Entrepreneurship Awards and eSeed funding from ASU.

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http://fullcircle.asu.edu/students/innovators-shine-earn-funding-through-eseed-challenge/

Our team has secured over 5000 dollars in award and seed-entrepeneurship funding from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering startup center. We plan to use these funds to continue design and development of our prototype, and to continue growing our project by engaging in dialogues with private-sector software companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google. These companies have a history of supporting diversity within the Tech-Industry and supporting STEM education initiatives like #WeAllCode.

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  1. Contact Information

ProjectSponsor Information

Company Name #WeAllCode Division/unit  
Project Sponsor Name Brent Sebold, Ed.D. Sponsor Email and phone. Brent.Sebold@asu.edu

Office: 480-727-4773

 

Project (technical) Contact Information (if different from Proposer). If there are multiple people who will be interacting with the student team then we ask you identify a lead point of contact.

 

Name   Email and Phone  

 

Note: If there are unusual scenarios (for example the sponsoring unit is in Germany while the technical group is in North Carolina) please elaborate as much as possible and contact the instructor for clarifications about suitability of the project idea.

 

  1. Project Description

 

  1. Project title: #WeAllCode
  1. Project description: Our team aims to create an educational application for mobile phones and devices that provides an interactive and approachable platform for learning computer science. The application will feature a walkthrough lesson plan that focuses on ‘learning-through-doing’, paired with engaging educational mini-games that improve the user’s fundamental math and computer science skills. Another key feature we wish to implemental is a friendly social network branch of our mobile application. Many minority students report feeling ‘isolated’ or suffer from ‘imposter-syndrome’ as reasons for leaving the STEM fields in college. By keeping students connected with their peers we feel it will alleviate this problem and give them motivation to stay with the program.
  1. Deliverables: At the end of the two semester period, we expect to have a functioning product distributed among different platforms such as Android, iOS, and PC, which will allow us to capture as many audiences as possible. Our team will also provide data that demonstrates the difference in interest among younger students in software related fields before and after use of our product. We will achieve this by visiting middle schools and elementary schools and demoing the product, with the goal of creating more of an interest in programming.


  1. Motivation: Major tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, and EBay report a distinct need for qualified American workers in the science and engineering fields. Many big companies in the tech fields are petitioning the government for H-1B visas for foreign workers. It would much cheaper and beneficial to have American citizens working these jobs. Intel, a global leader in computer technology, announced the Diversity in Technology initiative, which is the active support in hiring and retaining more women and minorities within the technology industry and to explicitly fund programs that support these groups.

 

  1. Student learning experience: Since this is an entrepreneur and coding project, we as students have a lot to learn from this project. We will learn what it’s like to manage a budget and a small company, divide tasks to ’employees’, and work with the legal system to ensure our company is a success. From a coding standpoint, we get to learn what it’s like to actually distribute a multi-platform application, which is in huge demand from companies at the moment. Also, we will have to manage a website at some point to promote and inform users who wish to know more about our application. Since none of us have much web hosting experience, it will be another challenge and learning experience for all of us on the team. Our eSeed start-up initiative team is a multidisciplinary team composed of smart men and women from a diverse set of backgrounds. This is an important student learning experience because in the real world work place, smart computer scientists and tech-related employees come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  1. Required background: The team will be expected to be able to code in Java, C++, Javascript, and Python.
  1. Anticipated Expenses: While it is still too early to give all of our expenses, what we anticipate as of now are the purchase of an iOS and Android system for the testing of our software on physical devices. Also, we will incur some minor travel expenses for visit different schools for the demoing and data recording for our application.

Our Team

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Project Founder and team leader: Wesley Coomber, wcoomber@asu.edu, 9515146637, Software Engineering, former Assistant Director of Marketing and Recruitment for the Programming and Activities Board at Arizona State University. Wesley was raised in a lower income minority-majority neighborhood in southern California. He did not have the opportunity to use a computer until he took a basic intro-to-computing class in early high school, but from then on he was hooked. “Education is something that I am really passionate about. And even more than just general education, I am very interested in bringing science and engineering education to the next level”. With a current 4.0 academic GPA at ASU, he is a strong student and strong team leader that has worked on multidisciplinary projects within Academia and outside of the classroom. Being Hispanic and Pacific-Islander, he recognizes the distinct lack of diversity within the computer science fields and is passionate about making coding friendly to everyone.

Alexandria Landry, Alexandria.Landry@asu.edu, 6233835940, Graphics Information Technology. Alexandria is an African-American woman majoring in Arizona State University’s innovative Graphics Information Technology, or GIT, that focuses on a unique multidisciplinary approach to user experience UX Design and human computer interaction. She has taken classes in web-scripting and visual fine arts, and is personally invested in implementing the project because of her personal experiences as a minority black woman in the science and technology fields.

Engineering student: Crystal Gutierrez, cgutier9@asu.edu, 623-313-4295, Software Engineering, former Teacher Assistant in Software Engineer classes in Object-Oriented Software Development I and II for the past 2 years. “I loved my work as a TA for these two classes because they are the basic computer science 101 classes for ASU’s software engineer major. I love helping new students, because for many students programming languages is a whole new world, and when I personally took that classes I also struggled initially, so now I want to help new students through the first more difficult classes”. Crystal was born and raised in Mexico and English is her second language. Her unique experiences as a Latino-Hispanic woman enrolled in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, software engineering major has given her perspective into the unique challenges foreign and female students face while pursuing their studies in computer science.20150828_191344

Engineering Student Team Member: Daniel Tracy, drtracy1@asu.edu, 623-238-0614, Software Engineering. Daniel has exceptional planning skills that would aim to keep the project on track and in a focused direction. That mixed with his ability to problem solve practical coding problems, makes him a considerable resource for the team.

Team Member: Eric Dressler, Software Engineer, Ericis a student in Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, a member of Golden Key International Honor Society, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society. Eric is interested undergraduate research into human-computer interaction and how educational psychology can be applied to internet learning and online classes. Moreover, as someone who has participated in popular social justice movements, Eric recognizes and understands the unique challenges many minority and LBTGQ individuals face when it comes to seeking higher education. Thus, Eric is passionate about making sure everyone has equal access to educational resources, regardless of race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Our team is a diverse multidisciplinary group of smart men and women that are working together to solve the problem of under-representation of women and minorities within the technology industry and the general lack of STEM undergraduate students in America.