Out of a global entry pool, students Amy Ashida and Katarina Yee competed in this year's IxDA Student Design Challenge taking place at Interaction 18 in Lyon, France. This year’s challenge, sponsored by Microsoft’s Inclusive Design team, put students in groups of three and asked them to design a product for people with a specific disability. Katarina's team, Team Pirouette, won this year's competition by choosing to focus their project on removing barriers to quality education for students with dyscalculia. Their project, keyHue, teaches students with dyscalculia how to read and play music, using projection mapping to display color on a piano keyboard, and corresponding colors on digital sheet music.
Katarina noted that "if we had more time, we would have liked to test our prototype with more users, especially those with dyscalculia, and musicians. We also want to research the technical feasibility of our concept further." She described the challenge as "an incredible experience filled with learning and building meaningful connections. I was reminded of the value of being part of a great team, conducting primary research, and prototyping with real content."