Buzzpool

Background

Carpooling is one of the more well-known solutions for reducing individual carbon footprints and ensuring a better tomorrow. Yet, it is not very popular in current times. We decided to dive into this topic to find if we could do something substantial with carpooling in GT. When we found out that GT already had a carpool system in place, we endeavored to find out why it was not more visible. We identified the potential stakeholders with the carpool system and went out and conducted interviews with some of them such as PTS (Parking & Transportation Services), GT students, and faculty. This helped us envisage the problem space from multiple perspectives.

The goal of Buzzpool is to serve as an application that encourages and incentivizes GT students to carpool while commuting to campus in order to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute towards a more sustainable solution.

Duration

4 Months
August - December 2021

Team Members

We worked in a team of 4:
1. Sejal Sarkar
2. Kshitij Gupta
3. Linda Lee
4. David Lacy

Role

UX Designer (Lead)
UX Researcher
(Phases 1 to 2)

Skills Learned

Literature Review
User Interviews
Design Space Critique
Survey
Interview
Affinity Mapping
Brainstorming strategies
Prototyping
Heuristic & Think Aloud Evaluation

Duration

4 Months
August - December 2021

Team Members

We worked in a team of 4:
1. Sejal Sarkar
2. Kshitij Gupta
3. Linda Lee
4. David Lacy

Role

UX Designer (Lead)
UX Researcher
(Phases 1 to 2)

Skills Learned

Literature Review
User Interviews
Design Space Critique
Survey
Interview
Affinity Mapping
Brainstorming strategies
Prototyping
Heuristic & Think Aloud Evaluation

Duration

4 Months
January - May 2022

Team Members

1. Kshitij Gupta (me)
2. Ankur Garg

Role

UX Designer (Lead)
UX Researcher
(Phases 1 to 2)

Skills Learned

Literature Review
User Interviews
Design Space Critique
Survey
Interview
Affinity Mapping
Brainstorming strategies
Prototyping
Heuristic & Think Aloud Evaluation

Duration

1 year
June '23-'24

Team Members

1. Kshitij Gupta (me)
2. Senior data scientist (mentor)
3. Backend Developer

Role

UX Designer
UX Researcher
Frontend Developer

Skills Learned

Literature Review
User Interviews
Data Viz
Exploratory Data Analysis
Boosting user trust in AI 
Designing for humans-in-the-loop