First Hackathon Experience    

The Super Alexa was collaborative project at The Lady Hacks 2016 Hackathon at The Lassonde School of Engineering organized by the WISE Association (Women In Science and Engineering). The product and conceptual experience was awarded the Best Pitch sponsor prize presented by Deloitte Digital and featured on the Sheridan College Community News - The Sheridan Insider.


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Overview & Background

Super Alexa aims to seamlessly integrate daily reminders into one's life. The product concept is meant to comfortably remind an individual requiring medication reminders with the familiarization of one's own voice or a loved ones of specified tasks throughout the day.

Once the specific tasks are complete, a family member may have the option of getting an sent an e-mail notification that the reminder has been received and task is completed.

Pivot — As we were unable to solve for incorporating personal voice recordings, we were able to pivot our concept direction to solve for an e-mail reminder alert that would be sent (to a concerned loved one that may be occupied in the moment and unable to be present at home) as the individual at home performing the task would have it completed.

The reminder notification results in relieving any worry or stress that may come about on a day to day basis of any missed vital tasks, such as the use case of taking the necessary medical pills in order to survive. 

 

Testing e-mail reminder alert functionality with the Amazon Alexa

The product is inspired by one of our team member's personal experience. Her mother has to take medication daily for a chronic illness. Busy with at-home work duties, her mom often forgets important daily tasks, such as taking her medicine.

Super Alexa aims to help Lillian and other people in similar situation with their daily medicine routine and has the potential to focus on other task reminders in addition. It provides a platform to help the elderly, busy and visually impaired function efficiently and informing the loved ones that may be distant from them at certain times that they are completing their tasks accurately. 

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The name Super Alexa was thought of initially as the idea of "Super Mom", as we took inspiration from our team member's mother as well as our very own mothers for always doing so much to care for us. We wanted the Super Alexa product to be seen as a product that cares for you in that very way. 


 Introducing post it notes to developers, but more importantly the importance of incorporating value and aligning a human need to a potential product 

Introducing post it notes to developers, but more importantly the importance of incorporating value and aligning a human need to a potential product 

Target User + Research

Lillian Ventura is a stay-at-home, has her own catering business and otherwise known as "Supermom

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User Journey

Understanding a day in the life of a potential user and how the product might fit into one's lifestyle


Technical

Development Process and understanding how the product is built + functions

 Determining a type of product to develop, setting a schedule for development and stand up times 

Determining a type of product to develop, setting a schedule for development and stand up times 

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BOM - BUILT WITH

  • Amazon Alexa

  • IFTTT
  • Google-Mail-Checker
  • Mixmax
  • Google-Script 

 

Technical Challenges

  1. Calendar event emails stack on top of each other each time
  2. Setting up the time with the calendar event email
  3. Previous prototypes - we encountered problems with Raspberry Pi, Arduino 101, and Edison Intel
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    Pitch Deliverables + Learnings

     Understanding value of product + considering stakeholders, customers

    Understanding value of product + considering stakeholders, customers

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    — This was my first ever hackathon experience, going into it solo was a little intimidating but luckily I met a wonderful group of ladies that were incredible to collaborate with, share learnings and ultimately support one another throughout the 32 hour event

     — I was the sole designer amongst a team of developers, leading the design direction and pitch presentation structure, while also learning about new technology and development processes (my first time exposure to the world of voice user interfaces!) 

     — As a team we learned the importance of consistent communication, thought out organization of our time and making the best use of resources and technology available to us

     — Upon completion of the hackathon, I really learned the importance of designers within development teams in communicating the importance of solving for human needs and not just looking to make something functional, but designing with purpose goes a much longer way


    tools utilized

    Post-It Notes, Adobe Illustrator, Draw.io 


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