This project began from an idea that I came up with on April 5th at Olin's Big Conversations where Mardi Seng spoke to students about his life and his non-profit: Plant Hope In Cambodia (www.phic.org). The idea, at that point, was that NGOs had problems but did not have resources to solve them and that engineering students needed exposure to real world problems and so by connecting these two groups, everyone would be better off.
After doing a bit of research, we found the existing ThinkCycle site (www.thinkcycle.org) which was doing just what we wanted to do. However it looked terribly out of date and inactive. We contacted the person running the site at the time, Nitin Sawhney, explaining how we would like to talk to him about trying again. He replied back and a few weeks later we met.
Since then, Mel and I have met with several professors at Olin and received feedback from community members and industry representatives at Olin's Exposition. We currently are looking to further define the problem that we are trying to solve by communicating with potential users and people who have done similar tasks.