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The purpose of our app is to make it easier for people to find, contact and connect with different mutual aid groups. Users will essentially be able to find all of the different mutual aid groups on one platform. We came up with this idea by interviewing someone from Crown Heights Mutual Aid and learned that due to the pandemic many mutual aid groups have sprung up around the city. We realized that there was a need for an app to help people navigate the different aid groups and communicate to share resources.
Our app will have a way to chat with mutual aid/volunteers, show the nearest Mutual Aid Group (including directions) and will allow people to find a place to donate stuff or volunteer at different groups who need specific help. For example, if someone has extra eggs and they see that a mutual aid group needs eggs, they can check the app to find out how to donate eggs to that mutual aid group.
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Lev Parsons is a physics and astronomy educator in both formal and informal spaces. Since 2018 he has developed 3 educational apps available on the iOS app store and is currently working on a startup whose mission is to democratize VR education. When he’s not working on tech projects, he loves designing and sewing costumes.
Valerie Casasanto is the Outreach Lead for NASA’s ICESat-2 (Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2) mission at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She designs and implements a myriad of programs to help educate and engage young people, especially girls and underrepresented students in ICESat-2’s science. She integrates the arts into her programs to inspire and engage audiences in NASA Earth Science.