Hallie Ricci, Ginnae Ayenew, Devonte’ Hawkins, Mitchell Jones, Benjamin Horton
UX Designer & Reseacher
Figma, Illustrator, After Effects, Mural...
240+ interns took part in IBM’s 3-day 2022 NA Be(e) Innovative Challenge. Our winning submission for the Category: Equitable Access, CommonLang, is a collaborative website and browser extension that translates programming language documentation. Through this product, we hope to make coding knowledge more accessible to non-native English speakers.
As Designer & Researcher, I led the brainstorming and idea generation for the group. This involved quickly jotting ideas on post-it notes. Then, ideas were refined & aligned on through further discussion.
I also created all the visuals, videos, screens, and UI walkthroughs.
The vast majority of the world’s programming language documentation is in English despite most countries having a different native language.
For non-English or ESL speaking developers, STEM opportunities are limited due to inability to understand the documentation and code examples.
Other translation tools are flawed, missing:
A collaborative website for bilingual volunteers to tune documents or code summarizations. The improved versions of documentations are then incorporated back into the architecture to be displayed for future use - improving translations for both the model and pages.
Key Features of Website:
Chrome Extension allows users to translate documentation into their native language.
Additionally, any snippets of code will automatically be summarized in the user's language of choice.
While this hackathon project had a time constraint, if I were to continue developing it further I would: