At the University of Washington, Business Students, Design Students, and Computer Science Students have compelling ideas, but face the challenge of trying to find students in other departments who can collaborate with them. The Collaboration Station is a physical machine that serves to connect students with project opportunities and shared interests. It was created alongside of Harrison Kwik, Christine Ta, and Sam Tompkins.
Users answer prompts with a number pad located on the machine. If they have a project to share, at the end they record a message about their project. If they are looking for a project, they listen to messages that others have recorded and can leave a message if they are interested in a project. This allows for the Collaboration Station to be a hub that students can visit and return back to time and time again, creating a physical location for collaboration and for connections to be made outside of using the machine.