A 12-Year-Old And Her Mother Have Just Launched A Mobile Game To Help Families Get To Get To Know Each Other Better
Seventh-grader Serenity Marie and her mother Quyionah Wingfield recently launched Gen Connect Game, a platform to spark more family engagement through a curated list of questions and in-app activities.
With the help of Carleton College’s Hack4Impact, a program of engineers that provide nonprofits with software, Wingfield and Serenity took what started as a brainstormed idea into an app that aims to tackle emotional isolation that comes with a loss in families for all generations.
Gen Connect also comes with a specific Parent Guide, designed in tandem with Emory University, and provides tips on various topics that families need to know.
Through the Center for Civic Innovation Fellowship and City of Atlanta/Invest Atlanta WEI, the mother-daughter team also connected with university app developers and designers to ultimately build the game-based app.
Wingfield hopes the app can “make mental health more digestible to families,” and its community-centric focus has helped them bring in some strong partners early on.
While the app is designed to spark deep conversations between family members, it may have also helped inspire Serenity to pursue a tech career down the road.
She told Hypepotamus that her strong eye for user experience design and passion for colors helped bring the app to life.
It can be downloaded from Google Apps.