MIS 111 Honors Virtual Showcase

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UAuction Team
Blue Ribbon

UAuction 

Abstract 

UAuction provides a web based program for students to advertise services and products in a completely secure environment only open to individuals registered with the college. The primary value would encompass the security and safety of the students in their financial endeavors (selling electronics and textbooks to a wider scope of the UA population), whereas the secondary value would be the university’s ability to sell highlighted advertisements to various companies. Overall, it is a Kirznerian Entrepreneurial idea which would benefit the all aspects of the University of Arizona.

David Hrostoski, Ariel Rodriguez, Kirstin Salazar, Sonia Shaikh

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RecLife Student Connection Team  

Rec Life


Abstract

We propose the creation of a social network centered around the Student Recreation Center at the University of Arizona, entitled RecLife. This website will provide students and other “Rec” users a way to connect and share in our fantastic facilities. Through a “stream” feature, students will be able to advertise for workout partners and hear about other students experiences. A chat service will be provided to allow students to communicate in real time. Capacity indicators will tell students and Recreation center management the best time is to use the “Rec” Center. All in all, the website will make for more efficient and enjoyable recreational experiences.

Alexander McMahon, Nate Berman, Stephanie Smith, Tucker Wadkins

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Wildcat Produce Team

Wildcat Produce

Abstract

There are dozens of eateries and a handful of convenience stores dispersed throughout campus.  But there is no location where students can buy fresh fruit or vegetables, since the places on campus carry mainly pre-packaged food.  Our proposal is a mini-grocery store of sorts: an on-campus market where students would be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables with their Catcard if they so choose, without having to drive or walk to Safeway or Fry’s.  In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, Wildcat Produce would also offer other fresh items like dairy products and eggs.  Wildcat Produce would encourage healthy eating around campus and would also be less wasteful to the environment than other union ventures, since most of the foods would be biodegradable.

Ryan Appel, Justie Lim, Gabriella Graziano

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CatTrack Team
Cat Track 


Abstract

The new project will be an Application for both Android and Apple formats that will allow students with parking passes to locate available parking spots. This technology is relatively inexpensive and will be added to the cost of the parking passes in order to produce a convenience for students and no cost for the University. We will further this proposal by charging a modest price for the application. This cost, however, multiplied across the student body with parking passes will produce revenue for the university. The ideas stemmed from the mashup lecture in class. It would be simple and inexpensive to add an RFID chip to the parking passes. This would then allow us to locate the chips and overlay them on a map of campus, particularly the parking structures. In conclusion, we would be providing a convenience to the student body and allowing traffic to flow more smoothly around campus, as well as, producing revenue for the University that could be used to support more innovative ideas.

Alex Huhn, Marisa Marsteller, Mary Bowen, Nadine Merheb

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CatTran Mobile Team
 CatTran Mobile

Abstract

Our innovation is a mobile device application to make CatTran usage more efficient and effective. The proposed application would allow users to easily plan routes. Users can input any starting and ending location that is serviced by the CatTran, as well as departure or arrival times, and receive the optimal route complete with stop locations and times. Furthermore, the application would alert students of route changes and delays in real-time, allowing for immediate route changes. The device would send a signal that would be received by CatTran, notifying drivers of pick up and drop off locations for passengers, especially helpful during dark hours. Improving the accessibility and efficiency of the CatTran will increase usage, allows the University to increase advertising rates. In addition, this application could be easily adapted and implemented by public transportation systems, creating a revenue stream for the University. This application would increase the effectiveness of the CatTran system while simultaneously increasing its profitability.

 

Tyler Hansen, Mark Escamilla, Michael Guerrero, Egan Bailey

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Modern Laundry Team
 Modern Laundry

Abstract

Modern LaundryOur honors project involves creating an advanced method of notifying students about their laundry through a text messaging system. The program would also allow for students to check machine availability throughout their dorm online and once their laundry was through, they would receive a text message telling them so.  This laundry system would provide students in residence halls with a more convenient and efficient manner of completing their laundry.  By checking on the website, it would decrease traffic in the laundry rooms and prevent the hassle of transporting laundry to the laundry room without a machine to place it in. 

Molly Blevin, Elena Urbina, Marissa Torres, Leslie Wankowicz

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Cat Wheel Bike Sharing Team
 Cat Wheels

Abstract

We propose to expand the Cat Wheel Bike Sharing Program here at the university. Instead of keeping the bikes in garages located solely on the outskirts of campus, we propose to relocate the bikes closer to campus and improve their overall availability to students. The key control system, which we are also proposing, allows students to swipe their cat card to open the “bike share cabinet” and release one unique key. The key would then be used to open the U-lock for the designated Cat Wheel bike. With the new system, students would be able to return the bikes at any one of the stations at whatever time they find convenient allowing for ultimate freedom. Furthermore, the need for constant supervision of the bikes, which is currently performed by garage cashiers, is essentially eliminated allowing students to access the wheels quickly and with much more efficiency.

Joseph Simpson, Allie Rooney, Ashley Chase, Shiue Yin, Matthew Powell

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The A List Team
 
Blue Ribbon

The A List

Abstract

The A list will be an online community for U of A students to buy and sell goods and services. The A List will be safe and will require a UA net id and password to be a member of the community. Only members will be allowed access to the site. The site will be broken into different sections based on the category of purchase item. The categories will be school supplies, housing, tutoring, transportation, dorm supplies, and other. Students can post goods and services they which to put up for sale onto the A list community. Then other students can contact the seller and carry out with the transaction. This will help students save money, obtain necessary and recreational items, and do it all in a safe and efficient manner.

Crystalblue Gaytan, Peter Reynolds, Jacob Borcover

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ZonaZoo Tickets Online Team
 The New ZonaZoo

Abstract

The A list will be an online community for U of A students to buy and sell goods and services. The A List will be safe and will require a UA net id and password to be a member of the community. Only members will be allowed access to the site. The site will be broken into different sections based on the category of purchase item. The categories will be school supplies, housing, tutoring, transportation, dorm supplies, and other. Students can post goods and services they which to put up for sale onto the A list community. Then other students can contact the seller and carry out with the transaction. This will help students save money, obtain necessary and recreational items, and do it all in a safe and efficient manner.

Paula Salas, Rachel Wagner, Charles Trammell

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Synergize Safe Ride Team
 Synergize Safe Ride

Abstract

We propose to have preferably five new or used golf carts donated to Safe Ride for the University of Arizona to operate as their main form of transportation on campus instead of the cars. The golf carts would not replace the cars, but would maintain the demand for rides on campus. We propose to have maintenance on the current cars lessened and focus more of the expenditures on the golf carts for on campus. Eventually we want Safe Ride to not use the cars and just utilize the golf carts for on campus rides. We want the University of Arizona to adopt this proposal because it will reduce a major portion of the costs Safe Ride expends. Utilizing the golf carts also helps the environment by reducing the carbon fuels from the use of cars on campus. They also will help improve efficiency in terms of time because the golf carts can cut through campus, while the cars have to drive around all the one-way streets and wait at stop signs. Overall, implementing golf carts will be a more effective measure taken by Safe Ride instead of continuing to use only cars for on campus.

Alexis Georgedes, Allie Bergman, Michelle Ruch, Johnny Velasquez

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Laptop Locker Charging Station Team
 Your Machine Going Green

Abstract

We propose to install a solar powered ramada that provides both workstations and secure lockers for laptop storage. Under this structure will be 400 specially designed locker units that contain solar powered AC outlets. These lockers are built specifically for laptop storage and will provide students a safe alternative to carrying their computers in their backpacks all day. We will also include seven workstations containing a series of solar powered outlets. These tables are designed as outdoor options for group work and charging access. The goal of this concept is to allow students the opportunity to take weight off their shoulders and work more productively while also reducing the University’s carbon footprint.

Adam Friedman, Mat Friedman, Josh Bernstein

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