An App/Software Project
By Alan, Soulemane, Katherine, and Yarick
Middle School Students from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ PS/MS 161
About this Project:
“Peace Pocket” Gun Violence Awareness & Prevention App
The Peace Pocket App is a social media based app aimed at educating and connecting people who want to raise awareness about gun violence in their communities. Students developed the idea after creating a gun violence awareness “online zine”.
This project collected news headlines in the New York area, as well as, student written poetry and celebrity instances of gun violence. The students were extremely motivated to create an app that addressed gun violence in their own neighborhoods. The app has several important features including a message board for people to congregate and communicate on issues. Additionally, it includes an information center for people to get informed about gun violence and protest events in their area.
One of the most important features is a “hero mode” designed to live track instances of gun violence in the community so that app users can keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Users can create an account or use the app as a guest. The overall goal is to educate community members and creating a safe space for discussions about preventing future gun violence.
Feedback from the Judges:
Serena Robinett 👏 Education Specialist at Spotify/Soundtrap — Emoti-Con Judge
I think this app could have a huge social impact! By educating people on gun violence and giving them the space to discuss and provide support for others, your app could save lives! I would like to see more information on the hero mode- what would the design for that look like? I really loved the "peace path" in the slideshow- it explains the purpose of your app and user onboarding so clearly.
Lev Parsons 👏 Physics Teacher at St. Bernard's School — Emoti-Con Judge
Your app has the potential to bring communities together and make them stronger and safer! Your wireframes are well designed and paint a clear picture of your app’s major functionalities. I was pleased to see your inclusion of a user story because it demonstrates how focused your team is on creating a user-centered experience. I especially liked your idea of “hero mode.” How will your app get this live data and ensure that it is reliable? This is a really cool idea and I look forward to seeing your team’s progress!
Kate Rosenbloom 👏 Director, Curriculum and Learning at 2U Inc. — Emoti-Con Judge
I am so impressed by the idea for this app! It reminds me a little bit of the app called "Citizen" but with a much larger focus on bringing the community together to actually confront and address violence in the community. That is a feature that Citizen is really lacking. The wireframes you presented are very clear and I really liked that you thought about user stories and the user experience while making it (as evidenced by your video). In a next iteration, I would love to learn more about "hero mode!" Maybe it could feature a map to show areas where gun violence occurred recently, which would illustrate areas where it is happening a lot. It could help citizens and politicians know which areas of the community need to be helped most urgently. Great work!
Renae Williams 👏 Chief Program Officer at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Hi Alan, Soulemane, Katherine, and Yarick! Your project has the potential to have a positive impact on the community! My biggest wondering, is do you want the app to be solely about gun awareness or also instances of gun violence? Your app designs are very creative and realistic! Would love to know how this app evolves as you get input from end-users (ultimate users of the app) and their feedback. Well done!
Feedback from the Community:
👏 a Middle School Student
👏 a Teacher
I love this idea!!!
Joel 👏 a Middle School Student
I like this app design because it’s helpful it helps with people opinions
👏 a Middle School Student from queens new york
i like that bc is spread awareness of gun violence