Soccer for a Cause

Group 5: Nasser Al Alawi (group Project Manager) – Abdulla Rawanbakhsh – Ali Al Ansari – Manaf Al Musawi – Mariam Al Mannai – Noor Hilal

Brief description of the project:

“Soccer for a cause” revolves around the concept of a soccer tournament that brings people together to raise funds for charity or a good cause.  Our intended competition was to organize a 4 team – league format – event that would require us to register the teams by paying a small entry fee as a source of income to cover our initial costs. Proceeds from the event along with partial sales from various vendors would go towards our charity of choice. At the same time, we had initiated a Plan B to mitigate potential risks by putting in place a game day involving board games and mini events indoors at the same venue with a group of Orphans from one of the local orphanages.

Given the vast amount of sponsorships and donations as detailed below, and considering both plans were moving swiftly, we felt we did not require to rely on the team registration revenue stream and instead could now amalgamate both plans.

We decided to invite the orphans to form 4 teams and have an eventful soccer tournament which could now be catered for by the various sponsors, who were very responsive to providing the orphans with the opportunity for a fun day out. Based on this development we contacted the local orphanage and updated them on the development to which they gladly agreed. We therefore amended the event by bringing together our two plans. The event scope had now changed however we had the infrastructure in place to meet these proposed changes. Minor changes such as providing lunch for the children and organizing the teams were done without much hassle – which was evident by the fact that we had stayed within the time constraints we had initially put in place. We even managed to organize a mini shoot out after the tournament and award ceremony to give away some games we had intended for our plan B for all our goal scorers and even gave one lucky shooter our own Cohort 12.5 inspired game “Chicken Nuggets”.

 

Brief description of the charity

Dream society is a unique and active local society in Bahrain, their main goal is to bring joy to children who want to make their dreams come true. They focus on children with illness “not limited to the following” cancer, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. The second charity of choice who also agreed to be part of our fun event is Al Kawther Society for Social Care, their main focus is to empower and educate children who are orphans through specialized programs along with providing them with the required treatments.

 

Factual analysis of success in terms of project objectives

The main goal for our project was to raise funds for charity. Hence, one of our initial steps was to obtain sponsorship to try to cover some mismatches in the costs related to hosting of the event and were surprised by the overwhelming interest we garnered from various local sponsors. We had achieved almost 900% of our original budgeted estimations from sponsors totaling BD1,770/- (BD 1485.18 net of expenses) which alleviated any concerns in terms of our budgets and the focus then fell on ensuring the time and resources were in place to make the event successful. The below table illustrates the KPIs we set as success metrics:

Note: BHD 62.18 were donated to Dream Society in cash.

 

Two or three lessons learned about managing projects

  1. Projects can be completed successfully within any given timeframe if the targeted project outcomes are realistic and well planned for;
  2. Last minute changes can happen and we must find ways to incorporate the change, we should understand that last minute changes can sometimes lead to a better result; and
  3. Communication is a key factor in the success of projects, and by communication we mean the information exchange whether it is in face to face meetings or through a WhatsApp group, project teams should agree on a convenient way to communicate to ensure that all stakeholders are up to date with the progress of the project.

 

Advice for future teams doing similar projects

  1. Even the best plans can fail, hence contingency plans are a must, we strongly recommend having more than one contingency plan;
  2. Always think of the approvals required for your project, even the simplest activities might require the consent of the parties involved, so be proactive and seek the required clearances from day 0 of your project in order to get it on time.
  3. Last but not least, always remember that the purpose of your projects are either charity or increasing awareness, so please have the willpower to face all the challenges that will arise and have fun doing so.

 

Photos related to the project. Examples could be event photos, website, team members, etc.:

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Group 2 – Project Audit

 

  • Brief description of the project

The aim of our project was to produce and promote a safety training video targeted at women and families. The safety training video was filmed at National Fire Science Academy (FSA) in Jubail (Saudi Arabia), in accordance to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards which are utilized throughout the GCC region. The video focuses primarily on tackling incipient (basic) incidents that may occur in the home. The promotion of the video was through various social media channels and a charity organization. Our project team traveled all the way to Jubail, Saudi Arabia for a day to shoot the video. The trip helped the team members to even better understand one another and create a stronger bond among us to tackle and be able to achieve our group goal as one strong team.

 

  • Brief description of the charity

The Muharraq Communal Society was established in 2004 in the Kingdom of Bahrain and its headquarter is located in Muharraq City – Bahrain.

The main objectives of the Charity are:

  • Contribute in spreading awareness among the people living in Muharraq about their social rights and responsibilities.
  • Contribute in supporting the economic, cultural and social programs that benefit the citizens and push the country’s development forward.
  • Seek to maintain the historical unity of Muharraq and work toward protecting it.
  • Spread the concept of team work in the national and volunteer activities.
  • Spread the awareness among citizens about the role of the constitutional institutions and municipal councils.

 

  • Factual analysis of success in terms of project objectives

The main project deliverables as per the project plan were as follows:

  1. Produce a safety training video that is (2- 5 minutes long). We adapted the video to produce short learning excerpts for use on different forms of social media
  2. Obtain a total of 600 views of the video from all media channels (i.e. Instagram, snapchat and YouTube).
  3. Obtain an approval of one charity organization to promote the video through its media channels.
  4. We got an agreement with a charity organization to post and promote through various social media platforms.
  5. We have successfully produced 3 safety training videos, one that is 4 minutes long and two that were 1 minute long each. Total views exceeded all expectations at 30,000 views!

 

  • Lessons learned about managing projects
  • We learned that it is necessary to have a project charter and a project management plan at the beginning of every project before we start executing. Having a clear plan will save a lot of time in execution and is helpful to make all the team members aware of the project progress and focused on each task. To manage a successful project we need to have a clear plan that includes an identified scope, where each task is assigned to a team member and is allocated a specific timeline.
  • We learned that communication plays an essential role in managing projects. The message has to be clearly conveyed to team members to avoid challenges.
  • The project manager alone cannot make a successful project, the role of the team members is of equal importance.

 

  • Advices for future teams doing similar projects
  • Identify the areas of strength for every team member from the very beginning of the project in order to assign each task for a suitable member. This will increase the efficiency, the commitment and the fulfillment of each team member. Everyone will be happy and enjoy performing the assigned task, which makes the execution both successful and fun!
  • Start your project with planning and not with execution even if you are extremely excited! Put the plan in front of you first. Make sure that all team members contribute to the plan and have read and understand the plan.
  • Have a clear specific scope, be clear on what product or service you want to provide. Stay focused on your scope even if you encounter better ideas while you are executing the project. Remember that you have a limited timeline and you don’t want to experience scope creep.
  • Learn as much as you can, working in a field project is an amazing opportunity to learn how to manage a life project. It is an opportunity to learn how to be creative, how to react in case of a crisis and how to focus under time constrains. You can learn from other project team members and you can learn from the nature of your project itself. In case of our project, all the team members learned how to fight fire at home! we learned this new skill during the execution of the project while filming the video.
  • Enjoy every moment, during every task with every team member. Have fun! It is your project and not anyone else’s. Think of it as your contribution to the world and as your pride. Work with a positive spirit, keep a big smile on, appreciate your team members, motivate each other and work closely like a family.

 

 

Link of our video : https://youtu.be/Ed5R0AQGpoQ

 

 

Apple’s Product Cycle

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Apple Corporation seems to always have something new to keep their name a popular topic. Even though the adjustments they made to their software are very minimal and there are already systems very similar out, every new launch from Apple a huge hype and gets attention from majority of people.

Every time a new software or phone is released by Apple, they have a huge Keynote that has viewers from all over the world. Apple does not spend money on the advertising for the Keynote but they are still able to have millions of viewers. The Keynote goes through the details of the new product, shows the product to the public for the first time, and finally gives the release date for the item. With the release date being in the near future, customers gain anticipation to get their hands on the product when it first goes public.

Apple now has a cycle for each one of its’ products so they are constantly introducing the next big thing. With this stable cycle, Apple is always able to keep their company on the surface and continue to be a popular brand. Although some may think Apple is making their previous products go out of date very quickly, the purpose of Apple’s constant cycle of upgrades is to make their product irresistible to the millions of people that have yet to buy the product. The cycle also manages to keep the competitors on their toes; when they come out with their first of a product similar to Apple’s, Apple is already ready to release the next generation of the product.

Apple is making their product cycles long enough to have customers with the past model upgrade at the time of release while maintaining the newest products constantly. Some people are ready for the upgrade when it comes out but even the people that are not will be intrigued by the newest release and pay the price to keep up with the latest and greatest from Apple. For example, Apple is at the 8th generation of iPhones, but when the six came out there were still lines for hours the day of the release, even after some people participated in the online preorder that Apple offers.

Thus far the Apple product cycle has been able to keep the company pretty successful and at the top of the market. Apple is able to release the newest products without spending much on advertising and having a good turn out.

 

http://recode.net/2014/09/01/the-apple-product-cycle-comic/

http://buyersguide.macrumors.com

The Electronic Tattoo

'Biostamps' made by IC10 feature bendable circuitry that can stretch up to double its original size

Motorola’s tattoos could replace passwords

LINK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/10090863/Google-Motorolas-tattoos-could-replace-passwords.html

There’s a new technology on the horizon – a quite interesting one at that. This technology plans to remove the need to require passwords and replace them by simply with a phone being near the user’s body. The idea was suggested by Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s chief executive, at California’s D11 Conference on May 30, 2103. The tattoos were developed by MC10, an engineering firm in based in Massachusetts. The tattoos contain flexible electronic circuits that are attached to the user’s skin using a rubber stamp. Nokia has previously experimented with this, but Regina Dugan, Motorola’s senior vice president of advance research was a former head of the US Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The agency demonstrated the silicon-based technology that uses the bendable electronic circuits. It was initially designed for medical purposes, but Motorola is hoping for success with these “Biostamps” for consumer authentication purposes. Motorola’s has the notable expert on their team to get the pan implemented quicker than other companies.

Motorola is also investigating the Proteus Digital Health Pill, which is a computer chip that is powered by a battery using the acid in the user’s stomach. This was already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and was given approval by European regulatory in 2010. The pill creates a unique signal that gets picked up by devices outside the body, which could be used to verify a user’s identity. It’s been claimed that the pill can be taken daily for about a month.

Admittedly theses experimental ideas are not going to be on sale anytime soon, but Wooside has claimed Motorola has “tested it authenticating a phone, and it works.”
Former Google employee who now is apart of Motorola said, “Having the boldness to think differently about problems that everybody has everyday is really important for Motorola now. Authentication is irritating. In fact its so irritating only about half the people do it, despite the fact there is a lot of information about you on your smartphone, which makes you far more prone to identity theft.”

Motorola has already begun to enter the smartphone realm by preparing to launch the Moto X Phone in October. It will go on sale for much less than the iPhone and other smartphones in the market now. Motorola is behind but it just can’t simply compete by selling the same phone everybody else is selling at a cheaper price. It needs to exceed expectations and issue a technology that surpasses that of its competitors.

Although many people will be creeped-out by this, I think that it’s not only fascinating but that it can revolutionize the industry. I agree with the former Google employee; it is very irritating to have to log in with a password over 50 times a day. I am in fact so irritated that I do not have a password on my iPhone or iPad. Although some may believe that is a security issue, I make sure I have the devices either near me or in a locked area. The minute I discover my phone is in danger I quickly find a computer and lock it and erase its data. But that’s beside the point; it is a pain to go through authentication constantly. I think the idea needs much work and warming up to, but I think it’s fantastic. We already have very technologically advanced biometric systems in motion, so why don’t we get consumers to start using them to their benefit as well?

How do you think the company Motorola will do? What do think of this idea? Are there safety issues? Would you be willing to try it out?

SOURCE: The Telegraph

A Cocktail Shaker with a Twist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow college students just like us had an idea that had the potential to turn into millions.   The Mason jar has been popular among people and restaurants for use as a drinking glass.  But what about a cocktail shaker?  When college friends Eric Prum and Joshua Williams were playing around with a Mason jar last year, and transformed into a hip new cocktail shaker, they had no idea it would turn into such a hit.  Their Mason Shaker idea was made with a Ball Mason jar and fitted  with a custom lid representing the same structure as a cocktail shaker lid.   Last November, the initial order of the shakers were introduced at West Elm stores and thousands were sold out with in just three weeks.  In January, the sales of the shakers through the Internet and the West Elm stores had reached $250,000.

In January last year, these college buddies first came up with the Mason shaker and designed it.  Later in that following July, they came across this crowd-funding website called Kickstarter.  This site helps raise money for start-up businesses.  Their goal was to raise $5,000 to help manufacture and supply their product.  They shattered their goal of $5,000 by raising $74,738 from approximately 2,000 investors in as little as a month. 

This was not the students’ first entrepreneurial engagement.  Williams, who had a passion for food and drinks, started a catering and cocktails business with his fellow friend Prum.  During the company’s events they discovered how useful these jars worked well for creating their unique cocktail concoctions.

Previously, Prum was a designer and developer for a paintball company, so he took the knowledge gain from this experience and thought to design something with his best friend – a cocktail shaker.  These friends took their product design skills and knowledge to refine their Mason jar cocktail shaker invention.  Making over hundreds of tweaks and finally happy with the final prototype, they began their business.   Prum and Williams founded the W&P Design, a Brooklyn-based product design company.  Then they launched the Mason jar shaker on Kickstarter.  Prum was working as a full-time managing partner, while Williams still employed in his banking job, working as an adviser on product development and business strategy – 2 important operations management tasks.  Then they launched their product by a good deal with a home goods chain called West Elm. 

The company is already profitable, but it’s still very much in startup mode.   They are both hoping that through their skills and knowledge, they will achieve longevity in their business.

I believe these students turned a simple idea into a creative invention that became popular and profitable, but it maintained its profitability and exceeded it through knowledgeable decisions on operating their business.

Prum and Williams, a pair of wise college students made very intelligent and correct operations decisions in their start-up business to not only reach goals, but exceed them.  Their Mason jar shaker was a success and their future decisions will continue to show how successful the shaker can be and how their business will progress.

Source: Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

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