As part of the User-Centered Design of Technology with People with Dementia group at Exploration Trail: Research at Bitcamp, we interviewed a person with dementia to get a sense of what technology they would like to see created. We decided to make Bility, a dating, networking, and social app that facilitates connections between all people, including people with disabilities. Bility prioritizes a person’s personality and who they are on the inside and intends to center the needs of people with disabilities from concept to execution. Going off of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Bility creates a space where people with disabilities can enjoy their human rights to social interaction (Article 26), participate in a community of their choosing (Article 19), and experience the habilitating effects of socialization and finding others who respect their background and identity (Article 26).
What it does
Bility lets people put their personality first by representing themselves with moodboards that they can create on the app and attach to their profile. Bility has both a visual and an audio interface, as well as accessible video chat with live interpretations of facial & body language. On Bility, photos are secondary, and users have full control over the types of connections they make.
How We built it
We conducted a user interview, used Jamboard to ideate, and used Figma to create the digital prototype.