On one hand:

  • There are many huge issues plaguing the world today: > * Global warming & climate change > * Poverty > * Unemployment > * Gender equality
  • There are many NGO's and charities are doing whatever they can. But they significantly lack manpower and funds.
  • We need many more people to contribute on both, a personal level, and also volunteer to help the causes they they believe in.

On the other hand:

  • People do want to give back to society.
  • But they aren't able to commit a large amount of time. Let's be honest, "2-4 hours a week for the next 6 months" deters a LOT of people.
  • And they're also usually unaware of the best opportunities available for them.
  • I've personally wanted to help reduce pollution in my city in Mumbai, by don't know where to start or what to do with the limited time I have after work.

There are 3 improvements we need to make:

  1. Volunteering shouldn't need a lot of commitment like it does now. Even people with just a weekend free should be able to give back to society.
  2. Opportunities should be open and easy to access. Bring the right opportunities to the right people!
  3. People should be appreciated for their effort. Via both social and monetary rewards.


"To empower & encourage people across the globe and across all ages to give back to the cause they care about, however little that may be. Because little drops can form a big ocean."

The way we can do this is by creating a platform that will:


The platform we plan to build will work in 5 simple steps:

Step 1. NGOs, charities & local communities upload tasks they need help with

  • These can be online/remote tasks like creating designs and posters, creating websites and campaigns, writing articles, or something as simple as sharing their latest social media posts for better reach.
  • Or they can even be simple offline tasks like buying and giving food to the homeless nearby.

Step 2. People are matched with only 1 to 2 tasks a week

  • The 'volunteers' are given the tasks that are the most suited for them, based on their skill sets, interests and time availability, for the causes that they care about.
  • They can choose to skip the task if they wish and it will be replaced with a different one.

Step 3. People can collaborate to complete bigger tasks

  • Some tasks might be too much for an individual.
  • In that case the platform will either break down the tasks into parts if possible.
  • Or allow people to collaborate with their friends to complete it, thus increasing the sense of community and bringing people together.

Step 4. Reward people for the tasks they complete

  • Once a task is completed, people can post photos, which are verified by the platform and the NGO, to earn points and achievements.
  • The points will depend on the difficulty and time requirement of the task.
  • The gamification with achievements will keep people on the platform and push them to complete more tasks (think Nike Run Club).

Step 5. Points can be redeemed at partner brands

  • We'll tie up with small brands, local businesses and mom&pop shops.
  • We'll even tie up with bigger brands that support a good cause. Like Bombas
  • The points that people earn by helping NGOs and charities, can be redeemed at these partner brands, thus helping the community even more!


Kendo UI for Angular components that we used:

  • Navigation > Bottom navigation
  • Navigation > AppBar
  • List view
  • Buttons Components we will be using soon for the rest of the app
  • Layout > Card
  • Buttons > Chipset (for preference selection)
  • Layout > Tab Strip (for task details in-depth)
  • Progressbar > Chunked (for levels to monitor progress)
  • Gauges > Circular (Task completion)
  • Conversational UI (chat with like minded people)
  • Dialogs
  • Notifications

What we built:

  • Business side facing portal for NGOs, charities, small businesses and local communities to add tasks.
  • Volunteer side facing app for people to see their tasks, keep track of achievements, network with others and redeem points.
  • Algorithms to smoothly assign tasks to individuals based on skill sets, interests, causes they support and time availability.


  • The app needs to be engaging for the volunteers since not everyone has the same level of motivation.
  • Focusing on the gamification and community building is important, but I lack the expertise needed in understanding human psychology well enough to make the best experience.
  • This will need me to analyse and learn from case-studies of other apps like Nike run club, etc.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Completed an MVP within a span of 2 days
  • Learnt the Angular Kendo UI kit within a day

What we learned

  • Firstly learnt about all the components of Kendo UI for angular. (Literally went through what each component does so that I could choose the right ones!)
  • This was my first time using the new Angular version, but Kendo made it really easy to build, edit and customize components, and that too blazing fast.
  • Spent a lot of time researching issues with volunteering and about many NGOs in and around Mumbai. Irrespective of this hackathon, I'll definitely be helping them in some way or another.

What's next for The Better Future Club

  • A 'Shop' section so that people can redeem the points they have earned.
  • Onboarding brands for the 'Shop' section.
  • Analytics dashboard for the NGOs and charities.
  • Options to allow NGO's to request and manage donations.
  • Sections in the volunteer facing app so that they can see the impact they've made.


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