程序员和设计师如何让留守儿童不再孤独

我们是一群满怀激情的设计师和软件工程师。2015年7月,我们跟随公司,ThoughtWorks,进入四川巴中农村,实地体验当地村民的生活。热爱生活的我们决心依靠专业的知识了解并捕捉到当地村民生产生活中的实际问题。

在抵达农村后,我们拜访了农户家、养殖基地、山村小学。在农村生产、生活、妇女、儿童等多方面,组织当地村民进行了访谈。在山村活动中心的现场,和当地村民一起针对养殖家禽的整体流程,从育苗到销售,进行了完整地探讨和规划。

返回成都的办公室之后,我们继续进一步分析提炼在山村看到听到的问题,运用我们的专业设计知识,针对农村妇女、留守儿童、和进入山村的志愿者这三类人群在生活中遇到的真实问题进行了激烈地深入思考和创新设计。

其中,一款为留守儿童设计的结合了山村生活特点的物联网装置,极有可能改善留守儿童情感孤独的状况,拉近他们和远在大城市打工的父母的距离。我们制作了可工作的产品原型,制定了详细的实地测试的计划,期望在2016年再次回到山村,实地测试这款装置的效果。

现在,我们将这款装置的设计和计划分享在腾讯公益平台上,希望寻找与我们一样有激情改变山村孩子生活状况的志愿者,获得更多的反馈和您的支持。我们正在征集1001位捐助人,每人捐助1元钱,就会帮助我们在2016年再次顺利回到农村。

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How we are helping left-behind children in China rural areas

We are a group of passionate designers and software engineers from ThoughtWorks. With our intelligence and professional knowledge, we are determined to solve real problems from real people.

In July 2015, we visited and conducted an in-the-field research at two villages in Bazhong area, Sichuan province.

We visited local villagers’ cottages, their chicken farm, the village primary school and other facilities. To have a deeper understanding of the local life, group interviews were organised with villagers to discuss the grain production, family relationships, and how women and children were treated. A design workshop with a wider audience was also organised at the centre square in one village. During the design workshop, we helped local villages analyse and design the whole process of how a family chicken farm would work, from the very first step of eggs incubation, to the final step of chicken distribution channels.

The journey to solve real problems for local villagers continued after we returned to office in Chengdu. Design thinking and agile software development methodology were combined to further analyse what we have saw and heard in the village. Innovative designs were inspired, discussed and developed for three active groups of people in rural area: women, left-behind children and educational volunteers.

Left-behind children are those who live in the villages while their parents are working far away from them, in big cities. Without the company from their parents, left-behind children are lonely and depressed.

We have a strong feeling that one of the design outcomes, a low-cost IoT device, may re-create the emotional link between two parties. With a working prototype completed and a detailed in-the-field testing plan ready, we are eager to return to the villages next year with this device.

We are excited to share the idea and its future plan with you. Please join us, help us improve the design and support us by donating 1 RMB to our campaign with Tencent. With 1001 donators, we will be able to get financial support from Tencent and return to the village in 2016.

Please scan the QR code to access campaign website (In Chinese) and donate 1 RMB.