“We would like to research local governments and the citizens participation in them. From this research we will create a narrative where local governments can provide pertinent information to increase citizens’ participation.”
1. A platform where local governments can choose to opt in and provide pertinent information such as election dates and information about candidates that is then readily available to citizens just by typing in their zip code.
2. Local government chatbot (on fb messenger / Google Allo) – find out information about your local government’s election days/candidates & their stances from the bot. Have the bot remind you of important dates to vote or participate. (alternative to email spamming or apps) Interactive UI using editable cards or pdfs to enter information, carousel of info cards / images.
3. Social media platform for local governments where citizens can post ideas and initiatives for their local area on a moderated platform, where others can vote for their idea- based on the popularity or “trending” ideas- the government could choose to take action on the idea. Vice versa for ideas generated by the govt.
“We would like to research cities that are likely to get affected by the rising sea levels and climate change. From this research we will create a system or a platform that helps local governments in taking actions to make their cities sustainable and have responsible tourism.”
1. A product built on top of Google maps that allows users to find the scenic or accessible routes/small businesses/sustainable alternatives (ie bike shops over bus tours, drinking water taps, etc.)
2. An augmented reality tour guide that gamifies the tourist walking experience- making them take sustainable approaches to tourism. The product would include recieving badges for accomplishing certain tasks- and it can even be a somewhat curated experience based off of the user’s interests.
3. Sharing networks: being able to share your network with a group of people for a short period of time such as a week while traveling.
“We would like to research the benefits of a shared economy for large cities. From this research we will identify products / services that citizens could share in order to reduce the pressure on resources.”
1. An app that helps you find people who can offer assistance in running household errands, traveling, hobbies, shopping, packing, cooking, etc. Works on hashtags data that has been identified by the skills people can offer.
2. Food trucks for local communities to help feed the homeless or the less fortunate. Citizens can donate leftover food to the food trucks, who collate the items into a daily menu. The homeless can go to these trucks and pick from the selection of dishes for the day. #reducefoodwastage #redistribution
3. Using the energy produced from running on a treadmill, using an elliptical, or cycling to reduce the energy costs of gyms.
TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENTS/BUSINESSES
“We would like to research companies/governments that build trust on transparency. From this research we will create a way to help boost the significance of transparency in these area’s in today’s world.”
1. A platform where companies can opt in to include all of the information they feel makes them transparent- users can come on the site to see the level of a company’s transparency. The more a company fills out, the higher their transparency percentage will go.
2. A platform specific to transparency in health. A place that busts myths about the foods you eat and the drugs you take, where people can comment and discuss the positives and negatives of certain foods we eat and drugs we take.
3. An informative projection mapping on landmarked buildings in lower manhattan. The projection shows data structures of the planning of these buildings in aesthetic blueprints. The projection would then highlight how these urban planning structures can be made sustainable to combat the rising sea levels.
Canopied under the concept of “inside out”.
*Since I am collaborating with Raha Ghassemi on my Thesis, we have come up with 4 concepts that makes it a grid of 12.