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Project HOPE competes at the eBusiness Technology Practicum Competition

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On Friday, August 28, 2015, our Project HOPE team competed in the Master of Science in Information Technology’s (MSIT) eBusiness Technology Practicum Competition at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).DSCF0532 (800x304)

Our student team worked for an astounding 60 hours per week this summer to deliver an IT solution that measures hope in our most vulnerable neighborhoods – the DSCF0523 (800x600)first of its kind! This tool will enable us to collect data from survey respondents and statistical sources that relate to hope and will allow us to input that data on a heat map that will visualize survey responses, Census data, community development projects, and unexpected events such as natural disasters. We also received an analytical tool that will help us determine specific areas of high and low hope in our neighborhoods (i.e. education, crime, health, employment, etc.). Most importantly, our project and IT solution is scalable and modifiable, enabling organizations around the country and the world to tailor our initial project to their own geographies and for their own purposes.

Neighborhood Allies, one of thirteen practicum sponsors at the completion and the only organization DSCF0553 (640x480)that offered a community development project with social impact, competed with the likes of BNY Mellon, PNC Bank, Legal Analytics, and Raymond James Financial, Inc. Although we did not win the competition, Neighborhood Allies will look to continue our work with Professor Michael I. (Mike) Shamos, Ph.D., J.D., a Distinguished Career Professor at CMU and Intellectual Property Attorney. In the meantime, check out the Project Hope website!

Neighborhood Allies would like to thank our Practicum team – Camilo Cruz, Mengqian Chu, Siyuan Li, Jiewen Mao, Jui-Pin Wang and Jing Zhuang – for all their hard work, time, and dedication. Having all graduated on Sunday, we wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

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