As I stood up at the front of the room listening to each team present their ideas for Streetwise, I couldn’t help notice the passion, energy and vision of our UX community. The empathy for the Streetwise vendors, their reflection on the commuinty members’ motivations, the business model, etc. all were clearly evident in the ideas presented. Looking back at my notes today, I’m re-reading in awe.
Some themes that the ideas supported:
- Completely new ways for Streetwise to use mobile technology and media
- Ideas on how to hyper-localize the Streetwise vendors within the community to create entirely new business models and potential streams of revenue for not only StreetWise, but the local businesses as well
- New job and educational opportunities for the Streetwise vendors, potentially empowering them to begin a new way of living
- Ways to improve the local community – raising awareness of causes, funding for neighborhood projects and more
And the real kicker – the teams came up with ideas backing these themes in about 30 minutes.
UXers CAN change the world.
- Jason Ulaszek