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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, February 9 2019 12:08 AM UTC +00:00.

Nick RoucekBy Nick Roucek
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Nick RoucekBy Nick Roucek
First created
AU$ 102
pledged of AU$ 3,500pledged of AU$ 3,500 goal
3
backers
17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, February 9 2019 12:08 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The purpose of this project is to finance the first stage of the development of an app designed to enable local 'micro giving' and - over time - other forms of assistance to homeless people near you. 

The idea comes from the very successful 'share the meal' app designed by the United Nations World Food Programme, which enables seamless 'one touch' donations from a smartphone in amounts of as little as 70 cents at a time, in order to provide meals for one child for a day somewhere in the world. The app has more than 1.24 million users and has facilitated the provision of almost 30 million meals since launching in November of 2015. 

The idea for this project is to develop an app which enables similar 'micro giving' to homeless people located near you using all the existing technologies in your smartphone. 

Over time the idea would also be to enable increased interaction with, and other forms of assistance to, local homeless people who live in our communities. 

I have approached an Australian based app developer "Appifany" who has quoted me between $2500 and $3500 to commence the project. The sum of $3500 will enable a feasibility study to be conducted looking at legal, financial and other practical hurdles involved in the development and launch of such an app, and - crucially - the development of a prototype app. The feasibility study and prototype development process will take two months to complete.  

Once there is a prototype the plan is to explore, with the assistance of the developer paid for by this campaign, government and other grants and other types of funding arrangements such as equity crowd funding that would assist with further development costs. Without this seed funding however the idea simply doesn't get off the ground.  

So please consider pitching in even a small amount, and sharing this page with your family and friends, and lets see if this kind of idea can be done!

Risks and challenges

The main risk I see it with this app is the total cost of its development beyond this seed funding. Whilst the exact amount isn't clear until the feasibility and prototyping process is completed, it has been estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars by at least two companies I've approached for a quote. The plan to overcome this is to explore grants, either through government or philanthropic sources, and also to explore equity crowd funding, once a prototype is developed.

A further challenge will be navigating the practical difficulties in ensuring the micro giving enabled by the app is able to get to - as directly and efficiently as possible - the homeless people the app would be designed to assist, given the variable circumstances of those people. The funds raised in this campaign will enable a comprehensive analysis to be conducted exploring all of the ways in which smartphone technology could be used to achieve this, and to explore alternatives where for example a homeless person does not have access to a bank account.

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