- Optimizing the Food Truck -





The youth completed their final step of the Design Challenge by working to innovatively optimize the lunch truck experience. Mentors led the      youth through the design process in order to create more efficient food trucks–detailing the problems that they experienced during their assessments.


Mentor Shiv Patel working with youth.

One group came up with a concept called Meal Money. The problem that they addressed was the issue that some food trucks do not accept credit cards as a form of payment. Meal Money optimizes the food truck experience by providing customers with an app that they can pre-load money on before purchasing food from a truck. Instead of using a credit card, customers would be able to pay for their food using the app linked to a network of food trucks around Temple University’s campus.




Group Creating a Prototype Menu for Meal Money

Like Meal Money, other groups were also expected to create prototypes for their projects and present them to other teams around them.


Vending on the Go!



Pablo’s Fine German Cuisine



Fuel Go



Miniature World App



Youth Displaying “Who’s Hungry” App


The Sexy Red Truck

After the youth created their prototypes, each team presented their idea within a small group of other teams. Youth were expected to illustrate a fictional scenario between the stakeholders that would serve as the problem, then they would present their prototype as a way to solve that problem.





The smaller groups, which consisted of about four teams each, picked the team that did the best to present to everyone participating in the Design Challenge. This gave the youth a chance to see how the design process is really fulfilled in the end, meaning that one will have to encounter multiple opinions and go through multiple steps until a design for a product is ready to be put out in the market.







Written By: Sienna Vance

Photos By:  Sienna Vance