An App/Software Project
By Ibrahim, Alissa, and Jonibek
Middle School Students from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ MS 217Q
Feedback from the Judges:
Peizhu Yuan 👏 Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
What a wonderful idea to help people learn the basics of various sign languages! In a simple quiz format like this app, I think it also serves as a reminder for those who have learned but may have forgotten.
I love how your team takes into consideration the various different types of people that will find this app useful, including those who may not be deaf at birth. It is awesome that this app identifies the fact that various regions/countries have their own sign language! Although it would be cool to have the hints since it's a quiz-style app, I think if you can use the hints section to add in cultural facts for the activity signs, the app can teach much more than just sign language. It might also be better to implement gifs or videos instead of images since some signs are gestures in motion.
Azfar Rizvi 👏 Omni Experience Manager at Verizon — Emoti-Con Judge
I absolutely love the simplicity and the efficacy of this app! Not only does it respond to a need, it also build capacity of the users. That is what a good product does!
I like how there could be units that will help escalate the user journey through levels of complexity. Language, when employed efficiently and empathetically, can be used to build communities and this is just the right example.
Now just imagine when Beyonce manages to communicate more with her new friend, they will be able to break down barriers and create a more compassionate world by learning about each other. Wouldn't it be cool if others could sign up and locate users near their location? Or even with similar interests? This way they could organize learning-evenings where everyone gets together physically or on Zoom and they'd be able to help each other through the units.
Excellent work! Where do I sign up? :)
Jessica Maissonet 👏 Marketing Manager, Scaled Programs at Google for Education — Emoti-Con Judge
Wow, this one is amazing! I love that this app both identifies a need, and finds ways to expand the user's experience. Nicely done! Though the design process, I imagine that the still images will become videos or gifs, as many signs are not static hand positions. Additionally, this idea could be even better if it incorporated some cultural context for what each sign means, as translations are not always 1:1. This could expand into a really big project, but definitely has the potential to achieve something amazing! If you need beta testers later on, you have one ready to go. :)