Horse Show Administration Program Improvements; The Social Construction of Libra

Schumann, Jack, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Ibrahim, Ahmed, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia
Elliott, Travis, EN-STS Dept, University of Virginia

How are technologies selected for use on different scales of size? In the case of a small, family-owned business, the owners may opt to use whatever technology seems most convenient at a glance. On the other hand, a large, publicly-traded company will spend weeks or months deciding which technologies are worth adopting or developing. As virtual technologies become more widespread in companies both large and small, it becomes important to understand why certain technologies are selected and how these innovations are constructed.
To reach this understanding, I work with a small horse farm in creating the technology of their choosing: a logistics website for horse show competition registration. Working first-hand on such a small scale shows the challenges of maintaining small scale projects. In the corresponding report, my team and I show the process of designing according to user requests and the thought process that goes into developing low user count features.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I analyze the development of macro-scale banking technologies. Taking a specific look at Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra, I use the Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) to better understand how variation and selection of technology occurs on a global scale. By the end of this analysis, I suggest the addition of a concept I call ‘Core Groups’ for analyzing the construction of publicized technology.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Core Groups, Libra, Social Construction of Technology, Cryptocurrency

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Technical Advisor: Ahmed Ibrahim

STS Advisor: S. Travis Elliott

Technical Team Members: Jacob Fullerton, Draden Gaffney, Andrew Yim, Alvin Yuan

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