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“Food Fest”

An App/Software Project
By Tiffany, Anna, Kai Lin, and Gary
Middle School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ JHS 185 Edward Bleeker
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About this Project:

Food Fest addresses the lack of nutrition seen in people caused by financial issues or lack of motivation. We first came up with our idea by initially wanting to create an app revolving around wages and poverty. After interviewing one of our deans in the school, Ms. Debiec, she informed us about problems she has seen in students. She noticed that food prices have been increasing, negatively impacting families in need of affordable food. After the interview, we decided to refocus our idea on helping families who have difficulty accessing affordable nutrition.

Our project works by first logging in, and then you can browse our many features. One of our key features is our map feature which shows you the locations of the nearest farmer's markets and food banks. Another one of our main features is the recipes page that recommends the most nutritional recipes that are healthy and easy to make. We have another feature in which you type in a specific product, and it will show you the price of the product at groceries near you. It will also show you recipes you can make with that product. These are just a few of the fantastic features of our app.

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The Vimeo video link is a walkthrough of the google slides presentation as well as a presentation of the work completed on Figma.

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Feedback from the Judges:

Alex Sher 👏 Garage Designer at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
I loved reading about your reframe, how you changed ideas from an app about wages to nutrition. And using green to create a feeling of safety is so thoughtful, great work! I also appreciated getting to see your paper prototypes - doesn't matter if they're messy, that's a really important part of the process that can let you get the overall flow down before getting bogged down in the details.
I also really appreciated that you already had ideas for what to explore next - making it even easier to get affordable, healthy groceries. That also takes the step from just providing information in your app to helping people follow through on the information you provide.
I also appreciated the thought you put into personalizing the application and the benefit people would get from providing you with some details about themselves. Being thoughtful about what information you collect is an important part of the design process. Lastly, the fact you're already looking for ways to get feedback is awesome! Keep up all of the great work!

If you're looking for further inspiration, your project reminds me of this recent LifeKit episode: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/06/920807670/dont-be-fooled-by-buzzwords-here-s-how-to-eat-healthy-on-a-budget

Amelia Forrest 👏 Finance & Operations Manager at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Well thought out! Great job Tiffany, Anna, Kai Lin, and Gary!

I love how inclusive this is given the dietary restrictions and being able to find recipes. Price inflation is a growing problem especially when it comes to food, which makes it difficult for families to provide. Having your team see that as a problem and designing a beautiful solution that not only shows where to find affordable options but also recipes. I see this app being very beneficial to those who live alone or in college.

Holly Tienken 👏 Assistant Professor, Communication Design at Kutztown University — Emoti-Con Judge
Tiffany, Anna, Kai Lin, and Gary- you did an excellent job conveying your concept both verbally and visually. I believe this app will be useful to a wide audience in cities and rural areas. When people are looking to make healthy changes in their lifestyle it can be overwhelming to know where to start and this app will connect them easily to resources in their community. I am not sure if you have ever heard of a "community fridge" but in the city I live in a few have popped up. What they are is exactly what it sounds like, a refrigerator will be located outside on a residential street and local restaurants and individuals will donate healthy foods so that people who are experiencing food scarcity have a place to go without having to worry about paying for the food. I did a quick search and it looks like someone has already started mapping them in NYC, might be a cool link to add to your app as well! https://nycfridge.com/

Feedback from the Community:

👏 a Middle School Student
This is so good!
👏 a Technology Professional
Congrats on learning Figma! That's such a professional tool!
👏 a Middle School Student
Good job on expressing how your app helps people in need and the many features that can really help! Great job, Tiffany, Anna, Kai Lin, and Gary!

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