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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 occasionally refer to the development of a web-based application “form.” Please understand that we’re not interested in a fixed or static application that operates identically for all applicants. Instead, we’re looking for a dynamic application that takes advantage of its web-based environment — an application that responds intelligently to user input with the right sequence of follow-up questions. A well-designed application should not prompt for unnecessary information. Underneath its user-friendly surface should be a layer of robust logic to minimize applicant error and ensure complete and accurate applicant reporting.

This is a small point, but we wanted to make sure you know what we’re going for! Good luck, and as we mentioned earlier, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have by posting on the discussion forum or emailing

- The USDA FNS team