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Final Project (DUE FRI DEC 8 11:59 PM)

For the final half of this course, teams will 1) reflect on their concept and write a report, 2) create prototype and gather concrete evidence that informs key open questions, 3) refine the concept for public display in the form of a slide presentation and an online portfolio piece. 

1) Write a project reflection
As a team, write a short reflection that addresses the following questions:
  • Briefly, what was your team's mission and what was your team's unique approach to reaching this goal?
  • Address critiques about your idea:
    • What are the most relevant/valid critiques against your concept?
    • What is the biggest open question that could impede the success of your concept?
    • How can you create a prototype that addresses/tests this open question?
  • Consider your user research:
    • What evidence/data would help gain a deeper understanding of the problem?
    • What would you add to your user research? 
  • Reflect on specific changes you want to make:
    • How can you more effectively communicate your concept next time?
    • How would you improve your poster design?
    • How would you improve your pitch?
  • Grading/judging:
    • In addition to four criteria (novelty, feasibility, impact, and human-centered design process) from the D4SD challenge, what criteria should be used to evaluate your project?
    • What should be accounted for in how we grade students in this class?
Reports should be no longer than 1000 words (no more than 2 pages, single spacing) and emailed as a PDF to Tone Xu <> by 4pm on Tues Nov 7. 

2) Prototype and test
Building on your reflection report, create a prototype that will help your team gather data about the core critiques (biggest open questions) in your concept. Start by writing down one key question that you want to answer with your prototype. Then create a mockup or a model or an experience prototype that’s most appropriate for your team. This will be different for every team.  Make the prototype as "real" as you can within the time frame you have. 

Then, if appropriate, recruit people to try your prototype and make sure to document their interactions and opinions. You may use a combination of observations, interviews, and surveys to collect evidence to help you answer your core question. Finally, take time as a team to reflect on the core critiques / open questions and be prepared to pivot your concept to help address these issues. 

3) Present and make an online portfolio 
Each team should refine their final concept, summarize all data collected, and create two final artifacts:  a slide deck and an online portfolio.

Presentation slides
The team slide deck should provide a high-level pitch and summary of the entire project.  The presentation should clearly introduce the specific challenge, provide insights from user research, and demonstrate the propose solution. The team's video can be shown as part of this presentation. 

Create the team presentations in Google slides so we can present them all on a single laptop. Please sign up for a presentation slot here

Online Portfolio
Each team should create a website where people can get a summary of the project, but also dig deeper for additional details.   The video, slide deck, poster design, etc. should all be viewable in the online portfolio. 
Provide a single link for your team’s online portfolio, as well as a project title and 435 x 245 pixel thumbnail image that can be used for a project index page for the course. 

Grading Criteria
Teams will be assessed based on:  novelty (how unique is the idea from what's already out there?), impact (how much could this positive affect people if implemented?), feasibility (is the concept possible and cost effective to implement?), human-centered design process (does the team consider their target audience and provide evidence of the problem and solution potential?), and effort (how much effort did the team exhibit?). 

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