Waste management is a huge problem that affects all other issues specially crowd blocking, as the crowd blocks the trash vehicle to pass in order to pick up the trash especially near Mina during the day, after doing lot of research and asking people who have been through this problem, I managed to come up with a solution that requires time to evolve.
What it does
Starting from a small platform called Cleanify to manage trash cans to a fully automated underground solution. So let me explain and clarify my idea as Hajj is near, I thought about collecting data that we can analyze for more insights by offering a free app for people to find nearby trash cans, it's simply AirBnb but for trashcans, users can report filled up trashcans to get points that they can trade with rewards to encourage and motivate them to register and use the app. We could use IOT technology like sensors in order to automate the process later on.
As this will be a SAAS platform, admin users have to choose their plan:
- A 1 week free trial
- $ 9.99/month
- $ 129.99/year
Which means, if the platform used by 1000 users, that will generate about ~$ 120 000 in a single year which then can be used to build the next step of the idea, underground connected tunnels that come from trashcans, a fully automated system, as the trashcan clears itself from the tunnels when it's filled up.
- The vehicle doesn't have to go pickup trash from each trashcan anymore.
- Trashcans clean themselves when they are fully filled.
- Fully automated system that doesn't involve any human interaction.
- Saves a lot of time and energy
- As the trash is separated by type, it can automatically get to the place where it should get recycled.
How we built it
A static landing page (pwa too) made with Gatsby.org (A react static site generator) that takes you to the actual web app (A react progressive web app) that sends requests and receives responses from the rest api built with express js and mongoose. We're using mongodb as our database and the Google maps api.
Challenges we ran into
Slow internet so I had to code the whole night at the hotel to catch up.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Coded a better MVP version which means that this can be launched as soon as possible.
What we learned
Learned a lot about hacking a full stack app in less than 2 days.
What's next for Cleanify
Digging the tunnels to automate the trash cleaning objective.