We propose a platform for everyone to sign up, hop on video calls, and sing birthday songs to others around the world for their birthdays.
Staying in contact with people you care about is a critical part of maintaining our mental health to make through this difficult time. While people are stuck at home, Zoom and other chat/video call apps start to become the place where we work, go to school, and party these days. People are using Zoom for concerts, art shows, games, etc. More importantly, we see strangers collaborate and communicate with each other using all creative ways, but there hasn’t been a place for all to easily chat or celebrate events together. We would like to improve this experience and make it easy, usable, and therefore, bring each other closer.
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Zoom virtual birthday party
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In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?
We tried it out with a lot of people we know, and people start to look forward to the next birthdays in line and more and more individuals are joining. We sing birthday songs together to celebrate whoever is on their birthdays, we changed our individual background image according to the b-day person’s preference, weather is dog/idols/food/places. The possibility is endless. There’s also no limitation of room size/cake size/close or far relationships, the experience is pure joy.
In what ways did you share this information?
Most of our friends who participated in the virtual birthday party shared images or videos of it on their social media, such as Instagram, so that more of other people can see and possibly get inspired from. We are proposing a platform in ways of a website/mobile app to let more people know about this event and providing easy ways to organize and sign up.
What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?
How would the operating hours of local essential businesses be affected? For example, the opening hours of many restaurants and grocery stores haven’t been updated on Google Maps…
In addition, what are the online events there are? It’s certain that online events are increasing at a rapid rate but a lot of people do not have the right access to those infos.
What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?
Senior citizens who are staying home alone and don’t have access to the latest news on the Internet. There are also homeless people and individuals who do not have access to the internet.