Anything For a Friend
In Fall 2012, a group of 30 Computer Science students took on a project designed to help a local non-profit organization, "Anything For a Friend" with a need that they had. AFAF helps individuals with life-threatening illnesses by helping and enabling their family and friends in fund-raising and other support activities. AFAF is an all-volunteer organization and desires that 100% of proceeds from sponsored activities go to the recipient. One nagging exception to this desire was the cost of using an outside service to process the pre-registration and payments for events such as Dinners, Golf Tournaments and 5K Runs. The CS4790 class worked together as a team to create an event registration system complete with an administrative section for use by AFAF board members.
The CS4790 course is a capstone project course and usually develops systems for non-profit community organizations. The students in this class were organized into 5 teams grouped into functional areas. The teams first met with Becky Anderson, founder of AFAF, on October 30, 2012. After five weeks of design, prototyping, programming and testing, the system was delivered to Becky and two other board members in class on December 6th.
The system as of today the system has been used to register 3,768 individuals for dinners, concerts, 5K Runs and other special events. There are a number of dinners, runs and tournaments coming up during spring, summer and fall. The success of the system has enabled Becky and others in the organization to be able to devote more time and resources directly to the recipients. The Spring 2013 CS4790 course extended the system to provide for Giving Tree donations.
The project was featured in WSU's Signpost and The Standard Examiner.
Cottages of Hope
Cottages of Hope is a nonprofit organization which is located in Ogden Utah, that helps less fortunate people better their lives in various ways. They approached Weber State to build a web application to replace their current paper system. The project is currently developed in C# with ASP.net using an MVC framework approach. with a SQL server back end. We have created a custom email and Text message engine that integrates with a database, a Windows service application, and third-party applications as well. There is still much to do on the project and we are happy to report that we have a very good working relationship with them, and are positive the project will be a great success.
Runway Ruby’s Restaurant at Hill Air Force Base hires mostly individuals with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome resulting in a unique set of requirements. Weber State University Computer Science students developed a system to aid in stream lining orders and reducing stress and anxiety experienced by the employees. Prior to the system’s development food orders were frequently incorrect resulting in wasted food, poor customer service ratings and unneeded additional stress and anxiety for the employee’s. The resulting system addresses the needs of autistic individuals and is scalable to address other needs, such as tactile and auditory interfaces for blind users. Students developed a system for fully customizable point-of-sale terminal and a tablet order queue. The solution has resulted in better customer service, efficient and accurate order handling, and most importantly helping the employees feel more confident with working in the demanding environment.
This solution was developed by students in the upper course levels of the Computer Science program. During the 2014 summer semester students in the Advanced Internet Programming (CS4350) course will be adding to the solution. Students will be working in teams to produce an online ordering system for “Runway Ruby’s” allowing for them to better serve the base personnel. Students working on projects like Runway Ruby’s gain the valuable experience of working in teams, being self-motivated and organized, and practical experience applying their education. The experience gained is valuable in today’s workforce.