The following content is from Adam's college application essays written in October 2017:
Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc. (200-250 words) I improved the Model UN community in China by making the job easier for conference organizers and club managers. I led a team of four to develop MUNPANEL, an online platform that facilitates MUN clubs and conferences. Interviewing past conference organizers, I heard about the hassles of reaching out to all the schools, merging registration forms of different formats, keeping track of tons of versions of documents, and working with spreadsheets for days to make sure that partners and roommates are paired correctly. Over the past year, we have developed functions to address these issues including club management, conference registration, fee collecting, document typesetting, assignment uploading, nation assigning, badge exporting, SMS notification, integration with common moderating software, souvenir ordering, and even roommate & partner auto-assigning. Besides organizers, schools no longer have to worry about collecting fees and information from club members attending conferences, and attendees have an integrated experience while participating in a conference. Instead of building a system for one conference, I’m working to unify all MUN activities and MUNers onto one single platform. My vision is that with a single account, one can self-create and co-organize a new conference or participate as a delegate, volunteer, or observer for other conferences, and even manage internal club matters. I am proud to see that my platform has benefited 2,000+ users from all 34 provinces in China as well as 170+ registered MUN clubs, and hope that my platform could finally revolutionize how every MUNer, club and conference works in China.