Fall 2014 Info 213 Project Ideas
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Group NameDescriptionTarget User(s)Partner(s)Project ContactOther Members (Name and Email)Other Notes
PapyruslyPapyrusly is like SoundCloud but for writers of any kind, both experienced and amateurs or hobbyists, allowing them to easily upload, promote and share their own writings through an established community. For people that are interested in storytelling or reading, Papyrusly is a free resource where they can find and read stories from users all over the world in any type of device.

Studies point out that millennials have attention spans of around 8 minutes given the new trends and technologies out there available to them. We are catering our product to these new audiences by delivering compelling stories, powered with new tools and technologies, that can be read in 5 - 8 minutes in any type of device. From jokes, memes and riddles to bite-sized stories and chapter-based novels, any type of story or message can be communicated via our platform. The platform empowers anyone with a advanced, yet easy to use set of tools to tell any type of story in a hybrid manner, using text and graphics
1) Writers of any kind (professional, amateurs, hobbyists), 2) people that enjoy reading or telling stories, 3) anyone that has a few minutes of spare time and wants to read unique stories from people around the world directly on mobile devicesNone that are currently enrolled in classivan_buchanan@berkeley.edunoriko.misra@ischool.berkeley.edu
sunny.shailesh@berkeley.edu pcson@ischool.berkeley.edu
Papyrusly is already present in Asia and Latin America, with more than 500 user-generated books and stories and a community composed of more than 15,000 Facebook followers and around 1,500 users. Our user growth is around 100 sign-ups per day and are about to launch mobile apps for the service. Within a few weeks, we plan on initiating our expansion into North America and Japan. We are in urgent need to upgrade both our web experience as well as our upcoming mobile offerings.
Rent WiselyOur app idea will have two purposes: 1) to help users find housing or shared accommodation and 2) to locate suitable roommates. Users may choose to interact with one or both purposes.

The app will integrate a ratings/review/advisory system to help users filter choices and make more informed decisions. It will also match users with potential roommates whose interests and living conditions align.
1. People looking for housing
2. People looking for potential roommates
To start out, maybe we will partner with UCB to enable CalNet authentication(Puneet) puneet@ischool.berkeley.edu
(Stephanie) ssnipes@ischool.berkeley.edu
(Nikhil) nikhilm@ischool.berkeley.edu
(Pratibha) pratibha@ischool.berkeley.edu
(Pi-Tan) pitan.hu@berkeley.edu
360 student feedbackStudents participate in a lot of projects throughout their semester, but lose out on a chance to get great feedback from their peers on every project. The idea is for an app that lets student submit anonymous feedback for their project partners, and then at the end of the sem, they can view their own. At the beginning of the sem, they can enter their own self rating, and at the end of the sem, they can get an idea of the gap between their self perception and others' perception of themselves.

Benefits to students: they get great, actionable feedback from their peers. It helps them improve their personal branding.
StudentsUCB, to start with, but not necessarily. Will need to find out more through some research.samudra@berkeley.edu Hasnain, Kester, April Dawn (akester@ischool), Appleman, Josh (japple@ischool), David Eicke (deicke2@gmail.com)I'm a jack of all trades with a few years of startup experience. I have identified problems, designed solutions, and marketed them earlier in various phases of startups.
I feel this app would be really useful for students, because they can control their personal branding. Using the anonymous feedback, they will be able to improve themselves continuously.
Evident-ingEvident-ing is like an applied Yelp. Picture: a think-tank coffee shop that is open 24/7 in a restless neighborhood full of creative young professionals, or one of those bunny-cafe's in Japan, or how about a hypno-therapy lounge? Innovation comes from those who see missing links of society, why not start activating such potential on Evident-ly. Forget ratings on existing small businesses to decipher legitimacy, come to Evident-ing , where data is already extracted into infographics inform the user what has and hasn't worked for certain demographics. In addition, Evident-ing will use a combination of crowd-sourcing and online petitions to recieve municipal grants, and attention from notable philanthropists. Metrics used will be the positive externalities created (i.e positive effects on society via business service). Most things created around us have been poor attemps @ mimicry, lets vote for a rennaisance!
1) Students 2) Progressive Communities
Jezuka Chuan chuanje@berkeley.edu
Soup (I have no idea)Create an app or website to help Silicon Valley offices deliver leftover food to nearby homeless shelters. The interface would allow offices to create an alert (one-time or ongoing) when they have extra food. And the interface would allow nearby volunteers to offer to pickup and deliver the food to a nearby shelter.Office staff and volunteers
Potentially Food Runners (SF) or Food Forward (Berkeley)
Becca Stanger - beccastanger@ischool.berkeley.edu
Interested: Danielle - ddai@berkeley.edu, Hasnain - hnazar@ischool.berkeley.edu, Vibhore@berkeley.edu interested too, Mollie C-R (molliecr@gmail.com) Ricky Holtz (ricky.holtz@berkeley.edu), Brian Carlo (brian.carlo@gmail.com), irinal@berkeley.edu
ShortStayAn app that will help students who commute frequently to school/college(eg from SF to berkely or San jose to berkeley), or part time students (studying evening or weekends and commute or fly from other states) or visiting faculty or anyone associated with academia who want a place to crash in for a night or two. Students with permanent accommodations can post/list if they can rent a futon/couch/bed /extra sleeping bag in their place for a day or two and can charge $15/$20 for a day, especially on weekends when they are out for holiday. It’s an easy process, no lease is involved. Guest student can pay for the service by a gift card/dinner coupon or something similar (as taking direct money could involve rental law concern). Its a Cost effective solution as would save some money for student commuters using hotels and host students lending their place can earn some extra perks. To ensure safety, only students with university email id can sign up and members have to provide their information and photos. The search can be filtered based on location, gender, age, grad/undergrad, common interests or community (Indian, Chinese, American…etc). Can have a feedback/review/rating system to get a sense of others’ experiences.1. Students commuters 2. Part time/weekend students 3. Visiting faculty
Pratibha Rathore- pratibha@berkeley.edu
Interested : Anubhav Gupta (anubhav.rg@berkeley.edu), sunny.shailesh@berkeley.edu
MapPressTransit reroutes, street closures from special events, and weekend traffic advisories are often communicated through written press releases (see https://www.sfmta.com/tl/news/press-releases/sfmta-weekend-traffic-and-transit-advisory). This spatial information should be mapped, so we can get from point A to point B more easily! MapPress will be a website and spatial tool that allows city engineers and planners to quickly map and communicate temporary transportation changes to the public. 1. City employees responsible for communicating street closure info, etc.; 2. The public, or people affected by the closures, etc.SFMTA Muni, other transportation entities possibly.Danielle Dai - ddai@berkeley.eduBrian Carlo (brian.carlo@gmail.com) David Eicke (deicke2@gmail.com
Anubhav Gupta(anubhav.rg@berkeley.edu)
My background is in transportation planning, engineering, and design. Have some familiarity with front-end web development. Looking for other map nerds, developers, and designers to build this with, esp. if you like OpenStreetMap, Leaflet, and/or Mapbox!
Audio Visual SomethingAudio visual creative / exploratory app. I am flexible about the specifics, and intend to do a design exercise (I have one in mind) for narrowing focus and finding an idea that interests all team members.people who are curious about soundn/aNoura Howell noura@berkeley.eduRicky Holtz (ricky.holtz@berkeley.edu), Simon Scott (simonscott@berkeley.edu), Chip Malt (bradford_malt@berkeley.edu), Ellen Van Wyk (ejvw@berkeley.edu)I have a background in front end and back end web development. I like making audiovisual stuff in openFrameworks and on the web (Chrome only): http://tytel.org/lissa/, http://tytel.org/salad/
Rental Crisis AvertedA resource tool(either mobile or web) for renters to find information on legal restrictions for landlords. ie. if your rent is raised what are the allowable amounts it could be raised, or if you are threatened with eviction what are your rights, or if the landlord makes a capital improvement to the apartment what are the noticing requirements. The second step would be if they need assistance where can they get legal advice or support. This tool could start with UC Berkeley student renters, or Oakland renters, with obvious opportunity to expand to other cities. Any renter
Mollie Cohen-Rosenthal molliecr@gmail.com
I am a Public Policy 2nd year Masters student. I have adobe illustrator/photoshop experience and some wb design, but I would love help from someone with more development and coding knowledge and I am looking for people
ThinkTankAn app where employees in an organisation/students in a University can post an idea they have. The app categorises the ideas based on their relevance.(yet to figure out parameters) A user gets to see where his ideas are grouped and post discussions. This app directs the user to others who have similar ideas, helps him find triggers that can improvise his idea.Corporates
A class in a University.
sindhuja@berkeley.eduI am a 1st year MIMS student. I have worked on interaction design and product development. I would like to learn more about establishing a design philosophy and the design process thereafter.
VolunteerMapperFinding good volunteering opportunities in a new place can be as challenging as house hunting - unknown place, vague search results, and lack of peer references to name a few. Imagine a PadMapper like site/app designed for volunteers that shows results on Google Maps using filters like 1) location, 2) interests, 3) target age-groups, and 4) peer/professional rating. Clicking on the results should show a useful summary with relevant links.
The list of registered organizations, their address, and rating can be crawled from sites like GuideStar (or licensed :) To keep the scope limited, we can prepopulate the DB and focus on the UI aspects. Here is an example I found online: http://sandyvolunteermap.herokuapp.com
This idea has been discussed with friends at ngopost.org in the past. It was revived today after hearing Becca’s soup pitch. Also, looked at volunteermatch.org for comparison.
Volunteers mainly, but it can be pitched to non-profits too.vibhore@berkeley.eduDavid Eicke (deicke2@gmail.com) (interesting!)
Kester, April Dawn (akester@ischool)
1st year PhD student in I School with some experience in system requirements, architecture, and design. Open to any other non-profit design, education, ICTD project too.
Easy Video TaggerVideos can be a great educational tool for kids, but most of the online and offline search interfaces are still very rudimentary. Keyword results are presented in a sequential list (https://www.google.com/search?tbm=vid&q=water+source, similar on youtube) without any related topics. The design assumption seems to be that the user is aware of the topic or does multi keyword search. Bing does much better by providing search suggestions and related topics (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=water+source), but it changes the original search query.

Is it possible to create a simple and intuitive interface for teachers to tag videos that they download to an educational device (mobile, tablet, laptop) and then present search results similar to Bing? The emphasis is on the ease of tagging interface, and not the actual search mechanisms (which can be hard-wired). For example, would it be better to open multiple files in preview mode with a text box at the bottom to enter comma separated tags and an apply button? Or just click and select videos in quick edit mode to enter the tag info? Does latter work if there are 100s of unfamiliar videos, potentially with inaccurate titles?
Originally for middle school kids in rural India, but we could target same here.vibhore@berkeley.eduI’m throwing a very broad scope over here. But if this topic interests you, we could brainstorm and narrow it down to something manageable. Look forward to hearing back!
TicktateThe music industry, especially with the evolution of streaming services like Spotify and Rdio, continues to struggle to make money. The primary source of income for artists has shifted drastically to live performances. That said, inefficient pricing of tickets in the primary market via Ticketmaster leads to artists losing money when high-demand tickets are purchased by ticket brokers and resold for higher amounts in the secondary market.

While artists have little control over how the tickets are priced and sold, the one aspect they do control is the pre-sale. Typically 8-12% of the event tickets can be reserved by the artist for a pre-sale (usually for their fan club) before they go on sale on Ticketmaster to the general public).

Ticktate is a platform that allows artists to use a Dutch auction for dynamic pricing of their presale tickets in order to capture the profit that is typically given to a ticket broker. Fans enter a one-time binding bid for the price that they’d like to pay for the concert and are notified at the end of the bidding period which seats they’ve been assigned, with the highest bids getting the best seats.

In terms of customer discovery, I spoke with Beyonce’s tour manager who said she would be interested in using the system. I also know that Katy Perry currently takes her pre-sale allotment and sells them on Stubhub, rather than via a typical presale because there is more money to be made
The two parties involved include music fans and performing artists. I've done some initial customer research and interviews of both casual and serious fans, as well as popular and obscure performing artists, but would love to use the class for more customer discoveryWe would partner with performing artists, venues and Ticketmaster. Later on, we would look to partner with music agents and promotional companies as wellbrian_canty@mba.berkeley.eduOne partner currently works for Ticketmaster, no other partners in the class. I am looking to work with people who enjoy live music, and/or those who have experience with front-end and back-end development, so please contact me if you're interested. Thanks!

Ricky Holtz (ricky.holtz@berkeley.edu)
Paul Cole (paul.cole@berkeley.edu)
Mohammad Ghasemzadeh (mo.zadeh@berkeley.edu / hosein88@gmail.com), Janine Heiser (j9.heiser@ischool.berkeley.edu)
I have an initial prototype that needs some UI work so I'd be interested in picking a specific feature that people wanted to work on throughout the semester to improve it.
Mint++Everyone needs money and everyone would like to grow the amount of money they have. This would be an effort at improving on services like Mint.com and online banking UI. It would be a simple interface that shows an individuals net worth with their assets and debts, and also display graphically how that worth has been growing (or declining in the case of us students) over time. The interface would then allow the user to make changes to how much they would like to increase(or start) their monthly savings and also use data about current inflation (or % rate in savings accounts, growth rate of stock market, etc) to extrapolate how their net worth may grow faster into the future: giving the user options on how they would like to build their wealth.Anyone that uses online banking, or is interested in budgeting and saving their moneyWe could partner with services like Lending Club, Betterment, Wealthfront, etcandrew.huang@ischool.berkeley.edu
irinal@berkeley.edu (very cool idea)
Wenqin - jwqchen@berkeley.edu (Excited about the project!)
I have some experience in both back-end and front-end development, but am in no way an expert. I also have designed before, but again, not an expert. I am happy to do any task though as I am hoping this idea catches on and I will try to use the same project across courses so that different aspects of the product can be developed concurrently.
Karoke interface thingyWhile not the most dire need of Today's World, I thought it would be fun to give the status-quo karaoke experience some optimizing. As it stands, most karaoke bars (if they're of the open-forum variety) have a system of looking through books for songs and writing down the corresponding number on a slip of paper and handing it to a guy. While somewhat charming, this is a big waste of paper and an inefficient way to get inspired. Also lots of room for error. Especially while tipsy. I was imagining a system with a set of tablets instead of books, with an interface featuring useful lists, like 1. what's already been done tonight 2. most-sung songs in this bar 3. most-sung songs nationwide 3. Billboard charts (with availabilty indicators) 4. songs with high BPM, (etc. etc.). Also an estimate of when your song will be on, a link to lyrics.com (if applicable), and other features we might dream up. Could be fun! Karaoke patronsBillboard, Lyrics.com, Nick's Lounge, Spotify? Shazam?
David Eicke - dreicke@ischool.berkeley.edu
Interested: Samudra@ischool.berkeley.edu, brian carlo (brian.carlo@gmail.com), Simon Scott (simonscott@berkeley.edu), Danielle Dai (ddai@berkeley.edu)
Maybe you can name it.. Kara-OK!
TravelogueFor many travelers, planning an itinerary from scratch can be a time-consuming and tedious process requiring many sources of information. Sometimes, the easiest solution is to see how others have traveled through the same area and use those stories as a foundation to build from: what discoveries others have unearthed along the way, tips and tricks, and hard-to-locate information.

Travelogue will be a journaling platform for users to write and share their travel reports. Foursquare check-ins and geotagged photos can automatically be pulled in to help create the base of each journal entry. Users can add to each entry with their own memories and adventures from the day, adding tags for easy search filtering. Other travelers will be able to read these stories and save destinations or landmarks to a personal "queue" of itinerary ideas. From this queue, users can then select and create their own itineraries. Printing/exporting as PDFs or saving for offline mobile usage will allow travelers to take their custom guidebooks with them.

Data examples might include the "36 Hours" series by the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/travel/36-hours-lake-como-italy.html (a nice structure of text, map of points, and basic landmark information)
Or the Trip Reports section on Flyertalk: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-reports/1347733-hollywood-bollywood-long-way-ua-swiss-thai-77w-emirates-a380-f-singapore-j.html
TravelersFlyertalk?, BoardingArea.com (a hub of travel bloggers)?, Foursquare, Instagram
Stephanie - ssnipes@ischool.berkeley.edu
Interested: Chip Malt (bradford_malt@berkeley.edu)
Interested: Anubhav Gupta (anubhav.rg@berkeley.edu)
I am a first year MIMS student. My background is in web and graphic design, so my usual work tools revolve around the Adobe Creative Suite - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and front-end languages.

Points and miles "travel hacking" is a big hobby of mine, so while this idea does not address a true need as the other idea I'm signed up for (Rent Wisely), it would be very fun to work on!
DIY 3D product customizerWith the advent of low-cost 3D printers, mini CNC routers, DIY laser cutters and other personal digital fabrication technologies, the production of customizable physical objects and spaces has been significantly democratized. A platform is needed for non-programmers to define how their physical product or space is visualized and customized.

This project would be a website for product designers to upload 3D files and set up rules and conditions for end-users to navigate around and configure representations of their physical products. For example imagine shopping for a GoPro camera as an end user. Instead of just having 2D pictures of the camera from a few angles, imaging being able to spin it around in 3D and being able to add on accessories that update the represented 3D model and the price. A variation of this system could also be used to setup configurable architectural space as well. The 3D navigation would be different because it is an environment rather than an object but the back end rules engine could essentially be the same.
designers and consumers of physical objects and spacesJosh Appleman - japple@ischool.berkeley.eduMy educational background is in architecture but for the last 5 years I was working for Blu Homes, a modern prefab home builder, mostly managing the development of software and configurable 3D models of our homes
Is everyone here?Tour guides take people around crowded cities on a daily basis, but they are always bound by the limitations of "Can everyone here me?" and "Is everyone here?". This app would allow the guide to connect with all his tourists via smartphone app and do the following: 1) ensure that everyone in his group is within a 10 meter radius via bluetooth before he moves on to the next location, 2) send a 'reminder vibration' when 'free time' is up, and people are supposed to head ot the meeting point, 3) provide ability for people to connect their headsets and listen to the guide via smartphone/headphone connection, 4) provide 'help, I'm lost!" capabilities to get in touch with their guide. Considering that the future is moving toward a device filled, wifi/covered world, we can assume that there will be coverage in the future. Lastly, this app would be sold as Saas to tour operators who want to keep the best tour guides working for them. (Tour guides are independent contractors who choose who they want to work for). Tour Guides, tourists
Stacey Baradit - stacey.baradit@gmail.com
Anubhav - anubhav.rg@berkeley.edu
Linda - baeblerl@ischool.berkeley.edu
This project has the ability to ride the trend of increasing mobile use, as well as expanding network/wifi coverage around the world. The app would likely be picked up by either a tour operator who is trying to gain an edge in their market, or by a Tourism Enterprise System who would like to add functionality/features to the options they can sell their clients. Also, this market is quite large and available around the world.
Google Glass for the Visually ImpairedThe goal of this study is to design a usable and intuitive user interface for wearable glasses and explore use cases that are in the intersection of big data, augmented reality and computer vision. This is a great chance to work on a new platform beyond the tablets, smartphones and PCs we have been accustomed to in our daily lives and envision what could possibly be the future of wearable technology.

The team is now focusing on use cases for Google Glass to help the visually-impaired to see. Areas of exploration include color identification for colorblind people and navigation/orientation assistance for legally blind users (through auditory and visual signals).
Visually impaired, color blind, legally blind usersUC Berkeley Disabled Students' Program
Carlos Miguel Lasa - carlosmiguel@berkeley.eduZaky Prabowo (zaky.prabowo@berkeley.edu)
Nikhil Mane (nikhilm@ischool.berkeley.edu)
Vibhore Vardhan <vibhore@berkeley.edu>
Andrew Huang
Wenqin Chen
The team is still open for those interested to join!
Event HubA problem that I have faced is that due to so many events being posted on different social media like some on
BIO websire, some on the I school fb page and some events on the wassap group, I loose track of the events

So we could make an app/web page that contains information about all the events that are going on in different departments.
Event could include talks, seminar, hackathons n stuff. We could even think of lisitng down hikes, camps etc.
Anubhav Gupta - anubhav.rg@berkeley.edu