Interface signs on three nonprofits for student projects, hosts event Monday

Three nonprofits have been selected as the student project clients for Interface School, a new web development school that kicks off Monday.

Startup Genome, American Heart Association and Delivering Infinite Books on Shelves all have projects students will work on and come up with a finished product.

Delivering Infinite Books on Shelves (DIBS) was co-founded by an Interface student and is a nonprofit reading program that allows students access to books at their reading level.

Interface students will work on an online platform for DIBS that makes it easier for parents and students to access books, keep track of progress and work alongside teachers. DIBS is in one Omaha area school and will likely expand to others via this web project. 

The American Heart Association wants a communication/social media network for its young women’s leadership development program, Sweethearts. The Interface project will allow the young women to become more connected to each other, the program alumni and mentors. It also will help the organization streamline how the program communicates with volunteers and Sweethearts members.

Students will use the Startup Genome API to help create a set of new visualizations for the website, which
tracks and maps startups around the globe. Among the types of visualizations that may be created include heat maps, investment flow from city to city and a timeline that will show the growth of a city’s startup scene.

Startup Genome founder Shane Reiser (right) said he’s excited to see how students will craft the projects, but more excited about building relationships with students and watching their growth.

Reiser said he may hire some students to work on Startup Genome.

The web development tract begins Monday with a kickoff event, open to the public, that will bring students, instructors, mentors and the pubilc together for food and conversation.

The event is from 5-6:30 p.m. at Interface School in the Scott Technology Center, 6825 Pine St., Suite 120. RSVP on Eventbrite.