Final Presentation at Microsoft Design Expo ’12

Presentation slides:

Video of the presentation:

Videosketch of how papercake could exist in context of someone’s life:

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Seeking a mentor for starting a start up

Do you know how to start a start up?  Want to be our mentor?

We’re making a public plea to anyone who has entrepreneurial experience in the tech sector who would be interested in working with us about getting Papercake up and running.

Email to get in touch.

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Still buzzing from the expo

If I may toot Papercake’s horn…we killed it during our presentation.  We even got the “Best Product Concept” award.

We want to thank Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design for helping us get to the Design Expo.  We had a blast and are now contemplating doing Papercake as a start up.  (Don’t worry Mom(s), we’ll do it after graduation.)


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Enthusiasm for Papercake abounds at the Expo

We spent 2 hours today talking to Faculty Summit participants about Papercake.  Overwhelmingly, our concept met a positive reception and many were confused that it wasn’t an actual website that they could test in beta.


Now, back to work on refining our script and presentation!

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We’re on a boat!

We thoroughly enjoyed the Argosi Cruise last night across Lake Washington docking in downtown Seattle.  It was a chance to enjoy the beautiful Seattle scenery, meet other Faculty Summit participants and attempt to leave helpful feedback about the overly sugary and waxy cupcake frosting.

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We did a dry run in front of Bill Buxton!

We did a dry run of our presentation in front of Microsoft designer AND Mr. Bill Buxton.  Buxton is a famous author, computer scientist and designer. He is currently a Principal researcher at Microsoft Research. He is known for being one of the pioneers in the human–computer interaction field.

Mr. Buxton had the first comment once we finished which was, “Who the hell are you and why should I trust you with all my documents?” which is a fair point.  Loretta then asked him,  “What online do you trust, if anything?”  Ah, rhetoric. Answering a question with a question.

Our technical rehearsal went well as we continued to iron out glitches in resolution and the careful placement of the clip-on microphone.

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In Redmond, Washington ready for the Microsoft Expo

After a lovely banquet in Bellevue, we’re ready to rehearse our presentation.

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Team Papercake’s virtual meeting No. 168

Team Papercake has met virtually three times a week this summer, and once in person to prepare for the Microsoft Expo.  We traded in our Skype calls for Google Hangout, which has the added bonus of letting us virtually wear silly hats and glasses.  But Google Hangout is no more reliable a connection than Skype which we partly attribute to our collectively shabby internet connections in the Bay Area.

But where’s Neo?!?!

Neo is now in Singapore working and decided that it would be too difficult to stay involved in the project.  We miss you Neo!

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We won!

Team Quarter Hot Cakes is very excited to hear that we have been selected to represent CMU and present papercake at Microsoft’s Design Expo in mid-July. We’d like to thank Microsoft and Motorola for their involvement and feedback along the way.

Classmate’s opinion does a 180

In reminiscing about our early presentations, we remember hearing from a classmate that he’d, “never use this service.”  For our final presentation the same classmate shared that now, after seeing our finished concept, prototype and video sketch, he would in fact use it!

We also got feedback that people have thought of us and our project as they completed the important documents tasks that they’d been putting off.  Seems like papercake is on to something with the motivational aspects of the interface!

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Introducing PAPERCAKE (we have a new name)

Presentation slides for 2 May 2012

© Copyright 2012 Priscilla Mok, Somya Jampala, Zhe Han Neo, Loretta Neal
All rights reserved

Papercake is a a system that helps you learn, organize and share your important documents with the aim of making this necessary task painlesss through digitization and easy sharing & access. But the system’s real value-add is in the learning. Your documents will integrate with action plans which are papercake’s step-by-step instructions that walk you through your life goals and milestones.

Papercake is not just about documents; it’s about people’s lives.


We would like to thank the many people who helped us in our project.  Here are all the people who helped make papercake possible (in no particular order).

Ahmed Ansari
Alice Jun
Amy Lee
Andrea Moed
Andy Wallace
Anna VonReden
Ben Klein
Bill Thompson
Brian Brown
Bruce Hannington
Cassandra Weiss
Charlotte Ho
Conall Dempsey
Daniel MacGregor
David Mok
Don Baumer
Edward Neal
Ellen Falvo
Erica Gatts
Eric Spaulding
Jade Hu
Jeff Lipson
Jen Briselli
Jenny He
Jessamyn Miller
John Gruen
Kevin Armendariz
Kimberly Harvey
Kinnari Thakker
Lain Pierce
Lynn Sandberg
Maggie Weiss
Manan Chandra
Max Neal
Megan Gilligan
Michael McNeely
Monica Yue
Neetu Chopra
Nicole Farmer
Oscar Frias
Parita Kapadia
Paul Speyer
Paul Meritt
Peter Merholz
Peter Scupelli
Rebecca Pinn
Roy Shin
Susan Lewis
Todd Zaki Warfel
Tom McNeely
Wes Johnson

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