What is your idea?
StayInTouch is a simple collaborative cluster detection system for public venues, which uses only QR codes & phone numbers.
Where does it come from?
StayInTouch was born in Singapore, man!
Ben, Othman, and I (Dim), the 3 founding fathers of StayInTouch, were in Singapore at the beginning of the outbreak. We could see how the city-state handled the fight against the virus with simple and efficient digital tools like online forms...
So we started to think of a similar concept for Europe!
What problem are you solving?
As containment progressively ends in Europe & people go back to their daily activities, public places & businesses will remain very exposed to contamination. StayInTouch aims at protecting these highly exposed businesses to ensure a safe recovery of the economic activity.
How? Identifying easily newly formed clusters in public venues, such as restaurants, museums, hotels & cinemas.
How does it work?
It's pretty simple... That's the beauty of it !
1) Check-in: Whenever you enter a protected business, you scan a QR code and register with your phone number (and that's it!)...
2) Alert business: If you feel sick / are tested positive with Covid-19, you can anonymously & easily report your individual health status on our website, to alert business owners of public venues your phone number has been linked with.
3) Protect others: If several people were at the same place & they report sick, a new cluster is detected, and the other visitors of the place can be alerted!
What makes it so efficient?
1) It's less intrusive than Bluetooth-based contract tracing apps as it only registers your presence in targeted public venues;
2) It's technically very simple to implement and to scale, as it only relies on QR codes & online forms (no App!);
3) It benefits everyone at almost no cost: businesses are protected, consumers are alerted & public authorities are assisted in their efforts!
How does the cluster detection work?
There are two ways for StayInTouch to identify a new cluster in a public venue:
1) Manual: The business owner declares that one of his/her front employees has been tested positive through the StayInTouch business portal ;
2) Algorithmic: our algorithm matches the data collected with the forms with the individual reports & detects that several new cases are related to the same public venue at the same time.
In both cases, StayInTouch automatically sends an SMS to alert other visitors of the place!
What have you done so far?
During the weekend, we identified the different phases of the users' journey with StayInTouch & started building a prototype for our product, using Typeform, Firebase, and 46elks.
How would Stay In Touch be deployed?
The strategic deployment of StayInTouch would be composed of 3 different phases
1) Development phase: To finish the construction of the solution & implement data protection protocols - 1 month;
2) Pilot phases: Once operational, the service would first be deployed in targeted urban regions with moderate population densities & that have not yet been strongly impacted by the epidemic (cities in Nouvelle Aquitaine in France, Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany, Andalusia in Spain, etc.) - 4 months;
3) Large-scale deployment: Once its efficiency would have been proven in the targeted pilot areas, the service would be open for businesses & citizens in other European regions.
What do you need to keep going?
To be deployed and scaled, StayInTouch will need 4 key resources :
1) A small budget -- To finance an automated solution to SMS registered numbers (ie. 46elks);
2) Support from the public sector & partnerships with medical institutions in the selected pilot areas -- To encourage business owners to adopt the solution & citizens to report on it;
3) Targeted communication campaigns in the selected pilot areas -- To raise awareness about the service & how it can protect both businesses and citizens;
4) Partnerships with large business actors operating a wide range of public venues, such as restaurant or hotel chains -- To deploy the solution quickly in their premises & protect employees as well as customers.
Is your solution scalable after the crisis?
With almost no cost and very few resources needed, StayInTouch is easily scalable over vast European regions. It should start with pilot projects in small urban areas, and then be open for businesses & people on a larger scale.
Ultimately, the more people use it, the more accurate our cluster detection and alert systems will become!