U•Start is a creation platform where college students can highlight all their skills, portfolio, and past projects in a modern, sleek way that does not require going to multiple different sources. Users can also share ideas for new projects with others on the U•Start network in hopes of finding people with the necessary skillsets to develop the project. It will also allow students without ideas to browse through projects and contact other users about joining the projects that interest them. Through working on these projects, students can gain valuable experience in their respective fields. Most internships have become highly competitive, even though positions often result in more paperwork than actual work related to the intern’s field of study. U•Start will allow students across all disciplines to gain experience by working with ideas and projects that pique their interest, with the potential to grow beyond a simple project. The beauty in U•Start is it is not niche-based; collaboration between individuals from different schools and schools of thought becomes possible, and is encouraged. U•Start has been created with all skillsets and categories of projects in mind. For example, a solo musician can find other musicians to form a band, find a sound engineer, and create a demo much faster than before. Another example would be someone with an affinity for coding helping develop a website using languages they want to learn; the finished product may be added to one’s resume alongside the newly learned languages. This provides legitimate experience alongside an opportunity to learn and further one’s skillset. We hope to give every student the chance to make their ideas come to life by helping them find the resources they need.
We plan for U•START to become a website where college students can highlight their talents and portfolio in a very accessible manner. Students can also post and share ideas for projects with other students. It will allow students without ideas to browse through projects and contact fellow users about joining project teams, while providing a way to gain experience for résumés. We also plan to expand the website to high school students, exposing them to STEM by allowing the opportunity to shadow college students’ projects.
Methods & Technology
- Elastic Search, Elastic Package, Golang – (Back-End)
- Back-End development team utilizing Elasticsearch, Elastic Package, and Golang.
- Full Stack Development team utilizing all the Front-End development tools along with Golang connecting the Front-End and Back-End code.
- Business and Marketing Team assisting with the business documentation and marketing of the product to maximize the number of users.
Majors and Areas of Interest
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Business Technology Management
- Integrated Digital Media
- Business and Marketing
- Other disciplines are also invited and welcome