“Sneaker Wonderland App”
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Allowing pre-teens to have the space to think about designing and selling a product gives voice to young people and empower them to be makers rather than just consumers. Sneaker Wonderland App is an example that demonstrates that pre-teens can be some of the best app designers and sneaker designers and makers for a young audience enthusiastic to buy and wear superhero sneakers.
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Saul lectures at the Lifelong Learning programs of Tufts, Rutgers, and RIT since retiring in 2020. Previously he held senior technology, business, and strategy roles at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, uReach Technologies and Spirent Communications. After a career in computer and communications systems he created the Demystify Technology series to bridge the gap between media hype and reality, covering topics such as AI, driverless cars, private space exploration and CRISPR gene editing.
I'm impressed by the teamwork you display. The enthusiasm conveyed by your video is contagious. It made me want to buy your sneakers right now! It's great that you thought about how you'd get your products manufactured. I especially like the idea that your "talented and amazing designer, Destiny" will add custom details to your sneaker. That is cool, and most importantly, it sets your sneakers apart from other stores. First order free shipping is a clever marketing tactic, too.
I think Sneaker Wonderland can help encourage other kids to be makers like you. Nice job!
Deren Guler is a technologist, designer, and educator who’s work focuses on designing accessible technology solutions and tools. She is the founder of the brand Teknikio, a line of creative electronic parts and kits for future inventors. She is also Adjunct Faculty in the Design and Technology department at Parsons School for Design and leads workshops around designing for the future around the world.
I'm impressed at the amount of thought that went into how the app is going to operate since you are offering to customize each pair. Good job all around!