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WASH

A personal hygiene/safety app to remind people of the precautions to be followed when entering or leaving their home/private network.

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WASH is a personal hygiene/safety app which automatically detects users home network and reminds them to follow certain precautions as they enter their home network from outside or leave their home network and go outside. When users enter their home/private network a notification would show up on their phone screen, tapping on which will take them to a series of screen with listed precautions like wash your hands and face, clean your phone etc. Each of these screens will have a timer that will help users perform the necessary action. For eg: Wash your hands screen will appear for exactly 20s with audio cue so that people keep in mind that they have to wash their hands for exactly 20 seconds. When users leave their home network another notification would show up on their phone tapping on which will take them to screens with listed precautions to be followed when outside to be safe. With the app being audio enabled people need not take out their phone when outside. 

What is the need are you focusing on?

WASH addresses the need to remind people to follow the basic precautions for their health safety and instead of them putting reminders this app will automatically remind them as they enter or leave private/public networks. No matter how much one reads about taking all precautions to avoid COVID-19 or any other infections, once when people go out again in their daily lives there is a possibility that they might forget to follow precautions like washing their hands when coming home or unknowingly touching their faces when outside etc. Since everyone is so used to phone reminders these days this app could help them with basic habits. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

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

1. A habit eventually converts into a person's behavior. This app addresses the need to instill healthy habits in people and with time following simple precautions(which often people ignore) for a healthy life would come naturally and become a second nature to them. 2.This service would be a mobile app which could be implemented for any type of phone on any platform. For smartphones features like audio and video could be combined and for medium or small budget phones this app could be tweaked in a way that it gives the same information utilizing the limited ability of these phones. 3. As mentioned in point 1, the impact would be creating a healthy behavior in people for their safe health.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

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

This app deals with reminding people of the very basic habits which ideally they should be following without anyone telling them. It is not like people don't know that once they are back from outside they should wash their hands or before eating or before touching their face, it is just that people don't follow them out of sheer laziness or ignore them. Usage of this app could bring about a positive change in users behavior with respect to basic habits for safe health. This would benefit all age groups and in all communities as most of the people have phone these days. When parents follow instructions, kids follow them too. And kids would then share this with their friends and gradually everyone would start following these precautions. Once this app is in users hands, the impact of this could be seen in no time.

What is your profession?

UX Designer / Researcher

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

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