Day laborers provide efficient service, yet there is a systemic market barrier for them. Instead of standing outside HomeDepot, they need an online market where they can offer service and where employers can easily validate them and offer work. MiTrabajo.us provides an easy marketplace for both sides.
What it does
MiTrabajo is a phone app with a worker view and an employer view. Day workers can mark their availability with a simple phone interface. Employers can select day workers with desired skils. Locations of multiple potential employers as well as employees in certain radii are displayed to each other. Both parties are given the option to communicate with each other to negotiate a deal.
How we built it
The backend is built on Firebase database and Google Cloud Functions. Mobile app is built on Android Studio. The app uses Mapquest to place workers and employers on the map. Communication between the two parties is enabled using Nexmo.
Challenges we ran into
Push to talk would enable real-time deal-making between parties. Such API, however, was not available. We instead used SMS service API.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are glad to have created a civil help platform. The service is up and running along with apps all made during the hackathon.
What we learned
What's next for miTarabajo
-Move the backend to blockchain to help with anonymity and distributed database. -The worker create a work history tied to the phone number---it will protect the identity of the day worker, the employer, yet provides historical feedback summary.