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A site for people 50+ to find temporary/project-based work in companies & also connect with people 50+ to network or start your own company!

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it support the dreams and obligations of those 50 and older?

Your dreams and obligations can be met in many ways. The easiest of which is to stay in the work force but doing something that you love! This platform is designed for those 50+ to connect with others in their same age bracket. Also designed for businesses and those in need of skills and services.

We believe in simplicity, there are many ways to fulfill your dreams and obligations. The most simple way we know is to work or create work. The twist is that you get paid to do work that you want to do. Decide when you want to work, how long you want to work, or if you even want to work! By offering your services, money goes into your pocket and keeps you engaged as a contributing member of society.  

This platform is designed to connect you with businesses so you can work for hire, to utilize your skillset that you've gathered throughout your journey of life, or explore something that you've always been interested in. It also connects you with people to start a network or a business. Members admitted onto this platform are those in the same boat as you; those age 50 and older. Think of it as another perk besides AARP, except you get to choose what and how long you want to do what you want to do!


The platform consists of two main components:

  • Our members: Those age 50+, excited to explore areas of interest.
  • Businesses: From employers to philanthropy opportunities, these businesses know that you're capable and want you to stay engaged.



The process is simple:

  1. Dream: Let us know you're interests, time commitments, location preference, etc. by creating your personal profule
  2. Explore: See posts on employment opportunities, volunteering events and other people's ideas or networks.
  3. Select & Apply: Choose what you'd like to engage in or explore further.
  4. Connect: Get started on fulfilling your dreams

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Currently concept testing with those 50+. We are looking to begin testing preliminary prototypes for ease of use and basic interface "flow"

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

We would especially love guidance or skills around UX/UI design, businesses or organizations that may be interested, any and all input that would make our idea a reality!

Tell us about your work experience:

I am currently pursuing a Master of Product Innovation at VCU's da Vinci Center for Innovation. Exposed to consulting, entrepreneurship and project management. I have done sales in the financial services industry for a number of years and now do research in the consumer goods arena

Please check all that apply:

  • I'm not currently involved in a credit union, but am curious to learn more!

This idea emerged from

  • A Design Jam


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Great Idea Matt. I like how you are providing projects, as i know people who are 50+ who have worked most of their life, and they are not use to having no responsibility anymore of heading to work. So they cannot stay still, having the possibility of completing a task and providing purpose again, i think they will like it.

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