Hi Anne-Laure and Gavin, Thank you for detailed feedbacks. They've helped our persona, user experience and prototyping stages. We actually began testing our prototypes' of Team's two main ideas of 'Get Paid' (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/higher-ed/ideas/get-paid) and 'Pizza for everyone' today. First we created a persona, experience map, screenshots and developed the rest accordingly. We thought that combining these two ideas in one application/website platform ease our process in conducting the idea to our target personas. First impressions from our first adopters (mostly Brooklyners studying at NYU) are definitely promising. They highlighted that this is a untempted and absolutely different approach to our tuition and credit-based payment system. They're looking to use and save some money through this. The only concern of our interviewees is, as you also pointed out, its' integration with the college's system. As another big stakeholder of this idea, we'll surely check the regulation and the stance on this innovative idea. If any of the openideo members has a strong connection/view on college admission or bursar office who's willing to contribute to the advancement of the 'pizza for everyone' idea, you're more than welcome!
Inna helped us looking into the problem from totally different p.o.v. Your contributions and questions in the comments section made me think an education as an investment rather than a right. I remember while I was searching for grad school in U.S., most admission offices of the colleges market their departments and divisions like a 5-stars hotel with best professors, facilities, location etc. I guess, this is a problem for undergrad degree students, families begin to see as an investment or inheritance to their child. I strongly believe if students had enough economic tools to decide, they can decide their fate themselves in contrast to the example in Inna's interview.
Hi Beatriz, http://Raise.me seems as a great initiation point for high school student to earn their scholarship. I checked the website and some news about it but I'm still unsure about one function of the service. How is http://raise.me differentiate from the current admission office scholarship support system? Owing to the http://raise.me program, a transparency on earning scholarship and a motivation to high school students are the leading advantages. Do you think there are some more? Thanks,