Inspiration The mission of Localize is to empower everyday people with the tools to make the positive changes they want to see in the world
The vision for Localize is based on the foundation of three pillars:
- Bring crowdfunding to the masses
- Make investing practical
- Enable users to feel like they are a part of something greater themselves
How does it work? Localize is a crowdfunding gamified, and brought down to the local level. Through our app, we can truly have communities come together as users will be notified about local crowdfunding fundraisers which can also be filtered by their specific interests. We incentivize our local philanthropists to spend typically no more than $20 in an investment but encourage them to recruit other philanthropists. By investing, and encouraging others to invest our users will accrue points which will raise them to additional tiers over time. Each tier provides rewards in the form of discounts which can be redeemed at local retailers and outlets truly bringing the process full circle. The more points you accrue, the more opportunities you have to save.
How I built it
Challenges We ran into The challenges we ran into was our coding as we believed during our second day of the Hackathon that our code crashed. Following this mishap development ground nearly to a halt as we were forced to pivot to an alternate scaled down presentation of the project which only included designs of several pages, the background coding, server space, and a website which relied on the original code that failed. We uncovered the mistake one hour prior to our Expo and have brought together what you see in a short span of time but we believe it was worthwhile.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Coming together with total strangers to create Localize was certainly the biggest accomplishment. None of us knew each other prior but we sat down and together created something greater than the sum of our individual parts. Whilst its probably not big and shiny like other projects, we think it carries if anything enormous substance and care that each of us poured in to see it through to fruition.
What I learned
We learned how a Hackathon works, we are all Hackathon Virgins
What's next for Localize
World domination, one community at a time.