Once we had decided on the direction of our brief our first task as a group was to decided the most effective way to collect data. The data needed to be related to our brief, which was focused on the experience of UTS housing in regards to organic waste. Immediately after we agreed as a group that our focus was to develop an app to change the way food was wasted at housing, we knew we needed evidence that an app was relevant to the housing and would function successfully. We research the relevance of an app applications on a student’s phone noting that “the increasing number of smartphones users in the global market has led to a tremendous increase in the number of apps in a consumers phone.” (Saifi.R, Business2community.2017). We started researching into apps created by students for students, making the lives of students easier. The app created at UNSW, lost on campus is an app the provides directions on Campus around Australia. The digital map specialists, HERE, run a survey of 1000 Australian students and “ found that two thirds of 18-24 year olds nominated their university as the most confusing venue to navigate”( Lansdown. S. Huffpost 2017). As a group we used own on personal experience with iPhone apps, noting the success of an app such as Lost on campus. We Conducted interviews with housing students, as face to face interviews, “allow researchers to clarify ambiguous answers and when appropriate seek follow up information” (Ormrod and Leedy, Practical Research, 2001.). This personal insight into the feelings of the residence, allowed us to assess the demand for an app that allowed food sharing among residence. We decided against a survey, as we felt that it would be hard to gain access to a large majority of individuals in such a short period, as well that “ a majority of people who receive questionnaires don’t do them and those who do might not be representative of the originally selected sample.” (Ormrod and Leedy, Practical Research, 2001.). From a personal experience, who also noted that most important it’s the individuals desire to make change rather than the app we want to create. Although the app will make it easier, faster and simpler to stop organic waste being thrown away it is always the individuals own personal desire to make a change, “ on a more individual level, some people may actively choose to make sacrifices and live somewhat less extravagantly than they could” (West.S, Living and learning 2034, 2014.).
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