Puerto Rico begins to see a high incidence of Zika, a mosquito-borne disease. Other countries see a rise in microcephaly associated with Zika; the US sees Zika spread north to southern states.
How might we harness the high energy, curiosity, and playfulness of children like Emma to control mosquito reproduction?
We can inspire children to monitor mosquitoes in their home using a checklist format. When children find a potential breeding area, they can excitedly remind parents to mitigate these high-risk areas.
The sketch above comes from a collaborative effort with a team at the Zika Hacka-thon at Mass General Hospital. At the time of the final concept presentation, we proposed Zika Heroes as a chore chart analogue.
Following my concept proposal at the Hack-a-thon event, I used our hack-a-thon team's idea to build a case study for an app.
Although Emma's parents are worried about family safety, they work for long hours. When Emma's parents get home they are exhausted. Her parents are low on time, money and energy.
A quick sketch for the User Flow (A) revealed key tasks. I reviewed User Flow B to pair down the flow of tasks.
Sketching out ideas for how to order lists helped me decide to break down individual tasks by room location, rather than breeding area type. For example, a top-level list category is Bedroom, rather than Vase.
The bright color palette originates from photographs and illustrations of Puerto Rico homes and landscapes.
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Mosquitoes will return indefinitely. The mission at large is never complete.
The more successfully a family learns to manage the mosquito ecosystem in their homes, the less activity on the app. How can these people share their success with a larger community?
How can future iterations reward consistent checking and swift response to danger zones, especially as time goes by and the excitement of checking wears off? Perhaps zones can expand into the neighborhood community?