Prototype and Test
The problem
• A senior year software engineering student, in his early 20th
with a 3.2 GPA working on his capstone project...
The idea
• Idea:
– The University can have its own crowdfunding like
program and provide a platform that allows
students, ...
Prototype descriptions
Prototype 1
• I wanted to test my user's reaction to a web
site in which projects will be posted by
students, faculty and ...
Home Page – General view
Project categories
and Job offering
List of projects on each category
Zoom in – Project categories
Projects looking
for Interns Page
Project description
(text and video)
Student benefits
Expected results
Prerequisites
Stu...
Projects looking
for Funds page
Project description
and reward
for funders
Project description
and reward
for funders
- The general idea is good, I might use it
- I like the idea of having projects in which
I can work for credit as an inter...
Prototype 2
• I wanted to test my user's reaction to a new
type of academic transcript that will show
their academic and p...
Student academic
And professional
Record Page
Student profile
Working
experience
Startups
As owner or as
an employee
Acade...
- I like that it shows everything I have done
both academically and professionally
- It would help me to find jobs
- Can y...
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Prototype and test

  1. 1. Prototype and Test
  2. 2. The problem • A senior year software engineering student, in his early 20th with a 3.2 GPA working on his capstone project, expecting to graduate at the end of this year while working at a software company and as a freelance developer • NEEDS a WAY TO to – excel as a student, – gain working experience, – grow a professional network, and – save money before graduating • BECAUSE in the future he wants to become an entrepreneur, be proud of what he has accomplished, and learn beyond what a University environment teaches, to be financially independent and be seen as reliable person
  3. 3. The idea • Idea: – The University can have its own crowdfunding like program and provide a platform that allows students, industry, researchers to post projects. Students might get credit for implementing projects, or get money from companies that want to angel seed the projects. • More information on Crowdfunding – Crowfunding is a way of popular way of getting funds for startup projects. Examples: – http://www.ipledg.com/ – http://www.kickstarter.com/
  4. 4. Prototype descriptions
  5. 5. Prototype 1 • I wanted to test my user's reaction to a web site in which projects will be posted by students, faculty and companies: • Offering internships for academic credit • Seeking student funding • The website will also include a Job list that matches students skills • Needs I wanted to explore: – gain working experience, – save money before graduating – grow a professional network
  6. 6. Home Page – General view Project categories and Job offering List of projects on each category
  7. 7. Zoom in – Project categories
  8. 8. Projects looking for Interns Page Project description (text and video) Student benefits Expected results Prerequisites Students hired as interns
  9. 9. Projects looking for Funds page Project description and reward for funders Project description and reward for funders
  10. 10. - The general idea is good, I might use it - I like the idea of having projects in which I can work for credit as an intern. They should be of both kinds paid and unpaid - I like the job listing filtered by my skills - The best part and the one more realistic is the one Projects looking for interns - Can anyone fund projects? - Can students fund projects with little money? Is there any limit? - How internships will be graded? - Students usually don’t have money I don’t think they will fund projects. -Maybe if students see that other people are funding projects they start funding, but I am not sure if they will. - Projects looking for funds should be open to anyone, teachers, family or investors - In the Project looking for interns category projects should state what academic level they are expecting. There should at least beginners internships and advance ones. - Maybe you should add another project category: Student´s projects looking for implementers. The students that join this type of projects can become part of the startup
  11. 11. Prototype 2 • I wanted to test my user's reaction to a new type of academic transcript that will show their academic and professional records (like an online resume). It will be maintained by the university. • Needs I wanted to explore – excel as a student, – grow a professional network
  12. 12. Student academic And professional Record Page Student profile Working experience Startups As owner or as an employee Academic records Personal network
  13. 13. - I like that it shows everything I have done both academically and professionally - It would help me to find jobs - Can your past instructors recommend you? - If I have a bas record can I decide not to show my records? - I will like to export part of it to professional network profiles like LinkedIn - It should highlight the projects and technologies I had worked and applied - I will like to have comments of people I have worked for or people that knows you

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