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WORK AT HOME - A tech-based solution for jobless people in a developing country with strict lockdown rules to be able to work remotely

A talent marketplace helping Pinoy artists & freelancers to earn during COVID-19

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“Work at Home” is an online talent marketplace for people in the Philippines that aims to turn isolation into inspiration.   

The platform is a "gig economy" community with freelancers from diverse specialties in technology. It also gives opportunity to Filipino artists to showcase their skills and earn from their talents. Offline professionals from teachers, doctors, haircutters and even plumbers can post their skills to connect with more clients by promoting their services online. 

With lockdown and enhanced community quarantine still enforced, many Filipino workers have been greatly affected. No work, no pay. Work from home is now the new norm. What if you can provide your services, talents or skills for a price? Anyone interested can avail of the service and pay you for it. Wouldn’t that be great?  

Now, you can work from home, too. A technology-based solution for struggling workers in a lockdown situation is now available. You can work remotely in the comfort of your own home with “Work at Home”. A modernized unemployment solution not only in this time of lockdown but to the different world it left behind.   

What is the need are you focusing on?

The COVID-19 crisis has dealt a severe blow in the economy of the Philippines as mass layoffs occurs with over one million people nationwide lose jobs due to the effects quarantine rules in the Philippines. More than 400 economic zones were under lockdown and approximately 700 factories have been shut down.  

Metro Manila and several provinces are under enhanced community quarantine, marked by stay-at-home orders and suspension of most work and mass transportation, to contain the spread of COVID-19.  People are desperate to find food and live in a day by day basis and turning online to find opportunities.  

People in the Philippines and around the world are turning to the internet to do their work and stay connected with others. The number of internet users in the Philippines grew to almost 70 million people, accounting for more than half of the total population. Going digital is inevitable and a lot - if not all services are now available online. 

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.

Coronavirus pandemic likely to permanently change our life as habits, businesses and government agencies adapted the online trend in order to run their services in the “new normal” environment. Social distancing is leading everyone in the world to a new, innovative ways of consumer engagement, which is believed to stay as a trend even after COVID-19. For this very reason it is crucial to start implementing a pivot or adaption in the way how we pay the skills that are rendered by the workers. Our team is working a platform that will provide a new way for Filipino people to showcase their skills and earn money. Our platform aims to reduce the job crisis and empower the working class. Thus, helping them back to stand in their own during and after the pandemic era.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

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

The disruption made by the pandemic has caused an acceleration of remote working. Like Zoom that has become the posterchild of the Covid-19 technology, “Work at Home” is projecting a big social impact in the Philippines as the interest for online job-hunt surges during the crisis. A time of crisis is also an opportunity of our team to look into the future, helping Filipinos adjust to impending threat and build their capacity to be prepared. Our mission is to assist artists and the working class to become more digitally minded as they embrace technology while working from home. People who are not used doing so will be forced to do it since there is no other way to move forward but to go online. As most industries embraced remoteness because of social distancing, human habits will be always integrated with technology. Artists, professionals and the working class would be adapting the current trend to earn income for them to continue life normally with no uncertainties in living on a day per day basis.

What is the name of your business or organization?

OBRA Incorporated

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

A non-profit Filipino cultural organization that provides functional use of the arts in the modern society. The group also founded online communities that uplifts cultural development to overseas Filipinos. You may know more about us at www.pinoyartist.com

What is your profession?

I am from Myanmar and a candidate of PhD in Educational Management. I am a cultural advocate to local communities that promotes social responsibility.

Where are you located (country)?

Philippines

Where are you located (region)?

  • South-eastern Asia

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Academia/Research
  • Arts/Entertainment
  • Technology
  • Unemployed

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

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

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • 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.

Being a non-profit organization, our organization humbly recognizes its need for financial assistance and continuously calls for donations, welcoming investors and/or potential partners who share the same vision.

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

The Philippines is made up of about 7,100 islands, making internet networks particularly hard to build. The government also charges “high fees,” a deterrent to any start-ups or foreign investors in making infrastructures. Slow adoption of relatively 4G connections keeps mobile Internet speeds slow. Most subscribers stick to 2G and 3G networks with just 1% on 4G networks despite the Asia average of 12%. Since the platform involves technology, there will be some barriers to the older generation because of the fact that many are simply not confident in their own ability to learn about and properly use smartphones.

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

Because of this situation in the Philippines where everyone is not allowed to go out, I am currently working from home myself. We may flatten the curve, thanks to social distancing rules. However, a 2nd wave is likely to occur we still lack of a vaccine to achieve herd immunity. For this reason, companies and government agencies should be quick on building a remote solution to train their employees to adapt to this “new normal” situation. As a foreign student who is stranded in the Philippines, I have been struggling to peruse my studies and have difficulties communicating to Myanmar, my home country. As I worked with a team building the “Work at Home” platform, I have learned on how to cope with this situation. Through technology, I realized it is easier to solve real life problems and challenges with the help of people who are not physically present at your side. There is a way how to move forward in life if we embrace technology in our lives. :-)

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

Not too much but we are more than willing to participate.

Website URL

https://app.pinoyartist.com

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