CatchupNYC was the First Place Winner of the At&T Aspire Mobile App Hackathon organized in collaboration with the Mayor Bloomberg's Truancy Task Force, NYC Digital, and NYCEDC. It was a mobile web application created in collaboration with Nelson Ramon, Andres Hernandez, Valentina Camacho, and Derek McGee that helps students and parents easily find free and near-by tutors provided by New York City. My role was user experience design and front end development.
It was a 2 day hackathon. On the first evening we got the brief and heard talks from some very interesting people from the mayor's office and from AT&T developers. On the second day we built a fully functional mobile web app in 10 hours! It was a really smooth and fun collaboration, and we have since refined the concept and worked on a new design for the Truancy Task Force.
The screenshots below show the interaction of the app.
The first is the landing page of the app, from which you can select the grade and subject of the student from the subject menu.
Once the grade and subject are selected, it automatically searches for the selected criteria in our database of free tutoring resources provided by NYC, and populates the draggable, zoomable interactive map (via google maps api) with the matching tutors.
For the one day build we used a fake database, where we entered information about tutors we found online from various sources. Clicking on the list view button allows you to browse the same information in a list view.
Clicking on a tutor or a tutoring resource in list view gives you more information about the tutor, and a "welcoming" message with details about how to show up for tutoring, designed to make students feel welcome and unintimidated.