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Join in on the Brooklyn Public Library's User Experience Design-a-Thon

Brooklyn Public Library’s Business and Career Center is hosting a series of free classes on user experience design to fix problems in Brooklyn.
The new workforce program is part of the business and career center at BPL. Photo: Provided/BPL/Gregg Richards.

What problems in Brooklyn do you want to solve? Is it parking? is it housing? 

The Brooklyn Public Library’s Business and Career Center is offering a series of free classes to help improve life in Brooklyn through a designer's lens.

In collaboration with Kingsborough College's Center for Workforce Development, library users can learn the tools and techniques of user experience (UX) design.

The Flex Into UX classes focus on creating products and digital environments that are easy and enjoyable for people to use. UX designers think about the needs of the person using a product or service and make sure the design meets those needs.

As part of Flex Into UX, the Brooklyn Public Library’s Business and Career Center is soliciting ideas from the public for its UX Design-a-Thon. The Design-a-Thon will allow participants to apply their skills and produce a project draft that can become part of their professional portfolio, all while solving a real-life user-submitted Brooklyn problem.

The library will consider ideas both large and small, and anyone can submit a Brooklyn problem. Examples could include: street parking rules are too confusing; affordable apartments are hard to find; supermarkets are too far away; trash is accumulating; streets are not well lit. The Flex into UX design crew will then be on the case. Teams will select one problem and work on fresh new ideas to solve it. 

Want to share your problem? Submit your ideas by the end of business on Friday, Sept. 8.

Teams from the Flex into UX program will present their ideas on Sept. 30 to a panel of judges at BPL’s Business and Career Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza.

Flex Into UX and the Design-a-Thon are a product of the Library’s BKLYN Incubator initiative, which supports innovative programs, fostering partnerships between library staff and community partners to develop new ideas to serve our communities. 


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