Humanifold

Humanifold

Team Members Mohit Dubey Founder Humanifold is a new way to understand how individuals map into the current manifold of humanity using social media and neuromorphic learning algorithms. By taking the data from a users’ various social media profiles, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and using them as inputs to a personal artificial neural network, Humanifold creates a high-dimensional “profile” of the individual that stores none of the original data, but contains the essential elements of the input and, therefore, of the user. The idea is simple: you take a complicated input and turn it into an output that allows for better characterization and discrimination. For millennia, human brains have used this idea to convert external stimuli, like light and sound, into meaningful representations like pictures and music. Now, we intend to apply it to the ever-growing world of the Internet, in order to allow people to connect in deeper ways than previously provided by social media. By encouraging these new connections, Humanifold will act not only as a way to unify the users’ seemingly disparate social media profiles but also as a way to map the international connections being made every day through social media. Ignition Fund Recipient, Spring...
Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

Team Members Jolie De Feis Maya Wergeles Kaitlin Custer Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct, or PRSM (pronounced “prism”) is a peer leadership program that provides meaningful prevention education on sexual misconduct and gender-based discrimination and harassment to Oberlin College students. A leadership team develops workshops and provides training to peer trainers as an expression of Oberlin students’ commitment to an inclusive campus free of gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Launched in Fall 2014, PRSM provides students a broad overview of campus conduct expectations and practical strategies to prevent misconduct and empower bystanders. The Title IX Team provides administrative support, education and resources, compliance guidance, and advising to this student initiative. Ignition Fund Recipient, Spring...

Somewhat Hidden History

Team Members Katie Thornton Somewhat Hidden History is a collaboration between amateur historians and media producers in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota designed to bring local history to life in ways beautiful, engaging, and accessible to the general public. The project works to fill a void for both the producers and the consumers of the goods created, as Somewhat Hidden History will both provide amateur historians a means to get their work published and distributed (a possibility rarely available to those outside of the academy), as well as create an opportunity for local residents to learn about their city’s pasts in exciting, sensory, and understandable ways. Through the production podcasts, pamphlets, and miniature books, SHH will encourage the collaborative production of relevant and grounded history, made accessible to residents through distribution in local shops and public spaces at affordable prices. Ignition Fund Recipient, Spring...
Thuto Bikes

Thuto Bikes

Team Members Kopo Oromeng '18 Thuto Bikes is an initiative that aims to increase primary school completion rates in rural Botswana, by sourcing out and distributing affordable, refurbished bicycles to primary school pupils. Thuto Bikes intends to tackle the problems of low rural school performace and attendance by offering able-bodied students an affordable, working solution; a means of transport that can get them to and from schools regardless of distance or weather conditions. Ignition Fund Recipient, Spring...
Samaritan Sessions

Samaritan Sessions

Team Members Daniel Markus The Samaritan Sessions is the first and only live session series in the world with a mission of philanthropy. A nationally touring band or artist is paired with a sponsoring charity for each session. After being recorded, sessions are uploaded online and each can be downloaded for a donation of $3 or more to its charity sponsor. By pairing bands and charities, each has access to a larger, unified audience, allowing them to gain new fans and patrons, while creating partnership opportunities for future growth together. Using the power of music and social media, our goal is to introduce the world to great music, while helping great charities make the world a better place, one song at a time. Ignition Fund Recipient, Spring...