An App/Software Project
a Middle School Student from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ JHS 218
About this Project:
My project is here to help the homeless people find food. New York City has more than 8.3 million people, nearly one in every 106 New Yorkers are homeless. I came up with this idea because I wanted to help the homeless community. My thought process while making this application was why do I want to make this app, well I'm making it because I want to help the homeless community. I’m going to change the world with this application
My project would help the homeless find food, not just any kind of food but healthier food options. Some of the food options are as follows: vegetables, dairy, fruits, protein, and grains. The thought is that most homeless people do not have access to technology so this application will be available for use at any location with Wi-Fi connectivity. No username or enrolling process will be necessary as I want to make getting food an easy / stress free process.
Once a person chooses his or her food of choice and adds everything into the cart then, a location would be provided for them to receive their food. "Food For You" would be afflicted with local grocery stores, restaurants and food pantries to ensure that food is always available for pick up to those in end.
Feedback from the Judges:
Deren Guler 👏 CEO at Teknikio — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a great idea and it's very important that you put an emphasis on healthy foods. I also love that you thought about accessibility and chose a design that will be easy for people in this situation to use. I'd be curious to learn more about the security of the App. It'd be interesting to expand this with recipes to help people who might not have access to a full kitchen to use the food.
Sarah Judd 👏 Curriculum Manager at AI4ALL — Emoti-Con Judge
I appreciate that you thought about the audience you wanted to make this for, and what they might not have. What research did you do into what the homeless audience needs and what they have? How will you get the word out? The user interface is friendly and easy to follow along with.
Stephen Marshall 👏 Front Developer/Software Engineer at Oakman Aerospace (A Redwire company) — Emoti-Con Judge
Good job on this! This project shows a sneak peek of how we can help a group that is underrepresented in the app space. There's big opportunity here for great impact on your community, and you've designed an app that's easy to use. One area you might consider researching is how to source the food items to give to the homeless and hungry? From my own experience volunteering in Denver, I used to go to a Whole Foods once a month and deliver leftover food items to a youth shelter - this food would have a gone to waste otherwise. There's a lot of possibilities for this app as the source to organize all of the leftover food from local restaurants and groceries into a central database so it can be redistributed. Well done!
Amanda Perales 👏 Aluminati member at The Emoti-Con Steering Committee — Emoti-Con Judge
I love that you not only thought about how to help the homeless population eat but that you also wanted to make sure they were offered something healthy. By making it so you do not have to sign in or sign up you are broadening the accessibility for many people. However, one thing to keep in mind is how they are going to access the app in general. Another thing you may want to think about is putting limitations on the order system so people cannot take advantage.
Feedback from the Community:
Ms. Presley 👏 a Teacher from NYC
I think this is a great idea and I love the fact that it would be healthy food options. This seems so well thought out! Great job!