Today the role of technology in our world is greater than previously imagined. As now technology impacts practically every industry such jobs as market research data miner, app developer, user experience designer, sustainability expert have become commonplace, although they just didnít exist a decade ago. These days, young women who get education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are developing skills that will enable them to enter the job market and compete for careers in the field of technology. According to the statistics, women in the U.S. earn about half of the bachelor degrees but only nearly 20% of these are in STEM. Women who pursue education in STEM help drive innovation and eBay is taking action to inspire and empower young women and provide them with the tools necessary to make successful careers in the field of technology.
Student interns from the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz have developed promising new approaches for online shopping from mobile devices. These innovative solutions designed by a team of undergraduates turned out so promising that eBay even filed a patent application.
The students had an internship at eBay within the framework of the eBay Inspire Scholarship Program, organized to encourage and support more young women to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The students worked at eBay Data Research Labs where they were taught basics of commerce applications and mobile apps. Their success in working in a Silicon Valley technology industry on a project aimed at improving the shopping experience for customers using mobile devices proves the value of the Inspire program and the talent of the students.
Today the popularity of using smart phones is so great that more and more consumers prefer to comparison shop and purchase products from their mobile devices rather than use traditional laptop or desktop computers. But, even though shopping on-the-go is convenient, it has some substantial flaws like the small screen which is difficult to navigate or interrupted sessions which impede users to pick up exactly where they left off. These are only some of the problems the UCSC students researched. As a result of their work, the students participating in the eBay Inspire Scholarship Program have developed new ways for users to easily compare multiple items while using a mobile device as well as bookmark and save the state of a session using touch-based gestures. These approaches have all the chances to make the complex process of shopping from a mobile device easier and more convenient.
At the end of the summer internship, the students showcased their work at a special event attended by eBay engineers, managers, and other corporate employees and executives. Some ideas turned out so successful that the corporation decided to proceed with a patent application. Companies like eBay now greatly depend on mobile commerce that brings tens of billions of dollars a year, and tens of millions of mobile users. As more shoppers start to use their mobile devices for browsing and shopping, the approaches developed by these students may be of great importance.