about 1 year ago

Announcing the winners

The votes are in! Go to the gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the excellent submissions.

Even though the competition is over, you don't have to stop hacking. Use your portfolio to keep your project up to date and get feedback from fellow hackers.


about 1 year ago

Last call for votes

If you haven’t cast your vote yet for your favorite new web-based school meal programs application, there’s still time. The polls will remain open until 5pm ET on March 25. Spread the word and tell your friends & family to vote for you!

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


about 1 year ago

Public voting is now open

It’s your turn to pick the winner! Anyone can vote on the design they like best for the popular choice award, so browse the submission gallery and vote for your favorite. Be sure to spread the word through your social networks, too! The last day to vote is March 25.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


about 1 year ago

Final call: Submissions close on Tuesday!

Just a final shout-out that you have two days remaining in the E.A.T. School Lunch UX Challenge. Submissions are due March 1 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Our submission form instruction video can guide you through how to submit a project to the hackathon. 

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


over 1 year ago

One week to go – the deadline is almost here!

Whew, it’s the home stretch! There’s only one week left to submit your web-based application to the E.A.T. School Lunch UX Challenge. Submissions are due March 1 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Never submitted a project on Devpost before? Take a look at our step-by-step instructions on how to use the hackathon submission form

 

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


over 1 year ago

Did you miss the final webinar?

If you missed our final webinar, have no fear. We recorded it for you and you can watch it here. The first 15 minutes address the requirements, what to submit, and demo how to submit.

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.


over 1 year ago

Reminder: Final Q&A webinar today @ 3pm ET

Got some lingering questions about your school lunch program application UX makeover? Come to online office hours today at 3pm and hit us up for answers.

RSVP for the webinar here.

Don't have time to drop in to the webinar? Not to worry. You can post your question on the Slack channel, post on the discussion forum, or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can. We'll also make a recording of the webinar available afterwards for your reference.

Important: The USDA team will accept questions (and work hard to answer them) up until the submission…

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over 1 year ago

Final Q&A webinar next Monday 3-4pm ET

Hi UX innovators! We'll be holding our final online office hours this Monday, 2/22, from 3-4pm ET. This will be an open forum for you to ask questions about anything we haven't covered yet — or to review things we have. 

RSVP for the webinar here.

You may also want to take a look at the summaries of the first and second webinars, in case you missed those.

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.


over 1 year ago

Two weeks to go – submit early!

There are two weeks left to build a web application that completely revamps the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s school meal programs application form!

Submissions are due March 1 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you haven't started a submission yet, please do so now. And if you've just recently joined the hackathon, explore the quick-start guide and draw some inspiration from the competition resources.

If you haven't submitted a project on Devpost before, you should also check out our step-by-step guide on how to use the hackathon submission form

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over 1 year ago

Three weeks to go — start your submission now!

There are three weeks left in the E.A.T. School Lunch UX Challenge! Beat the deadline rush by getting your submission ready early. Submissions are due March 1 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you haven’t already started a submission, you should do it now. And if you’re just getting started, read the official rules and follow the quick-start guide.

Also, if you missed last week's Q&A, you can check out the recording and a summary of the questions we answered right here

Questions?
We’re here to help. If you…

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over 1 year ago

One month left – start your submission

There’s one month remaining in the E.A.T. School Lunch UX Challenge! Submissions are due March 1 before 5pm ET.

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your solution meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Remember: Once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline.

Prepare your video

Don’t forget: Your submission must include a video showing your web application. Too often, participants leave this video to…

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over 1 year ago

Reminder: Second online Q&A Monday @ 1pm

Happy weekend, design & development crew! If you missed our first online Q&A with the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, not to worry — you'll have another opportunity to ask questions during our second Q&A session on Monday, 2/1, from 1-2pm ET.

You can RSVP here.

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.


over 1 year ago

Second online office hours Monday, 2/1, 1pm ET

 

If you haven't emerged from Snowmageddon 2016 yet, here's a reason to get your boots on: We're holding our second virtual office hours on Monday, February 1, from 1-2pm ET. Bring your questions, your concerns, your ideas, and your quandaries. Just don't bring more snow.

Missed our first Q&A? You can read through all the questions and answers here

RSVP for the 2/1/16 Q&A.

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.

 


over 1 year ago

Making a great submission video

We know you’re focused on your school meal application’s UX and information design right now, but don't forget about your submission video. It's often the first (and sometimes only) thing that judges and voters review.

A good video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear and concise explanation of what your application is and does. Here are some tips:

  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain why your application is awesome. You can get into the details of how it works later on in the video, but treat the opening seconds of…

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over 1 year ago

Additional resource for today's webinar: Household scenario cheat sheet

Over the past few weeks, we've received quite a few questions about the required information for households participating in assistance programs, or households that include foster, homeless, migrant, runaway, or Head Start students. We understand that these are complex scenarios, and so have created this Household Scenario Matrix to help you understand what required fields can be skipped based on the household or student statuses.

We'll be talking more about these scenarios and reviewing the matrix during today's webinar at 1pm ET.

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum

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over 1 year ago

Reminder: Virtual office hours this Thurs 1/14 1-2pm ET

Just a quick reminder that we'll be holding open online office hours with the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service this Thursday, 1/14, from 1-2pm ET. Come with questions, points that need clarification, or an idea you'd like to share. 

You may also want to review some common participant questions on our FAQ page beforehand.

You can register for the webinar here.

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.


over 1 year ago

Answers to your questions about form requirements

Hi everyone,

Over the last two weeks we’ve received some great questions from participants about the form requirements for the E.A.T. School Lunch UX Challenge. Since others may be wondering the same things, we wanted to share these questions and answers with all of you!

To check out the Q&A’s, visit the competition’s FAQ page and review the Participant Questions section.

Not seeing an answer to a question you have? You can ask it by posting on the discussion board, emailing support@devpot.com, or joining our live Q&A webinar on January 14th from 1-2pm ET (RSVP here!).

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over 1 year ago

Online office hours w/ USDA next Thursday 1/14

Hi UX chefs,

We’ll be holding online office hours next week to answer your questions about the competition and explain more about what the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s goals and expectations are.

Details:

Webinar with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Thursday, January 14
1-2pm EST
You can register for the webinar here.

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.

 

 

 


over 1 year ago

Q&A: User testing and research

We’ve fielded some questions this week about the existing background research and user testing for the National School Lunch Program electronic application. Instead of answering these questions individually, we thought we’d address them all at once in the Q&A below.

Have user interviews and user testing already been completed for the school meals program electronic application form?

No, user research and testing has not yet been completed for the electronic school meal application form. Prototyping an electronic application form is a brand new initiative that we believe could help increase accurate form completion. The first step is to create some…

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over 1 year ago

A note from judge Cindy Long

Dear Designers & Developers,

Thank you for your interest in the E.A.T. School Lunch UX Challenge!

When you first came across our challenge, you may have thought to yourself: “A competition for a government form?!”  But I hope you’ve seen by now that it is so much more than that. This challenge gives you the chance to be a part of a program that touches the lives of millions of children nationwide. It allows you to improve a process that could prevent the National School Lunch Program from losing millions of dollars on payment errors and ensure eligible children receive their…

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over 1 year ago

Tips on what we’re looking for in your submission

Welcome to the second week of the E.A.T. School Lunch UX Challenge! Thank you for your interest in improving the school meal programs application process for millions of U.S. families.

By now you’ve probably watched the video and read through the competition resources. At some point you’re likely to have questions. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help or clarification. Our goal is to make this as rewarding for you as it is for us.

On that note, our own review of the hackathon materials raised one point of potential confusion. In reference to the submission requirements, we…

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over 1 year ago

Quick-start guide

Thanks for joining the E.A.T. School Lunch UX Challenge! You're officially registered now, and we’ll be sending you regular updates throughout the competition.

Here’s how to get started on your project today. Submissions are due March 1, 2016, at 5pm ET.

  1. Plan your attack. Visit the resources page for required form fields and statements, a question logic flow chart, a deeper explanation of the problem, and behavioral science and UX recommendations.
  2. Get a head start on your submission. Fill out the basic fields on the application form and familiarize yourself with the submission requirements. This will give you a…

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