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Hack your way to safety!

Last semester, we did a first prototype at the School of Engineering and then explored further the issue of women safety and empowerment at NYU. In fact, it became our project for the Design for America. We had a DFA workshop run by a DFA Fellow last week for our second phase workshop. We now are in the third phase and running several prototyping events including a hackathon next weekend.

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As part of our DFA application (to become NYU Design for America chapter) we've been working on Women Empowerment and Safety.

Last week we had a DFA workshop run by Rob from DFA who came to run a human-centered design workshop on campus safety. It was wonderful to see everyone engage themselves in bringing out innovative ideas to spread awareness and understand the importance of living in a safe environment.

An interesting outcome was that a lot of our ideas touched on common points. We are thinking of developing a community-building app that relies on the NYU network to quickly respond to any threats to a students’ safety, while also placing importance on anonymity and personalized responses. We are also planning to leverage the same network to create a travel-buddy/cab-sharing service aimed at NYU students.

To this end, we will host a hackathon dedicated to creating this app. We will open up some of the NYU APIs to make it easier, as well as bring some expert insights as to how to build it. If you’re not a coder, no problem, neither are we! We are looking to prototype these solutions using low-tech methods, and also designing the implementation and experience. We will keep in touch over the coming week to give you more details about the hackathon.

If you are in NY, on February 20 and 21st, please join us: 
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack-your-way-to-safety-tickets-15744377858

We learnt today that we made to round 3: http://greenhousestories.com/2015/02/12/design-for-america-round-3-we-made-it/
We are so excited and are looking forward to be able to share the prototypes from our hackahon soon.

 

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Design Tinkering,
great to see you engaged and continuing to develop ideas for our women's safety challenge. Please share updates and let us know when you have a prototype of the app.

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