it also helps us vet the new people we meet by looking at their social profiles and helping decide with extra evidence if this is the type of person with whom we’d associate.
  2. Not in my capacity as a student and never in a professional capacity.
  3. I think it’s fair to limit access at work to some degree. People should be able to self-police, but if they can’t then a limited firewall is acceptable. However, how a person behaves on social media outside of work is a free speech issue and deserves the same protection as a conversation had in a public place.
  4. Looks good to me.

 

Results:

  1. Most people use Social Media to connect themselves with others, and to gain information in different aspects of the world.  (News, interesting topics, people, etc)
  2. Students do not use Social Media  (with more results this may differ)
  3. It is fair for companies to be able to limit how employees use social media, because most companies want to protect their organization. There should be some policy in action to limit what their employees do as a form of protection, however nothing that is too demanding of the employee.
  4. BTW has a GREAT policy.