We were inspired by the current impact that the current Bikes4ERP Campaign has done for the children in rural communities. We wanted to provide a platform that can amplify their current success and spread awareness throughout the corporate communities.

What it does

Our BikeSimple App collects the data on the distance travelled using your mobile health statistics and visualizes your progress for you. By enrolling in the program, the app gives you the opportunity to view how your sponsored village is utilizing the bikes through sensors on the bike. You can also engage in friendly competitions and view how other employees at SAP are using the app.

How we built it

We built a prototype of the front end using Figma for the user experience design. The backend is built using mongoDB which contains a database to store users, their information, and their distances travelled. The database is hosted on mLab so we can access it in the cloud. We also have a simple backend API created using express which connects to the database using mongoose, and we can post to and retrieve information from the database. The code is hosted on Heroku so that if we had a working front-end hooked up to the back end we could run it as a web app.

Challenges we ran into

Given the time constraint we had to make decisions about what we wanted to focus our time and energy on. We decided that having a working backend was more important in demonstrating the feasibility of our app. We also chose to concentrate on the business strategy and importance of our app over having a functional front end.

Accomplishments that we’re proud of

We believe our app and pilot program has a great opportunity to be implemented and provide bikes for 50 community members and provide a lasting impact in the community.

What we learned

We learned a lot about ERP’s current campaigns and about the impact that they’ve had for rural communities in Africa

What’s next for

We would like to launch the app and partnership starting January of next year.

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