C4G Class Ends With 10 Projects Slated For Deployment
The C4G Fall 2009 class ended on a high note with ten of the twelve teams slated to deploy a usable system with their external partners. You can read about all the C4G projects on The Projects page.
We held a Project Review in early December that gave the students a chance to explain their projects to an audience and to show demonstrations of their working systems. The Project Review was open to the GT community and attended by faculty, students, staff and project partners. It was rewarding to see all the projects at once and hear how invested the students were in their work. Many shared with me how important the class was to them personally, but also professionally — when those who were graduating went on job interviews, they invariably spent most of the interview talking about their C4G project experience.
As part of the Project Review event, we also had a panel of distinguished external speakers who have experience working to solve pressing societal problems. The panel participants were
- Jason Carter, attorney at Bondurant, Mixson and Elmore, who also serves as Chair of the Georiga Appleseed Young Professionals Council and as Board Vice President for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence;
- Jack Hardin, attorney at Rogers and Hardin, who is a member of the Regional Commission on Homelessness, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta;
- John Nkengasong, chief of the CDC Global AIDS Program’s International Laboratory Branch; and
- Protip Biswas, executive director of the Regional Commission of Homelessness in Atlanta and vice president of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.
We were fortunate to have such a committed group of individuals to provide feedback and support for our efforts.
Though the class is over, many of the projects will continue. To describe just a few examples:
- BLIS (Basic Laboratory Information System) is being presented to the CDC for feedback and eventual deployment.
- MyMANET recently received an NCIIA Sustainable Vision grant that will help create a non-profit company to deliver the technology. They are also working with the FAA on use of the system in disaster settings.
- The World Food Garden team will continue to work with the other WFG software development volunteers to see their site redesign to completion.
One of my personal favorite post-class stories is from mid-December when I attended our end-of-term Honors Reception for College of Computing undergraduates finishing with Honors. These students are presented with an honor cord that they where during graduation to signify their accomplishments. Much to my surprise, between one-third and one-half of the students graduating with honors were members of our C4G class. These students are good, really good, and also are doing good.
Written by Dr. Ellen Zegura
C4G Professor and Chair of the School of Computer Science