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ZOOMBA

A platform for cashless exchange of goods and services, bartered through zoom.

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Due to the high unemployment caused by community lockdown, people will be out of cash. This app will turn their skills and material resources into valuable goods that can be traded. A zoom barter will take place after all goods and services are appraised in the app. 

What is the need are you focusing on?

There is a need to buy basic goods and services. We can put a standard price on everything. Uploaded by the users upon sign up, a list will be generated and priced, Users can shop and barter through the ZOOMBA platform fair held weekly in zoom meetings. There, a plumber can give his service in exchange for rice and eggs. A fitness instructor can buy an online derma consultation by coaching the doctor virtually. A baby sitter can get eggs and chicken .

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.

Because of Covid-19, people around the world are having economic difficulties.As a community the residents can survive together through barter trading just like the old times when there was no hard currency. It is inspiring because of the sense of community it brings. This will produce service and resource links. This will create new cooperatives for production. People can work together and later share the produce. People will all of a sudden realize that they need real skills that can be traded and used. In a world of browsing and learning too much without really doing, there is a laughable reality. People think that they know so much without actualizing anything. Young people has an overload of skills and DIY projects tutorials but they hardly use what was learned. In this new reality, people will work harder. Instead of going to the gym, people can find work to dig ditches or do gardening, Get fit and get paid with food for the calories burned.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

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

Freedom from hunger. People will be more creative in selling their skills and in in using other people's skills. All communities that that has suffered much with the lock down provided they have strong WIFI signals. First, a survey in every village, in the Philippines we call it a Barangay. count the number of people who lost their jobs. People will do an inventory of their skill set (cooking , plumbing, baking, welding etc) They will post their skill sets.The Zoomba(rter) Organizer will then find the most reasonable standard price per hour or per day of service. Rates will be posted on a platform. People with goods to trade will then post the goods, they have. Let us say someone has 10 sacks of rice, but he needs his roof repaired or his garden tended. The prices for their goods will be posted as well. An actual zoom meeting will be held, they can then agree to exchange their goods and skills within the meeting and set a date or exchange numbers for future reference.

What is the name of your business or organization?

OLM Business Solutions and MarLiCa Art Gym

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

OLM is a BPO and IT company making apps. MarLiCa art gym is a place where people learn to draw and be creative.

What is your profession?

Entrepreneur, designer, art teacher

Where are you located (country)?

Philippines

Where are you located (region)?

  • South-eastern Asia

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Communications/Visual Design
  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Education
  • Entrepreneur/Investor

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 11-49

How old is your business/company?

  • 2-5 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- Private Sector
  • 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.

I need help in doing the surveys, researchers to help us in pricing the skills and goods and managing the feedback and survey to measure satisfaction on both sides. I also need creatives in building the virtual campaign materials to market the idea.

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

The barrier is people's rejection of the idea. Since one always wants to have his hard-earned money at the end of the day, one might feel strange being paid in goods. But this feeling will quickly be replaced by the realization that this may be the only option they have for the meantime.

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

That it is difficult to further your projects without the right links to decision makers. We made an app for Covid-19. The Bee Buzz App that we we made for the government. We worked on it day and night. Only to find out that we need to get a partner institution if it has something to do with COVID-19. We submitted it last April 11. We are now still trying to get answers from institutions.

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

In a remote island in the Philippines, a man, Caye Simpoo initiated traditional trading called barter by creating a facebook group called Siargao Barter. the main source of their income is tourism. Because of Covid-19, they are having economic difficulties. He intends to help the residents survive together through this. It is inspiring because of the sense of community it brings, how inspiring. I have not participated because Siargao is too far. That is why we need to do it in zoom.

Website URL

https://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2020/04/siargao-folk-revive-bar

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