Technology for Everyone, Environment for Everyone
Published on March 15, 2014 um 12:38
Summary of your idea
Imagine a world that everyone can access powerful computer technologies for professional and educational purposes. Currently, millions of people are living in poverty. Imagine how their lives would be affected by the opportunities that powerful computers bring. Self-education and self-employment are examples of such opportunities. But the truth is that owning and maintaining a modern computer is costly and not affordable by everyone. On the other hand, people who can afford a PC, renew it after a few years (the process is known as PC refresh) which is one of the causes of 50 million tons of electronic waste production annually. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 15% - 20% of e-waste is recycled, the rest of these electronics goes directly into landfills and incinerators. Considering that e-waste contains hazardous materials, this is certainly an environmental disaster. To solve these problems, we introduce the idea of Virtual Personal Computer (VPC). VPC is a desktop virtualization technology that provides the chance of using powerful computers to all computer users. In VPC technology, a users computer is virtualized and deployed on a server to exploit the servers powerful resources as its underlying hardware. In fact, VPC technology adjusts the characteristics of virtual desktops with needs of computer users. Using VPCs, a user can remotely access their desktop through internet and use profound power that the server provides. Since all computation and storage happen on the server, users can reach powerful virtual computers to satisfy their needs, regardless of the power of users local computer. VPC technology is schematically presented in the attached image. The main advantage of this idea is that users can utilize virtual resources for free or in return for an affordable fee, depending on their needs. Additionally, acceleration of electronic garbage production will be slowed down.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The target audience of this idea includes all computer users. To this end, a free basic plan is also considered to make sure that financing is no barrier for the users. The success rate can be determined by number of users using virtual resources (short-term); learning improvement and education elevation (long-term); reduction of e-waste production (long-term).
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The technical aspect of the idea is being investigated in form of a currently running masters thesis by the author. Furthermore, the Idea is supported by the UniConsult of Paderborn University to be submitted to EXIST program in form of a business plan to attain Seed Grant (Gründerstipendium). Abstractly, the business model contains several aspects. The customer segment includes users taking advantage of shared resources. These resources are part of the value proposition. In return, the revenue streams through the fee paid by users interested in premium plans. Potential costs are mainly raised for implementation and maintenance of the network on which resources are shared. Collaborators involved in realization of the idea consist of Arman Sheikholeslami, in charge of technical aspects; Leila Rahmani handling the business side, and Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kalman Graffi supervising the progress of startup project, both on technical and business sides.
Arman Sheikholeslami: Studying M.Sc. Computer Science at Paderborn University in Germany with specialization in Software Technology, practical experience in several software implementation projects, fairly deep knowledge of business concepts, verified by several official certificates. Leila Rahmani: Studying MBA at Paderborn University, vocational experience in office administration and accounting, with a certification in entrepreneurship from University of Maryland. Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kalman Graffi: Professor at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Germany, heading the research lab on the technology of social networks in the institute of computer science.
Stage of Idea
planning stage, start-up stage
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