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Creators: Angela, Britney, Catherine
High School Students from New Dorp High School
Type of Project:
  • Product Development,
  • UX/UI Design
Themes of Project:
  • Community Advocacy,
  • Digital Citizenship,
  • Resource Sharing
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About this Project:

ShareBox is an app created to aid those in need by directing them to nearby locations with free necessities available for them! We also offer opportunities for volunteers who want to lend a hand by donating items.

Project Media


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More About this Project

While searching for a problem to focus on, we came across multiple articles that spoke about the amount of low income families in New York. Further reading led us to discover that an alarming amount of people struggled with meeting their daily needs. To solve this problem, we reached out to several food banks and homeless shelters inquiring about some of the significant issues that reoccur with people in need. We then created a platform where individuals in need can seek out resources from those who would like to contribute to the community! ShareBox, our app, will elevate the stress of not having necessary items for families or individuals. The app navigates users to Share Boxes closest to them where free necessities will be available for them to take.

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Community Feedback:

Great Design
Makes Me Think

Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Senior UX Designer at ADP — Emoti-Con Judge
The first thing that draws me to this project is the illustration—it’s so cute and creative. It brings a smile to my face, just like the share box. Well done on that!

This project is very inclusive, and I love how it uses storytelling and data to validate its concept. The use of research and competitive analysis to develop a design rationale that helps users in need is impressive. This app will be especially beneficial for people willing to donate items they no longer need, making them useful for those in need. The concept is fantastic.

However, I have concerns about the feasibility of having share boxes at every location and managing them with a code system. The cost and practicality of implementing this might be challenging. It will depend on how well we can execute this idea.

Additionally, while the design is intuitive, some color contrasts might not be accessible to everyone. Improving this aspect would enhance the app's usability. Nonetheless, I'm amazed by the excellent storytelling and creativity from this group of young girls. Congratulations!

👏 Principal at The General Partnership — Emoti-Con Judge
Super fun product idea!

One of the most important habits we follow when building early-stage products is to *understand your customers*! So I was delighted to see that the idea for ShareBox included user research—the act of methodically asking questions to validate your ideas against prospective customers. Sometimes this process leads us to different ideas; that's OK and it's all part of the process!

It was also great to see your acknowledgement of borrowing *some* ideas from InstaCart and Google. You may have heard the phrase, "great artists steal"; the expression holds for product design, too! Successful products often leverage patterns and idioms from similar products that customers are already familiar with. This makes it easier for the customer/user to get to what's unique about yours.

One thing that would be challenging with this product is all the "real world" stuff: installing, stocking, and maintaining the ShareBoxes. Sometimes startups come up with "quick hacks" to step around challenges like this, for example, partner with cashiers at local drug stores (instead of using vending machines) to get the first "proof of concept" version of the product working.

Great job showing a fun and useful product idea!

Feedback from the Community:

Katherine 👏 a High School Student from United States
What made you think of this idea?
👏 a Middle School Student
I feel like this project will be a great way to help those in need
👏 a College Representative
Such an interesting project!!
👏 a High School Student
Love the idea! innovative and great way to support the community.
Vendra 👏 a Teacher and/or Educator
I really liked your app and how it is connecting needed items to the people who need them!

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