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Imerit



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iMerit Technology Services is a social enterprise based in Kolkata, India that empowers underprivileged and underserved youth through IT training and employing them in the formal IT sector. iMerit specializes in dataset creation for machine learning projects for global IT companies. They empower youth to aid in the development of human­powered computing tasks.

As iMerit prepares to expand and scale its operations, it wanted to investigate the relative costs and benefits of investing in the development of a customized software solution that could facilitate their everyday business operations. It is difficult to assess the value such a software without knowing what it would do or look like. To address this challenge, we worked closely with iMerit’s employees to gather requirements for potential software solution.

 

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    2015

  •    Social Enterprise:


    iMerit

  •    Fellows:
    Christiane Kotero  
    Computer Science and Math
    Christine Rohacz  
    Computer Engineering
       Faculty Research Mentors:
    Silvia Figueira, Computer Engineering, and Natalie Linnell, Computer Science and Math
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We observed iMerit’s workflow for nearly three weeks to understand the company and its needs.

Additionally, we conducted two rounds of semi­structured interviews with eight employees consisting of 17 questions each. These employees were also asked to fill out self­efficacy surveys so we could further understand their confidence level in their field of work. This data was gathered in three of iMerit’s centers: Salt Lake, Metiabruz, and Baruipur through observation of employee workflow.

Deliverables



A software requirements specification document (known as SRS) is an in depth description of a software that is to be developed. The document describes what the software should do and how the software must work.

An initial report has been created from the research executed during our field experience. This report will be expanded upon into a senior thesis. This paper will focus on the involvement of iMerit in the machine learning field. It will include an explanation of the field of computer vision as well as its potential impact on the developing world. This report will also include an analysis of all interview and observational data found in the field as well as recommendations for iMerit to transition from primarily working in BPO to competing in the computer vision data set creation field.