Thursday, February 27, 2014

Interview Plans

HPU computer club


            I guess I would ask the president of the HPU computer club if they would like to meet up somewhere either in the school, at a starbucks or anywhere that the client would feel comfortable meeting up. During the interview I would ask if there is anything software related that they feel that needs to be improved on or what the client is actually in need of or if there is a problem. I would also give the president a questionnaire to distribute to the club’s member for their feedback as well and opinions on what they feel like can improve. For the follow up I would of course thank them for their time and even write an email thanking them as well.

Questions related to nature of business

            Is there a problem with communication between club members? I would discuss some ways of communication like using facebook or other forms of social media. These questions would really depend on what the client needs and I would suggest some ways that I could help software wise.

Questions related to operation of business processes

            If communication is the issue then I would set up a facebook page for the club or maybe use Google+ as an alternative social media some how

Questions related to information required for business processes

            I guess I would ask for contact information for other club officers so I would get in contact with them or club members.

Hpu shuttle App


            Again I would ask the client where they would feel most comfortable meeting up, either in their office, someplace public or even a skype/google hangout meeting if they are unable to meet up in person. During the interview I would discuss the app I would be planning on making and I would also talk about my plan on giving students that take the shuttle a questionnaire for their opinion on the app or if they have any questions regarding the app. For the follow up I would thank them for their time and write a thank you letter through email.

Questions related to nature of business
            I would ask how they would feel about the app and if the app would improve their business or cause problems some how?

Questions related to operation of business processes
            The app will be on the phone or some type of mobile device.           

Questions related to information required for business processes
            Some information I may require might be the contact information of the drivers since they would be the people that would set time of their departure and arrivals.

Here are the links to previous blogs:

At this point since I do require a external client I decided to cut the league of legends club idea and replace it with either working on Mu beta wit Lawrence Rufflin or probably help another club in HPU.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Reaching out

My method of contact would be through email since it is the option most comfortable to me. I felt like this email would be versatile for all three of my options but I mainly targeted this email for either my HPU shuttle project or the computer club project.


To whom this may concern,
            My name is John Garo and I am taking a course along with other students called Software Engineering at Hawaii Pacific University. One of our goals is to reach out into the community and help out a non-profit/local organization like yours, by any means of software development. For example, maybe we could help develop a type of mobile application, create a website, or even improve a website that works with your organization. We all have programming background and this would be a great opportunity for us to apply our skills as a real-life application. This will be a great learning experience for us to actually work with an actual company/organization.

Please let us know if we would help!

John Garo


Previous posts here:

Stakeholders for HPU computer club ideas

Stakeholders for HPU Shuttle App

Where the shuttle at?

Possible Events for the HPU computer club

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stakeholders for HPU computer club ideas

Original post could be found here.

A list of possible stakeholders for the HPU computer club events ideas that I made in the last post would be:

  • Current and incoming members
    • More events the better right? Some of the events could be interesting enough to probably attract more members
  • HPU computer club officers/leaders
    • Those events/ideas that I mentioned in my previous post could help the officers because I am basically helping them come up with some possible ideas
  • Computer science fanatics 
    • There may be some people that aren't in the club for whatever reason but that doesn't mean that they can't join in on the programming contests to help improve their programming skills!

Stakeholders for HPU Shuttle App

Original post can be found here.

A list of possible stakeholders for an HPU Shuttle App would be:

  • HPU Students
    • Since students are usually the ones that ride the shuttle so I believe this app would benefit them the most.
  • HPU Faculty 
    • I noticed some HPU professors riding the shuttle as well.
  • Mobile App Designers 
    • Or maybe even anyone that is interested in learning on how to develop a mobile app. This could be an idea for them and it would benefit them because it would give them experience on producing mobile apps. 
  • The Shuttle's company
    • The shuttle's company which I believe is called VIP could use and modify the App for their other services

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stakeholders for the possible LoL club

Original post can be found here

A list of possible stakeholders for a potential League of Legends club would be:
  • Current League of Legends players/fanatics 
    • This club is for them and I believe this club will establish a LoL community 
  • Potential League of Legends players
    • This club could attract some new people/players and with current players, they could help them out
    • Potential people could be gamers or even people that haven't played games before
  • Other League of Legends club/HPU students
    • As I mentioned in the original post, there are already League of legends clubs made in UH Manoa and UH Maui. So with another club made, the league of legends community could expand even more than just in HPU but the entire state maybe

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Possible Events for the HPU computer club

A club that I am supposedly involved in is the HPU computer club. I have actually been in the club since my freshmen year which is roughly two years ago. I wasn't really an active member to the club but I really do want to become more active. Usually the reason why I am inactive is the club meetings or socials usually conflicts with my schedule, like I would have class using a meeting.  Anyways I thought of some type of events or socials that he club could have that I would find interesting and also relate to computers in general.

  • Mini programming contests
  • Video game tourneys 
  • Study halls with upperclassmen 
  • Field trips at local places where computer science could be used?

These are some current ideas I have for now, I will definitely update if i come up with more ideas

Where the shuttle at?

Brainstorm Project Idea 2:

One idea that just came to me when watching Sam Joseph’s week 2 video was when he mentioned logistical issues in my life relating to school and for some reason the first thing that pops into my mind is the school’s shuttle system. Now the shuttle system isn’t that bad or too much of an issue, I feel its decent but I think I know a way to help make it better. The school’s very own Shuttle estimated arrival time program/ app. I actually first heard of this idea back during my freshmen year in college at either a computer club meeting or from a professor, I can’t really remember exactly who I got the idea from but it was then and I still don’t see that app now. The Honolulu city bus or “TheBus” actually has this kind of application called “The Bus – HEA” HEA stands for Honolulu estimated Arrival time. Basically what this app does is you first enter the bus stop ID so the app knows what bus stop you are at and what buses go to that bus stop. I find it really handy since I take the bus and I just like to know how long I have to wait for. So I think implementing TheBus’s  app for the school’s shuttle would be neat. Students will know when the shuttle arrives and leaves. I know the shuttle schedule has fixed times and will always come every 15 minutes. But lets say you decide to catch the shuttle outside of your daily routines, or maybe there was a car accident in the shuttle’s route which will cause traffic and slow down the shuttles, or maybe there was just a lot of students at the shuttle stop that one of the shuttles had to take some students and leave really early. Anyways the point is, lets say you want to catch the shuttle but it doesn’t arrive on time, well you would now have an app that would tell you that the current shuttle left a few minutes early or will arrive in 2 minutes. This program will be a mobile app since I fell that is where it will be most effective.


HPU League of Legends Club??

Brainstorm Project Idea 1:

I am a gamer, I love playing video games and in fact I would really like to turn my passion for gaming into my career. So far all I know how to do that I feel would be beneficial to work in the gaming industry is to program, so I guess one option for me is to become a video game programmer. Of course, nothing is set in stone for me yet and I would like to keep my options open and explore other type of jobs that works for gaming companies. One gaming company that I dream to work for is Riot games, which is known for their world popular game, League of Legends. League of Legends is one of the games that I am currently playing and have been playing for a while actually. Anyways last semester I was actually planning on organizing a League of Legends club. I have friends in UH Manoa and UH Maui and their Universities both have their very own League of Legends club. I thought “Hey if UH Manoa has a league of legends club then why not HPU?” I know a couple of people or a good chunk of people I should say that plays league of legends at HPU. I first got the club idea from an announcement on league of legends and here it is! I thought it was neat that a league of legends club is more than just playing a video game, it’s about making a community and meeting new people!   

So why haven’t I made this club? Well last semester I was pretty busy and this semester is no different and I have never been an officer for a club before or let alone make a club. But if I decide to make this club a project then I’ll have more of a reason to make this club! So what about the software stuff? Well I was thinking I could maybe make a webpage for this club instead of using Facebook groups or some other social networking site. Although I have also never made a website before but I would really like to learn how to do some web design! A few other problems that might occur would be recruitment and planning socials. But this is idea is still an idea for now.