Sahel Shake is my team’s grand prize winning design concept in GSMA’s mWomen Design Challenge. My team re-envisioned the mobile smart phone operating system to work better for use by women in low and middle income markets. The concept gives women control over their phone resources, providing prominent airtime and battery management widgets along with cost-conscious phone sharing and emergency SMS features.
Current smartphones rely heavily on text input and display, which is problematic for low-literacy users. Drawing from research on interface design for such users, we conceived of system which helps bridge that gap, offering a highly visual contact management system, and integrates voice and icons into SMS entry and delivery.