IDENTIFYING A PROBLEM
We worked with iZone employee, Sarah Gerin, on Mural to come up with our problem statement and identify a specific issue that we wanted to focus on solving. Most of our problems were related to Zoom fatigue, social distancing due to COVID-19, and overall feelings of isolation and loneliness. We narrowed our problems down to what we thought was most important as students:
How might we help students to find community and connections with other students in the time of social distancing and isolation due to COVID-19?
Most importantly: how do we do this without creating more Zoom meetings?
We focused on two apps that are already used by many people: Tinder and Pinterest.
For Pinterest, we were inspired by the "interest board" that the app provided for users in order to personally tailor a user's home page.
We also considered current outlets available for connecting students, like CCC. However, we wanted to create a solution that was unique, relatable, and accessible for students - by students. After brainstorming for the perfect solution, we came up with our final idea to create:
We liked the aspect of Tinder where users could see people and be able to make a choice to "like" or "dislike", bringing on the possible outcome of a match.
An app that aims to connect groups of underclassmen based on common interests and suggest COVID-safe, in-person meeting places and
activities on campus.
We are living in a pandemic! Because our team members were spread across the United States, we brainstormed and collaborated through Zoom meetings and a shared Google Doc during class time, as well as on our own time throughout the week.
We used Facebook Messenger to communicate outside of our Zoom meetings to update members on their process and assign the delegated roles for the week.
To accommodate for members that did not use the Messenger app, we transitioned to using this email thread to communicate with ideas, updates, and reminders.
Before deciding on Wazzup, the team went through a lot of different design choices and options for our application. We had four key questions about the setup, functionality, layout, and audience.
The setup - Should people be able to swipe through all the options or be matched automatically?
The function - Should groups have a leader? Should people be able to add individual people?
The layout - Should we have one panel/picture at a time or a collage display?
The audience - Should it be geared toward only underclassmen?
We went through many different names and design choices before making Wazzup. We believe our product incorporates only our best and strongest ideas.
We were able to get an estimated cost by researching the aspects needed to produce our application and the amount of time that would go into each section.
Time and Cost
The estimated cost is $120,000 for implementation on both IOS and Android ($80,000 per platform) assuming an average of $50 per hour for all parties involved. Based on the different functionalities required for the application, construction will take around 500 hours.
What do we need to consider when making our app?
3rd Party Service Integration
A chart displaying the approximate number of hours per category.
Graphic created courtesy of Canva.com
Graphics produced with the help of Canva.com
Photos courtesy of Pinterest.com and Tinder. Screenshots by authors.
Cost of implementation analyzed and estimated with the help of:
Ch., M. (2019, November 24). How to Make an App like Tinder and How Much Does It Cost? Retrieved December 01, 2020, from