🧩 ## Inspiration The ethnic complexion of our team #Design for Good represents us as minority women from different countries. From our personal experiences backed up with research, We learned that our path was a struggle not only for us. Changing careers is so difficult without help from others. Learning from people who had a similar experience will empower all women for fast growth.

Moving to a new country and changing career paths is like swimming in a raging ocean. Besides learning English, you also need to know how to speak the tech language. We had fantastic help from my UX community, and still not enough to nail my first job as an entry-level UX designer. Mentors acting on behalf of their companies can help our women’s community thrive.

Helping other women has always been a passion for all of us, especially the similar career-changing experience that has made us even more empathetic and passionate about empowering women. This project gave us the perfect opportunity to explore the idea and try our best to solve this fundamental problem.

🤝 ## What it does The application design aims to bridge the gap between female mentees and mentors. It allows female mentees to connect and chat with female mentors to get guidance in their career transitions, help with job search, and reach out to the community for professional questions. Women Connect will also empower companies to find women candidates for various roles in the tech field.

🖥 ## How we built it Entire process include: Research (Interview, Market Research, Competitor Analysis) - Insight - Define (User Persona - User Flow - Information Architecture) - Design - Prototype - Testing - Iteration

We started focusing on research, making a list of frustration points and learning our user's needs. We heard statements like: "I will feel comfortable working with Israeli mentor because of language Obstacles". Our team came from diverse backgrounds, thus giving us a unique opportunity to conduct interviews within the team. We then worked on creating personas, playing crazy eight card games, building information architecture and user flow diagrams. We moved to work collaboratively on Figma and started bringing our vision to life with wireframes and a prototype.

Our master tools are: Messaging through Slack, Butter for scheduling meetings. And Prezi to record the final presentation.

💥 ## Challenges we ran into Our biggest challenge was to optimize and prioritize from a variety of ideas and tasks. We also needed to find the silver lining of working parallely on the same documents and splitting duties by expertise which was challenging since most of our team came from a similar field.

🌈 ## Accomplishments that we're proud of We found the silver lining of working together in all steps and building on each other's ideas! The workflow of the application is easy and intuitive. The design is clear and esthetically pleasing, and functional! The Completion of a functional design in a limited time was exciting!

🥳 ## What we learned The hackathon was an amazing opportunity to learn a lot in a limited time. We learned: Collaboration and working in a team with diverse backgrounds Respecting and encouraging all types of ideas Understanding each other's best skills Using new tools There are many ideas we thought were cool. However, due to time constraints and other factors, we had to make tradeoffs. Get feedback and implement it ASAP. We had great opportunities to get connected with other mentors and teams.

🤩 ## What's next for Women Connect

  • Testing and further research Conduct usability testing to understand if the app really solves women’s problems and meets their expectations. Interviews and surveys
  • Book/Schedule an appointment with mentor functionality Having a calendar to allow meeting scheduling Feature to reschedule the existing booking Reminders and Notification feature for upcoming bookings
  • Making the application accessible Adding light and dark themes and color schemes to provide more accessibility for all Support navigation through keys and usage of screen readers
  • Mentor Portal and a separate interface Separate mentor from mentee portal and customize features; Collaboration with corporations to promote diversity in the workforce; Create a platform for employers to add job and internship opportunities.

Built With

  • figma
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