fragLOVIS is a startup with the mission to provide a safe space for children & teenagers to ask questions in regard to sexuality. LOVIS, a continuously improved chatbot answers them anonymously.
My Role Facilitator & Concept Support
Length 1.5 days in May 2021
Sector #Non-Profit #Sex #Education
Team LOVIS: Antonia, Jana, Sarah, Theresa Facilitator: Helmar & Florin Design: Nora & Svitlan, Tugce
Tools Miro, Figma, Discord & WordPress
Fun Fact: The cactus flower became LOVIS' logo
In UX I was as Junior as one could be: I came across the N3XTCODER Hackathon just about half a year after I graduated from my in depth UX training at CareerFoundry.
They were looking for Co-Facilitators - a role I heard to be an integral part of a UX Designer.
“A Co-Facilitator as a Junior UX Designer?! Sure, what an opportunity!” ...I thought!
In short, that’s what my Co-Facilitator said as I aligned with him prior to the hackathon.
At first, I was very nervous, as this was my first Co-Facilitator role and to my surprise, it turned out to be for a sole Facilitator as the team for the Social Media Strategy & the Tech Challenge was split.
What a surprise! The 2 Co-Facilitators were intended for a split team.
To ensure a good experience for my team, I studied our Hackathon challenge upfront and arranged the research and other materials on the Miro whiteboard so our team can safe time reviewing and familiarizing themselves with it.
In order to facilitate understanding for the target group - teenagers - I created an Empathy Map based on the Research the LOVIS team did up front.
At first, we reviewed the Hackathon challenge we were assigned to, prior research, mood- and storyboards among other materials, and started by collecting ideas, identifying and prioritizing the content for our challenge, and last but not least discussing what we can realize in the little time we had for this project.
We decided to have those strong in Illustration focus on making Visuals as Demo-Content while I helped a Junior UX/UI Designer ideate on the concept with what I call Low/Mixed-Fidelity.
During the process, we iterated and collected feedback and ideas from the whole Hackathon team and refined the concept in record-breaking time.
With the Demo-Content and the Low/Mixed Fidelity Concept being read, we finally turned it into a High-Fidelity Wireframe on Figma.
As Facilitator, I helped the team to align and supported them to utilize their personal strengths to bring their best selves to this challenge.
As the last step, we decided to take the Figma prototype and turn it into an actual live website. Unquestionably this turned out to cause us to have some overtime but we fell in love with LOVIS!
In order to keep the pitch within the time limit, I provided a technique to help conceptualize and time-box presentations.
After winning the N3XTCODER Hackathon the LOVIS team was one step closer to realizing this project for teenagers across Germany. After the first follow-up call we figured that the team first needs a way to decide what to focus on as there were many ideas in the room.
In response to their need of getting aligned and start off, I proposed a Kick-Off Workshop, and I would be glad to gain more experience in facilitating workshops by doing this for LOVIS’ team.
I created this template for the LDJ based on the Workshopper Playbook from Jonathan Courtney
The Outcome of the workshop were a hand full of clearly defined tasks, that the LOVIS team could tackle to start growing. Also, the workshop helped to facilitate mutual understanding among the team and provided a backlog of other ideas that were not yet a priority.