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Industry T talking and coming up with Ideas

Could Apps Change the Environment?

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.

Industry C at Business Horizons

Do-It-All Garden Invention Makes Lives Easier (C)

Gavin Powell

During Business Horizon’s annual battle royale of the Junk Game where each manufacturing industry fought to grab vital pieces of equipment to make a profitable machine, one industry stuck out from the others. Industry C created a new and unique way to garden and improve homes one garden at a time. It was named Garden Ease, which as the name suggests, allows for easier and more efficient gardening for plant lovers everywhere.

The group originally created a machine called the Harvester, a creation meant to collect and mine resources for agricultural or economical purposes. The group had some initial challenges  with communication skills within the first 48 hours of Business Horizons, but is now moving along smoothly and efficiently. Industry C is the only group to pick an agriculturally based machine.

The change to Garden Ease instead of the original Harvester concept came after a realization that gardening is a much easier trade to market in, as opposed to resource mining.  Garden Ease weeds, tills, fertilizes, seeds, and even waters gardens. The Garden Ease is also completely autonomous, meaning it’s remote controlled. The futuristic build of Garden Ease is revolutionary and attractive to buyers and investors. The buying price of the Garden Ease is $999.00.

During the Junk Game, led by David Williamson, Industry C had the most trouble communicating. However this is to be expected early on in Business Horizons. Teagan Vander Waal, an Industry C engineer, said, “The whole group really improved communication-wise near the end of the game. I feel that we really worked well together and didn’t really need a leader.”