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Imagine Cup...Opinions welcome!

Posted 28 October 2010 - 04:21 PM

Hey everyone, so I'm thinking about entering in the Software Design competition of the Imagine Cup. Of the 8 Millenium Goals that the UN has the one that I want to address with my programs is the Gender Equality goal. The UN wants to eliminate all inequality among men and women in all levels of education. One example that their website gives is about how top ranked jobs are primarily given to women.

What I had thought about doing was making an ASP.NET application that allows the user to input their gender, state where they live, and field of future employment. The program would then use that information to query different job search websites like Monster, Career Builder, MSN Careers, etc. In order to provide more job results for women since women have less opportunities I was thinking that when a woman does a search then it would bring back the results from more websites than it would if a man did a search.

What do you think? Is this a good idea and if it is then is this possible? Do I need permission from the job search companies to do this?

EDIT: Fixed my spelling.

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Re: Imagine Cup...Opinions welcome!

Posted 28 October 2010 - 06:06 PM

Does gender equality mean that you don't have to be equal towards men?
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 06:31 PM

No it doesn't mean that. I just was thinking about doing that because of the fact that there are more jobs available to men than to women. My program would offer more jobs results to women in order to give them a chance to get a heads up on the latest jobs.
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:03 PM

Sounds like your showing inequality towards men - I would rethink that decision if I were you.
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:21 PM

Any advice?
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:56 PM

I can't believe I didn't think of this before...what if I made it so that no matter if you were a man or woman, no matter what state you lived in or what field you chosen it gave you the same amount of results

For example: I choose male, Alabama, Computer Science and it gives me 198 results then if my aunt uses it and chooses female, Tennessee, and Customer Service then it would also give her 198 results

Would this be equal enough to qualify for the competition or do I need to rethink my entire program idea?
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:17 AM

Depending on your beliefs about affirmative action and other inequality "eliminating" programs, you might find that writing an engine that searches only for women is "unfair," (this is actually a good example of affirmative action) where your second conclusion of searching jobs, regardless of gender or race levels the playing field, so that only those who are skilled enough in the eyes of the employer are hired.


which is better? Equal opportunity for everyone or equal result for everyone?

I would examine your views on the philosophy behind the UN's Gender Equality goal.

Hope this helps! :)

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:31 AM

Thanks. One of my programmer friends who I'm hoping will be my mentor in the competition suggested that I do something different. He suggested that I make an ASP.NET application that helps kids with their words. For example some younger kids made not under stand that ph makes the f sound. So he said to talk with some people that help students that have trouble sounding out words and then talk to some parents whose kids might be dislexic and talk to them on what the best methods are to teach these kids and then put those methods into my program.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:00 AM

Sick! My step dad worked on a team (military contractor) that tested a program designed to teach soldiers to speak basic arabic. Anything teaching kids can be an invaluable tool.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:04 AM

View Postblutrane, on 29 October 2010 - 07:00 AM, said:

Sick! My step dad worked on a team (military contractor) that tested a program designed to teach soldiers to speak basic arabic. Anything teaching kids can be an invaluable tool.


What makes you think that?
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:16 AM

Kids are veritable sponges of knowledge and I think its important to help further their education in anyway possible. I brought the program because it was a medium that seem to work for teaching adults (studies show that its a little harder for adults to learn a new language than children) so I think there could be success from a program that helps kids to better master the english language







P.S. thanks for +1
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:48 AM

Cool. Thanks for the info. I'm going to get started on this as soon as I can.


Your welcome. I try to remember to give people rep if they helped me.
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