Land

Land

Team Members Zach Resnick WHAT DOES LAND DO? THE PROBLEM When is the last time you went abroad without a cell phone? At home it’s easy to take our constant access to data for granted. We use navigation apps to get where we need to go, we’re checking our email when on the move, and never dining out without checking reviews first. But internationally this is a very expensive habit! Until now, there has never been a hassle-free solution to this costly problem. Changing mobile phone settings to minimize data usage is a cumbersome process that is hard to do correctly. LAND eliminates the headache of trying to navigate changes to multiple settings in order to minimize data usage and alleviate the uncertainty of paying more for data than intended. THE SOLUTION LAND is a mobile app that optimizes smartphone settings for international travel in one click. Track Data Usage Stop Unwanted International Calls/Texts Automate Settings For Ideal Data Usage Ignition Fund Recipient, Fall 2015 and Spring...

Sea Change

Team Members   Kirk Pearson Patrick Gilfether The Strait of Malacca is the capillary of modern Earth. Every year, over half the world’s merchant fleet, half the world’s oil, and over 40% of global commerce pass through this narrow passage. For centuries, this sliver of ocean has captivated navigators, offering the most direct route between India and China, and a vast constellation of cultural exchange. To keep your head above water, however, is only half the story. Just underneath this massive web of global trade lies an even larger system— that of the Indonesian Coral Triangle. With over 75% of the world’s coral and 40% of the world’s reef fish, this ecosystem is widely considered to be the center of global marine biodiversity— just feet away from the largest physical network in human history. Our project is an interactive multimedia piece about these two incredible systems. For the month of January, we will live aboard the Pelni ferry (known as “the Indonesian Bridge”) and chronicle our experience as we personally sail one of the world’s most highly-trafficked waterways. Aboard the 1,300 mile odyssey from Medan to Jakarta, we will be recording 360-degree video and binaural audio: two state-of-the-art technologies that will impart an incredibly realistic experience for our viewers. We’ll be capturing original audio and video of the journey, the people aboard the vessel, and the industries that interact with the channel. The footage of the Coral Triangle will also be original, recorded on an extensive Scuba voyage using specialized underwater equipment. What makes our project truly groundbreaking, however, is its element of interactivity. We are personally inventing a...
Auntie Na’s House

Auntie Na’s House

  Team Members   Waylon Cunningham Aaron Appel Mohit Dubey Auntie Na’s House on the westside of Detroit has served as a food pantry, free after-school program, clothing distribution hub, community garden, community meals space, water hub, and temporary shelter – in a word, a home. Her outreach program primarily supports low-income families of color, but also people with developmental disabilities, recovering drug addicts, and domestic violence survivors. Over the last two years, Oberlin College students have built a strong relationship with Auntie Na’s House and helped strengthen the infrastructure inside and outside the house. Our primary projects right now include expanding the community garden, tutoring, and shelter programs into the adjacent lots. Ignition Fund Recipient, Fall...
Oberlin Makers

Oberlin Makers

  Team Members   Tristan Cimini Oberlin Makers is a podcast that talks with craftsmen, coders, and creators in Oberlin, Ohio. As a city with a diverse range of interests, Oberlin is full of innovative and unique makers. Oberlin Makers supports the growth of our community by featuring interviews with college and town artisans about their projects. This podcast hopes to provide a platform that promotes local makers, informs listeners about interesting community projects, and creates a collaborative space for the college and community members to come together. Ignition Fund Recipient, Fall...
Salt and Honey

Salt and Honey

Team Members Annika Hansteen Izora Nina Austin Salt & Honey is a clothing line for the socially conscious. We hope to offer beautiful, one of a kind apparel that seeks to not only empower, but also educate by sharing information about privilege, racism, homophobia, and classism. Our mission is to create a clothing line for those devoted to social justice, for those that seek to fight negative forces in the world and in ourselves. With pro-LGBTQA, pro-feminism, and body positive messages, apparel seeks to use our love and passion to create a product that will change how we see the world. Salt & Honey is apparel for the stylish and unapologetic, for those who have a voice and want to use it. Ignition Fund Recipient, Fall...