I met with Wendy Cagle at Western Carolina University (WCU) on Monday, June 30th. It went really well! We talked about WTC and how we think our working with the college would benefit this project. She brought up some really good points. Security is definitely something that will be forefront in our potential users’ minds. We need to make sure that we have a way to insure that their personal information is protected against hackers. We will need to work on a risk assessment as part of our process.
She also told me about an amazing entrepreneur right here in Western North Carolina that we should connect with. His name is Justin Belleme. He was recently honored by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Venture Asheville as Entrepreneur of the Year. Justin is a 28 year old Asheville native and owner of JB Media Group, LLC, a marketing agency. He has helped several other small businesses with their kickstarter or other crowd-funding campaigns. He assists with many aspects marketing a company. He’ll be the luncheon keynote speaker at an upcoming seminar that Small Business & Technology Department is holding at the Biltmore Park Campus on July 8th. We hope very much to attend and meet him in person to discuss our project.
We also talked about the possibility of working with a team of seniors from WCU. World Tree Circle would be their “capstone” project and we would work closely with the group while they research and develop a portfolio on how to get World Tree up and running. We may not use everything they put together I’m sure there will be all sorts of great information to use. It would be phenomenal to see this become a reality and those students have the opportunity to say that they were a part of this amazing website that everyone is talking about and using. With international students in the program we may even have an opportunity to create a small scale prototype that they could test run, sharing information, testing translation and making corrections. It would be invaluable.
We are so stoked to put all of this to use and meet these new people we’ve learned about in the coming weeks. Please keep the comments coming. Bing is doing its best to translate them for us. They aren’t perfect, but I’m going through them and trying to make sure they don’t all go to the spam folder. Another reason we are excited about getting WTC up and running with the software that allows those who are bilingual to correct those little errors.