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Homelessness and poverty is a devastating issue to the world. This app's goal is to try and help homeless people or people who are struggling with poverty. On this app, you can navigate and find homeless shelters, food banks, and water fountains. You can also chat with people experiencing the same things as you and access therapists if you are ever feeling down. Our moderators will ensure that messages are monitored and quality assurance is provided as well as translation services.
We came up with this idea based on the current issue of homelessness, especially within our area in Brooklyn. It started with a small concept only of finding homeless shelters, then it evolved into other services. We sketched out ideas and drafted pitches in our notebook. We then worked on the concept through canva, finally through figma. We even made a short demonstration video as well. Poverty is an issue that needs awareness and to be addressed not only in our neighborhood, but everywhere.
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I am an electrical engineer and have worked for hi-tech companies all my career, mostly software companies. Currently, I lead the US operations for a European software startup. I live in New York City.
The app is very clear and has a clean design that makes it easy for the user to navigate the screens.
My advice is to make the design even more clear and understand your target users better. It seems that you are targeting citizens who want to help homeless people. Try to make that even more clear in the user interface.
Great job overall and I really enjoyed the presentation.
Alessandra Affinito is the Youth Services Manager at the Saint Paul Public Library, George Latimer Central Branch. Previously, she spent seven years as a Children's Librarian at the Chatham Square branch of the New York Public Library in Chinatown. She's especially passionate about innovative STEAM projects, language learning, and science fiction graphic novels! When she's not at the library you can probably find her playing an overly complicated board game, or swinging from the ceiling on aerial silks.
The focus of your project encapsulates a very important social issue that I personally deal with every day. As a public librarian, many of my patrons have experienced or are experiencing homelessness, and it can be difficult to connect them with the right services. Not to mention that sometimes it can be difficult to ask for this kind of help, and having an app on one's personal device could be a great way to decrease stigma around accessing these important services. Maybe you could even add a social aspect to this app, where people could rate/review certain resources, and connect with each other to share experiences and support.
At our library, we have print-outs of nearby care centers, shelters, and food banks. But sometimes we don't know the hours, or how closer they are etc. We could definitely use an app like this, with updated information and access to a helpful representative like the ones in your video!
Joey focuses on strengthening his community and making a positive impact on society, especially for our world’s most important change-makers: learners. His current job working for the Meta Education Modernization Team gives him the opportunity to support this educational audience and many more individuals across the nation through its many programs and initiatives. Joey always encourages others to follow their passion, and he knows that leading by example will build a stronger world.
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