Creative success for University of London students

Jocelyn Yow gives an account of her team’s memorable experience of winning first prize at SIM’s Library Mobile App Design Challenge 2015
The winning team in the app design challenge
Identifying common problems: the winning team
This made us realise that, with determination, hard work and most importantly, good teamwork, anything is possible

Zhen Yu, Yi Long and I each have our own differences in terms of background, school and course of study. Zhen Yu majors in Marketing, Yi Long studies Computing and Information Systems, and I study Accounting and Finance. Despite these differences, it was our common interest in playing the guitar that brought us together as we got to know one another more through SIM Global Education’s Guitar Club.

One day, Zhen Yu chanced upon the 'Library App Mobile Design Competition' poster pasted on the bulletin board and suggested that we participate as a team. The goal of the competition was to create an app that would allow students to access the library services more efficiently. Zhen Yu was the 'brains' of the team. Not only did he come up with the concept of the application, he was also our team leader, ensuring that we made progress as planned. Yi Long and I, on the other hand, were the ones responsible for the designs. After much consideration, Yi Long and I decided to use Adobe Photoshop to design the application in order to make it look professional. In spite of our lack of knowledge and guidance in using the programme, we managed to overcome this obstacle by learning how to use it via online video tutorials, and eventually managed to learn the different functions to produce our design.

As one of the criteria was to be as creative as possible, we did our research by studying commercialized applications. We also approached our friends to learn more about the problems they faced or wished to see in the library services. One common problem identified was the inability to check on the availability of study tables in the library which prompted us to address this in the competition.

"To us, this was a stepping stone to achieving greater things in the future."

On the day of the presentation, I was pretty nervous as it had been some time since I gave a formal presentation. However, with the thought that my team has come a long way and I could not let that go to waste, I was set to do my best. During the presentation, the judges were very friendly and even cracked jokes which eased my nerves. Not forgetting the relentless support and encouragement from my awesome teammates, I managed to pull through the whole event with minimal hiccups. 

We were astonished to hear that we emerged as the winner for this competition, given that the other teams had great designs as well. To us, this was a stepping stone to achieving greater things in the future. At the end of the day, the main take away we got from this experience is:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  – Nelson Mandela

All in all, despite our tight curriculum, we met up quite often and managed to complete the library application within three weeks. This made us realise that we have the potential and that, with determination, hard work and most importantly, good teamwork, anything is possible.

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