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Help Is Around the Corner

"I am afraid. I need help. BUT WHERE TO GO?!" Often a helping hand is just around the corner, but we don't know about it. Now imagine you have a map, which shows you places near you, where you can knock on the door, come in and hide until the air has cleared?

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Google maps helps you to find many things. Why not a safehabour, shelter or help? Imagine you are being followed or attacked by strangers. Where to go, run or hide? You can click on a place to call, if someone is home to let you in. You can quickly describe what happened and talk with the person who offers you shelter until you have reached their home just in time so they can to let you in.

"Help Is Around the Corner" is the AirBnB for emergency shelters. 

"Help Is Around the Corner" is an app that shows you a google map of nearby hideouts, helping hands or public places, like bars and cafes.


Explain your idea in one sentence.

Temporary shelter for people, who feel threatened in the streets - It's like an AirBnB for emergency shelters.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

If you are being followed or attacked, you need to get out of the streets until the air has cleared.

Who will benefit from this idea and how would you monitor its success?

People, who need to get off the streets and away from persuaders until the air has cleared.

Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?

A local neighborhood or community with a high crime rate.

Where should this idea be implemented?

A local neighborhood or community with a high crime rate.

How might you prototype this idea and test some of the assumptions behind it?

1) Ask for potential volunteers e.g. on couch surfing. 2) Customize a google map to list all the hideaways with links to phone numbers. 3) Spread the word in the local community


Join the conversation:

Photo of Tom Damiani

Hi Philip! This is an interesting idea. A couple of questions/concerns - If some of the shelters indicated on the map are residences where people live, how could you ensure that any given residence would truly be a safe one? Also, how might this work if someone feels they are in danger when its very late at night? There may be less people awake/businesses open at this time.

Photo of Philip Schneider

Thanks for your comments Tom! :)
1) concerning the safety at the residences. how about an AirB'n'B-like rating system. If someone gets flagged, he/she gets deleted from the community.
2) if someone calls for help. Text/Whatsapp messages could get send to the residence owners around the corner with the possibility to directly call back to the person in need.

What do you think Tom?