Update: We’ve changed the format by doing 2 hackathons: one leading to a paper prototype and the other leading to a digital prototype. We’ve decided on two consecutive Thursdays: March 30 and April 6.

Our lab will host and run weekly 3-hour hackathons in collaboration with Comerica‘s UX team. Their team is setting us a design challenge around improving the mobile banking experience. The hackathons will be led by Professor Michael Nebeling and his team from the Information Interaction Lab at UMSI, and will provide BSI and MSI students an opportunity to apply and deepen their interaction design skills.

The hackathons will start in mid-January 2017, and will stretch over a period of 8-9 weeks. There will be plenty of opportunity to engage with Comerica’s growing UX team, and we are also planning a larger final presentation to Comerica (which may include a sponsored trip) at the end of the project.

We are currently looking for students that are interested in participating in these hackathons. We require that students are committed to this project and are prepared to volunteer 3 hours of UX design and research work in our lab and 1-2 hours of homework per week. We also make it a requirement that students already have a basic understanding of interaction design, HCI principles and methods, which can be demonstrated based on successful completion of our SI 482 and SI 582 interaction design courses, or significant project work completed in the context of external projects and internships.

Please send an email directly to Professor Nebeling at nebeling@umich.edu to express your interest and find out more. We will be accepting 10-15 students into this project.