A simple and efficient way to show a little love for our planet in honor of Earth Day is to vow to stop printing business cards! Those are little pieces of paper but create more environmental nuisance than you think. Here are some of the statistics that will make us think: Each person in the United States uses an average of 749 pounds of paper every year. That’s 187 billion pounds per year for the entire population. 93% of paper comes from trees and not recycled paper. We’re losing over 15 billion trees annually. Harsh to say, but Business cards are a Garbage. 27,397,260 Business cards are printed everyday. In the US alone, 10,000,000,000 business cards are printed every year. Only 12% of all the business cards you hand out stay in your client's hands for longer than on week.
So, Why not skip all this printing nonsense and share contact information digitally just with a scan of QR?
Lets Stop wasting money on printing and adding to our landfill waste. Switch to a Green business card. Go Green !!
What it does
When we meet new people, we can be potentially introduced to new opportunities. We get exposed to ways that we never would have thought of before. ecoBiz is a virtual business card sharing app that makes it easier and eco-friendly to share contacts with others just with a scan of QR code and eliminates printing of business cards saving huge amounts of paper.
How we built it
Analysis: Studied about wastage of printing Business cards now-a-days and related statistics. Idea Generation: Brain stormed for developing a easy way of sharing contacts and decided for QR code. Development: We developed an iOS app using swift4, backend is firebase and XCode IDE.
Challenges we ran into
Storing and retrieving images from firebase for profile picture. Scanning QR Code in dark.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Increased the brightness of the screen in QRCode tab for efficient scanning. Usage of app helps everyone in having their part for environmental sustainability.
What we learned
We learnt about ecological footprint, firebase.
What's next for ecoBiz
Having Real-time notifications when your QR code is shared or used, insights of how much paper you saved based on number os shares, various applications such as having that QR code on name tags at various conferences ..