College SOS

Crowd sourcing help in the area around you to foster a better culture in America.

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  • Education

Date You Started Your Project Started

September 18 2019

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

The problem that we’re striving to resolve is for college students that when they run into a problem it can be hard to find or ask for help.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Our solution is to develop an app that crowdsources help from nearby people or college students on the same campus. The idea is that you can go onto this app and insert what you specifically need help with, where the app sends out a message to all the nearby users of the app to notify them that there’s someone in the area that needs assistance, the user will be informed on what the task is, and the distance between both people. The helper can then accept the request form the person in need. The person who originally requested their assistance can then see detailed descriptions of all the people in the area that are willing to assist them, and can then choose who they think will be best for this job. Once they select, the person that was chosen will receive a notification that their helper has been selected and a prompt from the app that tells them to go towards that person and how to get there. It is important to note that in its initial form the app is going to be most effective in large urban areas, such as city neighborhoods and college campuses, which is where the app will most likely feature it’s debut

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

The story behind why I wanted to start this project is because I personally feel that in today’s day and age people are too afraid to ask for help from one another, whether because of pride or because of fear of judgment. My hope is that this app can change that and eventually lead to a world where people ask others for help without hesitation, and others are more than willing to provide that help, without any reward to themselves.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

I am stepping up to make a change because college students already have a lot to worry about, such as studying, exams and papers. With this app that hits the Educational and Tech market, we will alleviate the need for people to go out of the way to seek help for small issues. With College S.O.S. the help will literally come to them.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

John is biking around campus, when his bike chain breaks. John isn’t very good with his hands and can’t quickly fix it. John feels awkward asking people walking past him for help, so he takes out his phone and opens the SOS app. Once opened, he types in his problem, “a broken bike chain”, then submits it and waits. The app begins to notify people within a .5 mile radius of John’s problem. Three people see his request, the first is busy and ignores the message, but two people accept the request and John sees this, letting him choose between the two. Person A is fairly close to john, only .2 miles away, but has a rating of 2 stars. Person B is farther but has a rating of 4 stars, so John decides to accept his help. Person B is informed that his help has been accepted and is given John's location, letting him go to John and help. Person B is very helpful, and gets a 5 star review from John.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

What makes our app different is that it is extremely scalable, versatile, and effective because we plan on getting colleges to sponsor our app. Once sponsored, we can make our app regional to college campuses. We plan on evolving the app, so we can provide minor “jobs” to students by adding other possible request. For example, if a student wants to clean their room, or if they need food delivered or if they need help fixing a bike chain, they can put out a request and the person, who accepts would get paid for it.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

As our app grows more people will begin to use it and then we can examine how often it is being used by people as well as how it’s being used. We want this app to change the college life and make it easier to go through day to day activities with no worries. We believe that the app will be a successful tool on college campuses across the nation by keeping their community safe and welcoming.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Our idea for taking the app to the next level is to roll out at the university with which we share a campus. Here we can closely monitor its effectiveness and make adjustments as needed. Right now the app is intended to be primarily used in large urban college campuses. If the app is successful, in these areas, then we plan to introduce it out to the nearby colleges around the nation, then it will eventually reach national commercial use in the U.S.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • IT Infrastructure/CRM

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others
  • Word of mouth


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