Finding my idea

Attending a sensor journalism event taught me a lot about creating new business ideas. I learned that no idea is too big or too small and that idea is ultimately possible. The event also taught me to first look at my community, find a problem, find data and create technology. Although I’ve already thought about creating a new app, I haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact problem the app will solve.

By following these steps, I plan to first look at my community which is the College Area. As a college student, I know a lot about the problems college students face on a daily average. There has been a lot of crime occurring in the neighborhood so I would want to focus on making it safer for students to be on campus. A lot of students live near campus and attend parties near campus, the parties are the targets of most crimes around College Area. I plan to keep talking to students to find a universal problem most students experience. I would also like to talk to more students about ways they believe that problem could be solved and try to embody in that an app of some sort.

Entrepreneurial Observation

Not only were attendees taught how to incorporate sensors into journalism, but we were taught how to create sensors.
Not only were attendees taught how to incorporate sensors into journalism, but we were taught how to create sensors.

Attending a sensor journalism event showed me a completely new and innovative side to journalism. While I’ve been used to learning about the traditional journalism, the opportunity to immerse myself in a new form of journalism was eye opening. For the first time in my college career, I was able to spend an entire day learning about a new transformative method of journalism, which taught me that, as a journalist, I have a duty to venture out and find new ways to tell stories. The entire experience was a learning experience that left me with a new outlook on the journalism field.

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During the event, some of the entrepreneurial concepts and techniques that were used were content aggregation and distribution, web content and application development. During the day, each speaker talked about creating different types of sensors to research information. This ranged from how to create the sensor to how to employ the sensor in any situation. We were also taught how to create content for our audience and how the audience would consume the content. Speakers also talked about ways to aggregate content from the community.

Speaker Eric Frost talked about how he used sensors for his work.
Speaker Eric Frost talked about how he used sensors for his work.

My group’s idea formed when one of the members of my group brought up the idea of testing the air quality of schools on either side of the border. She’s from Arizona so she was used to seeing the disparity of quality of life between cities across the border. Our idea was to test air quality, water and traffic in a school on both sides of the border to determine the quality of both schools. We all agreed that the idea was relevant and important to a particular audience.

At first, one of the challenges my group had were picking on an idea. We were stuck on two great ideas and spent a lot of time deciding on which idea to ultimately pick. We also spent a lot of time trying to figure out the impact of our idea and how the public would consume it. Overall, we all worked well together when it came to forming our idea.

During the entire event, there were points where I felt lost because I was unable to grasp the concept of incorporating sensors into journalism. I had difficulty trying to keep up with the concept of how to use sensors to tell a story. Since I’m not a very techy person, I wasn’t able to understand a lot of the concepts of the event, which made it harder for me to follow along during each speaker and activity. I felt like everything in the event was sort of rushed, and I wish I had more time to immerse myself into the concept of sensor journalism.

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One of the take-aways I had from the event was that there isn’t just one way to be a journalist. Journalism is an ever changing field and people are constantly changing it and adapting it to the current social climate to best suit the needs of consumers. Another take away I had from the event was that technology is not only for the tech savvy. No matter what your skills are, it’s important to keep broadening your horizons and making sure you’re staying up to date with current technology. The least thing I took away from this event was that changing and adapting journalism to create different forms like sensor journalism keeps the concept of consuming news alive. People need information and it’s important to keep creating ways to give people what they need.

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This entrepreneurial experience helped me realize that no idea is ever too big or too small. I learned that anything is possible. In terms of my business plan, I learned that I can keep adapting my idea as I go and I never have to fully stick to one idea while I’m creating my plan. I realized that before I create my plan, I have to think about my community, think about a problem, find the data and create the technology. This experience taught me how to plan out my business plan with easy steps.

By the end of the event, groups had the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of judges.
By the end of the event, groups had the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of judges.