Inspiration

That the homeless community are one of the most at risk communities, an do not have many means other than face to face communication to gain information, either of critical importance, or on what impacts their day to day life

What it does

It is an app that allows the homeless to see all the resources available to them, from shelters, to COVID testing spots, to cafes that have a pay-it-forward program and let the community leave a comment on the place they go to, to further share accurate up to date information for the homeless community. The app also has the numbers of some services that are helpful for the community, as well as an alert system, that can send through simple language updates on critical situations, such as the COVID restrictions, or sever weather warnings. We would partner with businesses who would be upgrading their work phones or electrical waste collection groups such as Mobile Muster to get the second hand phones to give to those in the homeless community without one.

How we built it

We used Figma to create a prototype that demonstrates the main functions of the app.

Challenges we ran into

We ran into the issue at one stage of thinking that we may be too similar to Ask Izzy, which is a web based directory of homeless resources, however thinking through our product more, and remember the core features, mobile - in your hand use, being able to filter all the options you may want, the alert system, the ability to leave a review, in a way that is specific to the homeless community, and just the simple functionality of the app. This did make us weary, but confidence in our idea and re-enforcing what our key objectives were let us overcome this.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are really proud of our idea, and the way we were able to work as a team to really tease out the hows and whys of the idea.

What we learned

We learnt a lot of practical skills, none of us done a similar program before and so this way highly interesting to find out how start ups work and the process it goes through.

What's next for Team 7

We are excited by our idea and have toyed with the idea that this should become something real, not just a team project. Other than that, our members are likely to keep an eye for these sort of programs in the future and hope to have some more fun!

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