32 high school-aged students at Roycemore School joined us for a uniquely special day of inspiration, collaboration, and creation. Over the course of six hours, they heard from a special guest speaker, got a crash course in Adobe XD, and designed and prototyped digital apps to help Evanston citizens.
9:30 am Welcome and kickoff
9:40 am Keynote session with Kumar Jensen, Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer, City of Evanston
10:00 am Adobe XD bootcamp with Taylor Kobey, Adobe
11:00 am Design brief introduced, competition work time begins
12:00 pm Working lunch served
1:30 pm Competition work time ends, teams submit links to Adobe XD prototypes
1:45 pm Team presentations start
2:30 pm Judging and winners announced
Kumar Jensen kicked off the day with a keynote on the city’s many sustainability efforts, presenting data and solutions from the Climate Action and Resilience Plan. This information directly influenced the design challenge, so Kumar returned later to serve on the judging panel.
In preparation for the design challenge, Adobe’s Taylor Kobey introduced Adobe XD and capabilities for students to design and prototype their own digital apps.
According to the Climate Action and Resilience Plan, “the first package that the City will focus on will be waste-related policies.” The idea of zero waste goes far beyond trash and recycling, though those are two of the most immediately visible challenges. It includes finding alternatives for unsold or near-expired food, removing single-use plastics like straws, reducing the waste that comes with construction or demolition, enforcing the plastic bag ban, making buildings more energy-efficient, and more.
These are huge issues, some of which you’ll never need to tackle. But other people in your community might, and they need education and resources to ensure they’re doing so in the right ways. Your challenge is to create a digital app that informs, motivates, and rewards the citizens of Evanston to achieve zero-waste status.
App prototypes by team
Team 1: Greener
Effie Zimmerman, Ismael Jaramillo, Owen Xu, Jack Liu
Team 2: Zero
Robin Yu, Riley Parris, Prahlad Lolla, La’Nycia Stanton
Team 3: Recyclopedia
Gary Chen, Daniel Black, Henry Zhang
Team 4: Recycle Right
Hanu Snyder, Mateo Camino-Rios, Alex Zhou, Nino Maruszewki, Aaron Iosevich
Team 5: Sell By
Ela Chintagunta, Tomas Prendergast, Peter Yang, Cindy Zhang
Team 6: Rico Eco
Chyna Cannon, Nina Lautman, Ellison Holloway, Toran Ham
Team 7: Envire
Richard Ackermann-Spieker, Theo Huston, Rob Schnide, Adam Levin
Team 8: Trackcycle
Sooliat Bakare, LeiLei He, Jim Shen, Hanna Ham