TESTING THE PROTOTYPE
The set-up for the test featured a room in the Ugandan Nakivale camp, with six people ready and waiting at the agreed time, a room in Manchester with six designers prepared, briefed and equipped, messenger app open, a google spreadsheet with a scripted conversation and about 2,000 words (in English) broken into sections ready to go.
The assumptions to test where:
Hypothesis 1: Refugees speak languages well enough to translate.
Hypothesis 2:Refugees are able to translate on mobile devices via chunks of text.
Hypothesis 3: Refugees are interested in working as translators in order to earn money.
When our contact on the ground gave us the go ahead, we logged onto messenger, opened the scripts and started sending the English text and timing the responses received in French. We measured speed and quality of translation whilst annotating everything else.