Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Ideas Worth Recording

Today we had our pitching session in LT19. Prof. Ben invited many speakers from the industry to share with us their ideas. Some of the ideas are really interesting and worth recording.

Personally, I like the idea of Cliquefund, a new investment idea that focus on impacts rather than profits. It sounds like a non-profit charity funding, also like an angle with no technology support. I think the idea would be beneficial for the people or companies who receive the fund, most likely startup companies, but may not be fair for the investors. This idea will definitely make a good social impact, but I'm really doubt whether this idea will actually become reality as the monetary really depends on the investors, whether they are money-oriented or not. This idea reminds me of a facebook app named Causes, which makes small portion of money out of the funding people raised for a social problem. There are nice people around. Hopefully some investors are that nice, too. How Cliquefund makes the investment, that really determine whether the company's destiny.

Another idea I found interesting is the automated external defibrillator(AED). I didn't realize that this kind of company can be a very good example for location based services until today's pitching session.HTML5 geolocation can actually have a great implementation in such a way!

The third idea is about module review. I think there can be a pretty big market in universities in China for module reviewing.

Some other projects are nice, too. Household.sg is cool. Some projects are not that clearly stated. Not that interested in some "too-local" projects.

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