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EasyPack: Redesigning the Humanitarian Data Toolkit


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EasyPack is an intuitive and and easy to implement organizing solution to use Internews' Humanitarian Data Toolkit (HDT) and keep track of its components. Winner of Design Thinking DC's Summer of Design 2013.

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EasyPack: Redesigning the Humanitarian Data Toolkit

  1. 1. Redesigning the Humanitarian Data Toolkit Kristin Abkemeier, Felipe Cabezas, Sarah Fathallah, Seth Labadie, Rachel Thompson
  2. 2. Key Insights We looked at the entire journey the Humanitarian Data Toolkit goes through. After 8 user interviews, 10team meetings, and 12prototypes, we kept hearing: We need to create a sense of order in the chaos I wouldn’t know if anything is missing from the case I just want to get there and start as soon as possible
  3. 3. Problem Statement How might we quickly and reliably use the HDT without losing our minds or any of its components? In a context where urgency is key, and time is valuable. When data quality cannot be compromised. Considering different cultural contexts and users of varying levels of technical knowledge. Given the considerable investment and irreplaceability of the components in certain contexts.
  4. 4. Our Solution Centered around a color coding system that is about grouping components into functions, EasyPack makes connecting the components and cables as easy as matching colors. Overall, EasyPack is two-fold: 1. Case additions that aim at systematizing the HDT 2. Accompanying guides that aim at explaining the HDT EasyPack is an intuitive and and easy to implement organizing solution to use the HDT and keep track of its components. EasyPack
  5. 5. The Final Prototype
  6. 6. Color coding and outlining in the case itself Color coding cables, plugs, and hardware components Numbering and listing all hardware components
  7. 7. Packing list and Checklist Hardware quickstart guide in the case Software quickstart guide in the laptop
  8. 8. Why is EasyPack desirable? User testing showed preference for color coding, compartmentalizing and visualizing assembling and packing processes. Intuitive Using colors and numbers keeps the HDT relevant and understandable across different cultural and technical contexts. Snap-on dividers are removable, which enables the case to be used for other purposes and with other components. Language & Technology Agnostic Transportable The different layers of coding and organizing help minimize potential errors and losses. Fool-proof Still fits as a carry-on to minimize theft and luggage mishandling and provides a place for an official letter to help through customs and police processes.
  9. 9. Why is EasyPack feasible? We provide Internews with an implementation guide to help realize this solution, including detailed lists of materials, budget, vendors in DC and London, etc. Easy to implement Ready-to-use EasyPack works with the size of the current case and all the dimensions of the current HDT component. Practical With the exception of the GPS tracker that is meant to be a permanent component of the HDT, EasyPack comprises of low tech and practical elements.
  10. 10. Why is EasyPack viable? Materials needed to implement this solution can be easily sourced and replaced in downtimes between deployments. Easy to replace The overall cost of this solution is around $700, which represent less than 10% of the total cost of the current HDT. Affordable Flexible We provide further budgeted options for Internews that require hardware replacements, which can be used for their potential crowdfunding campaign.
  11. 11. Moving Forward A near final prototype to guide any further developments. An implementation guide to realize this solution. Volunteering our time to support implementation. 1 2 3
  12. 12. Thank you!