Announcing April Design Challenge Winners


On April 15th, The Hatchery launched the April Innovation Design Challenge to address a timely problem: How might we deepen our sense of Emory community in periods of remote learning?

Today we are proud to announce the winners of this challenge, MBA students Stefanie Karwoski (21) and Ajit Dixit (21).  They interviewed their peers to discover how their experience of Emory community was changing with the new learning environment, and learned many were struggling with "motivation" and "connection." Next, they further defined these challenges, ideated and came up with a prototype app Called Dooley Dashes.

Dooley Dashes is a platform for student engagement that creates various challenges (academic, professional,  health and wellness, volunteering, and more) and places students in diverse teams across campus. These teams compete with each other to complete the various challenges in weekly sprints, with winners being declared and prizes distributed every week.

This prototype then got positive feedback from a number of students who were excited about the community-building and gamification aspects of this proposed solution. 

The Hatchery Staff was deeply impressed with the team's customer discovery, especially their ability to really hone in on specific challenges students were facing, and to quickly come up with a mobile-based solution that addressed so many of these challenges.  

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