*Data on the masses of waste in the UK inspired us to make a change. To change the consumerist system by design from buying and wasting to sharing and using. We were also inspired by second hand online ecommerce platforms, as well as Uber and Airbnb with the fundamental sense of community. We built UI wireframes which we followed to code the app in React. *
What it does
Our people powered, peer to peer renting lending platform Rentaru offers a sustainable solution. Through our site, anythinguseful equipment and tools can be rented locally at affordable prices, with recycling drives, and equitable business partnerships.
Rentaru is data driven. We conducted comprehensive research to understand the problem statements, people's wants and needs, plus the possibilities to create change.
How we built it
The app interface is built in React and deployed with continuous deployment through Netlify's CDN from the Rentaru GitHub repository. Python generated graphs were also implemented to analyse and track data.
Challenges we ran into
We faced challenges from the beginning with varied levels and abilities, technical issues, and even timezone differences. We overcame all of these with enthusiasm and energy! We encouraged each other to use our creativity to solve the problems in front of us, with the aim of solving even bigger problems
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Building an almost usable app with data and a smart UI that considers user experience more than other competitor sites. We're proud of what we achieved in such little time, and proud of ourselves for pushing through the event!
What we learned
We learnt a lot about fast pace brainstorming and speed coding. But also about sustainability, business and about teamwork!
What's next for Rentaru
With premium and partner listing plans, there is economic as well as ecological potential for Rentaru! Long term, bigger partners such as supermarkets could join the Rentaru scheme and rent out products, challenging the consumerist model and bringing more profitable potential. We believe the Rentaru empowers people with knowledge and options that are both affordable and rewarding.