An App/Software Project
By Arno, Lian Hao, Dylan, & Andrew
High School Students from Mouse & Brooklyn Library Design League
About this Project:
We wanted to design an app that made signing up for food and aid very easy. In order to do this, we needed to reach a wide audience of people coming from different backgrounds and communities. We implemented a translator within our app which allowed people who spoke different languages to interact with our app. In our app, there is a map that contains the location of each individual pantry.
When clicking on each location, the user is given an in depth description of each pantry. This includes what is in stock at the pantry and the exact address of it. The app also has a place where people could donate and sign up to volunteer. We really wanted to make sure that the app is community based.
Feedback from the Judges:
Larry Lieberman 👏 CEO at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
This team really succeeds at doing one of the most important things an app developer can do -- leveraging the capabilities of our phones and other apps to make a new app better. In this case, the team has thoughtfully integrated the Geo-locating functionality of our phones, the Translation capabilities of apps like Google Translate, and Push Notifications to create accessibility for many users of their app. This team seems to have really benefited from their interaction with the Crown Heights Mutual Aid folks, which helped them see the need to modernize the manner in which food pantry information is distributed. The volunteer feature is particularly great because it acknowledges that everyone can help, even those without food to give right now. Their app design is clean and cheerful -- so important when trying to get new users to interact with an app. Finally, their Food Help Organization logo is awesome! Well done!
Olivia Ing 👏 Founder, CEO & Creative Director at Playspaces — Emoti-Con Judge
Congratulations Arno, Lian Hao, Dylan, & Andrew for a job well done. First off, what a smart idea to turn this website into an app so since the service is so dependent on people being mobile. It is so insightful to offer a translation feature at the beginning of the app so that more people can benefit from the mutual aid services. It is also very smart to integrate geolocation and push notifications to let people know that there is a pantry or community fridge close by. It is a good use of technology to help improve people's life by making it more convenient to get the help they need. The level of fidelity in the app design is great and well-considered. And can I say that the FHO logo is awesome!