Richmond students to present technology solutions for downtown businesses and rural students

Problem Solving from Rural to Main:

Computer graphics technology students at Purdue Polytechnic Richmond will present “Problem Solving from Rural to Main: Using Design Thinking to Solve Current Issues Facing Our Communities” on Wednesday, April 11, in the Richmond Innovation Center. The public is invited to see student presentations about community issues and prototypes of technology solutions designed to help.

Students in CGT 25600 (Human Computer Interface Theory & Design) have been exploring challenges and issues of concern for people in two area populations: rural high school students and the downtown business community. They will present their research and demonstrate prototypes of mobile apps, websites and other systems that might address these issues.

“Rural high school students are 10 percent less likely to attend college, and only 30 percent of businesses in downtown Richmond are retail,” said Michele Walker, continuing lecturer at Purdue Polytechnic Richmond. “Our students are working on ways to use technology to increase access to learning and to drive more traffic to downtown businesses.”

Presentations and demonstrations will take place from 1–3 p.m. on April 11 in the Richmond Innovation Center, 814 E. Main Street.

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