We are Ana Norena and Sofi Graves, and we believe the career selection process for high-school and early college students should be inspiring, fun and stress free. We could not find internships for the summer of 2021 due to COVID, so we decided to create our own and tackle this problem.
To tackle this problem we decided to leverage the Unifying Innovation Method created at Notre Dame's Innovation Academy. In this page you will see some of the outputs of our process
This is the phase in which we define the problem to solve and its scope. The outcome of this phase is the intent statement
During this phase we look at the problem through different lenses so we understand it better and create empathy with our users
Leveraging all insights from the DISCOVER phase, we generate as many ideas as possible!
We took all of our ideas and synthesized them into a few concepts we could test with our users
We are not there yet, but this is when we create our product to save the world!
Create an accessible platform for high school students to get curious and inspired about career possibilities (trades, majors, locations, colleges, future careers), so they can make confident choices and take steps towards reaching their full potential and thrive in their lives. The platform will transform this process, making it enjoyable and inspired, and not stressful, confusing and intimidating.
During the discovery phase we conducted research on-line, interviews and observations. All this information was used to create insights that would be used during ideation.
During the ideation session, our goal was to create as many ideas as possible leveraging our findings from the DISCOVERY phase. Download the file to see our list of ideas.
After the ilab, we synthesized all of the ideas and created a few concept boards we tested with our users and stakeholders
Part of the ELABORATE phase requires that one thinks of the business model, how will the ideas make money. We developed an early business model for our ideas.
To tackle this problem, we learned and applied the Unifying Innovation Method taught at Notre Dame's Innovation Academy. This allowed us to frame our problem, generate new insights, create new ideas and develop them so we could get feedback from key stakeholders.