Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people are stuck at home and some have unfortunately lost their jobs. During this period, I noticed a lot of people, especially those at risk, started asking for help on websites like Facebook or Nextdoor. At the same time, there are also parents/teachers/healthcare workers who are overwhelmed with the situation where a helping hand will be much appreciated.
In this difficult time. people are in need for an organized space where they can ask for and/or offer help. In the meantime, those who lost their jobs or get a pay cut and need the extra income are eager to be a part of the gig economy. This is what inspires this app, a platform to connect people who need helps and those who can help (and earn extra bucks at the same time). This solution applies largely to the 'Delivery' sector; more specifically, it delivers 'help'/services to those who need it.
What it does
The idea is simple: this app provides the platform for those who need help to post the specific kind of help they need. The task can range from ‘I need someone to help drop off some boxes in the post office’, to, ‘I am a healthcare worker and I need someone to pick up groceries for me’.
Specifically, this app allows:
- the users to take a picture of the task and describe the details of the task with the corresponding compensation for the helper.
- the posted request to appear on the home page with a clear title, a brief description of the task and the offer for the helper. They can also indicate the expiry date/time of the request since some of the tasks are time sensitive.
- the helpers to respond to the quest through direct messages.
How I built it
I used Figma to prototype; the prototype illustrates the general concept and the design of the app.
Challenges I ran into
Time management. Juggling to learn app-design and video-making outside of work certainly requires good time management. Due to time constraint, I am focusing on building an app-prototype at the moment.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
The process of bringing the ideas in mind into something I can visualize on my screen.
What I learned
This is my first time designing an app. The process itself (from the concept to the prototype) has been very rewarding.
What's next for Aid On-Demand (AidOD)
I would like to include gamification, a leaderboard system that allows others to earn points when completing tasks and share their ‘achievements’, to encourage more people to participate. This is just a prototype at the moment and I would like to eventually implement the design using React or other app-design software.