Grapevine is a mobile first platform that helps parents visualize out-of-school learning resources based on their real time location. Specifically, this web app uses a street map interface and pre-populates the map with programs and activities within their local community. Each pin on the map contains the most important factors that parents want to know about, such as the phone number, cost, age groups, and related activities.
Parents want to provide the best opportunities for their children. This can be quite challenging when community programs have little to no online presence, making it nearly impossible to find them by searching the web. Even when programs have an online presence, information is hard to find, leaving parents with little to no options for their children.
Grapevine gives visibility to community organizations and helps to connect them with the people they serve. Even though grapevine is testing this type of user interface with out-of-school learning programs, there are many other applications for this technology. Imagine a map for health services, job training programs, and other social services. Also, the open-source code allows any organization to replicate this type of interface for their local community.
Susie is a passionate educator. She moved to NYC to start a fifth grade program for a small independent school where the curriculum empowered students to design and build their own classroom furniture, earning her an award for Excellence in Education. Susie will soon receive a Master's degree in Cognition and Learning from Teachers College, Columbia University; she hopes to use cognitive research to improve out of school learning by developing innovative methods built around new technologies.
Nikhil was an early engineer at Twitter, working on the Growth team building highly scalable distributed systems. He graduated from Emory University, and previously interned at both Yahoo and Apple.
Ashley is passionate about generative research and user centered design process. As a design facilitator, she utilizes the power of mental models to align understanding, and attributes her love of facilitation to her many years in hospitality. She is a UX designer at DockYard in Boston, and recently graduated with an MFA in Information Design and Visualization from Northeastern University.