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“Connected Community”

Creators: Catalina, Ronen, Rami, and Thomas
Middle School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ IS 7 Elias Bernstein
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About this Project:

We created this app to help people in our community to help each other out. Connected Community is also a place to create, track and organize community service opportunities.

Our app is a place where people can find out where they can go and what they can do to help others in need. Take a look at our prototype and tell us what you think.

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Feedback from the Judges:

Henry McKelvey
👏 Adjunct Professor at University of The Potomac — Emoti-Con Judge
This app is a good way to allow people to help each other and provide a means of social connectivity. I can see this app being used to do some great things.

Krysta Kucinski
👏 Director of Technical Recruitment at Lightyear Health — Emoti-Con Judge
I was bought in right from the start because you shared an inspiring pitch backed up by data. I love how this app would make it simple to easily access opportunities to help your neighbors or broader community whether it be in person or remotely.

Tess Mattimore
👏 Consultant / Engagement Manager at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
Catalina, Ronen, Rami, and Thomas - great work on "Connected Community". You did such a great job telling an engaging story about your project. The vision and mission are very clear and come through in all aspects of your pitch. I appreciated your attention to research and how it informed your work. I support some corporate social responsibility initiatives at my company and we could use an app like this to connect our team with great opportunities!

Aurelia Kare
👏 Senior UX Designer at Capital One — Emoti-Con Judge
Great job on this project! Your entire pitch and visual presentation was engaging and utilized true storytelling skills. You should be proud you aced this part because even seasoned professionals struggle with their presenting skills.

The app itself covers all the bases. Your research and data really helps volunteers understand the needs. I might suggest putting some of that data as little blurbs somewhere in the app.

It would also be great to interview some users to see what criteria they use when choosing a project. Is it distance? (which you covered and will help by letting them create accounts YAY!) Or maybe it's timing, like only after work hours or on weekends? Or maybe it's a cause that is important to them... We can only know the answers by talking to our users.

I think this project can be expanded and will really have an impact on people who want to "do good".

Jessica Hochman
👏 We Need 2 Talk & The Equity & Disproportionality Lab at Temple University — Emoti-Con Judge
First of all, from your presentation I get the sense that this is a truly great, collaborative team! Such amazing energy. And the project is really impressive, too! Connecting people to one another through service is such an important part of building community, and this app really captures that spirit. Your clear presentation that supports your work with careful research is also very compelling. Great job, and I can't wait to see this in an app store soon!

Feedback from the Community:

Edoardo 👏 a Middle School Student
This app is cool because it is very wide variety of customization and fun.
Kathy 👏 a Parent
Great idea to use our most plentiful resource -friends and neighbors- to bring change to the community.
👏 a Parent
Great idea!
Jeannie 👏 a Teacher
What a great idea! I love the name of the App and the fact that it gives you locations of places to help the environment. BRAVO!
Adrienne Armetta 👏 a Teacher from Staten Island
Wow, this idea rocks!! Community is essential, and nothing beats helping your neighbors 😊
👏 a Parent
Great idea bringing together an app that simplifies finding community services near and far.
Anna 👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
Good Idea to bring change to a community.
Anna 👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
Good idea to bring change to the community.
👏 a Parent
👏 a Parent
Great idea!
👏 a Parent from Staten island
Absolutely l oh be this idea!! So helpful!🙌🙌
Dawn 👏 a Teacher from Staten Island
What an awesome way to provide people with an opportunity to help others. Quick, easy access to find a way to do something wonderful. Excellent community building tool- LOVE IT!
👏 a Parent
I would use his app! We need something like this, thank you!
Donna (paraprofessional in Middle School) 👏 a Community Member from Staten Island
Great Idea!! I like that you can get locations.
Gilbert 👏 a Parent from Staten Island, NY
This is a very insightful APP that really shows how we need to take care of our environment and be better connected with our communities on a variety of subjects, service and importance of growing as a community, as a whole. Great Idea and Great Job!!!
Denada 👏 a Parent
I love the idea. Very positive message
Michael 👏 a Parent from Staten Island
First of all - Great presentation! Now, the app itself is a wonderful idea and the name fits perfectly. Knowing where to go in order to get involved in activities, and connected with charities and events that will better the community, in a single place. Brilliant!

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