Starting with the originating idea of "A relief donation/seeking system to help the society in this pandemic" given by our teammate Ebtesam, we slowly began to expand the idea into becoming more broad and not just confined to COVID-19. We then went through a few iterations (messaging service, professional guidance, etc.) before arriving at what we agreed up to be the best possible solution; peer-to-peer donation brokering.
What it does
DonAid seeks to match two given users (givers and receivers) in a one-way mirror approach; Givers know who the receivers are, while receivers do not know who the givers are. Receivers are individuals suffering from short-term financial hardship and are looking for funds to help them get through uncertain times. Givers are individuals looking to send funds to those most in need. For the complete description of DonAid, please visit our GitHub repository and check out the README.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
We were able to pick up a lot of skills in the 36 hours the hackathon went on for. The pressure-cooked learning environment where the thesis is "Just build." allowed for agile movement in the context of the tools we were able to pick up and build with.
What's next for DonAid
If DonAid was to turn into a profitable business endeavor, we would have to alter the model in a way where in place of 100% of the funds being sent to the receivers, we would take a small portion (5-10 basis points) on every transaction for having brokered the giver-receiver relationship, which would then be reinvested into the business to expand the product further.