In November 2020, Austin Design Week (ADW) hosted their fourth annual Design-a-thon. Before the event, our team was randomly assembled and had 3 hours to ideate and present a response to the given prompt. Of the ten proposed, our idea was selected as one of the top five to compete. For this project, I was involved with almost every part of the design process. I heavily researched the effects of loneliness amongst the elderly, surveyed nurses and caregivers, and lead the design of our application and presentation.
How might we leverage design to find common ground in a virtual society.
In response to the global pandemic, nursing homes, which once promised social outlets and care for the elderly, have shut their doors to visitors. Without routine contact from their loved ones, this response has increased loneliness and it's side effects amongst their residents.
To reinvigorate relationships between families and the elderly in nursing homes we created Roots. A habit-forming mobile application that combats the effects of loneliness on the elderly by encouraging loved ones to keep in constant contact with their family members living in nursing homes.