The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Paola in our San Francisco office. Paola is focused on designing great experiences for our customers, primarily focused on Breadcrumb. As you read, you’ll see that she’s designing some pretty great experiences for herself as well.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Paola, and I am a graduate student at Harvard University pursuing a Master of Engineering in Computer Science, with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction. My background has always been in technology, first approaching it from a business and marketing perspective before moving on to engineering and design (check out my blog here for more!). I am passionate about creating usable and beautiful products that people love, which is why I am enjoying my time at Groupon so much!
What is your role at Groupon?
I am a Product/UX Design intern at the San Francisco office working primarily on Breadcrumb PRO and Gnome. My focus as a designer is to provide our customers with the best product experience while furthering our business goals and priorities.
What have you been working on?
Besides building a UI kit for the design team and re-designing Breadcrumb’s icon set, I am working on a couple of other projects, including a new iPhone app for Breadcrumb.
“A highlight was learning a new design software on my second day to complete a demo presented by our CEO!”
Tell us about your participation on GeekOn*
GEEKon is our internal hackathon celebrating technology at Groupon by giving our teams the chance to innovate bottoms-up and unleash their creativity and passion for collaboration on new and useful solutions for the company.
GeekOn presented us with an extraordinary opportunity to innovate in a very short period of time (five days!). The prior week, my manager had discussed her process for choosing which Breadcrumb venue to visit for field research. As it turned out, there was no easy way of checking which venues might be around one’s location. Thus, when my manager and I decided to form a team with two engineers, the idea of an app that would display a map with all the Breadcrumb venues came to life with Breadcrumb Beat!
The goal of the iPhone app is to show not only which venues are nearby, but also their activity level.
So, if a venue is processing a lot of orders, you will see the venue “beating” more frequently (thus the name!). My role in this project consisted of collaborating on the overall flow of the app, ideating and delivering design assets, and working closely with our developers throughout the building process.
UPDATE: Paola’s Geekon team took home (out of 106 projects) a first place and second place prize during Geekon. Congrats!