Alkek Technology Day
Thank you to all the volunteers and the 250 participants that made Alkek Technology Day a huge success!
Congratulations to all the participants in the 360-Minute Innovation Challenge! Seven teams of undergraduate students were challenged to design a solution to transportation issues on college campuses using technology. Scroll through this page to see their innovative ideas and check out our photo gallery to share in the fun from all of the day's events.
***Winning Team - VR 2020***
Safa Aboudaoud, Senior, Engineering Technology
Meyra Arizpe, Senior, Engineering Technology/Environmental Science
Esmeralda Ontiveros, First Year, Undecided
Brandon Welch, Senior, Accounting
Proposal: Virtual Reality Classroom.
The team proposed bringing people to campus by offering classes virtually through Oculus virtual reality headsets that could be used by commuters and individuals with mobility impairment to bring the classroom to them through wifi connections. The team proposed that the costs associated with the technology could be offset or covered through advertising that could be included in the virtual reality environment similar to what might be seen on other technology applications. The revenue generated by these advertisements would help pay for the technology costs.
Alkek Technology Day
Designed a collaborative transportation service app for Texas State called Commuter Cats that would allow use of Texas State Mobile App for a student ride-share program. Drivers and riders would register through the app. Riders would pay a small fee and drivers would receive monetary campus benefits and an unrestricted parking pass.
Team members: Samantha Casler, James Helgren, Allison Hornbeck, James Helgren, Kaityn Lee, Chelsea Payton.
Developed a plan for an autonomous self-driving bus system that would use artificial intelligence, tech learning and machine learning. The team proposed taking commuter behavior data from the city of San Marcos, running it through a computer program so that the system would learn without having to be explicitly programmed. The team proposed using the Texas State Mobile App to notify the system that riders are ready to be picked up. The buses would respond based on demand. Commuter parking lots will be added around the city so that commuters could easily access the system.
Team members: Alina Jaffer, Jose Martin Meza, Mandi Renae Palencia, Steven Wendel
Presented an idea to create a dedicated EMU monorail system around San Marcos that uses solar energy and encircles the San Marcos campus making frequent stops at student housing areas. The team explained environmental benefits, integration with existing shuttle system, and timeliness of the system as the factors that made this a worthwhile venture. They proposed use of university property, low-fuel costs and available grant funding as a way to offset the costs associated with the system.
Team members: Blake Anderson, Robert Levitt, McKenna Strain, Anthony Young
Flee N' Free
Proposed an innovative parking assistance app that would be an extension of the Texas State Mobile App. Users would be able to access a map that shows where to find open parking spaces on campus as indicated by counters set up in each parking lot. Students who pay a convenience fee for the app add-on, could reserve open spaces using their phones once they are within a short distance away from campus.
Team members: Karina Contreras, Joel Ferguson, Annaleah Longhway, Erikka Polk, Desmond Workhoven
Recommended a ride-sharing service that would guarantee drivers using the service a parking spot on campus and the opportunity to earn income in a manner similar to Lyft or Huber. Riders would pay a low fee based on usage. The interface would be through the Texas State Mobile App.
Team members: David Crowe, Janeth Gonzalez, Lyzet Nava, Garrett Martin, Allison Spitzenberger
Stick Figures are Underrated
Suggested using virtual reality that uses smartphone technology to bring the classroom to the student rather than having students commute to campus. This economical solution would include the use of a "chat" feature for connecting with students and the professor in the classroom. This would be a solution for those commuting from long distances.
Team members: Patricia Castillo, Matthew Hebert, Josh Newell, Holly Nguyen, Jeffrey C. Slocum
This event would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and can-do attitude of the committees and volunteers who made it happen in less than eight weeks.
Thank you, one and all!
Alkek Technology Day Recognitions
Dr. Janet Hale, McCoy School of Business
Professor Grayson Lawrence, Art & Design
Stephen Frayser, Science Technology and Research Park
Twister Marquiss, Common Experience
Cedrik Chavez, Student Representative
Dr. Nathaniel Dede-Bamfo, University Libraries
Dr. Andrew Rechnitz, University Libraries
Liz Sisemore, University Libraries
Jessica McClean, University Libraries
Joe Fuller, University Libraries
Scott Ayers, Division of IT (Marketing)
Debbie Pitts, University Libraries
Sponsors: Texas State IT Division, Greater San Marcos Partnershiip
Hosts: University Libraries, Common Experience
Workshop Instructors: Nathaniel Dede-Bamfo, Sean Justice, Jon Zmikly, Sasha McKay, Grayson Lawrence
Challenge Mentors: Stephen Frayser, STAR Park; Cara Ryan, Greater San Marcos Partnership; Jeff Zhao, Materials Applications Research Center
Challenge Judges: Jana Minifie, McCoy School of Business; Jason Mock, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce; Rex Steele, Small Business Development Center
|Mentors and Judging||Andrew Rechnitz, Stephen Frayser|
Committee (Problem Development
|Debbie Pitts, Grayson Lawrence||
Janet Hale, Cedrik Chavez,
|Student Outreach Committee||Janet Hale, Jessica McClean|
|Registration||Liz Sisemore||Debbie Pitts|
|Event Support||Joe Fuller, Katie Davis||Debbie Pitts|
|Publicity||Scott Ayers, Debbie Pitts, Twister Marquiss||Paul Collins, Ed Temple,
Steffanie Agnew, Nick Dunlap, Rebecca Ormsby
|Technical Team||Scott Ayers,
|First Floor Display||Tricia Boucher, Debbie Pitts||Kris Toma,
Other Event Volunteers
Rory Elliott, Tara Spies Smith, Elizabeth Cowan, Laura Lizcano, Robyn Herry, Tricia Boucher, Mavis Klemcke, Veronica Mazuca, Emily Segoria, Donna Dean, Liz King, Karen Cowen, Scott Pope, Connie Hackney, Amanda Cerillo, Megan Ballengee, Jacob Carter, Kiana Harden, Daniel Blanchart. Special thanks to Priscilla Hernandez for making sure we got our T-shirts on time! And to JaNelle Barnes and Joan Heath for supporting this crazy idea.