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What is Capstone Connector?

Capstone Connector is an industry-agnostic center under Innovation Connector. It aims to connect the local community partners with student capstone teams (for now only Computer Science) to solve partners' technological problems by building custom software. It is open to any company, startup, non-profit organization, faculty member, or individual.

Benefits

Capstone Connector aims the collaboration to be beneficial for all stakeholders.

Real Client

The capstone teams benefit from working with a real client partner to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice.

Concrete End Result

The community/industry partners benefit from having their technological ideas turning into real and usable software products.

Brain Retain

Muncie has a chance to keep its bright talents to itself as a part of Brain Retain program we are starting.

Fast Hiring

The students have a chance to be hired immediately or given preference by their client partners.

How does Capstone Connector work?

Community partners propose a project to the center.

Director of Capstone Connector analyzes the project. He can request more information if needed. He can accept the projects as is, with small modifications, or after separating into a few projects. See Project Requirements below.

Capstone Connector assigns a student development team to the community partner.

Community partner and student development teams work together by meeting at least once a month. At every meeting, student teams are responsible for creating and demonstrating a running software to their community partners.

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Clients

14

Projects

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Years

43

Students

When should a community partner give its project to Capstone Connector?

As a community partner, you should think of proposing a project to Capstone Connector instead of hiring a software development company if one or more of the following is true:

You don't have enough budget to hire professional software developers.

You don't want to deal with professional software developers.

You want to do something good for the local community through supporting the education of our students.

You want to reduce training costs of your potential future employees.

You have a side-project which you don't want to assign a budget.

You want to prototype a new feature of your already existing software.

You have an idea and want to see how its implementation will look.

Timeline of Capstone Connector projects

Summer to September 15th
Project/partner solicitation
Last two weeks of September
First meeting to collect project requirements
October
Prototype/Design/Architecture Meeting
November
First iteration
December
Second iteration
January
Third iteration
February
Fourth iteration
March
Fifth iteration
April
Acceptance testing and preparation for transfer
May 1st
Sign off

Propose a Project Today

Propose a project today and we will get in touch with you for further actions.

Project Requirements

Capstone Connector doesn't have strict requirements for the proposed projects. The only thing you need to be aware of is that we don't build business card-like static web pages. There are hundreds of online services that do this for no or low cost.

We are developing custom software for your custom needs. It might be a full-stack application, a library, a mobile application, a web application, or any other software development. The community partner is free to select its technology stack for the projects. If not, the director and the team will choose the most suitable stack for the partner.

Cost of Projects

The accepted projects do not have any development cost billed to the partner. However, the partners are welcome to donate some amount to the center for the expenses of the student teams. These donations are used to cover the partner-student team meeting expenses (such as travelling) and any software licensing or cloud costs throughout the development.

Past Projects

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Testimonials from Our Partners

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Contact Capstone Connector Team

Capstone Connector provides a solution for keeping the projects running after the student development team graduates. Capstone Connector also respects your intellectual property. Just contact any of the key people below to discuss what are the options we provide for your specific situation or to propose a project.

Huseyin Ergin, PhD

Director of Capstone Connector

Ted Baker

Executive Director of Innovation Connector

Great Ball State Students

Frequently Asked Questions

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