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Creators: Nicholas, Andrew, Kevin, Justin, and Jencarlos
Middle School Students from I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer Magnet School of Innovation and Applied Learning
Type of Project:
  • Product Development,
  • UX/UI Design,
  • Visual Art & Design
Themes of Project:
  • Community Advocacy,
  • Entertainment
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About this Project:

Introducing #CatchASport, the ultimate platform for sports enthusiasts to connect, compete, and cultivate community through the joy of pick-up games.

Are you tired of endlessly searching for a game, only to come up empty-handed? Say goodbye to the frustration and hello to convenience with #CatchASport. Our app is designed by sports lovers, for sports lovers, with the singular goal of making it easier than ever to find and join pick-up games in your area.

Gone are the days of missed opportunities and wasted potential. With #CatchASport, every game you play isn't just a match—it's a chance to forge new friendships, strengthen existing bonds, and enrich the fabric of your community.

Here's how it works: using state-of-the-art location-based services, #CatchASport instantly pinpoints your location and displays nearby pick-up games tailored to your preferences. Whether you're into basketball, soccer, or something in between, finding the perfect game has never been simpler.

But that's just the beginning. With #CatchASport, you have the power to specify your preferences, from the sport you want to play to the age group you prefer. With just a tap, you can join a game, fostering spontaneous sportsmanship and creating opportunities for physical activity and social interaction.

Join us in revolutionizing the way sports enthusiasts connect and communities thrive. Download #CatchASport today and take the first step toward a more active, vibrant, and interconnected tomorrow.

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More About this Project

Step into the action with a sneak peek of our app's power-packed features! Feast your eyes on the Browse page, your gateway to top-notch nearby games, ready for your sporting prowess! But wait, there's more! Dive deep into the excitement with our Search feature, a game-changer in itself. Whether it's basketball, soccer, or your niche passion, find it in a flash with our nifty "filter" button, putting the power in your hands!

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Community Feedback:

Great Design
Makes Me Think

Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Mouse Board Member at Self-Employed — Emoti-Con Judge
Love this app! While I'm not a ~sporty~ person, I know that companies struggle (and spend millions of dollars monthly) on galvanizing communities and creating rituals that they can tie their brands to, and I've never seen any tap into this way of people connecting. Kudos on a fresh angle!

You have such a well-thought out and written pitch. Incorporating a simple and catchy (see what I did there) hashtag can be a really strong tool. I feel like I immdiately understood who your target market is, your mission, and how you operate. You're solving a small problem that lots of people feel every day, and the fact that this app is designed by genuine users who want this platform for their own benefit shines through. That's much more authentic than building an app that may perform well. Don't lose sight of how important personal experiences are in these creative processes!

The slides were nicely thought out and seem easy to navigate. Consider adding the ability to let users create profiles to be found/invited to games (rather than seeking them out) and maybe one day you host live events that are planned, fostering a greater sense of community offline. It may be helpful for players to sort by experience level instead of age, especially for those out of school where age is less of a factor than how long someone has been playing. May lead to better games!

It's great that you incorporated ways to filter for games nearby for a more custom experience, this will definitely lead to users finding better experiences! Lastly, I LOVE that you end this with a crisp and clear call to action. Shout out to the future Marketing Manager on this team!

This is so great! Please keep working on it.

I hope to see it on an app store near me very soon :) good luck!!!

👏 Director of Instructional Design at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
I wish I could use this app right now! There are so few opportunities for people to just pick up and play a sport once they are passed a certain age.

My favorite feature is the page that shows you what is happening near you, since sometimes I do not know what I want to play, but I know I want to get out and be active. I have tried finding sports online, but it is always difficult to know what is happening in my immediate area or they require advanced planning and registration to attend.

Your written pitch was so well-developed as well! I wish that I could hear it live. Maybe one day you can pitch this on Shark Tank!

👏 Software Engineering Tech Lead at Google — Emoti-Con Judge
This is an app that I would love to have. I'm not always free at the same time every week, so it's hard for me to get involved in a regular pickup game. But, when I am free, I have no way to find the games that might be going on nearby! So this would be a great app.

I like that this is an app that doesn't try to just hammer home a message like, "Fitness is important". Instead, it solves a real problem for people and, in so doing, makes it easier for people to get more active while also strengthening local community.

Your pitch is very well written. And it looks like you put a lot of thought into the design of the app, with geolocation, filtered searches, video, even the ability to track when people might have to leave early. Very impressive.

One thing to think about is how to incentivize people who host a game or are already involved in a game to list it. They may not want newcomers taking their spots. Maybe, regular attenders in a game should have a chance to reserve a slot up until a few hours before the game starts, and only then the unclaimed spots would open up to new people?

Maybe the host of a game could have the option to accept or reject people, and there could be a skill and sportsmanship rating system, to incentivize people to be well behaved and to make it easier to create balanced games?

Feedback from the Community:

Nidhish 👏 a Middle School Student from NY, Staten Island
I like this app because sometimes you go to the park with friends and your bored you can just use this app.
CESAR 👏 a Middle School Student from NEW YORK CITY

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