An App/Software Project
By Ayeman, Janelle, Jordi, Kalie, Katherine, Maysha, and Rifat
Middle School Students from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ MS 358Q
About this Project:
This project the helping hands is an app design based on helping the homeless that are in need like mutual aid,this app will help communities that need help,this app will be easy to use we made it like this so no one would be confused, how will be getting technology to the homeless is leaving this locker like thing that has phones that the homeless can take and use the app once it’s been open then they can sign in,once they do they can either check the calender,jobs,contact(messages),locator(find shelter),and make an appointment for covid-19 vaccine this app will the homeless very much in there daily life.
One challenge we faced was coming up with ideas and kinda make it show that it was us who did it and make make it look like an app that really shows that this is what we do and it’s something we wanted to address to the people, another was the design,we went for like a normal look we did everything that someone who lives on the streets needs jobs,shelter,and schedule to know what to do, but when I look at other designs from real apps that did this i just think and take in the design and colors they used so when i do something like this i know i can do better and evolve in design creating.
First we have the main menu when its open you press sign in once you are done you get taken to the home screen where there are 5 options request a ride,cov-19 vaccine,messages,and a locator each one help the homeless on what they need since they don’t have anywhere to go each one help is great ways its cov-19 they need the vaccine and mask we got that they need to know where they need to go got that request a ride to get to somewhere if its to far got that this will help a lot of homeless people that really need it especially finding a job and that is how it would work
Feedback from the Judges:
Vincent DiBartolo 👏 Technology Director at Self-Employed — Emoti-Con Judge
It's clear these developers put a lot of time and energy into thinking through solutions that are relevant to an underserved community. I enjoyed reading their thought process and seeing how that translated into an application that helps people in a practical way.
In the world of application development the hardest part to get right is always the user experience - how someone uses the application to accomplish whatever the app is intended to do. The developers of this app understood this and put a lot of design effort into the menu system, the different functions available, and even tiny details like hailing a cab if a location is too far to walk.
Given that the idea is largely dependent on access to mobile devices, I would have liked to have seen a little more thought around how those devices would be stored and distributed in a safe and economical way, possibly even how it could integrate with existing services that are available to this target communities.
But overall this is an impressive work and I'm excited to see where it can go. I applaud the developers for really seeking to make an impact in our community.
Maggie Muldoon 👏 Senior Manager, Design League at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a really thoughtful app. I love how you consider the needs of your users in every step of the process. I could see this app being really useful to a lot of people! I love your color scheme and how easy the app is to use. You put a lot of thought into the user experience design and it shows!
Josh Miller 👏 Professor at Kutztown University — Emoti-Con Judge
A really unique concept, which provides a lot of features to help assist with a major problem - I think the concept is brilliant. There would be some major logistics surrounding distributing and collecting the phones, so I'm wondering if the same concept would work on a touch screen in a specific location, instead of a device people take with them? Same functionality, different form? Either way, a really unique solution to a difficult problem - nicely done!
Feedback from the Community:
👏 a Middle School Student
I love how creative they were when designing and how thoughtful they were in thinking of what they need.
👏 a Middle School Student
this looks very useful to people great job