By Mikayla Deters
What if the future of app technology could help to change the conditions of the environment? On the evening of July 15th, Industry T, the technology industry of Business Horizons (BH), was given the responsibility to put a completely new twist on BH’s annual Junk Game. While other industries took pieces of “junk” and duct taped it into their own creation, Industry T collaborated on new technological innovations.
These students, for the first time in BH History, suggested ideas including an app with a subscription for “free” transportation using planes or cars. Other students provided ideas such as collars or tags for pets that include an owner’s voice for training.
Paige Panosh from Maquoketa High School, pitched Trash Time, an app that rewards users for picking up trash and throwing it in trash cans. Trash cans would be installed with sensors which recognize when users throw away each piece of trash. Users of the app would be able to compete against friends or family members, turning what would normally be considered a chore into an exciting competition. The idea was a positive reminder that future technologies could, in fact, help improve the environment.
Panosh said that the app could also be connected to trash cans outside of the home. One of the main ideas behind the app was to help keep communities clean by encouraging users to keep their surroundings cleaner and more organized, helping them throw away what they didn’t need. Panosh believed that the app would succeed if it was developed, even though she wasn’t completely sure on projected user numbers. “Pokémon Go lasted… but there’s no telling how long it would last,” she said.
Landon Wahe from Bondurant, another student part of Industry T, pitched his team his app named Wildlife Manager, a system similar to Google Maps that would assist with tracking deer hunting. The system would be able to track where and when the tagged deer were killed, which would provide more accurate information for the hunting field. Often, as Wahe explained in his presentation, hunters would not completely fulfill the process for legally hunting tagged deer and Wildlife Manager could help provide opportunities for the field to grow and find ways to decrease the amounts of illegal or unreported hunting.
Students, such as this small group of students in Industry T at Business Horizons, show how new innovations and ideas can help change the future of our environment. Whether the apps improve motivation to help clean the environment or improve hunting methods and wildlife management, will be apparent with time.