Profile of the Week: Ravi Ravindran

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Ravi is a fifth year student completing a double major in neuroscience and psychology. He is a frequent user of The Hub, using the space to develop his project, CSOGETA, a revolutionary new way to disseminate news and other media.

 

How did you find out about The Hub?

By accident. I just saw it and walked in. It looked very open and inviting and it wasn’t like any other room I’ve seen at UTSC. I talked to Gray and learned it was an innovation center and then I realized this is exactly what we’ve needed.

How would you describe The Hub for those who don’t know what it is?

It’s a large meeting place filled with computers, meeting rooms, lounges, for people to get together exchange ideas and develop their own ideas.

What project are you currently working on?

I’m trying to create a platform that will allow users to share and interact with news on a map. Its call CSOGETA and stands for “crowd source geo tag news”. People no longer want to be told what news is important. They want to access what they want to know about. What my platform seeks to do is use the power of maps and augmenting it with news.

What influenced you to want to create this project?

Growing up in Scarborough you hear a lot of things that happen and are missed out by traditional media. From anything crime related to just opinions. Right now I want to make it for UTSC students so they can give feedback to events and the various things that go on here.

Why do you feel people need this?

Social media has sparked a cultural revolution. News organizations read tweets because they realize how socially aware people are. The thing about Twitter is that it’s great because it helps localized people state their opinion to a vast audience but there’s no way to see this, using a map lets you visualize what’s around you.

How has The Hub allowed you to develop this project?

It gives us a great meeting environment and workspace. When people come in here they get driven and they feel like they want to work.

What advice would you give to individuals who have ideas they want to work on but don’t know where to start?

Start wherever you can. Start talking to whoever can listen. Find anyone who’s interested in being involved and get the idea down on paper.

 

If you think you have an idea such as Ravi’s or if you’re interested in being a part of his project, visit The Hub’s meet-and-greet information sessions on Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm. Any idea, big or small, is welcomed.