The App-CONNECT creation and evolution
App-CONNECT was inspired from my real-life experience. After overcoming I recognised the profound importance of being connected to and supported by others when facing difficulties in life.
In May 2019, a vision emerged: that of a mobile application where we could all connect, show empathy, and encourage each other. I conducted in-depth research and developed a detailed plan.
In June 2019, my husband and I founded CONNECT, a Swiss non-profit association. That was the starting point. I then created the first prototype on ProtoIO, conceptual presentations, a promotional video, a website, and launched a crowdfunding campaign on HérosLocaux.ch.
In February 2020, I posted advertisements on www.benevol-jobs.ch, and that's how other volunteers specialized in various fields joined our team.
Since then, we have all been working voluntarily, each in their area of expertise, to develop this application. In January 2022, I had my very first in-person meeting with a team member, a significant moment.
Our CONNECT team is dynamic and international, and it has been composed of more than 40 enthusiastic volunteers from diverse backgrounds since 2019. Our volunteers include psychologists, coaches, teachers, engineers, designers, digital and legal experts, and many more.
We were strangers before this great adventure, but we all share the same desire to see this project come to life and offer an application capable of combating isolation, loneliness and promote emotional and mental health. Thanks to the commitment of each specialist, we were able to create a mobile application that is both beautiful and professional.
Countless hours of work have been invested by the entire team, and I say THANK YOU!
At the beginning of 2023, we completed the development of the application, conducted final tests... It's an achievement we are proud of.
Launch of App-CONNECT - July 6, 2023
Thanks again to the amazing team at CONNECT Association!!! Karin
Creation of CONNECT Association in order to make the App-CONNECT project,
by Karin and Alejandro.
First logo and first prototype
First App map, Prototype in Proto-IO
Searching for developpers, requestion quotes... by Karin.
First concept, publicity, etc.. by Karin.
First video by Alejandro.
in HerosLocaux.ch by Karin.
by Juliana and Karin.
First Wireframes designed
Prototype in Figma by Juliana.
Various new Team members
Several UX workshops with the team.
July - Oct. - Nov. 2020
MANY trials, design, suggestions, Workshops, Zoom meetings... by UX-Team Stephanie, Nagore and Juliana.
Content creation in EN and FR + proofreading by María, Gysele, Ielyzaveta, Zsuzsanna, Lara, Elie, Isabelle, Chiara, Hanna, Profira, Justine, Pauline, Beatrice, Mirjam, Erika and Karin.
2020 - 2021
Onboarding screans developed
by Anas on Flutter.
General Conditions and Terms under development by Marina, Maude, Lisa and Lionel.
First App Testing through Figma/Zoom to get feedback from future users,
by Stephanie and Profira.
First presential meeting with Céline (Marketing).
Development in Flutter
by Lhoussaine .
It's taking shape :-)
since January 2022
Big steps forward in the Design in Figma by Juliana, Lenka and Nagore.
February - May 2022
Justine's Internship has been validated. Congratualtions Justine.
Roadmap and work items created
since February 2022
Great work on App development done by Lhoussaine.
since January 2022
Mood check-in fine tuning by UX-team. Beautiful Juliana and Lenka.
Presential meeting with Marina (Legal). It's so nice getting to know each other without a screen in between.
Translation and proofreading in DE
by Susanne, Katrijn, Sabrina and Karin.
November 2022 through March 2023
Presential meeting with Nefiye (Project Manager).
Presential meeting with Isabelle (Psychologist)
Presential meeting with María (Psychologist)
The team is testing on Androïd.
Corrections and ajustments.
March - Juin 2023
Presential meeting with Stephanie (UX-Design)
Presential meeting with Juliana (UX-Design)
The team is testing the App on IPhone
May - June 2023
App-CONNECT in PlayStore and AppStore !!!
Presential meeting with Justine (Psychologist)