Climate knows no boundaries. The responsibility of the environment is shared across borders, cultures and corporations. It is important for us to work together and collaborate to take action for the future of the planet. As the climate emergency grows, so does the money involved – and the need for accountability.
We wanted to create the most easiest and accessible, yet most impactful way for people to contribute to saving our planet. Although the first priority should always be reducing our footprints, but the reality is that not every individual or business can do that quickly. Thats why we wanted to create an application, not only easily accessible to everyone, but also scalable for the rapidly adapting world. It is estimated that over 1 billion passenger car travel the streets and roads of the world today. The 1 billion-unit mark was reached in 2010 and cars are projected to reach the two-billion mark by 2040.
Until we reach a zero-carbon world, offsetting is one of the most effective, quickest and efficient way of helping in reducing carbon emissions. CO₂mpensate helps combat climate change with every ride, encouraging drivers to offset their carbon footprints.
What it does
Our application makes the process of carbon offsetting easier and more accessible. It tracks your distance traveled from your most current trips and calculates your carbon offset based on your method of transportation used. This will then give you the opportunity to easily purchase a certificate to help fund a project to offset carbon emissions. Available on both iOS and Android to reach everyone regardless of who they are or where they are globally.
How we built it
We've built the platform using Flutter and utilized MyClimate API and Climate Partner API to help calculate carbon emissions and access their database of carbon offset projects.
Challenges we ran into
Our entire team has never developed with Flutter before, it was a challenge to build an application within 40hrs on a platform never yet explored before.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Our connection and relation we were able to build between the place the person traveled and the offset projects we offer. We wanted to make everyone feel emotionally connected and feel like they're making an impact to a cause they deeply care about.
What we learned
It's important to have a strong MVP and focus on main functionalities and to build it for room to grow with additional features, in order to accomplish a hack in this short time period.
What's next for CO₂mpensate
We started with a strong foundation to make it scalable in the long run and the ever changing world. Transportation is something we can't avoid, so we'd like to further implement other modes of transportation, and offer alternative suggestions to how you can get from Point A to Point B to leave less of a carbon footprint. We would also like to gain enough data for different regions around the world, so people can see on a larger scale of their impact by choosing to offset their carbon emissions.