Allows migrants a way to track family members, access money, store important documents & buy transportation tickets in one place.
This application will be available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play as a free app. It will allow users to do the following directly from the application:
• Share their location with friends and family via SMS or email.
• Find family, friends and travel companions through geo-location through the app.
• Request or send money.
• Store copies of important documents like ID, passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, custody of children, etc.
Unlike other applications currently available, geared towards people on the move, users will not need to enter any personal information. They will be able to create an account with an email and password. The application also features additional security offering biometric identification either through using their fingerprint or taking a selfie as a secondary form of identity verification. This two-factor identification allows for added security and user privacy.
Did you use the resources offered during the Improve Phase (mentorship, expert feedback, community research)? (2000 characters)
Yes I did. I met with my mentor, Mahmoud via Skype. I learned so much during that conversation. I also kept in contact with him and Isaac Jumba via email throughout the process. I had many conversations with community members on the platform, receiving support and valuable insights. I submitted my questions for the subject matter expert and took them into account. I used a lot of the documentation provided by OpenIdeo and the methods suggested. It really helped to shape my idea by focusing on the value added and narrowing down the problem space I am solving form
In what ways would potential BridgeBuilder funds allow you to pursue your idea that other funding opportunities have not? (1000 characters)
I haven't pursued other funding opportunities so I have nothing to compare it to.
What aspects or proportion of the overall idea would potential BridgeBuilder funds primarily support? (1000 characters)
• Development/Design of mobile application - Hiring engineers/developers • Getting it into Google Play/App Store - Paying any fees associated with this • Marketing, social media, getting the word out - Presenting application to users and organizations
What are the key steps or activities for your idea for implementation in the next 1-3 years? (1000 characters)
• Defining a minimum viable product for first release. • Designing the interface. • Gathering user feedback on ways to improve key features. • Developing the application. • Identifying and meeting with possible partners like Venmo, Paypal and transportation companies. • Getting the word out about the application to organizations that have a strong voice within the migrant community all over the world
What will community-level impact look like over the timeframe of your idea? How will you determine whether or not you have achieved that impact? And what outstanding questions do you still have? (1000 characters)
Impact: By 2022, the aim is to have a strong migrant user base through initially marketing the app through organizations with a strong voice in the migrant community and word of mouth. Measurement: We could measure the number of downloads from the App Store and Google play as well as the number of registered users. We could also track what features are most used within the app - geolocation, accessing funds, purchasing transportation or uploading documents and expand/improve on the feature. We could try to reach out to user via email and get user feedback. Outstanding Questions: • What other tools would be useful to users besides the ones I've mentioned? • Is a wearable still a useful solution maybe not for tracking but for accessing funds or identification?
Describe the individual or team that will implement this idea (if a partnership, please explain breakdown of roles and responsibilities for each entity). (1000 characters)
I really don't have an answer. I can design the user experience and user interface. Mahmoud mentioned that he's studying computer science. He can be the developer if he wants. I need help with this. I don't really have a team yet besides people I've met on the platform.
I can add my co-worker Nasiha Solakovic. She is a scrum master and product manager who has worked with various companies bringing a product to launch. She herself is a refugee from Bosnia. Here's her IG: https://www.instagram.com/solako.la/?hl=en and her LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nasihas/. She would be a great technical resource to help bring this app to fruition.
Lastly, how did you apply new learnings to your idea? (1000 characters)
1. Brittany helped me understand the importance of maintaining a user's privacy and focusing on it from a user's perspective instead of how to technically implement it. She also pointed out that I could expand the idea beyond just a tracking device to include accessing funds or transportation. I did address those things in my design. 2. Mahmoud pointed out that from a user's perspective, they may not want to give a lot of personal information out that could be accessed by other people/organizations. He said that users should be in control of their data and that they should be the only ones able to access it. He also mentioned that security is a factor too and that implementing some sort of facial recognition as a way to identify users would be useful. I did add that feedback to my design. I require users to sign in with email and password and use a secondary form of identification like taking a selfie for facial recognition. 3. Yes.