Points to note from this video that coincides with my assumptions and postulates.

  • The vision to have a litter-free world
  • Litter became approachable
  • Litter is blending into the background of our lives, so its time to get it to the foreground.
  • How tracking this data can make a difference
  • How even cleaner cities are benefitting greatly, than from developing countries
  • How it helps systems built for cleanliness to take advantage of this data model
  • Harnessing the simple habit of people reporting or complaining about litter.
  • Converting a problem into data and its impact

What this taught me:

  • First of all, believe in your idea and don’t dismiss it early on.
  • Channel the power from your own experiences and that might result in better and effective ideas
  • This was a pat on my back that my thesis direction was indeed going to be fruitful.
  • I could tailor this project for developing countries specifically – those like India who have as many smartphones as the amount of garbage.
  • Most importantly, how to spin my project into a positive outcome and critique than a negative one.

Surely, this has convinced me to move forward with my idea of this project with the nuances of experimenting with demographic data. It’s only a matter of should I use this project/idea for my thesis or to move ahead with the Strangers Project?