Student profile: Friendships through good eating

Kristen Kogachi

Kristen Kogachi

Good eating can lead to good social interactions, as "CookShare" demonstrated at the annual expoSItion of student projects.

Kristen Kogachi (MSI '11), along with fellow students Kevin Champion, Eric Mrak, and Gloria Murillo, designed CookShare to encourage diversity and mutual understanding by connecting people with one another through their existing social networks.

And what better way than by something we all do: eating. The cooking application helps people share food, resources, and knowledge. The team demonstrated how CookShare relied on their skills in interaction design, user-centered design, contextual inquiry, personas/scenarios, and prototyping. All skills, incidentally, that are integral to what is taught at the School of Information.