Dare2Share Live! Mobile App
Dare2Share is a non-profit that teaches Jr. High and High School kids how to engage their friends in meaningful conversations about their lives. They came to me with an idea for an app that would allow kids to take several assets (videos and pictures) and share them on social media with friends. The app would support a live video simulcast with an audience of over 10,000 people. The non-profit wanted to see the conversations started using their social assets and in real time on a global map. Additionally, I decided to add a curated social media wall so that groups across the world could see what was happening beyond their own location. The app also included supporting material and activities that you could do in person with friends.
The big challenge was that this solution had to scale to involve 10,000 kids in one day. Instead of spinning up our own database, I decided to use the Google Analytics realtime API to log social sharing events. I came up with the idea to wire together the Google Analytics realtime API with Mapbox, an amazing map visualization tool. The result was something that looks fantastic, works in near-realtime (15 minute latency), and was scalable. The event came off without a hitch and the app worked beautifully.
Urban Youth Workers Mobile App
Urban Youth Workers Institute is a non-profit that identifies and trains urban youth leaders, helping youth deal with issues such as drug recovery, incarcerated parents, racial issues, and becoming leaders in their communities.
One goal was to to have a publishing platform where articles could be read, videos could easily be distributed, and live events could be advertised and livestreamed. So, I wanted the main focus of the app to be on the content itself, maximizing reading space and user interaction with the material. This led me to adopt a small sidebar navigation scheme. Although hamburger menus are “out of style” in the UX community, they do work well and users have loved the simplicity of this app.
Also, we wanted urban youth leaders to be able to connect with each other. So, I made sure that we included a feature that allows users in this community to find and connect with each other through messaging.
Our design also includes a full screen “What’s Hot” section so the non-profit can promote events, conferences, and training sessions, gaining the user’s attention right after they arrive in the app.
We also have included streaming radio and tv, for which I helped the organization setup the infrastructure to broadcast to the app. Search for “UYWI 2.0” in the app stores to see the app firsthand.