The inspiration behind our project stems from the unique experiences of each member of our team in establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships. While brainstorming ideas for our project, we considered factors that influence our own relationships and we jokingly landed on the idea of a dating app that matched people with similar mental health challenges and disorders. We did not want to make another dating app, so the idea was not meant to be something we seriously considered, but after giving it some thought, we felt that enabling people to connect over something deeply personal would encourage conversations that go beyond awkward ice breakers and superficial chitchat. With that spark, we were immediately brimming with ideas on various features the app could offer to encourage its users to make friends, find mentors, and help others struggling with something they may be able to offer advice on.
How did we land on the name?
Because the core of the app is heavy in nature, we decided we wanted to create something that would be somewhat lighthearted and make users feel more comfortable and willing to embrace the experience. Thus, the name Melon Mentor was born! ... Or rather, Brain Mentor.
What problem does it solve?
How did we solve that problem?
How did we create a unique user experience?
MelonMentor is primarily a platform meant to facilitate safe environments that bring people together in virtual support groups. Because it is founded on the idea of connecting people through the unique commonalities of mental and physical health and disabilities, it creates an open and judgement free experience where people can connect and support one another with some of the more difficult aspects of their lives. The app accomplishes this by providing topic-specific groups the users can join based on their personal challenges, interests, hobbies, and lifestyles. Users are required to undergo a verification process to join groups with sensitive subject matter, participate in chat, and message other users to mitigate concerns with being vulnerable with a group of strangers. Within these groups, users can post, share experiences, comment on other users posts, and chat with other online members. Because we wanted to create a sense of community and intimacy, groups have chatrooms with limited capacity that users are admitted to when they come online.