HackTheHearst—submitted ideas for apps and projects

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App ideas submitted so far:


Proposed name: Uncovering the Past
Tell us more. What does it do? What is the goal?: This program should be a game for elementary school children. The idea is an excavation that allows people to uncover artifacts. It should provide information on the location, history, and what a young archaeologist can learn from the artifact. It should have many layers for the child to "dig" with each layer providing another little fact about what is being discovered. In the end it should put all the pieces together to create a historical view/story about the people being uncovered. The goal is to bring the artifacts to life for young children.
Do you want to build this?: I'd like someone else to do it.
Which audience(s) might this benefit?: K-12 students
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Submitted by: Kaylie Villagrana/Kristen Tuosto
Email: k.tuosto@berkeley.edu


Proposed name: Interactive Information Browser
Tell us more. What does it do? What is the goal?: A software that uses the LEAP Motion to allow visitors to intuitively and visually browse through the directory of the museum and explore information.
Do you want to build this?: I'm thinking about doing it.
Which audience(s) might this benefit?: General public, Native communities, K-12 students, K-12 educators, University students, University instructors, Academic researchers
Any additional details about your idea?: The UI and UX design is very important in making this idea work. Ideally users should be able to effortlessly interact with the platform with minimal learning curve, and they should be able to find and understand information and contextual information faster than just browsing a website.
Any other comments:
Submitted by: Jacky
Email: jackyliang@berkeley.edu


Proposed name: The Data Digester? (or Data Share?)
Tell us more. What does it do? What is the goal?: An app that assists with streamlining and standardizing the collection and transmission of raw data recorded during research in the Hearst Museum in an object-by-object basis. Would make the data accessible to future scholars and heritage communities.  In addition would record a citation for the research if it is published/used in presentation on an object by object basis.
Do you want to build this?:I'd like someone else to do it.
Which audience(s) might this benefit?: Native communities, University students, University instructors, Academic researchers, Hearst Museum staff
Any additional details about your idea?:
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Proposed name: Interactive Information Browser
Tell us more. What does it do? What is the goal?: A software that uses the LEAP Motion to allow visitors to intuitively and visually browse through the directory of the museum and explore information.
Do you want to build this?: I'm thinking about doing it.
Which audience(s) might this benefit?: General public, Native communities, K-12 students, K-12 educators, University students, University instructors, Academic researchers
Any additional details about your idea?: The UI and UX design is very important in making this idea work. Ideally users should be able to effortlessly interact with the platform with minimal learning curve, and they should be able to find and understand information and contextual information faster than just browsing a website.
Any other comments:
Submitted by: Jacky
Email: jackyliang@berkeley.edu


Proposed name: Travels with Phoebe
Tell us more. What does it do? What is the goal?: Design an app that uses image and geolocation data that lets the user match objects with geographic regions- Where in the World is Carmen San Diego style.
Do you want to build this?: I'd like someone else to do it.
Which audience(s) might this benefit?: General public, K-12 students
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Proposed name: Object Talk
Tell us more. What does it do? What is the goal?: I came to the museum many times to see the objects made by my people and my family. I've noticed that sometimes I know things about them that I don't see on the catalog cards and that staff don't know. I want to be able to add information to your records so that other people interested in our culture will be able to see a more complete description. Is this possible? How will you know that what I'm saying is correct and not something that someone made up?
Do you want to build this?: I'd like someone else to do it.
Which audience(s) might this benefit?: General public, Native communities, K-12 students, K-12 educators, University students, Academic researchers, Specialists/hobbyists, Hearst Museum staff, Other museums
Any additional details about your idea?: Maybe these could be submitted like notes on a bulletin board. That way, people could comment on the notes that other people make.
Any other comments: I don't think I can make it, but Good Luck with Hack The Hearst!


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