"Be involved" was one of my goal for 2015 and few weeks ago when a hackathon for a Price's trust called out designers and hackers I knew it was my time to join the adventure.
The hackathon was hosted by Avanade and Xamarin in favor of Prince's Trust a youth charity that helps change young lives. I felt really inspired by this charity when I first encountered it at my workplace Immediate Media - which is a new partner of Prince's Trust, a genuinely good reason to be involved.
Prince's Trust needed a fresh eye into their digital strategy and ask us to present an app that will help young people get back to education while receiving mentoring.
MY 24HRS TEAM
Naturally formed I spent the next 12 hours with those clever guys. I suggested to have an icebreaking exercise to introduce ourself and share a first vision about the task.
OPEN BRAINSTORM AND PIZZAS
After the turn around it was an opportunity to involve everyone into a open brainstorm. The cards cleaning following the brainstorm helped the team agreed on what we have to do (product), for who (personas) and why (answering the brief).
OUR ANSWER TO THE BRIEF
We will designed a native app using Xamarin by the developers and Sketch by the designers.
This app called Pup a.k.a Prince's Up will help a young adult find inspiration regarding a career plan. Also find information about this career. The young adult will be able to join group chats to discuss about a career topic that he or she is interested in. To be reinsured and guided he/she will have the ability to connect and communicate with a mentor available directly within the app. If the mentor is unavailable, the young adult will be able to take a quizz curated by a mentor.
The rewards being this app is related to the sharing of knowledge and time within a community. While some get information, others could engage by taking quizz and learn from start about what they are able to achieve and where they want to go. A powerful feedback tool for the mentor and the charity.
CORE USER JOURNEY
Here's the user journey that a youth will take to be informed, inspired, engaged and connected with the Prince's trust.
HACKING CHALLENGES: ENSURING THE APP DATA STRUCTURE AND WORKFLOW WITH XAMARIN SOFTWARE
THE JOURNEY THROUGH HIGH FIDELITY MOCKUP
Hope you enjoyed reading my journey through a hackathon.
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