An App/Software Project
By Evan, Eugene, and Richard
Middle School Students from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ IS 75
About this Project:
Our app is a free day scheduler that can easily allow the user to make sure they don't forget any events coming up. In three words our app is free, fun, and effective. Any user can instantly download our app and have an 84% increase in event remembrance. Our product works so well that anyone can plan their day better. We strongly recommend that you download our app today to instantly make your life more productive. (Our app is not actually downloadable.)
Feedback from the Judges:
Carrie Wieteska 👏 Account Manager at Clark — Emoti-Con Judge
I'm a huge fan of organization and scheduling, so was really interested in this. I've tried a number of apps to help organize my to-do lists over the past year and this one has a number of features I hadn't come across. Having people identify whether they're a student or a worker to help customize the app is a great idea, as is having scientifically proven suggestions to help organize the day. It's also really helpful to be able to filter by category - I know only one app that does it well, and it's been a real game-changer for me, so I'd definitely encourage you to keep that function and even build on it! It's not common in a lot of scheduling apps but is a good one to have.
Kate Rosenbloom 👏 Director, Curriculum and Learning at 2U Inc. — Emoti-Con Judge
As someone who also has to go to a lot of different Zoom meetings, I really like the idea behind this app! I thought it was especially cool that you thought about the different kinds of users your app might have (students vs workers) and developed something that can help the organize both their school/work day and their time outside of school/work. In a future version of your app, I'd love to see the ability to add any relevant links! I'm always needing to search around for the right Zoom link for my meetings and it would be convenient to have it right there in my reminder.
Seth Giammanco 👏 Principal, Technology Lead at Minds On Design Lab Inc — Emoti-Con Judge
Sometimes a really successful application offers something completely new, something that hasn't been done before. Other times a really successful application addresses a need that lots of other apps before it have tried to address. Both paths can lead to success and both require that the app address a need and problem in a way that is valuable to a target audience. I really liked how you had the audience of students in mind. There are lots of reminder apps out there, but I am not aware of any that are uniquely for students. Your slideshow and descriptions focused on the the student experience well. Your visual design ideas are dynamic and suggest trying to offer something different that might appeal to other students which is smart. If you were to revise this app idea further I suggest thinking about how you make your pitch and screens even more about students. Great idea to be able to categorize you notifications.
Sarah Judd 👏 Curriculum Manager at AI4ALL — Emoti-Con Judge
I love the idea of checking all the things in one category, rather than only looking at all categories at once. I appreciate that you built the app around a problem you saw in your own lives, and how you could generalize it to more people. I love the questions you asked "How might we help students with school?" and "How might we positively impact the community." The "Today!" function is also quite helpful - I have Slack (the messaging system we use at work) integrated with Google Calendar, and I love that each morning I get a quick overview of the schedule for today. I also appreciate that you took the time to set up a tutorial for use by your users. Did you check the design by anyone outside of your group to hear their thoughts? How has your project changed over time?
Feedback from the Community:
👏 a Middle School Student
I liked how your app was developed time by time. Later on, maybe you can add more specific things to your app! (I liked the little description that is on the second to the last slide).
👏 a High School Student
This is really amazing! So well put together and will help so many people. Great work!
Sajib 👏 a High School Student from Queens, New York City. Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
The designing for this is amazing. The colors used and features of css used in this is amazing. It really brings life to the app.
Evan 👏 a Middle School Student from Co-Creater of Team Skedge-Check
Thank you Ms. Judd for your positive feedback. To answer your first question we had done several interviews to see what people thought. We had asked people if they thought it was necessary for a planning app, as well as showing them a prototype and asking them to play around with it. We used there feedback in the design for our app. Also to answer your second question the look of our slides has changed over time as shown in the presentation. If you go back to the link listed earlier
(https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YseojCq1kYRVLHk-M9aj9anNRmv_YdSJAno3wMsKbqk/edit?usp=sharing) and go to slide 17 you can see some earlier designs. Thank you for taking the time to comment on our work.