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MacChangers

Join MacChangers to propose innovative solutions to real-world problems!

This is your opportunity to develop your professional skills and network, while tackling one of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals - the most complex and pressing problems confronting society in the century 21st.

The MacChangers program focuses on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals to build a more resilient and sustainable Hamilton community.

What is MacChangers?

MacChangers is a co-curricular program (students do not receive course credit) that pairs multidisciplinary teams with community partners to propose innovative solutions to local challenges facing the Hamilton community, as well as the global community.

Over the school year, MacChangers teams will develop their professional and transferable skills through workshops on a variety of topics, such as human-centred design, financial viability of solutions, prototyping, communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving. Students will utilize these new skills to develop unique and robust proposals to solve local challenges.    

In April, teams present their proposed solutions in front of an audience consisting of students, staff, and faculty members from McMaster University, as well as stakeholders from the Hamilton community.

The MacChangers program welcomes students from all faculties to share their expertise and has no cost to enroll. Funding is available for student projects. 

This program is supported by the Faculty of Engineering and MacPherson Institute.

Want to learn more?  Attend one of our next info sessions:

Thurs, Sept. 5, 11:30am, 6:00pm - JHE A114

Tues, Sept. 10, 11:30am, 5:30pm - Mills L113

Thurs, Sept. 12, 12:30pm, 4:30pm - JHE A114

    

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Why join MacChangers?

Develop skills: By participating in the MacChangers program, you will develop many of the professional and transferable skills that employers look for such as communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving.

Build connections: Gain insight into local problems by working closely with mentors and like-minded people as you build your professional network.

Make a difference: Present your innovative proposals for change to community stakeholders.

 

Benefits for participants

  • Apply your course-work knowledge to tackle real-world problems.
  • Propose innovative solutions that could result in positive change in our community.
  • Build valuable connections with subject matter experts from the McMaster and Hamilton communities.
  • Develop professional skills in research, teamwork, project management, entrepreneurship, and communication.
  • Work in teams of students from different faculties and academic levels.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion.

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How it works

Who can join MacChangers?

Learn more about registering at one of our Info Sessions!

Undergraduate and graduate students from all levels and programs who are interested in social change explore different areas related or not to their fields of study The ideal MacChanger is highly motivated to build a better Hamilton and a better world.

MacChangers participants are creative problem-solvers, innovators, self-starters and motivated by curiosity. They work collaboratively across disciplines and manage uncertainty inherent in complex problems.

MacChangers must commit to:

  • Up to 3 hours of work per week.
  • Attending bi-weekly workshops.
  • Consulting with the program lead(s) at least once a month (and as many times as needed!)
  • Completing program deliverables in order to further their projects.
  • Managing their own team’s work schedule that includes research, project management, information sharing and presentation development.
  • Communicating with their team.

How to join?

Step 1: Select a project theme

Step 1: Select a project theme

Review the project themes and pick one that excites you the most.

(Click on the icon to see more details)

Step 2: Form a team

Step 2: Form a team

Put together a 4-5 member interdisciplinary team.

We can help you to form a team in case you don’t have one.

Step 3: Register

Step 3: Register

Registration will open September 2019! Be sure to attend our info sessions:

Sept. 5, 11:30am, 6:00pm - JHE A114
Sept. 10, 11:30am, 5:30pm - Mills L113
Sept. 12, 12:30pm, 4:30pm - JHE A114

 

Step 4: Follow us

Step 4: Follow us

Follow us on social media and keep posted about events, community organizations, and the latest information about the project themes.

    

Our Program Foundation

The MacChangers Program is based on research methodology and inquiry through the principles of Design Thinking, The Lean Startup, The Design SprintProject Management, and Systems Thinking.

You will develop your research project in 2 distinct phases:

During the Fall term, teams work together to identify and define the problem they want to solve and the specific users they want to help. The focus of your work will be choosing the right problem to solve.

During the Winter term, teams work together to develop a potential solution to the problem you identified. The focus of your work will be testing the feasibility of your solution.

This diagram shows the MacChangers process to develop your research project:

 

 

MacChangers has been reviewed by the McMaster University Research Ethics Board (MREB) and it is the first extracurricular program that received a Certificate of Ethics Clearance to involve human participants in its research.

For any comment, question or concern regarding ethics in research, please contact MREB at https://reo.mcmaster.ca/

Projects

Review the list of themes for your project, and choose one that you and your team feel most passionate about.

We invite students from all disciplines of study across the University to being part of an interdisciplinary team, particularly those who share a strong passion for knowledge translation and solution implementation.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at the past projects done by our students and the list of external resources we have provided for you.

Project Themes

Technology is an integral part of our lives. Innovative technologies bring incredible opportunities to improve our lives while, at the same time, introduce many new challenges to security, usability, and accessibility. Teams within this area of study will examine how disruptive technologies help citizens receive better transportation services while considering how to mitigate the associated challenges.

  • Smart Systems
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data

Climate change poses serious challenges to public health. Carbon dioxide gas (CO2) emissions negatively affect people around the world as a result of unsustainable design, production, and disposal of our means of transportation. Teams within this area of study will explore ways to meet these challenges by proposing sustainable alternatives.

  • How can we reduce and prevent the production of CO2?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of using electric cars or car sharing systems?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of using biodiesel and other gasoline alternatives?
  • How can we effectively promote and use environment-friendly transportation modes such as biking or walking?
  • How can we design transportation infrastructure with planet-conservation in mind?
  • How can we design, dispose or repurpose cars, buses, trains and any of their components (for example the tires, engines or wagons) in a more sustainable way?

Transportation plays a vital role in the local economy and economic opportunities are related to the mobility of people, goods/services, and information. Teams in this area of study will explore how efficient transportation systems and strong network connections can best support new business opportunities and local economic development.

  • What impact might the LRT, bike lanes and car sharing have on the Hamilton economy?
  • How can we build and maintain transportation infrastructure in a more resilient and cost-efficient way?
  • What role does transportation play in the creation of employment and career opportunities?
  • What is the impact of transportation on consumer habits?
  • How can innovative transportation systems help develop new businesses and markets?
  • What role does transportation play in getting people to work? What improvements are needed to be more efficient and cost-effective?
  • How can we best move goods?
  • What role do new technologies play in the design of efficient logistic networks?
  • What impact do ride-sharing companies have on Hamilton’s economic development?

Many residents in Hamilton continue to struggle against barriers that deny them access to transportation services. As a result, members of Hamilton’s most vulnerable population face significant obstacles to accessing economic opportunities and health. Teams in this area of study will explore creative solutions that make transportation in Hamilton both equitable and inclusive.

  •  How can we make transportation more accessible and inclusive?
  • How can we connect all regions from Hamilton? (ex: Flamborough, Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Grimsby)
  • How do diverse groups of people and minorities use transportation systems differently? (More/less dependent) (age should be a consideration as well)
  • How does transportation cost impact personal finances of citizens?
  • How might we break the cultural stigmas and promote the use of public transportation?
  • How transportation modes and commuting times impact social economic classes differently?

Our thinking about transportation is often times limited to automobiles. However, transportation systems are required to accommodate a variety of transportation methods that include biking and walking. Teams within this area of study will explore ways of designing our infrastructure to better accommodate these different methods of travel.

  • How can we connect different neighbourhoods and communities to the city? To each other?
  • How can we connect urban spaces with green areas?
  • How to improve traffic flow and reduce traffic congestion?
  • How can we design efficient and visually attractive transportation systems?
  • How can we effectively integrate different modes of transportation in a sustainable and user-friendly way?
  • How can we integrate pedestrian and bike access into current transit infrastructure?

Many of today’s diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, have been associated with our increasingly sedentary lifestyle. As well, gasoline-based vehicles are one of the main contributors to severe respiratory issues. Teams in this area of study will focus on creative solutions that will improve the public health and safety of our citizens.

  •  What role does transportation play in our health and well being?
  • How can transportation infrastructure design promote better physical and mental health?
  • How can we integrate future needs and mobility restrictions of our aging population into our infrastructure design?
  • How can we make transportation safer and healthier for diverse users?
  • In case of an accident or attack, how can we provide easier access to assistance?
  • What role do regulators, providers, and users each play in improving transportation safety?
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2019 Projects

This year's projects include:

Students:

Mariam ElSheikh [Mech Eng II]
Jumana AlHaideri [Civil Eng III]
Javaria Asif [Civil Eng and Mgmt III]

Problem:

City cores are structured to accommodate car mobility with significantly less focus on pedestrians and cyclists as seen by the amount of land space that is dedicated solelyto parkinginfrastructure. The parking spaces are often underutilized which results in wasted revenue and land space. This project addresses the issue of land sustainability in parking infrastructure design. The location of the pilot is the Yorkdale parking structure at MacNabSt. and York Blvd.

Process:

Case studies: Alaska The Rooftop, Molson Canadian rooftop ice rink 120 Adelaide St. W, Toronto

Consulted:

  • Jason Thorne (Planning and Economic Development, City of Hamilton (COH)) on the Rebecca parking lot transformation and Yorkdale structure technical specifications
  • Suzi Ozer (Operational Manager Downtown BIA) on budgeting and event planning
  • Ken Coit (Public Arts & Projects, COH) on the Jackson Square rooftop park pitfalls

Brainstormed with Peter Topalovic (Sustainable Mobility, COH) and Emily Walsh (Community Engagement, Downtown BIA) about potential space usage, aesthetics and recreational activities

Site visits: multiple parking lots at different times on weekends and weekdays  

Solution:

We propose a pilot project for a transformation of the Yorkdale parking structure rooftop since it’s an underutilized parking space. The pilot aims to develop a public space that is easily accessible that offers recreational activities (concerts, food, skating) that will revitalize the area and provide a more close-knit community. This project could encourage people to use public transit when travelling to downtown. In addition, this project can serve as a revenue stream for the city to encapsulate the value of property and provide economic and social sustainable means.

Next Steps:

  • Conduct surveys for public opinion
  • Explore future partnerships for project implementation and sponsorships
  • Metrics to evaluate pilot success
  • Legalities (Permits, Safety Procures, etc.)

Students:

KeishaSegne [Earth and Enviro Sci II]
Leisha Fernando [Civil Eng and SctyII]
SarahMoodey [Economics II]
ValentinaVillate [Commerce II]

Problem:

Not having access to Wi-Fi or cellular data means some users have access to bus tracking apps, but not all. This is an equity and accessibility issue. This problem pertains to all transit riders as it is vital to know that HSR is reliable, but obstacles may arise and one can still make necessary arrangements. Lack of knowledge impedes riders from knowing real-time bus schedules, resulting in miscommunication for those riding the bus, which is a factor in discouraging ridership.The proposed project addresses Action 25 and 26 as well as  Chapter 4.2.3 of the Master Transportation Plan. Transit users want to be able to rely on public transportation, but it is understood that there are obstacles that may arise but being able to be proactive and plan according to delays shows riders that their time is valued. Beyond the convenience factor for all users, this allows the demographic of people who do not have access to Wi-Fi based tracking apps, to still have access to real-time bus tracking information.

Process:

  • Consulted subject matter experts such as Project Managers and Transportation Planners were to understand logistics about running a pilot project, cost-analysis breakdown & potential feedback for our proposed solution
  • Researched the reliability of public transit, volume of transit users, cities that have successfully implemented a similar system, and the costs associated with the proposed solution
  • Reviewed the key factors of the City-Wide Transportation Plan and the Smart Cities Challenge
  • Visitedthe Eastgate Square Hub to better understand the station and the best place of the proposed solution
  • Recognizedthat tohave apositiveeffect on users, we just needed to use the existing resources more effectively to benefit all the users

Solution:

  • Pilot a real-time bus schedule using a display at Eastgate Square Bus Terminal which will show clear updated bus times regarding arrival and departure times, as well as delays and detours
  • These displays are the most effective solution to bring real-time data to the HSR riders of Hamilton, as they are quick, reliable, accessible, cost-efficient, and can be integrated within the city’s already proposed plans to revitalize the transit system
  • The proposed solution will not only provide low-income riders with free-real time data, but adds convenience to the overall experience of riding the HSR
  • The proposed system would replicate those that have been adopted in Portland, Seattle, and Oakville

Next Steps:

  • Establish the technology required to run the board including codes, algorithms, power supplies, etc.
  • Determine if this pilot has increased ridership and improved customer experience and would justify an expansion
  • Should expansion occur, businesses in the surrounding area would be contacted to determine if they would like to sponsor the project in exchange for advertisement space
  • Integrate alternate forms of transportation onto the display for those who cannot afford to wait for the next bus. i.edisplaying the location of the nearest Sobistation, posting the number to a cab company, etc.

Students:

WantingSu [Civil Eng III]
Shenwei Zhang [Civil Eng III]
WenbinQuan [Civil Eng III]
LianjiLi [Civil Eng III]
George Lau [Comp Eng and Mgmt III] 
ZizhengGao [B.Tech- Manufacturing Eng Tech]

Problem:

The King William Street opening plan will cause a shortage of parking. This problem will lead to user pains for visitors to the area. This project is to find an alternative active parking solution to utilize the parking resources in the neighbourhood to meet the needs of shareholders.

Process: 

  • Site visits and parking inventory data collection
  • Consulted with CityLAB to find learn about current problems
  • Case study on parking management from other cities to apply to King William Street
  • Speed interview with shareholders and business improvement experts to scope down the project
 
Solution:
  • Create share parking agreement with private parking lot and business owners
  • Transform on-street parking on James street into drop –off area

Next Steps:

  • Find feasible plan for both “Shared Parking” and “Drop off area design”
  • Install additional Sobistations in the area

Students:

Abigail Hudecki [Arts and Sci and Psych, Neuroscience & Behaviour IV]
Amanda Yang [Justice, Political Philosophy and Law IV]
Andrew Rodenburg [Mech EngIV]
Nicholas Nseir [Civil EngIII]

Problem:

Secondhand smoke is harmful to all who are exposed. In fact there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, even in outdoor shared spaces. Exposure to secondhand smoke outdoors poses a significant health risk to the community as it reduces air quality and releases harmful chemicals into the surrounding area. Furthermore, litter from cigarette filters reduce the cleanliness and aesthetics of the environment. Finally, exposure to smoking has been shown to negatively influence children and those who want to quit smoking. Section 5.1.1 from the City of Hamilton Master Transportation Plan states that factors of social and physical environments in addition to healthy child development contribute to the health of individuals and the community. The design of the community significantly impacts our well-being and contributes to a positive and healthy environment for all to enjoy. The scope of this initiative is to promote a smoke-free area along King William Street, in accordance with the boundaries of the street opening proposed by Hamilton’s Mobility Lab.

Process:

  • Researchedcase studies to identify the successes and challenges of outdoor smoke-free zones
  • Collaboratedwith CityLABAmbassadors who assisted with resources and direction of the initiative
  • Conductedsite visit of King William Street to identify locations with high concentrations of cigarette litter
  • ConsultedKing William business owners for insight on the smoke-free initiative
  • Interviewed subject matter experts and City professionals from the Downtown BIA & Clean Air Hamilton

Solution:

  • Developed a smoke-free initiative that will run as a pilot project as proposed by Mobility Lab during the 100in1 Day Hamilton event, alongside the support of community partners
  • Three pillars: an infographic, signage, and a social media campaign
  • Rationale: The goal is to promote a smoke-free environment by sharing knowledge regarding how smoke-free air quality and human health can be improved, and how it increases the enjoyability of space for all users
  • Case Study: A survey in Auckland found that 90% of respondents were equally likely or more likely to visit a smoke-free outdoor dining event, supporting the idea that people prefer a clean public space
  • Prototype: Attached is the infographic that will be shown during the event

Next Steps:

  • CityLAB Ambassadors will present the smoke-free initiative as a part of their recommendation with Mobility Labs in April and May
  • Pilot project will be held during the 100in1 Day Hamilton on Saturday June 1, 2019
  • Evaluation of the pilot project by CityLAB, Mobility Lab & CouncillorJason Farr

Students:

CatrinaHuyer [B.TechBiotech IV]
GiangNguyen [Civil Eng III]
ZhiZheng [Civil Eng and SctyIII]
AltugBilge [Engineering I]
Zhengyuan Wang [Mechanical Eng III]

Problem:

Sections 5 and 4.2.1 of the Hamilton Transportation Master Plan highlights the importance of health outcomes like respiratory function and mental health in the evaluation of transportation plan designs, projects and policies as well as Complete, Livable and Better Streets. Residents report poor health outcomes, poor air quality and undesirable streets in the Beasley, Strathcona and Central neighbourhoods due to full time heavy truck routes. This prevents residents from participating in healthy activities such as biking, walking etc. and contributes to the 185 premature deaths per year in Hamilton due to poor air quality.

Process:

  • Consulted with Elise Desjardins (Environment Hamilton - Friendly Streets)
  • Interviewed Kate Whalen, Dr. Bruce Newbold, Laura Ryan, Peter Topalovic, Dr. MoatazMohamed, Trevor Imhoff and Shelley Rogers
  • Visited site at Queen Street North, one of the truck-permit routes in Central Hamilton
  • Studied Quebec “No Truck” Guide and Toronto Heavy Truck Policy

Solution:

Develop criteria to review truck routes for Central Hamilton neighborhoods and community facilities based on the three pillars of sustainability

  • Restrict truck access time on specific routes during school start/end time and rush hours - no truck zones for specific time/routes
  • Build more green infrastructurein the residential areas with truck-permit routes
  • Enforcement -monthly/annual tolls on specific routes, install transponder/cameras on routes; fine for non-compliance
  • Educate truck companies on new policiesthrough emails, and workshops

Next Steps:

  • Improve the criteria while gathering more truck data to access and review the truck routes more efficiently
  • Review and propose sustainable adjustments to the current truck routes regarding the developed criteria and gathered data
  • Develop reasonable enforcements for the new policies
  • Advise truck companies about the new truck routes and policies

Students:

Xiaole Zhong [Elec and Biomed Eng III]
KaihuaYang [Electrical Eng III]
XiaoyuZhai [Elec and Biomed Eng III]
YichenZhou [Chem and Bio Eng III]

Problem:

Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada. Our device aims to improve or change the current situation regarding heart attacks in public. There is always a time gap between the moment someone starts struggling with and heart attack and when emergency services actually arrives to the patient. During this time gap, the device will exercise precautions to increase the chance for the patient to survive their cardiac arrest.

Process:

  • Interview many subject matter experts from different fields
  • Interviews aided in outlining our problem statement
  • Extensive research into cardiac arrest
  • Solution was iterated several times upon further research 

Solution:

  • Blanket with ECG electrode and pressure sensor which can provide 3 kinds of feedback
  • Use three-point fix to locate heart and uses feedback to aid bystanders in performing effective CPR
  • Could dramatically decrease death rate produced by improper CPR technique
  • Innovative solution for the problem

Next Steps:

  • Testing and assessing the accuracy of the device àMaking improvements àIntroduce into market
  • It is anticipated that this device can significantly improve the success rate of CPR with low cost
  • Future partners: Go Transit, City of Hamilton, Darts, School bus companies

Students:

Sukhbeer Badwal [Civil Eng II]
NaveenVarathan [Civil Eng II]
Richard Weiss [Civil Eng II]
Adrienne Klein [Arts and Sci II]

Problem:

There is a two-way bike lane on Cannon St. but only a narrow lane on Ferguson St. and no other bike lanes that run North-South within the area. The alleyway we chose to work on (running South off Cannon St. between Mary St. and Elgin St.) is aesthetically displeasing and leads to people littering within it. Cannon St. and Mary St. had the highest rate of cyclist collisions within the city in 2017 (4 collisions), and tied for the highest rate of cyclist collisions over the last 5 years (10 in total). Providing an alternative route will not give people a safer option, but also a more pleasing commute (as there would be reduced traffic noise and air pollution). According to the Cycling Master Plan for Hamilton, section 4.2.1, the cycling network continuity, safety and cost are the 3 main priorities of the city. Revitalizing the alleyway to add to the mobility of the neighbourhood and meet the standards of the cycling master plan.

Process:

  • Consulted with Elise Desjardins and Beatrice Ekoko; they develop projects to improve shared mobility spaces in neighborhoods longside Cycle Hamilton & Environment Hamilton 
  • Consulted with the Beasley Neighbourhood Association
  • Pedestrian & Cyclist Collisions (2017)
  • Beasley Neighborhood Association Survey (2019)
  • Beasley Neighborhood Community Survey (2019)
Solution:
  • Utilizing artwork and other long lasting aesthetic and functional improvements, this alleyway will be transformed into am inviting, ighly walkable and bike friendly alternative route
  • A more inviting path will attract users as that area gets a lot of foot and bike traffic already
  • Alternative path that has certain benefits over walking on a sidewalk near auto traffic
  • Multiple cities around the world have taken the initiative to improve their under-utilized allies
  • Potential street design schematics

Next Steps:

  • Growing support within Beasley and with neighbouring stakeholders
  • Securing funding for project
  • Engaging local artists and suppliers
  • Expanding design ideas
  • Alleyway opening party
  • Applying learning to other projects in Hamilton

Students:

Yang Chen [Chemical Engineering IV]
LeezaTeshler [Art Sci I]
Serena Balzer [Art Sci I]

Problem:

Poor quality of transportation for pedestrians and bikers between LRT stop at King and Wellington to General Hospital. The pedestrian path along this road has no bike lanes or road verges causing this walkway to feel unsafe. This path is also associated with higher exposures of vehicle exhaust and noise pollution.

Process:

We have pivoted the direction of our project a few times. After doing many on site visits in downtown, speaking with subject matter experts, and meeting with Elise Desjardins and Beatrice Ekokowith Friendly Streets, Beautiful Alleys, and the Barton Village BIA, we landed on the designated area of Wellington Street and surrounding area.

Solution:

  • Promote alleys as an alternative path by creation of a mural
  • Designated path (seen in picture on left)
  • Obstacles to using alleys: negative perception of unsafety, lack of awareness, sustainable maintenance and cleanliness
  • Mural Design: artistic, functional map of the alleys and popular locations

Next Steps:

  • Growing support within Beasley and with neighbouring stakeholders
  • Securing funding for project
  • Engaging local artists and suppliers
  • Expanding design ideas
  • Alleyway opening party
  • Gather data on impact the alleyway has on the community
  • Take what was learned from this project and apply it to other projects in Hamilton

Students:

Hosam Abdel Hafeez [iBioMed HESE II]
Vikash Nanthakumar [iBioMed HESE II]
Taha Parvez [iBioMed HESE II]

Problem:

The current referral system relies on family doctors to choose the specialist to refer a patient to
without being able to consider a specific specialists wait time. Patient files are often lost or referred to the incorrect subspecialist due to outdated records. This results in patients suffering from an inefficient system causing longer wait times, suboptimal specialist locations, and lost files. This is an important issue as there is a strong need to improve the healthcare provided to patients. Our project aims to start with a group of clinicians in one specialization and to eventually expand to become a province-wide referral system which utilizes artificial intelligence.

Process:  

  • Consulted with:
    Dr. Cynthia Lokker (MSc eHealth director)
    Dr. MajdiQutob (Orthopaedic Surgeon)
    Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez (Family Medicine [Canada and USA]
    Dr. Dale Kalina (Infectious disease)
  • Our research questions revolved around the issues with the current system, ways to improve it, and
    how to implement change
  • We consulted literature discussing the Quebec CRDS referral system and change behaviour
  • We started with a different idea but decided to pivot in January as the previous idea would not make a
    significant impact

Solution:

  • An online, pool-based referral system that utilizes a machine learning algorithm to match patients with the appropriate specialist based on set criteria. (Urgency, proximity, patient mobility, etc.)
  • Using an objective system that is self iterative will better reflect population demands
  • Patients will have a more personalized experienced while specialists will be able to treat more appropriate patients within their subspecialties
  • Case study: Quebec uses a pool based system that has been recently implemented and is successful
  • Quebec uses coordinators in their system instead of artificial intelligence
  • Our project addresses article 5.1.3 of the City of Hamilton Master Plan as we are designing a system that will account for the accessibility needs of the patients

Next Steps:

  • We met with Dr. Kalinafrom the infectious disease unit at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS)
  • We plan to work with the office of 15 specialists from HHS
  • We will develop a high fidelity prototype (program) and integrate it with the HHS system
  • Eventually we would like to expand this system throughout HHS’ many units

Students:

Gavin Boyd [Civil Engineering and Society III]
Danielle Liao [Earth and Space Sciences III]
Ryan Kum [Engineering I]

Problem:

It is inequitable to assume we all have access at all times to smartphones with a cellular data plan. And without this device, one can not conveniently access real-time bus information to know their estimated arrival times at a stop, which is especially important for rush hour commutes and transit transfers. ProActiveDesigns solves this problem, addressing the scope of sections, 4.2.3 “Integration of real-time transit data”, 4.2.6 “Providing seamless connections between all travel modes,” 4.2.8 “Emerging Technologies,” and 6.1 “Planning for Economic Prosperity and Growth,” of the Hamilton Transportation Masterplan.

Solution:

  • Consulted with Jay Adams, who referred us to the HSR (re) envision survey
  • The survey mentioned a demand for real-time transit data being available on-board
  • Through research it was found that Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) busses have implemented a pilot program, which two digital screens, Clever Devices, are placed at the front and middle of the bus (Figure 1)
  • ProActiveDesigns acts similarly to the CTA’s pilot by relaying real-time transit data via on-board screens

Display features of ProActive Design’s screen in order of priority to pilot program:

  • Bus route number and name, current time, and if stop requested
  • Order of upcoming stops with estimated arrival time of bus and of other buses for transfer purposes
  • Advertisements and announcements
  • Icons for stops with SoBior Park and Ride, or POIs, such as events or tourist attractions

Next Steps:

  • Conduct survey to receive feedback from the users, and adjust pilot program accordingly
  • Expand pilot to other buses – expand to 15 buses from the initial two, similar to HSR Wi-Fi pilot
  • Redesign interface using the latest technologies to display the arrival time of buses transferable to
  • Validate Clever Devices and possibly implement their other pieces of technology

Our Network

Nothing would be possible without the support of the institutions and people collaborating with MacChangers:

Interested in collaborating with our students?

Share your expertise, advice, and guidance by mentoring our student teams or speaking at one of our events. 

MacChangers Staff

   
 
Arlene Fajutrao Dosen
Director, Outreach & Engagement
Faculty of Engineering
Beth Levinson
Community Programs Developer
MacPherson Institute
 

ENGINEER 3CX3

MacChangers is an experiential learning program that may be completed towards meeting the requirements of ENGINEER 3CX3 leading to completion of a complimentary studies elective. Enrolling in MacChangers does not guarantee enrollment in ENGINEER 3CX3, and it is the students' responsibility to e-mail Steve Mattucci, the course instructor, to learn about enrolling. 

Logo Contest

Have a talent for graphic design? Give MacChangers a new look!  We are redesigning our logo and want YOU to help us capture what MacChangers is! This contest is open to all McMaster students, staff and alumni. Apply by September 1 for your chance to win! Winners will be announced on September 6. 

Here's how to apply:

1. Design a new logo that captures MacChangers (can be sketched on paper, designed on Canva, on Adobe or however you like!) 
2. Ensure your design is in a .jpg or .png file
3. Email it to macchangers@gmail.com with the subject title: Logo Contest 

We have some exciting prizes to be won! 

1st place - The glory of designing our logo and a $100 Presto card
2nd place - $50 SoBi Hamilton voucher
3rd place - $25 Mustard Seed Grocery card