"Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi.
It is everyone's responsibility to save the earth. We all need to take an initiative to make a small change to impact huge. This change can be as small as like using cotton bugs instead of plastic bags Or cleaning 1 square foot of beach per day. And so we are making a platform where anyone can add a small story about the change they are experiencing or implementing. Which they can share on facebook so that more people can join this cause.
What it does
Our application allows users to add a story about the small change and let them share it with the rest of the world.
Users can also see the changes which people around them are making.
Users can add information about volunteers or the change makers who are taking initiative in any kind of social cause.
Users can also add the vendors who are making some eco-friendly products and selling to business owners like cotton bag makers or Mud Teacup makers.
You can contact these vendors by requesting contact information on valid facebook email id. Also, you can contact the volunteers in implementing the same type of idea in your circle/group as well.
e.g. One tea seller was using mud cup instead of the plastic cup for tea. This is a small change, so we can add the information about this volunteer and also the details about the mud cup maker on our application. And other people can use this information for using these mud cups instead of plastic cups. This just one example.
How I built it
Lots of people are taking initiative for a social cause. So I thought I can make an application which can bind them all. So I approached a lot of people for taking advice and suggestion about this idea and finally, I built this very useful idea.
Challenges I ran into
There was a huge chance of spam, so we are using facebook login compulsory for adding the post so that only genuine users can post using the platform. Also had an issue about how to share vendor information, but found a good way to solve it. We are sending email to the users who request vendor information.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I have shown this application to some NGO Volunteers and got very warm welcome fro them. This application itself is a proud moment for me as I am becoming a part of such a huge non-profit community.
What I learned
A lot of things! I got a chance to meet lots of nice, like-minded people who are making this world a better place. I learned anyone can be a change. I learned a small task like throwing a recycle bean in recycling dustbin is also important.
What's next for Be The Change
We are planning to bring in small NGOs which are not able to make an online appearance. we will coordinate facebook groups to help these users in arranging meetups in a secure way. Also, we are planning these eco-friendly product sellers to link on Amazon and facebook marketplace.
I would like to give credits to my friends for helping and suggesting me with formatting this page and video editing.
- Ashish A.
- Komal N.