About this project
assist-Mi is an app that has the power to create a new world of disabled access!There are over 1 billion disabled people in the world, and over 11 million disabled people in the UK alone, of which over a quarter say that they do not frequently have choice and control over their daily lives*. assist-Mi wants to give that control back. Our app offers comprehensive assistance to disabled users on the go, empowering them to greater independence to an accessible world.
And we don’t say ‘an accessible world’ lightly. Although we are limited to the UK borders currently, with your help we will break down barriers and be able to take this to the US, Europe and beyond. You have the power to be part of a movement to revolutionise the lives of disabled people forever!
Join us in creating the #AccessRevolution
What is assist-Mi?
Put simply, assist-Mi is a FREE app that offers the ability to request assistance before turning up at any service provider or retailer. The app improves daily life for disabled users, assisting them in getting to work, shopping and travelling so they can purchase goods and services, and fully engage with society.
No hassle, no anxiety… no big fuss, just the help that's needed, when it's needed, simple.
Additionally, the service provider will be informed of the users needs from their personalised Mi-Profile, so the disabled visitor can arrive with full confidence that their individual requirements will be met.
assist-Mi is already being embraced by the business community, and in time we want every service to be listed within the assist-Mi app, however we need your help to start the revolution that will make them stand up and listen.
What assist-Mi could mean for the user:
- PETROL: Make filling up anxiety free
- RETAIL: Park and shop with confidence at major stores
- RAIL: Book assistance in real time on the way to stations and use assist-Mi on major commuting networks
- AIRPORTS: Travel to airports knowing who will assist and where to meet
- OFFICES: Go to work and attend meetings knowing that imminent arrival will be anticipated
*Government report on Disability Facts & Figures Jan 2014
assist-Mi Unique Features
Using a unique combination of location based technologies and two-way messaging, assist-Mi removes traditional barriers by connecting the user directly with service providers to request real-time assistance at the touch of a button.
Why do we need your support on Kickstarter?
We have come to Kickstarter to bring about change as quickly as possible. Your funding will help us create the #AccessRevolution to bring everyone together, and enable us to build momentum in rolling out assist-Mi everywhere!
We have developed the idea and built the app, but with support from you we can expand and do so much more. Imagine a world where by using your assist-Mi app your local coffee shop not only knows when you are arriving, but already has your favourite coffee waiting. Or you turn up to your local supermarket, and someone is waiting to greet you at the front of the store – the possibilities are endless!
Help us to:
- Expand and enhance the FREE assist-Mi app
- Build a fully comprehensive website to support the cause
- Advertise assist-Mi nationally to create a huge wave of support
Get assist-Mi into every public building in the UK
Quite simply, this is about showing support and building the community. This revolution starts with you!
Why are companies going to adopt assist-Mi?
We want to ensure that assist-Mi is a 'no-brainer' to the service provider. We have a unique product that solves many customer access problems, in one simple download and for a one-off annual licence fee.
assist-Mi is an amazing accessibility adjustment. Service Providers using assist-Mi are seen to be forward thinking and able to offer pre-emptive tailored customer service to users, setting themselves apart from their competitors.
We also know that using assist-Mi will make great business sense – opening up their consumer base and commanding brand loyalty. The disabled population makes up 15% of the market that service providers can tap into.
Without service provider engagement, we cannot create the #AccessRevolution. We know such a simple piece of technology makes great business sense when you consider the rewards for both user and provider, but we still need your help to ensure all providers stand up and listen - so you can use assist-Mi everywhere.
What happens after Kickstarter?
With the money we raise, we have the ability to scale up operations at assist-Mi and quickly push out into the rail, airline, retail (including petrol stations, supermarkets and independent retailers), office, and public sectors. With your help, we can ensure big businesses like these listen to the needs of the disabled community.
We hope to go live with the launch of assist-Mi around mid-August, and offer assist-Mi users and providers 24/7 customer service, plus have a minimum of 500+ Service Providers using the software.
We will also go live with an updated website, and build exciting new features into the app that are already in development. This is a constantly evolving fight for equality and access provision
Risks and challenges
We have overcome most of the challenges and obstacles already by having an active growing community of users and service providers through our pilot programs. Your support will help us realise the true potential of a fully accessible world for the disabled community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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