DeskTrainer (a HackFit project)

DeskTrainer is a Chrome plugin that turns your non-productive time on the internet into an opportunity to exercise and regain focus. I led the UX and UI for the group, and helped shape the final product into a smart, easy addition to your desk-bound office life.

DeskTrainer won third place at Boston HackFit 2014, a hackathon focused on health and exercise. In addition to completing a project, teams must also demonstrate healthy living through daily workouts and limited hours in the workspace. We were the only group to create a fully-functional product and have it available in the Chrome store by the end of the 31 hours.

We formed teams on Friday night, then started planning on Saturday morning.

 Saturday morning starts with Post-It brainstorming: Why do people go on non-productive websites? How customizable will the plugin be?

Saturday morning starts with Post-It brainstorming: Why do people go on non-productive websites? How customizable will the plugin be?

After deciding on the user flow and features, the developers get to work researching how to make it happen. I create some quick wireframes that lay out how it's going to work.

 Final set of wireframes

Final set of wireframes

Before the end of the day, I've turned the wireframes into mockups that fully capture what the experience will look and feel like. The developers are able to integrate UI styles by Sunday morning.

I was so lucky to work with such a talented group of people! And the best part was that we were able to build this while embodying the HackFit mentality: that you can be innovative while eating right, sleeping enough, and exercising every day.

 Crunching at the last minute to make a presentation, business plan, and integrate the Constant Contact API.

Crunching at the last minute to make a presentation, business plan, and integrate the Constant Contact API.