A research by World Bank which uncovers the root cause behind systematic poverty - lack of access to education, no mentor/guardian who inspire or guide poor or less privileged youth to navigate their future.
In most developing countries, education comes with a financial burden and opportunity cost. One family has to pay for education-related expenses. At the same time, a student cannot earn while studying. Most jobs require experience and high competition thus it is difficult to get a job after graduation. Hence to start education, a student needs some kind of scholarship or financial-aid and during their education, they need limited-time job which will not only help self-finance themselves by also provide useful experience which will come handy in gathering experience point for future.
Based on our interview and empathy map, students in Indonesia find the process of finding the right scholarship program that matches their criteria frustrating. There is no personalization, everything has to be keep-tracked manually. It requires a lot of time on searching, asking around, overwhelming amount of information, preparation, re-applying the same forms, unsure who to ask and what to ask, and etc.
Most students in rural areas and villages in Indonesia have low expectations, both from their surroundings and themselves because they usually don't have anyone within their reach to look up to. Most scholarship articles you can easily find on the internet are usually not meant for students who are still in high school and below. Murid Mentor is here to give students a personalized-experience in looking and applying for scholarships.
On the other side, most SMEs can't afford to hire professionals with digital skills or the latest technologies education. Most of the problems SMEs face are still solved in a very conventional way, such as mouth-to-mouth marketing, hiring staff through friends' recommendations, etc. Murid Mentor is here to bridge the gap between SMEs and education, where SMEs can offer limited-time job opportunities to less experienced people, especially university students, and students can upskill themselves.
What it does
- Track a student's educational aptitude and estimate their financial capability (Using human estimators and AI).
- Aggregate and tack scholarship / financial-aid providers.
- Provide customized scholarship / financial-aid package to each student considering their merit and financial situation,
- Provide SMEs a platform to introduce themselves and post limited-time jobs (limited contract, part-time).
- Provide recommendations and filtering of jobs to students. Provide recommendations and filtering of applicants/students to SMEs against each job Ad.
How I built it
Challenges We ran into
- Learning Bubble.io and teaching it to other team members.
- Building a distributed work among team members working on Bubble with basic membership.
- Difference in time zone and 100% remote collaboration, like long-distance-relationships :-)
Accomplishments that We're proud of
- Interviewed actual students and SMEs and validated our problem and solution.
- Built detailed user personas and workflows.
- Overcame time-zone and remote collaboration challenge by communicating intensively.
- Targeted problem common to most of developing and poor countries.
What We learned
- Fun has to be part of hackathon.
- Learning and growth during few days of hacking is addicting.
- Team work and collaboration is everything.
- We have different color, sex and language but still we are the same.
What's next for Murid Mentor Team
- Pitching the refined solution to SMEs and students we interviewed. Refining it further so they can use it fully for their benefit.
- Deploying the solution to production.
- Hire part-time students to lead marketing and user on-boarding process.
- Pitch this idea to social VC.