CC3 - Recommend features and content for a Climate Change Impact Planning software product

Project start and end dates:
2019-09-12 to 2019-12-06

Goals & Objectives
We are in the design and planning phase of a new climate change impact planning software product (related to “UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”). The product will produce a set of climate change impact reports in a given geographical area. The primary end users will include municipal government officials and urban planners, insurance companies, and other stakeholders who are concerned about climate change impacts in that region. We would like your recommendations on additional tools, content, and features that would be useful to our end users while they are reviewing and sharing these reports.
Project Outcome
The DeGroote students researched and recommended features and content for a Climate Change Impact Planning software product prototype. They provided clear and logical insight about modern user trends (especially for the younger demographic) that substantially altered our initial design direction. Based on early discoveries by them, we altered the project focus to include a study on gamification and mobile app approaches to improve user experience. We believe that their insight and creativity, backed up by solid research and communication, will substantially clarified and improve our prototype’s UX. The students demonstrated enthusiasm, research skills, creativity and insight throughout the project, and that quality was evident when they presented their final report. They were always pleasant, professional, keen to understand our project goals and objectives, and willing to go the extra mile to help achieve them. Overall the team’s result was of real value, and will be put to use as we continue to design our prototype.


We would like to thank Ignatius Ashali, Sarah Liou , and the other students and teaching staff of COMMERCE 4SG3 – Corporations & Society  course. *

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Related Project

OASIS: Software Solutions for Climate Change Problems

Software can help the world respond to climate change impacts and disasters.

In 2019 we set out to investigate if there is a need for a solution that gives citizens personalized help preparing for and recovering from climate change impacts and lets trusted authorities assist them and report on their results.

As part of this effort, a great deal of market and technical research was conducted over the last few years. Over 140 students have been involved so far, in dozens of academic institutions in Canada and internationally.

Our greatest finding is the willingness of citizens to take responsibility and help themselves, their neighbors and community plan for, mitigate and recover from climate change impacts and disasters. We also confirmed that a software solution can be built to help overcome the barriers they face when trying to do so.

Now we’re working on a prototype and sharing our findings and progress. Find out more on our OASIS project website!

Academic Institution

DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 

We actively foster interdisciplinary thinking and evidence-based management to transform business and society. The DeGroote difference is that you’ll be challenged to apply your knowledge to practical business situations, gaining an understanding of how the concepts you’re learning today will impact the business world tomorrow.

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