J Term Course, January 2014
The January-term course, CE5572/PA5290/ARCH 5550, is for students who want to bring their existing idea for a for profit or nonprofit social venture to fruition or scale. The 2-credit course occurred January 13-17, 2014, on the St. Paul campus. It’s an intensive but fun one week. Students get a chance to focus on their project, without other distractions. There were 14 students this January and most of them will be presenting in the February 21, 2014 Acara Challenge. The idea summaries are below
Help Desk makes beautiful furniture using sustainably-sourced East African hard woods and the profits go to making classroom improvements in under-equipped Ugandan schools.
Sabujawalla addresses the waste issue in India by employing waste pickers to collect waste from households, sort it, and then sell plastics and organic material to scrap dealers and recycling plants.
Skivvies will sell underwear domestically; for every pair sold, a pair will be donated to a young girl in Haiti. This underwear will be one way to help girls discretely manage their periods and therefore allow girls to regularly attend school.
SunFarms will establish small centers in rural communities to purchase and dry fruits and vegetables close to where they are produced, thereby decreasing food spoilage and increase farmer profits in rural India.
Tech-share will teach rural Ugandan students how to use computers through a mobile computer laboratory with the help of computer engineering students and staff from Mbarara University in western Uganda.
Women for Water
Women for Water recruits women from low-income families in Bangalore, India to go to their friends, families, and neighbors to give educational presentations and promote and sell water treatment technologies.
CollegeCredit plans to deliver well-designed, youthful, engaging online financial literacy courses and proprietary tools through partnerships with colleges and universities. This puts information directly into students’ hands, encouraging them to make decisions while still in college that will improve their financial situations.
Yellow Mellow’s product will change the chemical environment of the toilet so that consumers can forego flushing often.
PowerToGo provides a mobile phone charging solution through a network of portable power sources to keep busy customers conveniently connected to our modern world.
Co-Lab is a co-working space at Carlson for UMN students.