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Hinge for Higher Ed

Mobile surveys and big data analytics are used to create optimal career pathways, jobs, and course loads for students.

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it reimagine the cost of college?

Students who are engaged in social media and who are curious about their potential career trajectory and course load.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Build the app and test it with users.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Strategy assistance to help guide the trajectory of the prototype.

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm
  • A student collaboration

Are you interested in the Path to Pitching track we've developed for this challenge?

  • Yes

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Hi Lisa + Alex -

A college/career planning smartphone app is a great idea, especially for low-income American teens, many of whom rely on smartphones as their primary (or sole) gateway to the internet.  If you're planning on pitching this to any investors, you might want to keep in mind that the majority of low-income, smartphone-dependent individuals own low-cost Android handsets (just wanted to mention that, since I see your paper prototype features an iPhone). 

Having spent the past decade working in the mobile industry, I've accumulated an [unnecessarily] large stash of data and insights about smartphone ownership and usage behaviors.  If you're interested, here's some recommended reading: 

"While many households lack Internet subscriptions, Pew found that smartphone users are increasingly relying on mobile devices to access essential services such as online banking, medical information, government information, real estate listings, job listings, and online classes. People with lower incomes are especially likely to use their phones to find employment information."

This is a good one - chock full of anecdotes about the workarounds that students who lack home internet access have created (for example, writing papers entirely on their phones):

"Significance Labs recently conducted a survey on smartphone usage among 1,900 New Yorkers living in households making less than $50,000 a year. A preview of the results showed that 87% of the respondents who owned a phone had a smartphone, usually an Android."

Hope this helps!