Roycemore School hosted the first ever Adobe Creative Jam for high school students in November 2019. Creative Jams are a live tournament-style event that challenges students to use Adobe’s product suite to solve a predetermined, real-world scenario. The challenge presented to the student teams was to create a digital app that informs and motivates the citizens of Evanston to achieve zero waste status. The day started with a presentation from the City of Evanston’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Kumar Jensen, to give some context to the project.
After an intensive bootcamp featuring the Adobe XD software, led by professional trainer Taylor Kobey, the students were off and running. With only two hours to produce a prototype, students worked through lunch and utilized the help of mentors supplied by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. When time was up, eight teams had designed eight different prototypes ready to be presented to a panel of industry experts who would do the judging.
The winning prototype, Trackcycle, was designed by Sooliat (Senior), LeiLei (Junior), Jim (Junior), and Hanna (Freshman). The app centers around users recycling various materials at recycling centers in the area that are equipped with scanner technology and accumulating points they can redeem at local area businesses. The app is still in the design phase but the student team has hopes to take their creation to the next level of production, and eventually see it available for the public.