Designing online app (smartphone/tablet/Android/Mac) for the Horizon Center (Athens) refugee remote learning

UROP Title: Designing online app (smartphone/tablet/Android/Mac) for the Horizon Center (Athens) refugee remote learning

Term UROP is offered: IAP 2021

Compensation: MIT Students Paid ($13/hour) or Credit. Non-MIT students - Credit only.

Location: Remote

Supervisor: Heewon Lee


Project Description

This project supports the Faros Horizon Center (Vocational and Innovation Center) for refugee youth and women in Athens, Greece. The Horizon Center was closed from March through July 2020 because of the pandemic, necessitating a major restructuring of the program. During this time, MIT D-Lab ran an online class with the beneficiaries via Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube. The center reopened in August but the government recently shut down all the public schools due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases again.

We are looking for an MIT student who can help us create an app (Android) where the Horizon Center beneficiaries can access all the class tutorials, materials, feedback, and more. The app will also be disseminated to other partnering NGOs with unaccompanied refugee youth and women for their staff to teach the design classes as well. The app will be co-created with MIT D-Lab staff and Horizon Center design instructors (Mostly on the UI/UX side).

Activities

  • Work with the MIT D-Lab staff and Horizon Center design instructors to build the app (Android) for the Horizon Center Online Program.

Deliverables

  • Developing the Horizon Center Online Program app (Android / It will be ideal if we could also have an app for Mac)
  • Training the Horizon Center and MIT D-Lab staff on using and editing the app

More information: MIT D-Lab Humanitarian Innovation Program

Prerequisites

Applicants should have an interest in the project and some experience with app development.

Compensation

This is a paid position at $13/hour up to a maximum of $1,820 for the IAP period. The intern should be able to commit to working 20 to 40 hours per week over the course of IAP, from January 4 through January 29, 2021.

Apply

Interested candidates should email Heewon Lee for next steps.