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Project​ ​Statement:

Ann​ ​Arbor​ ​is​ ​a​ ​large​ ​and​ ​relatively​ ​thriving​ ​city​ ​with​ ​a​ ​large​ ​number​ ​of​ ​businesses​ ​and restaurants​ ​within​ ​its​ ​limits.​ ​While​ ​many​ ​see​ ​Ann​ ​Arbor​ ​as​ ​a​ ​metropolitan​ ​area,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​easy​ ​to neglect​ ​the​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​the​ ​city​ ​is​ ​surrounded​ ​largely​ ​by​ ​farmland.​ ​The​ ​businesses​ ​and​ ​restaurants that​ ​help​ ​to​ ​fuel​ ​the​ ​city​ ​of​ ​Ann​ ​Arbor​ ​also​ ​produce​ ​a​ ​large​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​compostable​ ​waste​ ​that​ ​is often​ ​deposited​ ​in​ ​landfills​ ​when​ ​it​ ​could​ ​be​ ​more​ ​usefully​ ​diverted​ ​to​ ​compost​ ​piles​ ​used​ ​by farmers​ ​to​ ​create​ ​nutrient​ ​rich​ ​soil.​ ​Compost​ ​facilities​ ​are​ ​available​ ​in​ ​the​ ​community;​ ​however, soil​ ​purchased​ ​from​ ​these​ ​operations​ ​can​ ​sometimes​ ​be​ ​costly,​ ​and​ ​those​ ​wishing​ ​to supplement​ ​their​ ​own​ ​compost​ ​operations​ ​are​ ​left​ ​with​ ​little​ ​alternative​ ​other​ ​than​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​out​ ​to companies​ ​door​ ​to​ ​door​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​ascertain​ ​whether​ ​they​ ​are​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​donate​ ​their compostable​ ​waste​ ​or​ ​not.​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​a​ ​solution​ ​for​ ​connecting​ ​farmers​ ​with businesses​ ​that​ ​are​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​donate​ ​compostable​ ​waste​ ​is​ ​high,​ ​and​ ​as​ ​such​ ​an​ ​application​ ​that connects​ ​farmers​ ​with​ ​businesses​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same​ ​vein​ ​as​ ​apps​ ​like​ ​Tinder​ ​and​ ​Bumble​ ​would​ ​be​ ​a welcome​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Ann​ ​Arbor​ ​area.​ ​My​ ​solution​ ​is​ ​to,​ ​“C ​ onnect​ ​farmers​ ​and​ ​business owners​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​point​ ​of​ ​interception​ ​of​ ​Ann​ ​Arbor’s​ ​compostable​ ​waste stream​.”

Target​ ​Audience

My​ ​primary​ ​audience​ ​is​ ​farmers​ ​and​ ​business​ ​owners.​ ​Business​ ​owners​ ​should​ ​see​ ​an​ ​incentive to​ ​adding​ ​a​ ​new​ ​waste​ ​pickup​ ​system​ ​to​ ​their​ ​existing​ ​business​ ​and​ ​farmers​ ​should​ ​feel​ ​a tangible​ ​connection​ ​to​ ​those​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​donate​ ​compostable​ ​waste​ ​through​ ​interactions​ ​in​ ​the app.​ ​My​ ​secondary​ ​audience​ ​is​ ​individuals​ ​who​ ​are​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​donate​ ​compostable​ ​waste,​ ​but​ ​do not​ ​meet​ ​the​ ​volume​ ​requirements​ ​for​ ​a​ ​typical​ ​farmer’s​ ​compost​ ​needs.

Target​ ​Solution

My​ ​solution​ ​is​ ​the​ ​creation​ ​of​ ​a​ ​mobile​ ​application​ ​that​ ​operates​ ​much​ ​like​ ​Tinder​ ​and​ ​Bumble, connecting​ ​farmers​ ​with​ ​local​ ​businesses​ ​via​ ​the​ ​viewing​ ​of​ ​user​ ​created​ ​profiles.​ ​The​ ​matches that​ ​result​ ​will​ ​ideally​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​a​ ​verbal​ ​contract​ ​developed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​two​ ​groups​ ​for​ ​a​ ​waste​ ​pickup arrangement.​ ​The​ ​solution​ ​will​ ​also​ ​act​ ​as​ ​a​ ​hub​ ​for​ ​companies​ ​and​ ​farms​ ​that​ ​use​ ​the​ ​service​ ​to present​ ​products​ ​and​ ​services​ ​that​ ​they​ ​have​ ​available.


Features​ ​of​ ​the​ ​solution:

1. Create​ ​a​ ​user​ ​profile 2. Enable​ u ​ sers​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​compostable​ ​waste​ ​and/or​ ​what​ ​types​ ​of​ ​compostable​ ​waste different​ ​companies​ ​produce 3. Enable​ ​users​ ​to​ ​search​ ​for​ ​other​ ​users​ ​via​ ​a​ ​GPS​ ​based​ ​matching​ ​system 4. Enable​ ​users​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​other​ ​users​ ​via​ ​a​ ​“like”​ ​system​ ​similar​ ​to​ ​Tinder​ ​and Bumble 5. A​ ​messaging​ ​system​ ​that​ ​users​ ​can​ ​utilize​ ​after​ ​they​ ​are​ ​connected 6. A​ ​social​ ​“Timeline”​ ​area​ ​that​ ​users​ ​can​ ​list​ ​products​ ​and​ ​services

Critical​ ​Feature

Enable​ ​users​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​other​ ​users This​ ​feature​ ​is​ ​a​ ​challenging​ ​feature​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​for​ ​this​ ​application.​ ​While​ ​the​ ​application​ ​is modeled​ ​in​ ​the​ ​image​ ​of​ ​apps​ ​like​ ​Tinder​ ​and​ ​Bumble,​ ​an​ ​arrangement​ ​between​ ​businesses​ ​is more​ ​complex​ ​than​ ​simple​ ​human​ ​to​ ​human​ ​interaction.​ ​Users​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​specify how​ ​much​ ​waste​ ​they​ ​are​ ​hoping​ ​to​ ​procure,​ ​how​ ​much​ ​waste​ ​they​ ​have​ ​to​ ​donate,​ ​and​ ​be​ ​able to​ ​secure​ ​a​ ​firm​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​a​ ​waste​ ​pickup​ ​relationship​ ​through​ ​this​ ​app.

Feature​ ​Approaches

User​ ​profile​ ​creation​ ​(used​ ​in​ ​all​ ​approaches) 1. The​ ​user​ ​registers​ ​for​ ​the​ ​system​ ​via​ ​their​ ​email​ ​address. 2. The​ ​user​ ​specifies​ ​if​ ​they​ ​are​ ​a​ ​business​ ​owner​ ​or​ ​if​ ​they​ ​are​ ​a​ ​farmer​ ​seeking​ ​compost 3. The​ ​user​ ​can​ ​then​ ​set​ ​up​ ​basic​ ​profile​ ​information 4. This​ ​profile​ ​is​ ​viewable​ ​by​ ​all​ ​other​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​application​ ​the​ ​user’s​ ​immediate​ ​area Design​ ​rationale This​ ​is​ ​an​ ​application​ ​that​ ​is​ ​primarily​ ​based​ ​on​ ​what​ ​users​ ​will​ ​see​ ​in​ ​each​ ​other’s​ ​profiles,​ ​and as​ ​such​ ​the​ ​profile​ ​creation​ ​stage​ ​is​ ​an​ ​important​ ​one.​ ​Because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​this​ ​is​ ​an​ ​app that​ ​involves​ ​potentially​ ​formal​ ​interactions​ ​between​ ​almost​ ​solely​ ​businesses​ ​I​ ​have​ ​decided​ ​to cut​ ​the​ ​user’s​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​enroll​ ​in​ ​the​ ​application​ ​via​ ​a​ ​social​ ​media​ ​account.​ ​This​ ​section​ ​of​ ​the app​ ​will​ ​most​ ​likely​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​it​ ​takes​ ​the​ ​most​ ​work​ ​on​ ​the​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​user;​ ​however,​ ​because​ ​of the​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​the​ ​app​ ​the​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​input​ ​that​ ​they​ ​must​ ​provide​ ​into​ ​the​ ​application​ ​after​ ​this section​ ​is​ ​minimal.


Approach​ ​1 1. The​ ​user​ ​turns​ ​on​ ​their​ ​GPS 2. The​ a ​ pp​ ​generates​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​businesses/farms​ ​whose​ ​profiles​ ​appear​ ​on​ ​the​ ​user’s screen 3. The​ ​user​ ​may​ ​review​ ​that​ ​businesses’/farm’s​ ​relevant​ ​details​ ​and​ ​then​ ​swipe​ ​to​ ​either “like”​ ​or​ ​“pass”​ ​on​ ​that​ ​business 4. If​ ​both​ ​farm​ ​and​ ​business​ ​select​ ​“like”​ ​then​ ​a​ ​match​ ​is​ ​created​ ​and​ ​a​ ​dialog​ ​between​ ​the two​ ​users​ ​is​ ​formed​ ​and​ ​the​ ​two​ ​may​ ​begin​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​developing​ ​a​ ​verbal​ ​waste pickup​ ​contract Design​ ​Rationale: This​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​matching​ ​users​ ​relies​ ​on​ ​the​ ​two​ ​users​ ​seeing​ ​and​ ​understanding​ ​each​ ​other’s businesses​ ​and​ ​services​ ​and​ ​selecting​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​one​ ​another.​ ​With​ ​this​ ​method,​ ​the relationship​ ​between​ ​two​ ​users​ ​begins​ ​on​ ​a​ ​footing​ ​of​ ​mutual​ ​understanding​ ​and​ ​respect​ ​for both​ ​organizations​ ​on​ ​top​ ​of​ ​the​ ​willingness​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​the​ ​services​ ​that​ ​they​ ​are​ ​signing​ ​up​ ​to provide​ ​for​ ​each​ ​other.


Approach​ ​2

1. The​ ​farm​ ​user​ ​turns​ ​on​ ​their​ ​GPS​ ​(common​ ​to​ ​approaches​ ​1-2) 2. The​ a ​ pp​ ​generates​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​businesses​ ​whose​ ​profiles​ ​appear​ ​on​ ​the​ ​user’s​ ​screen and​ ​are​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​donate​ ​compostable​ ​waste​ ​(common​ ​to​ ​approaches​ ​1-2) 3. The​ ​farm​ ​user​ ​sends​ ​a​ ​request​ ​for​ ​review​ ​to​ ​the​ ​businesses​ ​they​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with by​ ​giving​ ​that​ ​business​ ​a​ ​“like”​ ​(common​ ​to​ ​approaches​ ​1-2) 4. On​ ​the​ ​business​ ​side,​ ​the​ ​business​ ​reviews​ ​all​ ​“likes”​ ​and​ ​decides​ ​which​ ​farms​ ​to​ ​work with 5. The​ ​dialogue​ ​option​ ​is​ ​always​ ​open​ ​to​ ​the​ ​businesses​ ​and​ ​they​ ​may​ ​send​ ​a​ ​message​ ​to a​ ​farm​ ​that​ ​they​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​at​ ​any​ ​time.

Design​ ​Rationale: This​ ​approach​ ​puts​ ​the​ ​decision​ ​of​ ​who​ ​initiates​ ​the​ ​interaction​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hands​ ​of​ ​the​ ​business​ ​that is​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​donate​ ​compostable​ ​waste.​ ​I​ ​based​ ​this​ ​approach​ ​off​ ​of​ ​my​ ​interviews​ ​with​ ​farmers that​ ​have​ ​told​ ​me​ ​that​ ​usually​ ​the​ ​farmers​ ​have​ ​more​ ​incentive​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​out​ ​to​ ​businesses​ ​than the​ ​other​ ​way​ ​around.​ ​This​ ​version​ ​of​ ​the​ ​connection​ ​process​ ​puts​ ​less​ ​pressure​ ​on​ ​the business​ ​to​ ​add​ ​an​ ​additional​ ​waste​ ​stream​ ​pickup​ ​service​ ​by​ ​allowing​ ​the​ ​farmers​ ​to​ ​come directly​ ​to​ ​them​ ​with​ ​a​ ​proposition,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​letting​ ​them​ ​choose​ ​which​ ​is​ ​preferable​ ​to​ ​their organization.


Approach​ ​3

1. The​ ​user​ ​turns​ ​on​ ​their​ ​GPS​ ​(common​ ​for​ ​approaches​ ​1-3) 2. A​ ​list​ g ​ enerates​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​user’s​ ​location​ ​that​ ​accrues​ ​either​ ​farms​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​waste or​ ​businesses​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​donate​ ​waste​ ​ranging​ ​from​ ​closest​ ​to​ ​furthest​ ​from​ ​the​ ​user 3. When​ ​clicked​ ​on,​ ​each​ ​business’​ ​profile​ ​information​ ​is​ ​shown 4. If​ ​considered​ ​a​ ​desirable​ ​business/farm,​ ​the​ ​user​ ​can​ ​contact​ ​that​ ​business/farm​ ​via​ ​the channels​ ​that​ ​the​ ​business/farm​ ​has​ ​indicated​ ​are​ ​optimal​ ​on​ ​their​ ​profile​ ​page

Design​ ​Rationale: This​ ​approach​ ​takes​ ​into​ ​consideration​ ​that​ ​users​ ​of​ ​this​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​app​ ​may​ ​not​ ​want​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​the application​ ​environment​ ​for​ ​a​ ​lengthy​ ​period​ ​of​ ​time.​ ​It​ ​also​ ​considers​ ​that​ ​farmers​ ​and​ ​business owners​ ​may​ ​not​ ​universally​ ​be​ ​proficient​ ​with​ ​smartphone​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​attempts​ ​to​ ​bridge​ ​the gap​ ​between​ ​more​ ​traditional​ ​ways​ ​of​ ​finding​ ​products​ ​and​ ​services​ ​like​ ​a​ ​phone​ ​book​ ​and​ ​the newer​ ​search​ ​platforms​ ​enabled​ ​by​ ​the​ ​internet.


Final​ ​Design​ ​Decision

My​ ​final​ ​solution​ ​will​ ​be​ ​approach​ ​one,​ ​involving​ ​both​ ​farms​ ​and​ ​businesses​ ​“liking”​ ​each​ ​other in​ ​order​ ​for​ ​a​ ​match​ ​to​ ​be​ ​made​ ​between​ ​users​ ​of​ ​the​ ​application.​ ​My​ ​reasoning​ ​for​ ​this​ ​choice is​ ​that​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​both​ ​parties​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​intercepting​ ​the​ ​compostable​ ​waste​ ​stream​ ​need​ ​to​ ​have equal​ ​buy-in​ ​in​ ​order​ ​for​ ​their​ ​partnership​ ​to​ ​have​ ​the​ ​best​ ​chances​ ​for​ ​success.​ ​Allowing​ ​for both​ ​of​ ​the​ ​organizations​ ​to​ ​have​ ​the​ ​feeling​ ​of​ ​acceptance​ ​and​ ​respect​ ​by​ ​the​ ​other​ ​party​ ​in​ ​the form​ ​of​ ​a​ ​mutual​ ​“match”​ ​will​ ​help​ ​to​ ​speed​ ​along​ ​the​ ​road​ ​to​ ​building​ ​a​ ​partnership.

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