Originally team number 9 out of roughly 30 total teams across BrainStation's concurrent bootcamps, we decided to give ourselves a name to make us stand out from the rest. The name "Rich Girls" was inspired by the fact that the entire team consisted of girls, and then myself as the outlier. Thus a joke was made at the expense of myself, but all in good fun! I really enjoyed working with everyone through the entire experience! But without further ado, meet team "Rich Girls"!
Now that introductions are out of the way, let's get into the problem we'll be solving. Shopify provided the following problem statement for us to work on:
Now that we had a problem to work with, we had to figure out how we were going to improve Shopify's reach to new demographics.
Using the information we gathered, we created a persona that highlights the main points of our target demographic. Meet Malee!
As a team, we created sketches of possible solutions to the opportunies identified earlier. We took the best ideas from each sketch and created a singular product to prototype, which would then be handed off to the web developers.
During this 24 hour sprint, I was able to experience how it was like to collaborate with people outside of our profession. Below I will detail the key takeaways.
Although the sprint was short, we were able to get a small grasp of what it would be like to work on a real team. Getting our priorities lined up and on the same page took a bit of time, since we didn't really know what the other diciplines had learned to do. However, we were able to deliver a solid product and presentation within the time span of 24 hours, with some of us (UX Design) having to stay up some pretty late hours. Although we didn't win, I am proud of what we have accomplished.
We found that many teams had similar lines of thought when it came to expanding to other regions. Finding a more unique solution would have definitely been a plus.
The winning submission decided to capitalize on using TikTok as a way to expand Shopify's acessibility.