This past weekend we were involved in Hacking Health for Kids @ SickKids at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. The event, which brought designers and developers together with patients and healthcare professionals, was a platform for the rapid prototyping of digital solutions to problems within children’s healthcare.

Designers from Pivot, along with our guest mentor, Jennifer Sarich-Harvey from IDEO, mentored the teams at the event.

Ian speaking at SickKids Hackathon
Ian speaking @ the event

On Sunday, we sat on the judge’s panel — we were blown away by the creativity displayed by each of the teams. We awarded the Pivot Design Award to the Bye Bye Meltdown team, who presented an idea that utilized user-centred design thinking.

Bye Bye Meltdown is an app designed to reduce youth rages/meltdowns. Read more about the app here.

Bye Bye Meltdown team
Bye Bye Meltdown team – Kim, Susan, Crystal, Allison, Will, and Angela

The Bye Bye Meltdown app embodied exactly what we were looking for:

  • Understanding of audience and task flows for specific scenario(s)
  • Critical problem solving – an awareness of the overall need for your solution
  • Learnable, accessible, engaging content
  • The final solution must delight and embody user-centered design thinking

We’re looking forward to mentoring the Bye Bye Meltdown team in the coming weeks. They’ll be receiving:

  • All you can drink coffee and pastries + a 2-hour work session at Pivot to further your concept and to better understand your goals, audience and use
  • Three 1-hour design mentorship sessions to provide expertise, guidance, collaborative feedback and improve your concept with design strategy
  • A handshake and a hug!

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