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Spaced - Empowering people to stop subsequent spikes of COVID-19 after restrictions are lifted.

Help your country start back up again and remain healthy by getting Spaced.

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Spaced is an accurate, in-depth solution to empower people to slow and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19 by being able to see anonymous locations of people to educate their decisions as they meet their essential needs in travel. Using tech made by MIT (private-kit), Spaced expands the concept and crowdsource location data to provide people with safer routes and times on doing tasks that require going out of the house like grocery shopping, taking a walk, etc.

Spaced gives users the information need to make decisions on when to go to a grocery store by displaying popular times to avoid the grocery store and gives users directions to get to the grocery store with avoiding the most amount of interactions with other people using real-time data.

The whole app - including the server code - is open-sourced. 

Privacy is one of the biggest concerns, so the only data that is being shared is location (latitude and longitude), time, and a unique ID that is programmatically generated when the user starts the app for the first time. The unique ID is only used to link location to a user but does not give any information about the user.

Furthermore, Spaced allows users to define a home and work location where the app will not record location data to protect users privacy. When a user sets a home or office location, there is a 2500 sq meter square that is drawn with the location in the center where no data is being recorded. User’s home and work locations are only stored locally on the user’s device and will never be shared.

What is the need are you focusing on?

With the current quarantines, lockdowns and shelter in place orders, governments, businesses and all people have had to adapt drastically during these hard times. According to recent numbers provided by the Department of Labor of the United States, more than 16 million Americans are out of jobs and applying for unemployment the past 3 weeks. This trend is not only in America, but with most other countries as well.

These restrictions are being extended leading to permanent business closures and downsizing which leads to further employee layoffs. If restrictions are extended further, the economical downfalls will be even more astronomical. However, governments are reluctant to lift these restrictions and allow businesses to open up because of the fear of further spreading the virus leading to subsequent COVID-19 spikes.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

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

Spaced addresses the concern about social distancing in the future after restrictions are lifted. Individuals, businesses and governments alike need to keep on respecting each other's space. Spaced allows users to make decisions on core essential needs by being able get real time recommendations on when to go to an essential location and how to get there.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

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

Impact of this will start locally and if successful will be global. Especially in crowded cities where it's significantly harder to socially distance.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Yang LLC

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

Yang LLC is a software development firm. Currently serving helping esports companies launch products. However, we're also focusing on Spaced.

What is your profession?

Software Engineer

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 1-2 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

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.

The app is made. Optimizations are happening right now to cut costs on API calls to expensive third party providers. We are looking for a launch partner to get the word out and get adoption in a particular area / city. We're also looking for funding for using Foursquare Places API for initial data before Spaced reaches enough users.

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

Launch partners and funding to use Foursquare Places API.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

People are open to the solution but would like to see it implemented prior to partnering. However, cannot launch unless there is a partner onboard.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

This solution is open source.

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Photo of Dalton Chavez

Interesting idea. Do users input whether they are COVID-19-positive? Does the app track COVID-19-positive users separately from users without COVID-19?

Photo of Bobby Yang

Hey Dalton Chavez not sure if there will be functionality around COVID-19-positive tracking. Unlike contact tracers, the app isn't made to let you know if you've contacted COVID-19 (maybe in the future will add), it's more about how and when to get to places with contacting the least amount of people. Once Apple and Google's APIs come out then we can integrate in contact tracing as well.

The value proposition is to help businesses open back up while still maintaining safe distancing.

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