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An App/Software Project
By Kaia, Genesis, Fathima, Adeeta, and Odris
High School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ High School for Environmental Studies
Help Box

About this Project:

We interviewed students at HSES on what they know about poverty and how people can help. Most of the students told us that they do not know anyone who is homeless or lives in poverty, but they help people in need by giving them money and donating clothing items that they no longer wear.

Our app Help Box is bringing to the market support and resources for those in need. We provide the less fortunate with resources that can help their situation, such as professionals they can communicate with, shelter and food bank information, and much more. We will have multiple features that will accommodate both those users in need and the ones providing the support.

To create our app, we learned about the human-centered design process. We interviewed students in our school to find out the need for an app and then brainstormed and came up with this idea. Then we created a storyboard, prototype, happy path, sketch, wireframe, and mockup on Figma.

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Great Design
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Feedback from the Judges:

Mike Virgil 👏 Head of Commodities Technology + Head of Execution & Clearing Technology at RBC Capital Markets — Emoti-Con Judge
A very smart and crisp application design! I love that this application tries to provide solutions from multiple sides of a complex problem. It has tools and resources for people in need, as well as functions for those who are in a position to help. I thought the presentation slides were excellent and creative - but it may also be helpful to have another aspect to share your story (audio / video to hear from the designers directly - or a small demo). It would be interesting to explore how large institutions (like the NYC government, police, and social outreach departments) could partner with an app like this when providing their services. Great idea!

Perri Meeks 👏 Director of Programs at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Great work! This app would be helpful to so many. It's great that the app is both for people who want to give help and people who would like to receive help. I like that the app would bring together disparate information, your presentation was beautiful to look at and the mock up of the app also look visually appealing. Another thing to think about might be what integrations of other resources would be app be able to support? Excellent work!

Eugene Cherish 👏 IT Infrastructure Support at ArcherPoint — Emoti-Con Judge
I love the idea of consolidating important resources so that the person in need can spend less time looking for resources they would need or even shine a light on a resource they may want but not have thought of or know was available. I would think about having kiosks in public places like libraries, hospitals, police stations, etc. so that if people don't have access to resources would still benefit from the information.
Overall I loved the presentation and it's not easy to see a concept of how something may look so it was great to see you explored the idea of how it would actually look and behave. I think this would be a great tool to see implemented in all communities so that even people not in need can identify places they can volunteer, or donate time/resources to help out their neighbours.
Great work!

Feedback from the Community:

👏 a Teacher
Amazing take on how to solve such a prevalent problem in NYC. 🙂
👏 a High School Student from NYC
Really well thought out project that could benefit many people!
👏 a Teacher
Very useful for so many people

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