needgap, create startup ideas by solving problems http://needgap.com Submit problems for startups to solve for building startup ideas and creating products which people want. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:00:00 +0000 An off-screen alternative to digital quiz #education #kids Many kids are being exposed to screen more than the daily ideal limit due to being required to finish their homework and submissions. A service that can generate offline printable playful quiz/homework forms for google classroom and other services might be useful. You print it, give it your kids for filling and then you scan/capture it to submit it back. 3 points posted by searchableguy /problems/154-an-off-screen-alternative-to-digital-quiz-education-kids 154 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 03:34:00 +0000 Offline programming course for prisoners #education #prison I have a friend in prison to whom I am sending educational materials, I figured that learning programming could be very useful and so I searched for materials which could teach prominent programming languages without access to a computer but couldn't find anything noteworthy.<br><br>I understand that a programming language doesn't make much sense without access to a computer, but decades earlier when there were limited access to the computers people still learnt programming through books.<br><br>There is a very high population of incarcerated people in my country, I think an offline equivalent of MOOC for programming via paper medium would be very useful to the inmates anywhere in the world.<br><br>I saw other remote education related problems on this platform and So, I was motivated to post this. 3 points posted by Jonas /problems/152-offline-programming-course-for-prisoners-education-prison 152 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 17:48:00 +0000 Remote education for underprivileged #education #poverty COVID-19 pandemic has put the world into lockdown and the children are forced to get their <a href="https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/edutech/brief/how-countries-are-using-edtech-to-support-remote-learning-during-the-covid-19-pandemic">education through Internet - especially via video conferencing often using smartphones, radio, television and texting</a>.<div> </div><div>Unfortunately, <b>even feature phones let alone smartphones are beyond the reach of many</b>, <a href="https://indianexpress.com/article/education/about-56-pc-of-children-have-no-access-to-smartphones-for-e-learning-study-6457247/">resulting in the lack of means to get educated</a> in the <a href="https://globalpressjournal.com/americas/mexico/virtual-learning-impossible-migrant-families-mexico/">marginalised communities</a> where education is the only way for the next generation to escape the poverty. There are several reports of children committing suicide after being distraught from not being able to afford a smartphone[<a href="https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/kerala-class-x-girl-ends-life-allegedly-over-lack-of-access-to-online-classes/article31728470.ece">1</a>][<a href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/girl-without-smartphone-fails-to-attend-online-classes-kills-self/articleshow/76474815.cms">2</a>][<a href="https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/coronavirus-india-punjab-mansa-no-smartphone-for-online-classes-girl-allegedly-commits-suicide-2242789">3</a>].<br><br>Pew Research centre's 2019 <a href="https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/11/20/non-mobile-phone-users-what-hinders-their-access/">report</a> says,</div><div><br></div><div><blockquote>Across the 11 emerging economies surveyed as part of this report, up to one-in-five people do not own or even share a mobile phone.</blockquote><div><br></div></div><div>Lack of smartphone or other electronic device is not the only problem, lack of proper electricity, cellular and Internet connectivity inhibits the underprivileged from receiving remote education.<br><br>What we can we come up with under such conditions to deliver remote education to the underprivileged?<b> </b>Note that several governments are trying to crack this problem as well, so any <b>solution to fill this need gap could be a</b> <b>viable international social good startup idea</b>.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/149-remote-education-for-underprivileged-education-poverty 149 Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:54:00 +0000 Comparing the value of online course certificate #MOOC #education There is no shortage of online courses, first there were the likes of Coursera, Udacity and now every University have their own Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or have partnerships with online education companies to provide their course.<div><br></div><div>All of them claim that their certificate is valuable with the employers, but how can be we sure of it? There is no clear way to know which certificates, from which MOOC providers are valuable and which companies accept such certificates.</div><div><br></div><div>It could be very useful if there was an online portal, which compares and rates these online course certificates based upon the quality of education and actual number of people who got employed because of the certificate.</div> 5 points posted by Tina Ray /problems/115-comparing-the-value-of-online-course-certificate-mooc-education 115 Fri, 01 May 2020 13:29:00 +0000 Cheat sheet for everything in same design format #education #cribsheet Students and professionals of different domains use cheat sheets for remembering what they learnt at a quick glance from web, written or printed notes. Some even refer to cheat sheets to find the information at a faster rate without having to go through the full documentation.<div> </div><div>There are cheat sheets possibly for everything from cooking to medical education. Here's a <a href="http://www.cheat-sheets.org/">collection of cheat sheets for different programming languages</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>But since cheat sheets are made by different individuals, each cheat sheet has different design format. <b>Different colors, arrangements of columns, fonts and text sizes makes the cheat sheets disjointed</b>.</div><div><br></div><div>If there is a platform which builds and curates cheat sheets in a single format i.e. like Wikipedia for cheat sheet, it would make cheat sheets more accessible, seamless and mainstream.</div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/117-cheat-sheet-for-everything-in-same-design-format-education-cribsheet 117 Fri, 08 May 2020 13:41:00 +0000 Realtime accent changer without changing voice #language #education Learning and speaking a foreign language is easier when compared to mastering the accent of a native speaker. Many, who have thought to have mastery of a foreign language have found that the native speaker of that language don't understand them due to the accent.<div><br></div><div>Accent is the manner of pronunciation peculiar to a particular individual, location or nation. Mastering the accent of the native speaker, reduces the friction in the communication between a native and non-native speaker of the same language.</div><div><br></div><div>There are numerous intuitive ways to learn foreign languages now a days, including mobile apps; but none I know of provides the native accent of a word or sentence in my own voice. I feel learning a language with native accent in our own voice would offer much more complete experience.</div><div><br></div><div>Hence, there is a need gap for a service which takes in our voice and plays back audio of a word or sentence in a language and accent of our choosing. Please do share your experiences on this problem and possible solutions.</div> 4 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/8-realtime-accent-changer-without-changing-voice-language-education 8 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:02:00 +0000 Finding which college course help reach ambition #college #education There are plenty of resources for finding universities, colleges and their ranking; but I'm yet to come across one which can simply tell me <b>which course should I take based on my current skills, financial capacity and at which university to reach my ambition</b>.<div><br></div><div>Say, if my ambition is to be an astronaut, may be I need not waste 4 years on Engineering; perhaps I can take 2 years course on Physics, Math, take up the pilot training program and apply to NASA (or) May be new space ventures such as SpaceX, Blue Origin would have Astronaut training program themselves and I should focus my education according to it. </div><div><br></div><div>A education/career advising web service or app should be able to give me this advise after getting the necessary inputs from me such as education, skills, grades, financial situation etc. based on up-to date information on the field of education, career, global economy, emerging technologies etc.</div> 3 points posted by Tina Ray /problems/72-finding-which-college-course-help-reach-ambition-college-education 72 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 17:03:00 +0000