My ideas are semi-organized as follows. I am most proud of Chicago Gives. I spent six months building out a business plan, getting feedback, and trying to bring it to life. Given the time to develop the idea, it's the exemplar of what I think all of my ideas can become The ideas after Chicago Gives are summaries of their core functionality and purpose, but not full treatments. If you find them interesting and want to ask me about them, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Gives: Combining the informational intelligence and analytic power of online communities with the real, offline relationships and needs within Chicago, Chicago Gives facilitates connections between nonprofits and donors, volunteers, supporters, and activists. Anyone can go online and find the opportunity to connect in the way they want whether local events around issues they care about, organizations to support, or jobs in fields that matter. Chicago Gives connects nonprofits and their communities on every dimension that matters.
Dining in the Cloud: If restaurants redesigned the customer experience in a mobile first framework. Reservations, orders, refills, ratings, and reactions all at diners' fingertips.
The Perfect Picture: How can we create an aesthetic that makes sense of the profusion of images, instances, and articulations we encounter in our thoroughly digital lives? I propose one measly attempt at a digital aesthetic using portraits on Facebook.
The Press: Science isn't just for scientists. Here, I propose a bookstore where people are guaranteed to find knowledge worth knowing. There are millions of people who want to learn, but just don't know where to look.
Bank of the Internet: Economies on the Internet will only become more common and more productive. The Bank of the Internet is meant to facilitate this by providing two basic services: currency exchange between internet-denominated currencies like Linden Dollars and WoW Gold and equity vehicles for capitalizing online economies. If you've ever exchanged national currency for gold or frequent flier miles, the Bank of the Internet can turn them into Rubles, dollars, or Facebook credits.
Reinventing Video Rental: Video rentals died out faster than book stores. But, the production and consumption market for videos is more like craft beer than Barnes and Noble. To revive video rental, you have to serve up what can't easily be found on Netflix. You have to offer what is local, experimental, and trustworthy.
Event Recommendations System: The link goes to my youtube video for an events recommendation for the University of Chicago. It's rather easy to code and I still don't understand why there aren't more of them.
Anti-Harassment App: This is a tool to combat violence and the increasing tech-savviness of aggressors by logging instances of their electronic and physical intimidation and providing an evidence trail to aid their prosecution. This app allows users to surreptitiously catalogue harrasing e-mails, text messages, and voice mails and allows victims to record their own incidents in a single, unobtrusive system that can be used to prosecute their abusers.
NC History Project: People are deeply interested in where they come from and want a direct experience of their past. The NC History Project, though conceptualized for my home state, taps this interest in where we come from to encourage people to find, tag, and record experiences of a particular time and place. End users then will be able to find newspaper stories, pictures, and verbal acounts of the lives and times of their progenitors.
Following the Bombing of the Boston Marathon: The bombing of the Boston Marathon elicited quite a bit of innovation from across the Internet. I myself thought through several ideas and wrote them up here.
Solidarity: People want to express their connection to one another's struggles and tragedies, whether as victims or bystanders. The desire is for solidarity, to feel that other people understand and to express that you understand. Solidarity is a web-service that connects people through pictures, videos, and messages pulled from social media from around the world.
Witness: Witness is a fundamentally different kind of media sharing website. Currently, media-sharing online is user-centered. Individuals post their own media on their individual accounts while others can share, re-pin, or even download those pictures at best and, at worst, suffer the consequences of losing control over their own privacy. Witness is an event-based media-sharing website, organizing media by events to give a group of users the capacity to add, edit, or delete the collective content. What makes Witness most unique is that it allows users to tag photos with time and place stamps which the website uses to integrate disparate pictures, videos, and other media into a unified account of the event. Through Witness, users can navigate an event by looking through all media taken in a given place or time, or progress through an event by jumping to different media at different times transferring from place to place in the setting at the same time as they move forwards and backwards in time. Thus, Witness can reconstruct a 360 degree view of events from beginning to end.