Swap Map & App
Website & App that allows people to load a photo & a brief description of discarded Electronics and other rubbish (e.g Furniture) to a map (e.g Google Maps) so that other people can locate and 'claim' it.
Swap Map - How it would look
This Website could be part of a larger information site such as
The Hacker's Cookbook .
- User1 Dumps Rubbish at the side of the road or notes rubbish at the side of the road
- User1 then uses a smartphone to take a photo and upload to SwapMap Website with a brief description e.g. Windows PC, 5 years old, still working
- The location is automatically added via GPS or if the user loads the details his home PC manually by selecting a point on the map.
- User2 starts the app and searches for rubbish nearby or by category - eg. Electronic goods, Green waste (e.g. discarded Christmas Trees)
- User2 'Claims' the item on the website.
- The item then disappears from the view but User2 can change his mind and unhide the object.
- User2 goes over and collects the item.
- If the item is not 'Claimed' within 10 days it is deleted from the website.
How does your concept safeguard human health and protect our environment?
Roadside rubbish can be identified and re-used before it is left out in the weather, possibly breaking down into the sewerage system.
Where does your concept fit into the lifecycle of electronic devices?
It encourages recycling and reuse with the advantage that the person who discards the waste has to make very little effort to recycle.
Local Government, Charity Shops and commercial users can also use the app to locate goods to collect and recycle in larger volumes.
Users may also add brand names which can be used to create a 'most dumped' top ten or similar publicity.
What steps could be taken today to start implementing your concept?
Develop a prototype "mock up" website via tools such as weebly
What kinds of resources will be needed to fully implement and scale your concept?
Website - Estimate $15 per month to host, the website would be developed to be Mobile phone 'friendly' or the concept could be developed as an app. Android apps are free to develop whilst Iphone apps have a licence fee of around $100 a year.
Most of the tools for development are available using the Google maps api interface (free).