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Chango

Civic engagement app


What we did
  • Brand design
  • Product design
  • Experience design
  • Interface design
  • Full stack development
Industry
  • CivicTech
  • GovTech

Intro

Civic engagement progressive web app (PWA). Personal project designed and developed as a proof of concept for the use of a social media-like experience and tool to incentivize civic engagement.


Challenge

The idea behind Chango, using a social-enhanced geographic information system (GIS) as a civic engagement tool, had been growing in my mind for a couple of years. In 2018 I finally had a small time to work on it. I challenged myself to design, code and deploy and launch it in only a couple of months.


Solution

Chango The brand was created initially with the goal of making it friendly, almost toy-like. After that, I sketched initial wireframes and worked on the UI design and an initial prototype of the UX. For the tech stack, Meteor was selected as it allowed Front End and Back End to use the same language (JavaScript), and provided easy to use tools for handling deployment, building, etc. Google Maps was used to show the location of the different posts in a map.


Benefit
  • Launched in under three months, from branding to final deployment
  • Allowed me to learn about devops, databases, and other backend technology
  • Served as a white-label product for similar projects using social media and geolocation capabilities

Result
  • Developed LaPazQuerida's site as a white-label product
  • This initial version of Chango allowed us to test with real users and better understand their motivations

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