Helping Hand

For this project, we were tasked with designing for the future of mobility in 2030.

We decided to look at mobility in a broad sense, considering the mobility of resources and livelihood along with physical mobility.

This project was particularly influenced by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic where the team was inspired by the flow of resources and community assistance.

Time Frame

4 Weeks


Leila Akberdin

Jenny Feng


Helping Hand attempts to address the issues and concerns raised in times of crisis displacement; acting as an intermediary between those affected by crises and those who can help. 


Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, the team noticed that during crisis situations, it is difficult to know where resources should be allocated. Additionally, coordination between organizations, especially those working simultaneously towards the same goal, can lead to disparate rebuilding efforts. 


Helping Hand is intended to act as a coordination network that ensures resources, skills, and capabilities are allocated to those who need them while empowering meaningful community engagement and interaction. Specifically, Helping Hand addresses crises that may arise as a result of climate change. 


With the current trajectory of climate change, experts predict the displacement of peoples could be induced by the four following trends:

Increase in Hydro-Meteorological Disasters
Environmental Degradation
and slow-onset disasters
A decrease in essential resources due to climate change
Areas designated as high-risk zones too dangerous for human inhabitants

With the current trajectory of climate change, various reports estimate that by 2050, the world could see anywhere from 25 million to 1 billion displaced persons.

How might we aid in times of displacement?


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We chose to move forward with the notion of a third party coordination app because it offered opportunities to explore both short-term and long-term recovery solutions.

We then attempted to breakdown the potential components that would be associated with a crisis management system.

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User Flows

We then broke down how the system could work and divided it into three sections:


Then we began iterating on how this system may manifest; using an app as a stepping stone.

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Then we ventured into digital application prototyping using Adobe XD for the first time.

Final Product

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A collaborative hub that fosters interaction and coordination between those affected by crisis displacement and those with the ability to help.

  • Crisis Management Network to promote the mobility of resources.

  • A place where people affected by crisis displacement can find what they need.

  • A place for people who want to help or learn new skills.

  • A way for companies to coordinate their resources to contribute in times of crisis.

Need a Hand Section

Presents resources available nearby for assistance in times of need


Partnerships with larger companies provide the ability to triage resources where necessary.

The input of needs serves to populate information for “lend a hand” section.

Lend a Hand Section

Detects competencies and opportunities for growth.

Maps existing skills against user need that were inputted from need a hand section to determine areas for

maximum contribution


Offers opportunities to learn new skills.

Explore Section

Acts as an alternative news source. Information is populated by reputable news sites and the “need a hand” tab.


Offers opportunities to get involved in current events rather than just scrolling through headlines.


Offers a way to explore and choose different kinds of projects to get involved in.

Modes of Access