After witnessing countless victims of home disasters like robberies and hurricanes, we decided, there must be a way to preemptively check against such events. It's far too easy to wait until something bad happens to your home before doing anything to prevent it from happening again. That's how we came up with a way to incentivize people taking the steps to protect their homes against likely threats.
What it does
Insura revolutionizes the ways to keep your home safe. Based on your location and historical data of items that typically fall under home insurance (burglary, flooding, etc.), Insura will suggest items for fixes around the house, calculating potential premium savings if done properly. With the click of a button, you can see what needs to be done around the house to collect big savings and protect your home from future damage. Insura also connects with a user's insurance provider to allow for users to send emails to insurance providers detailing the work that was done, backed by pictures of the work. Based on this insurance providers can charge premium prices as they see fit.
To incentivize taking active steps to make changes, Insura "gamified" home repair, by allowing people to set goals for task completion, and letting you compete with friends based on the savings they are achieving. The return on investment is therefore crowdsourced; by seeing what your friends are saving on certain fixes around the house, you can determine whether the fix is worth doing.
How I built it
To build the application we mainly used swift to build the UI and logic for displaying tasks and goals. We also created a server using Node to handle the mail to insurance providers. We used to heroku to deploy the application.
Challenges I ran into
We had a hard time finding free APIs for national crime and disaster data and integrating them into the application. In addition, we had a tough time authenticating users to send emails from their accounts.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We are really proud of the way the UI looks. We took the time to design everything beforehand, and the outcome was great.
What I learned
We learned a lot about iOS development, how to integrate the backend and frontend on the iOS application, and more about the complicated world of insurance.
What's next for Insura
Next we plan on introducing heatmaps and map views to make the full use of our API and so that users can see what is going on locally.