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Before making our app, we as a group had to interview multiple students and staff in our school to get their insight on how they felt about the environment. After collecting that information, we moved on to drawing sketches of how the app could look like. Then, we distributed our designs to Figma, a website where we can make prototypes of our app design.
Basically, the app works by creating a profile, and documenting what oneself has seen that day in their environment. For example, they can log “I saw a lot of trash on the floor”. The app then asks them what they can do to fix the problem, which results in them having two options, based on the response they stated. The options are “Community Center” and “DIY”. If they pick Community Center, the app will then provide available community centers in their area that they can choose to fix their issue. They can then contact the center or reach out to the center as a way of volunteering to fix their issue. If they pick “DIY”, the app would then list multiple DIY projects/tasks that they can attempt to do, based on their problem. It would provide correct instructions depending on the task they choose; after they complete their task they can take a picture to show their achievement. However, if they are unable to start their task on that day, GROWTH provides a messaging system where someone can type when they wish to start the project, to save for later. You can see different people’s comments about a project or when they want to start a project. GROWTH is a fun way to do tasks with others while saving the environment at the same time.
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I oversee Mouse's Professional Mentor Program, which connects students with volunteer mentors that work in the tech career field. I hope to inspire students to diversify the STEAM career fields! I also manage our Design League program that guides Middle and High school students on creating original tech projects using the Human-centered design process and gaining UX/UI skills.
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I really enjoyed reviewing your app and its many interactive features. I really enjoyed the DIY feature to get the user to be more involved in creating the environment they want. I also enjoyed connecting the user to local community centers and seeing other users share their experiences through the chat board. That helps encourage communal change in the environment!
Something to think about if you decide to continue developing this app is if the user gets a reminder of their rescheduled task or gets notifications from other community centers that are doing neighborhood clean-up projects.
Larry is well known as a media executive and for his long-standing mental health advocacy work with the JED Foundation on behalf of high school and college students. He works to create strong communities with equal access to education, healthcare, clean energy, and professional opportunities.
During the evenings, you are likely to find Larry on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where he is Chairman of Caveat Media.
Krysta has over 8 years of experience in technical recruitment. Most recently she has worked in-house at health-tech startups, helping these organizations to scale rapidly. In her current role as Director of Technical Recruitment at Lightyear Health, Krysta is using data analytics to build recruitment strategies and drive results across teams.
In her free time, Krysta enjoys cooking or exploring all that her neighborhood, Astoria, has to offer alongside her micro-golden doodle pup, Maggie.
There's so many ways to interact with this app and overall quite fun. The feature that allows you to take and share pictures will motivate others to do good. Overall super creative and engaging!
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