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“Sunshine Space”

Finalist: Most Social Impact
Creators: Finn, Ethan, Lillian, and Ryan
Middle School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ MS 88
Sunshine Space 1

About this Project:

Our project was created to address issues with mental and emotional health. We thought "Wouldn't it be great if there was a way we could talk to people about our mental health without actually having the stress of talking to people?" So we created Sunshine Space, because we know how hard it is to talk to people about emotions.

Sunshine Space has features scientifically proven to improve your mental health, and has features to help prepare you to talk to people. These features include
-calming music
-positive affirmations
-games and stress toys
-breathing exercises
-happiness tracker
-Shows locations for nearby support
-daily goals

We all have encountered friends and family that have constant battles with anxiety and depression, so we created this project out of personal experience.

Project Media


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More About this Project

In the images you'll see many of our features and a rough map of our app on Figma. One of our features not fully explained in the app is our motivational notifications. At the end of each day you'll have the option to fill out a happiness question. Based on what you check off on your daily goals, the app tracks your happiness and what features make you the happiest. For example, if on all days you check off gratitude you tend to have a higher happiness rate, then on your notifications it might tell you to show gratitude more, as it makes you happier. Same goes for the opposite direction, and many other features. The image showcased in the Slides/Presentation section is the main screen on our slide.

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Feedback from the Judges:

Claire Nuñez
👏 Creative Director, IBM Security X-Force Cyber Range at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
Thank you for creating such a beautiful and important app! I love how you considered data and competitive analysis in your presentation -- these are always huge selling points for a pitch. Your presentation as a group is fantastic. You all make the pitch very engaging!

One suggestion I have is to perhaps think about looking at the interface of your app like a bullet journal! This would be a great way to engage the user in a way that is very calming and different than other apps out there. Overall, I really like your app and your pitch was great. Congrats on creating such a useful app for your community!

Rigel Leonard
👏 Tech Specialist at Manhattan Chamber of Commerce — Emoti-Con Judge
Wonderful work!! I am very impressed with this presentation, and I believe the work you all presented has so much potential. Mental health has a long way to go in terms of openness and understanding, and I think the job for folks given is bringing the world to a closer place of having an inclusive outlook when it comes to mental health. I enjoyed that your program didn't have only one feature but many, which gives users the ability to convey their feelings in a medium that works best for them. This is a solid project, and I hope you all give yourselves a round of applause because the potential to keep growing is endless and rewarding due to the number of lives it can change for the better. Fantastic project, and bravo!!

Sarah Maldonado
👏 Director of Program Performance at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
You all should be so proud of what you've created! You did research, interviewed individuals to collect more information, and worked to create a solution for an important topic. I love the colors of your app and all of the different features. It's clear that you worked hard to design something with empathy and people in mind that's what human-centered design is all about. This is certainly an app I would use, especially when compared to all the others (I see your competitive analysis!). Great job working together! Bravo!

Holly Tienken
👏 Associate Professor, Art & Design at Kutztown University — Emoti-Con Judge
Wow! I am so impressed with the quality of research you did for this project, from interviews through evaluating your competition. Your app has something for everyone/every mood. The tagline is PERFECT. I also think your language use of reminding people to be gentle with themselves (ie: it is ok to have a rainy day) makes coming to this space feel less stressful. This app design itself is thoughtful and easy to navigate. Bravo to the entire team!

Susan Futerman
👏 Strategy Manager at Accenture — Emoti-Con Judge
Fantastic work! This project did a great job of telling a story about a problem that exists today and what approach the team took to determine a differentiated solution / why one is necessary. Although there are similar apps on the market, the team successfully conducted a competitor analysis and built an app with enhanced capabilities. The team also accounted for end user needs by conducting interviews prior to designing the app. The level of research really shows in the easy-to-use, yet engaging proposed app interface. This app definitely has the potential to make a meaningful impact on the world!

Feedback from the Community:

Inez 👏 a Middle School Student
I really like the idea of your app
Sumer 👏 a Middle School Student from From MS88
I love this idea! It seems like an app many teens and adults would download :) Great pitch as well!
Noa 👏 a Middle School Student from from MS88!
I really love the idea of your app and I would totally get it! The presentation was very engaging, I believe a lot of people would download it and I think the design of the app is very cool too! :D
Jeremiah 👏 a Middle School Student from Earth
It's cool
👏 a Middle School Student
its nice
anonymous 👏 a High School Student
Wow. This is an amazing idea. I myself know how hard it can be to talk to people and overcome anxiety and this sounds like a great way to get a more positive outlook on life, and overall improve your mental health.
Bunny 👏 a Middle School Student from Ms.88
Hi! I personally really loved this app <3
I have a hard time working out my mental health, so this app really got me excited to see all the features that could help! Keep up the good work :D
susan 👏 a Middle School Student from new york
good but i think yall should say more about why its important and how it will help the world
christian 👏 a Teacher from newyork
it is a good app well put together i can tell you guys really thought about this app and how you made it
👏 a Middle School Student
anonymous 👏 a Middle School Student from New York
This app can do so much for mental and emotional health, it's simply amazing!
👏 a Middle School Student
It is a good app.
Grace 👏 a Teacher from NYC DOE
I can definitely see this app being used in schools and think it is a great idea! I love all the features and think that it offers something for everyone! Wonderful presentation too!
👏 a Middle School Student from Middle school student from now york
it's nice.
👏 a Middle School Student
I really like this idea and think it could be super helpful to lots of different people!!
Joel 👏 a Middle School Student from nyc
This is really good!
lai 👏 a High School Student
The app is a really good idea and will make a really big positive impact on the people who choose to use it! Thank you for helping communities all around the world with your app
👏 a Middle School Student
I love the idea of this. I think this can help many people. I hope you guys win. Good Luck!
👏 a Middle School Student
This app is pretty good and it not only helps people with there issues and can help people be calmer.
human 👏 a Middle School Student
great job!
👏 a Middle School Student
great job!
👏 a Middle School Student
The app is helpful and very nice.
Alyna 👏 a Middle School Student
i think this app will help people that are going through mental health
Ryan's Friend 👏 a Middle School Student from New York City
AMAZING IDEA, I would love to download this app! I can tell you put a lot of work into this. Keep it up 🤩
Ari 👏 a Community Member
Great job!
Bella 👏 a High School Student from Stuyvesant
Wow. I entered a project at this fair and mine wasn't even half as good as yours!! Overall fantastic pitch, original idea, and helpful design. Y'all should win!
Caroline P. 👏 a Teacher from NYC DOE
Great pitch!!! I love the originality and the Amazing design. You all did an amazing job speaking and presenting and the features blew me away. I could definitely see my students using this!
Joaquin 👏 a Community Member
Nice app!
👏 a Parent from New York City
Great job for creating this wonderful app! Mental health is a very important issue these days, as not everyone can freely talk about what they feel to anyone. This app will be a very important tool and helpful for them to use. Congrats and best of luck for your future 🙂.
Vanah 👏 a Middle School Student from America
This is such a brilliant project I think the idea could possibly lead to something that can potentially help many people.
👏 a Parent from Brooklyn
A really well thought out and developed App! Love it!
Andrew 👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
Love the product, design, and presentation!
Keith 👏 a Parent from Grandparent, Amherst, MA
Finn, I am so impressed with what you and your friends have developed. You have brought "Sunshine" into so many lives. I am so proud of you. Love, Grandpa
Ann 👏 a Community Member
I love the way you keep mental and emotional health out in the open. You've come up with so many great ideas for dealing with these issues!
Noelynn Llasos 👏 a Parent from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Im in awe of this app. Truly a helpful resource especially during this time. I am proud of the creators! Cant wait to see how it all unfolds! Thank you for thinking of this.
Peter H. 👏 a Technology Professional from Apple
Wow! I am a designer at apple and I love the concept of this! I have seen many mental health apps but the features in this one really stand out!!
Lauren H. 👏 a Teacher from Brooklyn Tech
Amazing pitch!!!
mariam 👏 a Middle School Student from nyc
I really like the idea and concept of your app!
👏 a Middle School Student
OMGG this is super AMAZING !!
👏 a Middle School Student
this project was really good!
👏 a Middle School Student
good job
Will 👏 a Parent
Wow 👏 great job. I am impressed by the integration of so many complimentary features.
Ryan 👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
This is amazing! I hope you win so I can try it out :)
👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
This APP will be very helpful to the community. I can't wait to see this APP in full motion!
👏 a Teacher
This is awesome!
Caterina 👏 a Middle School Student
This is amazing! Love the concept and I think it would be really helpful for people struggling with mental illnesses. 10/10
👏 a Middle School Student
This is very professionally designed. The visuals meld perfectly with the application's purpose and do not look clunky in practice. Amazing job!
👏 a Middle School Student
This is very professionally designed. The visuals meld perfectly with the application's purpose and do not look clunky in practice. Amazing job!
👏 a Middle School Student
Wow! Amazing Job
👏 a Middle School Student
Great job on the app it sounds great!
ms88 kid 👏 a Middle School Student
nice work I really like it
Angelica 👏 a Middle School Student from East New York
I think you guys did a great job on this app , it was the best app i have probably seen that was made from scratch!! GREAT JOB!!
👏 a Middle School Student
i like the apps intention to try to make the world a better place
benny 👏 a Middle School Student
It looks great
kelvin 👏 a Middle School Student
you guys did a great job
👏 a Parent
Thank you for addressing such an important issue. Your designs are eye catching and the activities are varied. Keep up the great work!
Candice 👏 a Parent from NYC
This app is a great idea!
Frankie 👏 a Middle School Student
I really liked the idea and I feel like it was executed really well. I could see this app being a big help to many people.
Patricia 👏 a Technology Professional from Verizon
Great work Sunshine Space!
I loved all the features!
👏 a Middle School Student
SO GOOD! I feel so proud to call you my freinds. Your app is deserving to win <3 I'm rooting for you!
<3, Bunny's secret admirer
Ivy :) 👏 a Middle School Student from M.S.88
I see the impact of mental health issues among teenagers every day, so I understand just how vital this app is. Having a safe, comforting place to discuss your feelings, relax, and heal is necessary for young people in our society. Thank you for all your work to see us and hear us, and to develop an app from teens, for teens. :)
Md 👏 a Middle School Student
Great and smooth presentation!
Adrianne 👏 a Middle School Student from Queens
I think that this app is very cool. This app is a multipurpose tool to use against multiple things like boredom, and I struggle against boredom. I feel like personally this app will help me out killing time or finding out what to do.
👏 a Middle School Student
I like the of idea of the app
Dana 👏 a Middle School Student
This is really good!
👏 a Middle School Student
This is amazing!!! I like how you all were able to take from varieties of things that give a positive effect to people. And mash it into one! This will be for sure helpful for those who need it! :)

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