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    SunShot - Solar Site Design - Site Survey Mobile App Redesign Challenge










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    Challenge Summary

    Welcome to the SunShot - Solar Site Design - Site Survey Mobile App Redesign Challenge. In this challenge, we are looking for your new design concepts to improve the look & feel and flow of the existing Solar Site Design Mobile Application.

    This mobile Application will connect Independent Solar Agents and Sales Professionals directly with leading manufacturers and developers to accelerate the worldwide growth of renewable energy projects.

    In this challenge, we are looking for DESIGN CONCEPTS on how this Application could work. What should the user see and experience when using the application

    NOTE: We will be paying $150 to all submissions that are outstanding at checkpoint.

    Please read the challenge specification carefully and watch the forums for any questions or feedback concerning this challenge. It is important that you monitor any updates provided by the client or Studio Admins in the forums. Please post any questions you might have for the client in the forums.

    Challenge Format

    This competition will be run as a two-round challenge.

    Round 1

    Submit your initial designs for Checkpoint Feedback

    1. Login
    2. Register
    3. Home Page

    4. Create New Site Survey Report

    Feel free to add any other additional screens which are necessary to explain your concept.
    Notes.jpg: Please note any comments about your design for the Client
    Make sure all pages have correct flow! Use correct file numbering. (00, 01, 02, 03)

    Round 2

    Your Final designs for all the required designs with all Checkpoint Feedback implemented.

    1. Login
    2. Register
    3. Home Page
    4. Create New Site Survey Report
    5. View Survey Calendar
    6. View Reports
    7. View map of Sites

    8. Contact Us

    Feel free to add any other additional screens which are necessary to explain your concept.
    Notes.jpg: Please note any comments about your design for the Client
    Make sure all pages have correct flow! Use correct file numbering. (00, 01, 02, 03)

    Regarding the Rounds:

    • To be eligible for Round 1 prizes and design feedback, you must submit before the Checkpoint deadline.
    • A day or two after the Checkpoint deadline, the challenge holder will announce Round 1 winners and provide design feedback to those winners in the “Checkpoints” tab above.
    • You must submit to Round 1 to be eligible to compete in Round 2. If your submission fails screening for a small mistake in Round 1, you may still be eligible to submit to Round 2.
    • Every competitor with a passing Round 1 submission can submit to Round 2, even if they didn't win a Checkpoint prize.
    • Learn more here.

    Full Description & Project Guide

    The Purpose of this challenge is to come up with the redesign the look & feel and flow of the existing application We are looking for the Topcoder Design Community to help us with planning our new "user experience" (UX).

    We had provided the existing screens for content references, please DO NOT COPY the look & feel and this challenge’s purpose is to redesign them with better flow and design!

    Design Considerations: 
    - Looking for modern, intuitive user interface
    - We need the designs to be clean and simple, easy to interact!
    - We like the Evernote UI, we would like you to get hands on with Evernote application (Register as a free user to try it out) and come up with thoughts similar to that but please DO NOT COPY
    and note that you are designing this for solar.
    - Focus on the design being a great user experience, think simple but effective solutions!
    - Give importance to the overall layout and think on how a user would interact with the content on the page.
    - Show all the screens and provide a user flow/click-path and navigation, so we can see how the interactions fit together in the application
    - How should this mobile application look?
    - What should the priority features be and how quickly could you find information?
    - Stock Photos: Feel free to use any images related to this concept.

    Design Size:
    This app will designed for the native mobile environment (android and iOS) and this challenge focuses on iOS:
    - 750 x 1334 (iPhone 6 Portrait)

    Required Pages:
    We are looking for the below pages to be designed/considered in your concepts..
    Note: We have given corresponding page numbers references of the attached PDF for below use cases!

    1. Login (page 13):
    - User will need to enter username/password to login into the app.
    - If user didn’t previously register, then they will have option to “Register” with the application.
    - If the user has forgotten their password, then they will have the ability to request new password!

    2. Register (page 14):
    - A user will be able to register themselves with the application
    - Minimum details that will be required for registration can be captured from page 14 and 15..
    - Come up with thoughts on how to design this page!

    3. Home Screen (page 19):
    - This screen provides quick links to list of tasks that a user need to have as a part of this app.
    - Existing screen can be seen in page 19, we need a better way to represent this information.

    4. Create New Site Survey Report (page 18 - 37):
    - User will enter all the information necessary to create a complete solar site survey report. 
    - Currently in the existing app, a user needs to tap “Save” after entering details in each of the below screens - we would like to have your thoughts on how this can be simplified? do you think an auto-save would work here in addition to the explicit “Save” button?
    - In order to create a new survey, a user will enter project data, installation data, design information and also the structure type specific data, please see below on the expectations on what/where it can be improved..
    - We need a way for the user to “save the data” in progress as a draft, how can it be done?

    Project Data, Installation Data and Design Information:
    - User enters Project data (page 21 - 26), installation data (page 28 - 30), design information (page 32 - 33), currently we don’t have sequential flow of information.
    - Would it be good to provide a better flow of information? (perhaps wizard approach?)
    - We would like you to come up with thoughts on how to simplify the overall flow of information.
    - Need to improve overall forms shows in each of the steps.
    - Add video/images, we need to make this very intuitive and modern, they should be able to either select available images/videos or capture a new video/image. Existing methods looks too old!

    Pitched, Flat Roof and Ground Mount: (page 36)
    - Based on the structure type entered/selected in project data, a user need to configure corresponding structure type.
    - Need to improve overall forms shows in each of these steps.
    - Add video/images, we need to make this very intuitive and modern, they should be able to either select available images/videos or capture a new video/image. Existing methods looks too old!

    Submit Now for Project Drawing:
    - Once all the above information are completed, a user will submit the report for “project drawing”
    - Based on how you approach the above, for ex: if you are planning to use wizard approach, maybe we can show a completion status on the above steps and then make the user click “Submit Now for Project Drawing”

    5. View Survey Calendar (page 50):
    The “Survey Calendar” feature helps you keep track of the dates you visited sites and estimated installation dates for all your solar projects. 
    - We are looking to improve the overall user experience on how a user views the calendar

    6. View Reports (page 52 and 53):
    - This screen allows the user to view a list of all their reports..
    - Reports will have details similar to the what they entered while creating a new survey report.
    - Should a user access their draft reports from this screen, how do you think the new flow should be designed?
    - Feel free to show your thoughts on how this screen can be designed.

    7. View Map of Sites (page 55):
    - Allow users to view a map and then show a number of pins within the map indicating that they had visited those sites.
    - Tapping on each of the PIN should show more information about the site 
    - User can view the Map of the site, should this be clubbed along with the report view i.e. should they be able to view the site on a map for each of the corresponding reports?

    8. Contact Us (page 57):
    - We need this screen to more efficient and should have easy access to it
    - This screen need to list some of the important details as given below
    * Support Phone Number
    * Helpdesk Feedback (a link/button to give feedback)
    * FAQ’s (a link/button to FAQ page)
    * Social Networking Links (Google +, Twitter, Facebook, etc)

    Target Audience:
    - Independent Solar Agents and Sales Professionals

    Judging Criteria:
    - How well you plan the user experience and capture your ideas visually
    - Cleanliness of your graphics and design
    - Your design should possible to build and make sense as a mobile application

    Submission & Source Files:
    Preview Image
    Please create your preview image as one (1) 1024x1024px JPG or PNG file in RGB color mode at 72dpi and place a screenshot of your submission within it.

    Submission File
    Submit JPG/PNG for your submission files.

    Source Files
    All original source files of the submitted design. Files should be created in Adobe Photoshop and saved as layered PSD file, or Adobe Illustrator as a layered AI file.

    Final Fixes
    As part of the final fixes phase you may be asked to modify your graphics (sizes or colors) or modify overall colors. We may ask you to update your design or graphics based on checkpoint feedback.

    How To Submit

    • New to Studio? ‌Learn how to compete here.
    • Upload your submission in three parts (Learn more here). Your design should be finalized and should contain only a single design concept (do not include multiple designs in a single submission).
    • If your submission wins, your source files must be correct and “Final Fixes” (if applicable) must be completed before payment can be released.
    • You may submit as many times as you'd like during the submission phase, but only the number of files listed above in the Submission Limit that you rank the highest will be considered. You can change the order of your submissions at any time during the submission phase. If you make revisions to your design, please delete submissions you are replacing.

    Winner Selection

    Submissions are viewable to the client as they are entered into the challenge. Winners are selected by the client and are chosen solely at the client's discretion.

    Reliability Rating and Bonus

    For challenges that have a reliability bonus, the bonus depends on the reliability rating at the moment of registration for that project. A participant with no previous projects is considered to have no reliability rating, and therefore gets no bonus. Reliability bonus does not apply to Digital Run winnings. Since reliability rating is based on the past 15 projects, it can only have 15 discrete values.
    Read more.


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    Your Design Files:

    1. Look for instructions in this challenge regarding what files to provide.
    2. Place your submission files into a "Submission.zip" file.
    3. Place all of your source files into a "Source.zip" file.
    4. Declare your fonts, stock photos, and icons in a "Declaration.txt" file.
    5. Create a JPG preview file.
    6. Place the 4 files you just created into a single zip file. This will be what you upload.

    Trouble formatting your submission or want to learn more? ‌Read the FAQ.

    Fonts, Stock Photos, and Icons:

    All fonts, stock photos, and icons within your design must be declared when you submit. DO NOT include any 3rd party files in your submission or source files. Read about the policy here.


    All submissions are screened for eligibility before the challenge holder picks winners. Don't let your hard work go to waste. Learn more about how to pass screening here.

    Questions? ‌Ask in the Challenge Discussion Forums.


    • Layered PSD files created in Adobe Photoshop or similar
    • AI files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar

    You must include all source files with your submission.


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