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Business Overview

Business Overview

All successful inventions were born of necessity—and this project is not an exception. SmartGurlz™ Founder and CEO Sharmi Albrechtsen became disappointed when trying to find not only educational but also entertaining toys for her child, Nina.

It has to be something that will inspire their curiosity in STEM-related subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math. Almost all the coding toys on the market were focused exclusively on boys. 

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Challenge

In order to see the fruition of this revolutionary project, we had the aim to create the SmartGurlz SugarCoded app which will be successfully engaging with robot dolls.

It had to be user-friendly and easily understood for girls aged six and over. It was important to use a UI/UX design that will help girls to easily engage in the game and feel like creators. The main UX task was to take into account only the child’s vocabulary and not use unfamiliar words.

Young users require special attention and support, bearing in mind their emotionality, memory, and perception of the world. The graphic design and dynamic features of the robot had to be not only attractive and understandable for future female programmers but also functioning properly regardless of the doll’s type.

Also, during app the course of development, the team faced other minor concerns. One of them – ensuring stable Bluetooth functioning. At the time of testing, the product team detected that the presence of several dolls in the same room can provoke a Bluetooth disruption. Action dolls were connecting to someone else’s smartphone and vice versa.

It was an encouraging challenge because we knew that this project would become the world’s first line of coding robots for girls and will attract more attention to women in the tech sector.

Solution

After a two-year adventure, we finally developed a multifunctional app that was ready for the world to see. Via the SmartGurlz SugarCoded app for smartphones and tablets, girls learn how to code their Siggy Robots to carry out adventures.

They have to use maps and find imaginary items on the floor to help their characters complete their various missions.

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The application is based on the Blockly function, which is widely used to teach kids basic programming and contains 10 specific tasks that help to understand each element of the code.

Working side-by-side with our client’s team we placed special emphasis on choosing cheerful and bright colors – pink, purple, red, yellow. Equally important was to keep in mind the type of fonts and animation because children perceive information through images – it helps them to understand the meaning using abstract thinking. Easy navigation was one of the fundamental factors to provide children with a handy interface. They often try to use several fingers when playing the game and to avoid confusion we provided the ability of Multi-touch.

Outcome

SmartGurlz™—the world’s first self- balancing coding robot for girls got a Shark Tank deal with Daymond John and immediately sold $100,000 in the product, in less than 24 hours.

CEO and Co-Founder Sharmi Albrechtsen was nominated to AdWeek’s top 37 women ‘Who Are Disrupting the Status Quo and Championing Gender Diversity in Advertising and Tech.’ It was a huge breakthrough, supported by media giants like BBC, Forbes and The Huffington Post, which mentioned SmartGurlz as a “revolutionary” app for female future. SmartGurlz™ spread all over the world and was rated as the #1 Educational app by parents. In addition, it was recommended by the Girls Scouts of America and BlackGirlsCode.

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Team:

7 experts(Project Manager, Business Analyst, 2 JS Developers, 2 C++ Developers, QA Engineer)

Tech Stack:

JavaScript, Java, ObjectiveC, jQuery, Google Blockly

 

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