The Matchmaker is a great idea that is well articulated, especially with the mockup from the industry perspective! Earlier this week OpenIDEO San Diego chapter selected this project to explore further as we see great potential. After discussing the project in depth, we decided to look at it from the point of view of a specific company to map out the potential journey. From this we came up with a few additional questions that perhaps you have already considered or may want to reflect on further:
• Can you provide additional clarity about the selection process? Are the submissions blinded/anonymous as to what institution they come from? For example, could it be an issue if a company only wants to work with one institution (i.e. top ranked school)? How does the decision algorithm work? Which criteria are deemed to be of greater importance?
• Are projects only available to be completed by class or could projects be completed cross-faculty, cross- year, cross-class? We discussed the great learning potential for students with different academic backgrounds/ faculties and levels to come together to address the real-world problem. Perhaps this could be an additional option?
• In the current model once a match is made it is essentially taken "off of the market". What is the rationale for this? Would it be possible for multiple institutions to work on the same project at different times or is each project restricted to one institution?
Congratulations on making it to the top 30 and we look forward to seeing this idea move forward!
-Jenny (on behalf of the OpenIDEO San Diego chapter)