2017 HMC Computer Science Summer Entrepreneurial Research Program

Team inDANGERed

Sol Cruz, HMC ‘20
Alberto Garcia, HMC ‘20
Julianne Lin, HMC ‘20
Anya Wallace, HMC ‘20

The above four were “Team inDANGERed.” They created an infinite side-scrolling game in which a user – perhaps a student – plays the role of an animal, such as a narwhal or a leopard. Both through gameplay and intermissions, the user learns the current conditions and situation with respect to these endangered animals. Beyond individuals, possible audiences include teachers, museums, conservancy organizations, and educational institutions formal and informal. The team presented at the two HMCEN events in the Bay Area in August ’17.

SuiteLife

Cole Kurashige, HMC ‘20
Giselle Serate, HMC ‘20
Jennifer Zhu, HMC ‘20

The above three created “SuiteLife,” an application that allows students, young professionals, or any other cohabitating individuals to track and account for their shared expenses. Inspired by the sharing that happens within suites at colleges and universities, SuiteLife provides users direct control over the “microeconomies” to which they belong. Smooth, multiplatform interfaces and adaptable accounting enable any suite to ensure fairness and build trust and confidence with respect to the food and other consumables they share. As with the other two groups, this team presented at the two HMCEN events in the Bay Area in August ’17.

YumNum

Jay Chung, CMC ‘19
Joshua Guggenheim, CMC ‘19
Julius Lauw, HMC ‘19

These three students created “YumNum,” an application that enabled groups to coordinate on-line decision making. A motivating scenario was a group using Yelp to search for restaurants: the returned results list may lead to more contention than cooperation. YumNum converted such a results list into individual decks of cards that users judged individually – the application then displays the summary consensus from those individual responses. Although restaurant-choice was the original app, the idea applies to any group decision-making when interacting with online information sources.