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“Junk to Treasure”

Creators: Jaden, Valeria, Ashir, Servando
Middle School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ Staten Island School of Civic Leadership
Type of Project:
  • Game Design,
  • Social Media
Themes of Project:
  • Community Advocacy,
  • Environment/Sustainability
Junk to Treasure

About this Project:

We created Junk to Treasure because there is a lot of trash around Staten Island. Sometimes the garbage is in school, but it is also in the park and eventually even the ocean. Our app is a fun way to get rid of the trash and earn money at the same time.

After creating an account the take a picture or video of themselves disposing trash. This will turn into cash prizes!

We hop you enjoy our presentation.

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Community Feedback:

Great Design
Makes Me Think

Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Contributing Writer at Uloop — Emoti-Con Judge
I love the concept of this app. I've wanted something like this for a while. I know in some areas and even in other countries, people can earn money vouchers just by recycling. Where will the funding come from so that you can pay users? How can users cash out their earnings? I would definitely be interested in seeing this app develop further and actually take flight- it's an amazing concept that will help the environment so much.

👏 Senior Manager, Recruitment Marketing at Verizon — Emoti-Con Judge
Great concept and well thought out and researched. Love the incentivizing to get people to participate. Team did nice job of storytelling and presenting the app.

👏 Associate Professor at Lehman College / CUNY — Emoti-Con Judge
Cool idea but most people I know don't want to touch trash. How do you make it easier to pick up trash? Maybe you could also provide gloves or a "picking" device that would help people do this easier without having to bend over, etc....

👏 Education Lead at Wix Tomorrow — Emoti-Con Judge
My favorite part about your idea is that you want people to have fun with something not usually associated with fun and that's how change happens! Other than giving money, what other ways can you make the trash picking up experience more fun? Maybe there are fun elements to the app that users are experiencing, or ways to bring people together? Great start to a very cool concept, and love all the work you put in!

Feedback from the Community:

👏 a Middle School Student
You have put dedication towards helping the community and the world to save sea animals from death.
👏 a Middle School Student
I love the concept of your app. It solves a big world problem that could potentially make a big impact in this world.

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