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Providing LGBTQ the correct information, using influencers and connecting community with the influencers

Creating a no barrier platform for the LGBTQ Community, connecting them with influencers, correct information

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Opportunity Areas – Select those that apply

  • mHealth

What specific problem(s) are you trying to address? (300 character limit)

A low barrier, fun and anonymous platform for the LGBTQ to share their stories, read others, connect with other community members, seek information and connect with influencers

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address? (500 character limit)

How do people in the LGBTQ community communicate with each other? Where do they go to find support? In research we found out, schools do not impart LGBTQ sex ed, how do people get the information? What are their sources? How credible are those sources?

Who are your end users? (1000 character limit)

End users are people from LGBTQ community. The users can seek information via videos, comics and articles mostly made by influencers and older people in the LGBTQ community. The people having questions can approach influencers who have had similar experiences. The connect is done using a algorithm that matches data points entered both by influencers and person seeking help. Once the user seeking help finds influencers with similar sexual orientation, city, gender, they can connect with them directly and ask questions using a chat functionality. Apart from that all users can find information on the platform about questions they have on their sexuality. Share their stories. Read/view influencer's stories

Explain your idea. (500 character limit)

An online mobile and app platform that connects with LGBTQ community to all resources they need. Where they can be anonymous and ask questions to influencers who have similar stories, talk to them or share their own story and seek information on issues that they might be facing. An example of conversation UI shared.

What is your value proposition? (500 character limit)

It will be an engaging platform where young people in the LGBTQ community can connect with each other and experts in a fun way in form of stories, videos, conversations. They can do this anonymously as well. The platform also provides them information/answers their question using a forum and personal connect.

What's different about your idea compared to current solutions? (500 character limit)

There are a lot of mobile apps and web platforms that talk to teens about sexual health and their are a lot of communities, for LGBTQ but there is no app that brings the community online and enables them connect online. This platform will provide a platform to the community to interact with each other and be who they are.

What are the key reasons why end users would turn to your organization over another?

  • Customization: Tailoring to specific needs

What would success look like for your end users? (500 character limit)

Finding relevant information Discovering a community and connecting with people who have had same experiences Talking to experts & influencers in the community Finding comfort by interacting similar online

How would you measure the impact your idea has on your end user(s) ? How will you measure the success of your program? (500 character limit)

Number of people talking to each other Number of people looking for information/asking questions

What strategies will/are you testing to acquire end users? (300 character limit)

Connecting with LGBTQ community

Key partnerships - Who will you partner with to make your idea work? (500 character limit)

Influencers Relevant experts Relevant offline LGBTQ communities

What is your organization’s name? (150 character limit)

TBD

Tell us more about you: (750 character limit)

NYU Design Thinking Team: Jasmine Jing Kevin Jonas Srishti

Where will your idea be implemented? (200 character limit)

USA starting with New York

What do you need to get started? (500 character limit)

More understanding of the target group

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • It is still in planning phase and does not exist yet.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've not yet worked in a sector related to my idea but am excited to learn more.

Organization Location (200 character limit)

New York

What is your organizational status?

  • We are not formally registered but are a formal initiative through a school / university.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

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