Last Friday, students from Roxborough High School took a field trip to our office in Fishtown, Philadelphia, to learn about the different opportunities to pursue a career in technology. They participated in a UX Design workshop led by our CXO, Mike Gadsby. This opportunity was organized by the Philadelphia Academies Inc, a non-profit organization that help connect students interests’ with career aspirations by providing them professional learning experiences, and a chance to apply classroom learnings to real-world problems.
The day was kicked off by Mike Gadsby, CXO, with an introduction to O3 World, and some background of the company and how we have evolved over the years along with our clients. They next heard from our Lead UX Strategist (Lauren Slattery), Design Director (Mark Amadio), Lead Developer (Jay Forbes), Developer (Cole Kettler) and lastly, our Account Strategist (Justin Handler). Their presentations included their job descriptions, career paths and what moved them toward their current roles in the digital space and what keeps them challenged.
Once the students were familiarized with O3 World and our Departments, they were given a Design Thinking Exercise, a 5-step process for defining problems, users and solutions. Each group was given a “User” to interview, then were tasked with redesigning that User’s favorite app.
They then created paper prototypes and as a group tested their prototypes on the User to see if they solved the User’s requests and made the app easier to use. The students learned problem-solving skills in design that they can take back to the classroom and share with their peers.
See what our Lead UX Strategist and Developer had to say about the event:
“I thought it was really great, I would absolutely do it again. It was really exciting to hear everyone’s ideas and see them really get involved and work together as a team. I think they really enjoyed the paper prototyping they did at the end of the exercise. They were so creative and thoughtful about it, and I think it showed them just how capable they are. I hope they feel inspired about design thinking and keep up the great work!”
“It was wonderful to watch them designing and building together; their drive is remarkable. I’m happy that I could share my experience with them, and look forward to learning from them in turn. Truth from the bottom of my heart. It was a treat to have them. I like seeing people start young.”
We thank Philadelphia Academies Inc for this amazing opportunity, allowing us to play a role for these young students’ career paths.