Changes in natural ecosystems threaten biodiversity worldwide, and have implications for human life Yadvinder Malhi 2020. Climate change is ultimately driving the loss of terrestrial biodiversity and affecting ecosystem carbon storage both directly and indirectly through land use change, i.e. the expansion of agricultural land driven by climate change. Molotoks et al 2020 The issue of environmental degradation is a major concern for governments, researchers, and local and international organisations. Since the 1970s, the issue has been given serious attention by several countries following the UN conference on the environment in Stockholm on 5-11 June 1972. To commemorate this event, 5 June was designated as World Environment Day, and the UN agency responsible for dealing with environmental issues, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), was established. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), climate change can cause economic, health, food security and other crises. Climate change threatens food production through abnormal rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, contamination of coastal freshwater supplies, increased risk of flooding, and the spread of tropical pests and diseases to other areas. Therefore, Ecorativ is here to create a community ecosystem to care about waste and manage it to become more useful items.
What it does
The main feature of the Ecorativ application is a mission to collect garbage by scanning garbage and then using artificial intelligence technology will recommend what types of crafts can be created with the garbage. In the recommendation, a video is given on how to make crafts from the scanned garbage in the application. From the garbage collected or that has been made into handicrafts can later be photographed and shared with other users. Each completed task activity and shared post will earn coins, which can be used to take part in offline environmental events or can also be exchanged for environmental campaign merchandise.
How we built it
We built Ecorativ first by brainstroming on the miro website to determine ideas, and what features we wanted to build. After that we divided the tasks to create UIUX and prototyping using figma. After that we entered the developing stage by creating an ecorative application through reac native. In the application we developed object detection prototyping using the reac native expos-camera module. By using the camera module, it is possible to create a prototype for waste detection and recommend what crafts can be made and shared with other users through posts in the application.
Challenges we ran into
The obstacle we faced was the limited time in working on the project of less than 10 days due to the late information we got. We had difficulty at the beginning determining the problem and purpose of making the application but by brainstroming together through the miro application together we discussed and found the best solution together. For the front end we make it so that users can easily use it and want to linger in using the application so together we look for a user experience design that is able to make users comfortable and easy to understand.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We found one of the solutions to the problem of climate change by creating a community that is aware and concerned about the environment. We also found knowledge about how to realise the application that we made that was able to make the community environmentally aware. We were also able to create and complete UIUX and implement it into an application that was able to run and simulate the outline of its functionality which would be very likely in the future to be developed into a useful application to reduce environmental effects.
What we learned
We learnt a lot through this hackathon such as time management in working on this hackathon in between active school activities. We also learnt the effects of climate change and how we can contribute as enthusiasts of technology development. Through the technology we learnt, we hope to be able to contribute even a little to help succeed SDGs point 13 Climate Change. At least we start from ourselves to care about climate change issues for the future of the earth and we try to spread the spirit of change to take care of the earth to make it better.
What's next for Ecorative
In the future, we will focus on developing algorithms to detect and classify the scanned waste to be made into handicrafts. We will also create task activity missions that allow users to be more challenged in carrying out earth-saving creativity missions. In addition, we will also create a community to sensitise the surrounding community to jointly utilise both organic and inorganic waste to make handicrafts according to the waste category. We will also create an environment to keep the community active in spreading awareness of the environment by creating offline environmental awareness events.