In November, 2013 we began our partnership with the Urban Maps and Apps Studio, based at Temple. This is an exciting partnership because Maps and Apps trains High School students in app development and coding. It’s a particularly great match to have High School students working with University mentors to produce a website targeted toward their age group. It’s been a great learning experience for PYMC Membership as well who have participated in the focus group meetings
to support this team in their learning and in their professional process.
We will be meeting with them each month as they develop a new youth media web platform to showcase work, and connect youth
media producers with one another, and with available program opportunities and events. We anticipate rolling out the site in June 2013.
In December, after conducting an information gathering session with PYMC members, they returned for a presentation of their initial design concepts and site ideas.
They presented these 2 sites: http://www.redbullrevolutionsinsound.com/ and http://50problems50days.com/ as sites with
engaging interactive design elements, including a simple search bar, extended side tabs and searchable map.
They suggested users will have the ability to create a login account and then receive notifications targeted to their interests. Users could upload material that they want to share, and even consider this as a portfolio site for their work. The team is still investigating how content would populate the site, but we are exploring how users could connect their media accounts (youtube, soundcloud, instagram, tumblr) so they would not have to
reupload content, but rather it would be updating automatically.
We imagine the users being both youth media organizations who can populate the site with their student work, and program opportunities, as well as the primary user group being youth producers who can use the site to search and share their content.
Stay tuned for more updates on the development of this site!