Tech Professionals Inspired by a Real Problem

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About the project

OurSolidarity is a non-profit project. It is all about giving back to society, helping one another in times of need, and making things better—together.

Main objective

In the spring of 2020, due to the COVID-19 virus, many were quarantined and forced to stay at home with no way to get food or medication by themselves. Others had been expressing their desire to assist the sick ones and help with their groceries. However, they couldn’t find a way to communicate easily with each other.

Solution

Our Berlin-based group, consisting of four people, decided to create a mobile and web application that could spread fast and reach many people across different countries. The main objective was to have a highly accessible, multilingual, easy-to-use platform where people could register as either someone searching for help or offering it.

 

We created a simple to use application and spread it through different communication channels so it could reach more people. On just the first day of the release, there were more than thirty people registered in Berlin.

 

We hope that our product will find a new use in the future and, generally, aid people that are confined at home, weak, elderly, or sick in finding help from neighbors in their communities.

 

Special thanks to Zhorzh, Mo, and Hrach for the amazing teamwork.

Tools

Web app

Mobile app

Design thinking

Problem solving

UX/UI

Problem

Corona hit Europe in March 2020; shortly after that we were all under lockdown. A few weeks after this, we saw a rising problem: at-risk, sick, disabled, or elderly people couldn’t go to the shops on their own. They needed help with groceries or items from the pharmacy. We found out thousands of people were offering to help on social-media channels. And that was the spark for the concept of this app—create a place where both people looking for help and willing to help could be connected. The development had to be quick, as this platform needed to go live as soon as possible.

How does it work?

The app is quite simple to use. After registering on the platform, users access the dashboard. There are two types of dashboards according to the user profiles.

 

The ones searching for help: They have the functionality to create a list of items they need, choose a preferred payment method, and send their request.

 

The ones offering help: They can access the dashboard where they can see a pool of requests in their area. They can choose to accept a request, after which a connection between the person in need and the person offering help is created. Both types of users will receive feedback about the status of the request until it’s completed.

 

Brand identity

The cute small animal we choose for the logo is a chinchilla. Chinchillas are well-known for their group existence and the need to be social with their mates. So it was the perfect representation of the problem we were trying to solve.

 

Colors and fonts were chosen to keep an optimistic, relaxed interface and keep the readability high. We wanted to keep the design as simple as possible and focus on the functionality.

Spread the word

To announce the platform, we used different communication channels in different countries.

 

We’ve used social media to spread the word and enable people who might be interested to learn more about the platform.

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