An App/Software Project
By Tamesh, Daniela, Alan, and Nathaniel
Middle School Students from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ Vista Academy
About this Project:
The project is about harrasment, rape, and mistreatment of females. It's a chat app for women to get into a chat app to talk privately and/or publicly about experiences with others to make them feel more open to other people since the events can be traumitizing to most people. The challenge is mainly the increase in crimes against them which can be difficult for the families affected from the crime(s).
We came up with the idea after we saw a big spike in crimes against women, especially asians but in general, it's been going up a lot so we're trying to make that stop since its a big problem. It can lead to self harm, depression, etc. If I could build it, It would work by making an account with a bunch of interactive stuff to do once its made, It can be anything from customizing the layout, to chatting, to seeing hotlines, etc.
The design process was simple, We tried to find out everything wrong with the crimes and tried to figure out what would calm down the victims in a positive way.
Feedback from the Judges:
Amelia Forrest 👏 Finance & Operations Coordinator at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a great start for something that is big issue. I'm happy you all are taking the initiative to give a voice to those who have been silent and silenced.
Josh Miller 👏 Professor at Kutztown University — Emoti-Con Judge
This is an important issue and a clever solution for allowing users to interact in a safe space. It might be interesting to look at the ways apps can provide anonymous communication, or perhaps investigate how responses could be moderated to ensure safe communication. Some competitive research for existing mental health apps (which became much more popular during the pandemic) might lead to some interesting insights. A really great concept with a thoughtful execution. Nicely done.
Maddy Barr 👏 Visual and UX Designer at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
Your project really has the potential to help a lot of women struggling with harassment and mistreatment! Great work!
Diane Levitt 👏 Sr. Director of K-12 Education at Cornell Tech — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a very thougtful app confronting a real social problem. I very much appreciate the fact that you chose a solution that creates a community of women supporting other women through very difficult times. Your pitch is persuasive, and the features you include, like the help button and phone numbers to call for support, are very useful. Some things to think about as you continue to work on this are, how will the app pair people who want to chat? Will they be paired by location, or age, or some other factor? You asked about adding video chat. I think that's a good idea--video, or perhaps just phone, which takes less bandwidth. Thank you for thinking about the victims of hate crimes and abuse in our communities.
Feedback from the Community:
Marliza 👏 a Middle School Student
I love this idea. It's an app with a great design that has potential to make a big change. The only question I have is how are going to make sure that people are respectful and that this is actually a safe space? Maybe people could be reported and you could block accounts that are hurting instead of helping in the chat, and delete hurtful messages.
Eliani 👏 a Middle School Student from NYC
As a growing woman this is very scary for us to expirence, especially because most of us dont have a voice, I really love how you guys put into your time to share this with the world. Good job!
Daniel 👏 a Middle School Student
Nice job hope that this works in the future
Victor 👏 a Middle School Student
This is a very creative project and I hope it becomes a real thing in the future.
Giselle 👏 a Middle School Student from Vista Academy
This is really helpful for the people who are going through it. This is definitely an app that should be made in the future. Great job all four of you!
Davian 👏 a Middle School Student
This is a nice way to help people who suffered traumatic experiences
Ashlym 👏 a Middle School Student from Vista Academy
I love the purpose behind this app it's a great topic for these days.
Kayla 👏 a Middle School Student from Vista academy
I love the way your project is well organized and the meaning of it!
Dal 👏 a Middle School Student
I love this design, it's my favorite plus the most helpful in my opinion since these things are and can happen. We need to spread the information
Ms. Wu 👏 a Teacher
Nice job scholars! Love the concept and design.
Sajjatun 👏 a Middle School Student from Brooklyn
I am in love with this idea because there are so many women out there who are scared and traumatized from seeing other women getting hurt. So this is definitely a great way to express our feelings and tell each other what we are feeling.