Students Contest for My Harvard Web Design

A group of students at Harvard will be working on a new website design for the school’s HUIT My Harvard site this year. The school may be getting a new website design, but the student whose design is chosen will receive special recognition that will be invaluable to their resume in the future. Web design students generally work on a portfolio during their years in college. Being able to claim the redesign will be a boost in market value for one lucky student.

Starting Wednesday, students will be able to submit designs for the new face of my.harvard.edu to the Harvard Student Information Technology Advisory Committee, marking the first time that Harvard University will use student feedback to design the site.

The winner of the contest will receive a $200 prize and their name will be featured on the new site’s home page. HUIT hopes that the new design will be implemented this summer and be ready for student use by the start of the fall semester, according to Michael C. George ’14, a student on the Student IT Advisory Committeee who is also a Crimson editor.

The competition, which is the first step in a larger move towards a more effective my.harvard.edu, is part of an effort on the part of HUIT to incorporate student voices, George said.

“The redesign contest will help us improve the ‘look’ of my.harvard, and the underlying technology will remain the same for the time being,” Managing Director of Academic Technology for HUIT, Samantha Earp, wrote in an email to HUIT Communications Officer Nicholas L. Connors that was forwarded to The Crimson. “That said, we are in the initial stages of the larger undertaking of rethinking what an ideal student portal would look like.”

Committee member Shirley Zhou ’12 also emphasized that the competition is a revolutionary… read more from The Harvard Crimson.

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