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I believe it could be extremely beneficial to create an app that will vibrate your phone when someone else with the app is within 6ft of you

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If we could create an app that when you open it, the app will check for other users within 6ft of your phone. If this 6ft distance is crossed it will cause both phones to vibrate, indicating that you need to remain at a safe social distance. You could open the app and it would run in the background (similar to how you still get emails even though you aren't in the mail app). Giving people a reminder would allow more people to stay safe. I can see this idea really take off when people start returning to businesses. If a whole company decides to tell their employees to download this app it would create a safer work environment. 

What is the need are you focusing on?

I believe there is a shortage in the amount of people who are participating in safe social distancing. Some people have to go into work everyday and it is hard to stay 6ft away from everyone when you are busy working, this app would serve as a reminder to take a few steps back without too much thought.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

A simple app that you can open and then leave running in the background of your phone that would vibrate your phone when another person using the app has come within a 6ft radius of your phone, to gently remind the person to take a few steps away.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

With more people being able to social distance we can fight this pandemic without it spreading.

What is the name of your business or organization?

an Idea I had for the app would be "SixFeet"

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

I am an 18 year old High School student from Troy, Michigan trying to make a difference in my community. The county I live in has been heavily affected by Covid-19 and is need of something like this app.

What is your profession?

Student

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Student

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

I am not too keen on creating apps but I am always willing to learn how to create an app or willing to guide a small team of programmers to build an app.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

The biggest problem with my idea is getting enough people to use the app. I do see that this idea could be most effective in small to large companies if they decided to tell all their employees to use the app.

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