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By Damir Kotorić
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Minihero is a free app — coming in March 2017 — that connects people in need with people who want to help.

The Minihero App

A Minihero receives a call for help.
A Minihero receives a call for help.

Say your leg is hurt, and there's no one to walk your dog, who is getting more and more restless by the day. You open Minihero and send the message out to any nearby Miniheros.

The Minihero tab on the left for people who want to help others. The Help tab on the right for people seeking help.
The Minihero tab on the left for people who want to help others. The Help tab on the right for people seeking help.

 

People in need of help send out a message which gets delivered to Miniheros nearby.
People in need of help send out a message which gets delivered to Miniheros nearby.

A notification is sent to Miniheros nearby.

A Minihero receives the call for help, and replies to Tim if now is a good time.
A Minihero receives the call for help, and replies to Tim if now is a good time.

Tim and the Minihero can now correspond with one another to organise the details.

A few brief messages are exchanged between the person seeking help and the Minihero who offered to help.
A few brief messages are exchanged between the person seeking help and the Minihero who offered to help.

The Minihero then completes the mission, and everyone feels the good vibes.

Minihero facilitates the connection. The generosity happens offline :)
Minihero facilitates the connection. The generosity happens offline :)

Future plans

Fast-forward to March 2017. Minihero is launched and people are using it to help one another. What's next? Well, it will get even better of course!

  • Karma point system. As a Minihero you will receive thank-you karma points from the people you help. And even the other person will get some points just for being appreciative. This will increase trust and reward your generosity.
  • Unlock badges! The karma system above will be used to unlock badges. Imagine getting a "Dog and Man's best friend" badge for completing 5 dog walks. Or a "Handyman Maestro" badge for helping fix something at another person's house.
  • Identity review. To add yet another layer of security, an "upload your ID" section could be added during signup.
  • Much, much more. These are just some early ideas. Lots of talking to users and testing will help narrow these down, and uncover new ideas I haven't even thought of yet. My ears are open to suggestions.

Who am I?

I'm Damir. User experience designer, nerd, photographer, teacher, drone-flyer, semi-digital nomad, iOS developer. Maker of Minihero. Here's a video of me in action at Envato:

And teaching User Experience Design at General Assembly:

You can find out more about me on @damirkotoric and damir.com.au.

 Follow the Minihero journey on Facebook.

Risks and challenges

Okay let's talk risks. The first thing that comes to mind is that it's a one-man show. This gives me great flexibility and agility, but with that come unique challenges. It's up to me to do all the design, marketing, testing and build. In particular the most challenging is that I am new to iOS development. To minimise the risk here, I've kept the scope of the first release down to the barebones needed to make the Minihero experience great. To further reduce the risk here, I plan to hire a freelance iOS developer for a few hours per week to review my code, and assure that everything is up to standards. No one wants a buggy app!

Minihero is a social app. With such apps comes the common chicken-and-egg scenario. People want to join only if other people are already using it. No one wants to stare at a blank screen. To solve this problem, the app was designed with this in mind. So you'll sign up as a Minihero, specify how you'd like to help, and the app will notify you when people nearby need help. This way you could be the first in your community to use Minihero, and although there would be no one to help right away, the app would notify you as soon as other people sign up and ask for help (and vice versa).

Being a solo maker means that if I'm not working on the app, no progress is being made towards it. I'm currently returning from a mini-sabbatical after 7 years of work in the industry. If this project is funded I'll devote all of my time towards it. If this project doesn't get funded I'll have to say goodbye to it and start seeking employment. But, I really hope it gets funded because I'd love to build this app and become a Minihero myself!

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    Note: Please email damir@miniheroapp.com with your name, surname and Twitter details after pledging so I can get in touch.

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    The Thank You Mega Pack

    Receive the HD Wallpaper Pack, plus:

    - A personal thank you photo via Twitter or email.
    - Be featured on the 'thank you' section on the miniheroapp.com website.

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    The Goodies Pack

    All the rewards above, plus:

    - Be among the first to try out Minihero before it's launched.
    - A quality Minihero T-shirt!

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    The Behind-the-scenes Pack

    All of the above, plus:

    - A 30-minute Skype session with Damir, the founder to talk about Minihero and ask me questions.
    - Access to the fortnightly behind-the-scenes Facebook group where I'll post exclusive updates not visible in the public Facebook page. I'll give regular updates on how the project is progressing, and listen even more actively to your feedback and ideas for the future of Minihero.
    - 3 quality Minihero T-shirts (two of which are exclusive to this pack)

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    Minihero Mega pack!

    All of the above rewards, plus:

    - Be featured in the app. See a photo of yourself used as an example of a Minihero during the new user sign up process.
    - Monthly Google Hangouts session to discuss the project.
    - Meet Damir, the founder of Minihero at his home in Geelong, or have me come to you anywhere in Australia to personally thank you and talk about my vision for Minihero.
    - Receive a free UX review of a product of your own, or for someone you know.

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