Mindhop

Project Overview


Mindhop logo

Social networks as we know them today are all about connecting an individual to the people they know and encouraging real time communication and content sharing. The mass-market success of these services demonstrates a truly global human appetite for this kind of interaction and a potential for long-term monetization. There is, however a growing recognition that these social networks only offer high paced stream of conscious based updates, not more reflective meaningful interactions. Mindhop takes a different approach – it fundamentally believes that as well as enriched communications, humans also possess a strong desire to meet new people and that a new type of social network that starts with a topic and provides social tools to create a community around that topic would ultimately become both a more powerful and more commercially valuable proposition.

Key Objectives


Technically Mindhop presents several key challenges which need to be resolved as part of the proposed research:

  • Ontology platform – to capture the hierarchy of related keywords, and to display this visually. We also need to understand how new ‘channels’ can be created, others merged and new interrelationships established going forward.
  • Content aggregation – to bring together valuable, high grade content automatically without requiring manual curation and to ensure page-loading times are acceptable without having the expense of content caching or storage.
  • Personal interest channel plugin – design, updating and striking the balance between local storage and linkage with other platforms such as YouTube or Facebook.
  • UI Design – for both the home screen and aggregator screens.

Funding


Enterprise Ireland.

Contact


For further information please contact:

Eric Robson
erobson@tssg.org

Zohra Boudjemil
zboudjemil@tssg.org