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“Give or Take”

An App/Software Project
By Dharaa and Kaity
High School Students from Mouse & BCCP Design League
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About this Project:

A math teacher by the name of Lindsay started "Tiny Purple Pantries" in Brooklyn to help people who need food.

We are the Exquisite Cleopatras, a group of tenth-grade students from the Brooklyn Design League, who created a mobile app to help people locate the Tiny Purple Pantries. Our mobile app is called Give or Take. The app helps those in need of food, find the location of Tiny Purple Pantries in their area and provides a scale (on 1 – 5) that shows how much food is in the pantry so that users can select the best option.

We started our initial app design by interviewing Lindsay, the Tiny Purple Pantries founder to help define our ideas (the problem, the solution, and the outcome). We then mapped our Happy Path using Jam Board. Our team is now working on preliminary app design using a website platform called Figma with the end goal of creating a fully functional mobile app. We, the Exquisite Cleopatras, are hoping to win Emoticon while helping fix hunger in our community.

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Community Feedback:

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Feedback from the Judges:

Amelia Forrest 👏 Finance & Operations Manager at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Overall great concept, letting folks know about the amount of food left is a great tool.

Azfar Rizvi 👏 Omni Experience Manager at Verizon — Emoti-Con Judge
There are several things I love about this app. It leverages an existing service and provides a tech enhancement to the efficiency. It solves the hunger problem. And it has plans (according to the slides) to expand its scope and allow people to contribute to the making of more pantries. This is a trifecta of solid goods. Amazing work! keep at it, and Id love to see how it evolves over time. Even I want to set up a pantry now!

Emily Gregor 👏 Content Lead at Fullstack Academy — Emoti-Con Judge
Hi, Dharaa and Kaity!

Thank you so much for sharing this project with us. I love what you've created here! It's a simple, fun way to make food more accessible in NYC and it's a great way to take something that already exists—Tiny Purple Pantries—and optimize it to impact the user at a higher level.

I especially like the graphics and the message of "give what you have; take what you need". In addition to being a core part of mutual aid, it's an effective way to make it clear what the pantries are for and how to use them. Great work!

Matt Turner 👏 Strategic Advisor and Technologist at Independent Consultant — Emoti-Con Judge
Great job to bring awareness to local food pantries. The app looks great and I like that you didn't take too much on. This will be a real help to find the pantries. I could also help make people aware of food insecurity in their neighborhoods and I'd love to also see ways to let people help not just refilling but with pother food resources once they learn about the problem.

I also really like that you shared your process and started with interviewing your 'customer' to get more perspective. Understanding your customer is the key to creating great experiences!

Feedback from the Community:

katherine 👏 a Middle School Student
this is a good and a smart app also a thoughtful ❤❤❤❤❤
👏 a Middle School Student
I really like how you interviewed your math teacher and you got the name "Tiny Purple Pantry." I also like that you based the name "Tiny Purple Pantry" on the color scheme of purple.