SmartStart UI/UX Mobile Design



When people think of hackathons, a scene of programmers huddled around a coffee maker at 3:00 AM trying to finish developing their app is typically what comes to mind. This isn’t untrue by any means, however there is a new type of hackathon that is growing in popularity: the innovation hackathon.

These events are similar to the traditional hackathons in many aspects, but they differ in an important way. Innovation hackathons do not focus on the development, but rather on the idea and overall vision for the participate’s product or solution.


Challenge Structure

Over this summer, I’ve been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to participate in several innovation hackathons. As an aspiring entrepreneur and someone that has always been fascinated by innovation, I immediately recruited a team and signed up.

For this particular hackathon, teams were required to come up with an idea targeted at one of three thought-provoking prompts. After this, we were tasked with coming up with a business plan, promotional/explanatory video, and prototype. All over the course of 24 hours. This is all to be followed up with a presentation of your idea to a panel of judges in front of all your peers the next morning.


The Work

As we got further into the project, my team ended up splitting evenly into two groups: a design group and a business marketing group. I quickly choose design, seeing as I have been fascinated my UI/UX design in the for a while. This was my opportunity to get my hands dirty and actually try to bring an idea into realization through design.

Over the upcoming hours, I was able to really dive into the work. I couldn’t get enough of it. Designing a user interface and experience was challenging, rewarding, and thought-provoking. I knew immediately that  this interest of mine could easily become a passion with time.


Finished Product

Around 1:00AM, we finally put the finishing touches on our inVision prototype and got ready to present. Overall, I was and still am very satisfied with how the app came out. It represents the product well, presents an easy and intuitive experience, and doesn’t look too unattractive either. With that being said, you can check it out above for yourself.



  • Tools: Sketch, inVision
  • Techniques: Wireframing, UI Design, UX Design
  • Date Completed: June 2017