Mark Murphy

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Recent Posts

  • Green the food deserts with apps

    January 19, 2011

    A food desert is an area in which fresh foods are not with in reasonable distance from where people live. Want to see if there are any near you? Check out this interactive map. Check out Washington DC too. People of lesser income live the farthest from healthy food. Eating poorly causes obesity which leads ... more
  • MyTaxBack – New app to compute expected EITC refund

    January 7, 2011

    Of 30 million EITC-eligible taxpayers in the U.S., about 5 million do not file their taxes, thereby missing out on an average $1500 credit. MyTaxBack is a new public purpose application from One Economy’s Social Innovation Lab to compute a low to medium income taxpayer’s expected refund resulting from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). ... more
  • What motivates you?

    November 28, 2010

    Motivation is about Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. Dan Pink’s excellent presentation. ... more
  • Where’s the nearest carrot?

    October 14, 2010

    A search for healthy eating apps leads me to GoodFoodNearYou. With this curated guide, you can find healthy options at restaurants around you, via your desktop browser, iPhone, Android and Blackberry. ... more
  • Ah, to be a sixth-grader again…

    September 21, 2010

    Could a student complete a course of study entirely within a video game — perhaps one that she helped design herself? Games easily induce the state of flow so critical for high mental performance. And kids certainly don’t need bribing to play. If a child works through all the problems at different levels of a ... more
  • Free customizable idea harvest site

    September 11, 2010

    Human effectiveness is magnified by the Internet and the ideation process may be the activity most augmented. The best brainstorming sessions combine bright people from varied backgrounds–visionaries, engineers, marketeers and of course customers. The internet can solve the time and travel problem and allow better analysis of the proceedings. AllOurIdeas is a research project at Princeton around ideation. The team, led by Professor Matthew Salganik from the Department of Sociology, ... more
  • Code for America

    August 25, 2010

    Code for America matches the needs of cities with Web 2.0 talent. Designers, programmers and product managers will work at the CfA Institute to create five great apps for five great cities while rubbing shoulders with the elite of the web industry. ... more
  • Facebook check-in

    August 11, 2010

    Facebook’s social plumbing and ubiquitous membership could make check-in a prevalent component of public purpose applications. ... more
  • App Inventor for new programmers

    July 28, 2010

    Imagine a girl giving her mom some peace of mind by writing an app to automatically direct tweet her location everyday after school. Or maybe she gets the business bug and writes a custom app for local food cart owners to stay in touch with their customers. I was happy to find out that this will be a reality. ... more
  • Mom! Look at my app!

    July 14, 2010

    A core goal of ApplicationsForChange is to channel the imagination and talent of experienced internet application developers towards poverty-fighting tasks such as finding a job, managing money, staying healthy and discovering needed social services. What’s most exciting about AppInventor is the increased potential for those developers to be the very same people whose families need the applications. ... more
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