Our inspiration comes from our experience as citizens who are eager to explore the diversity of the cities that we travel or live in. We observed that, despite the wide range of opportunities to recycle-from recycling bins to eco-friendly campaigns and dedicated centres-, lots of people leave waste in unattended places, which has a bad visual impact on our cities. This has a huge influence on flora and fauna, affecting the climate which we all fight for.
What it does
GreenCity is a friendly-user app which allows the users to identify the nearest collection point for plastic and paper. Nonetheless a user can report a polluted area, such as volunteer or employees in the environmental area can come and clean the reported area. This will appear on the map, if three or more users report the same location. When you will cross the reported area, you will receive a notification that this area is polluted. If in the meantime, it has been cleaned you can report that it a clean area now and the red pin will disappear. The search bar is used to find the closest collection points for a specific item you search. For example, if we search for plastic, the user will find the closest collection point to the location of the user if they are not full. When we launch the app we will not have all the collection points on our map and this is why people have the option to add a collection point if they spot one.
How we built it
We used Figma to create a mock of our app and Adobe Spark to create the logo.
Challenges we ran into
Once we decided which our main app idea would be, we had various approaches on implementing it. In order to create a design for our logo, we have tried various online softwares, as most of them were just apparently free. It was hard because the free softwares, usually does not have the best quality or the best features. Also, a very important challenge was to distribute our tasks efficiently so that everyone worked on that section that was the most suitable for him and, as some of us encountered some difficulties, we had to help each other or redistribute our tasks. Furthermore, as we had more points of view for some implementations, we did short brainstorming sessions for choosing the most appropriate idea.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of how we used our soft and hard skills in order to create a relevant app idea and implement it as an MVP by assigning roles and tasks that were suitable for everyone. Also, we are proud of our workflow and good stamina, which were essential in working hard and smart.
What we learned
As a team, we have gained valuable entrepreneurship and IT experience. We have learned how to create an app design in terms of structuring its functions and creating a map. Also, we have learned to work with Adobe Spark software to create a logo and edit landmarks for our interactive map. Also, during our team interaction, we have learned how to analyse everyone's own ideas and to develop or concretize them.
What's next for GreenCity
As we will test our MVP with different types of users-university and locally wide-we will continue to develop our application and implement our idea by creating a community that promotes it and offers guidance for future users. Also, an implementation that has more impact is to create local communities worldwide that support our ideas. Thus, we will become ambassadors of reducing the climate pollution, designate local ambassadors with similar intentions, collaborate with NGO, local, national and international authorities that would give us the support that we need.