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2015.06.5
Finding Green at your Fingertips

Over the past year a group of computer engineering and computer science final year project students have worked with the HKUST Sustainability Unit to add new features and enhance the interface of the existing Green UST mobile app. For the first time, the group participated in the Int’l ICT Expo 2015 organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to showcase this Green UST app version 2.0 to the industry.

The student group, including Lun Yiu Hung, Tang Tsz Chun, Zhu Xiao Yu and Liang Haochuan started this final year project in September under the guidance of Professor Jogesh K. Muppala and the Sustainability Unit. The students realized that the app, which was first developed last year by a similar group of students, was missing some functionality that would make it more effective and user-friendly. Relying on the students’ creativity and understanding of users’ needs, they developed a way to add in a google map with pins to show the locations of green facilities such as water fountains and recycling bins for metal, plastic, paper, glass, clothing, and rechargeable batteries. Pins of different categories are shown in different colors and layers where UST members can easily find the closest one at their fingertips. They also designed a new photo gallery with a stack of swipe cards to enhance the interactive experience for showcasing the beauty of our campus environment. 

One of the members, Lun Yiu Hung, shared that the combined efforts working with the Sustainability Unit energized them to drive innovative thinking for the road ahead. Tang Tsz Chun found it interesting and meaningful to learn about project management skills and how to manage client expectations. They both hoped that the UST staff and students can be inspired through the app to raise their awareness and help build a more sustainable campus. 

The app continues to include contents such as news, events, videos, sustainability tips, a feedback form and voting function. Additionally, by applying something called the Material Design on layout, the app is now more accessible, practical and usable with features like floating bubbles, a button ripple header bar shadow, and input text field animations. Students developed the web application with latest technology of Ionic framework and AngularJS which can output both iOS and Android applications with a single source code.

Liang Hao Chuan found the project special and meaningful to learn about green issues and sustainability while developing skills in the latest technologies. At the end of project, Zhu Xiao Yu noted, “The Green HKUST mobile app appeared in the teaching material of my language course and I was proud of it when other classmates knew that I was developing this popular software. I truly hope that the Green HKUST mobile app will become more powerful and gorgeous in the future. I will be happy to when the app continues to be upgraded to Ver. 3.0, 4.0 or even higher.”

What are you waiting for? Download or update the app from Google Play and Apple store here now, or search “Green HKUST.”

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A group of computer engineering and computer science final year project students have worked with the HKUST Sustainability Unit to add new features and enhance the interface of the existing Green UST mobile app.
Pins of different categories are shown in different colors and layers on google map where UST members can easily find the closest green facilities such as water fountains and recycling bins at their fingertips.
The app is now more accessible, practical and usable with features like floating bubbles.
The students designed a new photo gallery with a stack of swipe cards to enhance the interactive experience for showcasing the beauty of our campus environment.

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