From CS 160 Fall 2010
Target User Group
This app targets students who go to UC Berkeley, specifically those students who are new to the university and unfamiliar with its layout.
Every semester, new students struggle to find their way around campus. This leads to unnecessary energy expenditure (i.e. running to class) and is generally a waste of time.
Problem Context and Forces
Obviously, a map of the campus immediately solves the problem provided you have one in hand. However, a map is only useful if you know where you want to go and, to some extent, where you are right now. It's easy to forget which building a new class is in, specially if it's somewhere you've never been before. Google Maps already does something similar, but you still need to know which building you have to go to.
The solution to this contrived problem is an app that combines a map with an organizer. Users would enter the name of their class and it would show up as a hot spot on the map. They will also be shown how to get there as well as how long it would take. Each of these hot spots would represent a class, and clicking on a hot spot will cause it to expand into an organizer. The organizer can be used to take notes as well as to store homework/projects/assignments. It will come with an alarm so students don't forget about anything they store.