An App/Software Project
By Yanaal, Kelly, Miles, and Tajrin
High School Students from Mouse Design League
About this Project:
The Tiny Purple Pantry Community app is designed to help those contributing to the mutual aid organization and improve overall organization. Its purpose is to bring communities together and allow for communication between people. We came up with ideas for the app by studying how other apps connect people and navigate maps, as those are key aspects of our project. The app works by letting consumers reach out to their community members to request for certain items in the pantry, and the app can lead them towards pantries in their area.
Feedback from the Judges:
Larry Lieberman 👏 CEO at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
This team did a great job of identifying a community issue (food insecurity) and exploring community-based solutions to alleviate some of the problems. Everyone has something in their panty that they don't want or aren't using and the team has come up with an innovative way to connect unused food items with people who want them. The team shows great compassion in their brainstorming of photo and video features in the app that communicate food availability without requiring proficiency in any specific language. Especially thoughtful is their idea to protect the privacy of folks picking up food by turning off these cameras when Purply Pantry boxes are in use.
Kathy Rutherford 👏 Biomedical Engineer at Engineering Field — Emoti-Con Judge
I liked the overall idea and the thoughtfulness of addressing food insecurity in certain neighborhoods. It takes the "library book exchange" or "micro food pantry" to the next level by allowing those with internet access to know the contents before heading there. This allows people to know if the pantry had specifically needed items and is an excellent way to help vulnerable people avoid Covid exposure in supermarkets or on food lines. I also liked the Jamboard brainstorming to show the development of this ides and how it evolved. Great work!
Valerie Casasanto 👏 Outreach Lead, ICESat-2 Mission at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — Emoti-Con Judge
Great idea to provide an app for the community to be able to identify food items before going out. I'd love to see this further developed!
Feedback from the Community:
Jessye 👏 a Teacher from Tech Kids Unlimited
I think this a fantastic idea and way to support mutual aid efforts in our communities! The pantry mascot is also *pretty adorable*.