Showing posts from July, 2010

Solar Power Technology Roundup

In 2010 we all know that solar cells are a less efficient energy source than petroleum or coal but the promise of obtaining our energy from the sun is alluring. Obviously the benefits of a 0 pollution and primarily fixed costs required to get started are attractive. At Inventables we're excited by some of the new photovoltaic modules sometimes called photovoltaic panels. These are where a manufacture takes an array of solar cells and packages them together. Here are a few that have been posted to our site:

Inquiry Memorial

In February, 2010, 174 people inquired to one or more vendors on the Inventables Marketplace. Our lead developer, Jeff, pointed out that they were all ignored. In an effort for Inventables to critically evaluate the success of our site, Jeff created an "Inquiry Memorial" in honor of these buyers to express the severity of this issue. As you can see by the pictures, having this in our conference room was impossible to ignore. So we brainstormed and concluded that there may be several reasons the vendors had not taken action on the inquiries. As a result, we built a new feature that allows vendors to send an anonymous reply to buyers who submit inquiries. This gives the vendors the option to answer general questions, determine whether or not there can be a potential relationship, or respond to the buyer and let them know why the product may not be the best fit for their project. (Read more about this feature here .) Our goal was to increase our response rate to buyers to 25%

Summer Project at Inventables

About FIRST/FRC FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization that was created “ to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.” With more than 90,000 volunteers and “ a network of over 3,500 corporations, educational and professional institutions, and individuals,” FIRST reaches approximately 212,000 students a year. You can check out our promotional video here: The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a program designed for high school students that combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Teams are required to come up with an average of $10,000 every year. Fundraising and corporate sponsorship are the key components of keeping this pr