Friday, July 8, 2011

Green Indiana - a mobile technology development to facilitate Indiana’s local food market.

INDIANAPOLIS - July 8, 2011.

A few months, rethink(i3) – iCube, sponsored a multi-disciplinary research and discovery project with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The project focused on three emerging markets: social entrepreneurship, mobile application development, and sustainability market reallocation.

The project was supported by the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning and IUPUI Solution Center. Both offices are divisions of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, IUPUI. The project was funded in part by my start-up company. The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research provided the bulk of the funding and administrative and other supportive services.

Four students were selected for the project from four different schools at IUPUI: Keith Ballentine, School of Engineering; Scott Cochran, School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Daniela Klaz, Kelley School of Business; and Jay Hardin, School of Informatics.

The student interns formed Team Experiential Risk. iCube provided an organic development plan based on Design for Six Sigma methods and directed Agile Development parameters. The team worked on the project exclusively with minimum technical support and limited mentoring from faculties of all four schools involved.

At the conclusion of the project’s duration, Team Experiential Risk completed the first four stages of a seven-stage process. At the moment, rethink(i3) officially took over the development and will revisit the student’s work and improve and control for future developments.

(Note: It was understood that the student team would not complete the entire project, which gave me the critical creative control at the important concluding phases of its inception. My interest in entering into an agreement with IUPUI was purely academic; I wanted to share an outstanding opportunity with four very engaged and dedicated students on the process of learning. I believe the business community ought to develop a synergy with the education system for the purpose of creating more opportunities for social entrepreneurship. We face many challenges in society today. The market place is only one face of a monster. If we are to succeed in the generations to come, we need to start thinking about how we are going to continue to solve problems to advance social progress from the very beginning of our educational process.)

Stay tuned.

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