Since the world began to interact through smartphones, new apps are being developed every day to use these devices as real tools to help us solve universal problems.
Below is a list of some apps that are doing something to make our world a better place, and that thousands of people are already using.
Natalie Hampton, an American teen, launched an app to help other young people have company for lunch. She says:
“When you walk into the lunchroom and you see all the tables of everyone sitting there and you know that going up to them would only end in rejection, you feel extremely alone and extremely isolated, and your stomach drops “.
Even though she no longer faces this problem – she was a victim of bullying – she felt the need to do something to change the life of other children and adolescents for the better.
Sit With Us is an iOS app and works like this: anyone registered can be an “ambassador” and open “tables” so that other users can get in touch and have lunch together. According to Natalie, you do not have to risk a humiliating refusal to sit at someone’s lunch table.
A new business app aims to stop food waste, especially from restaurants. The idea of Flashfood is that consumers can buy food before it expires and the grocery stores and restaurants can increase their income by selling produce that they would otherwise have thrown out.
FlashFood is simple to use, the companies post a picture of the food, set a price – offering discounts of at least 50% – and include a pick-up time deadline. The user can pay for the food through the app and then pick it up at the store. Another good feature allows users to create filters to receive notifications for a specific type of food or only from markets and restaurants nearby.
This mobile app developed for Android and iOS was launched in Toronto and this year wants to expand through Canada. This business plan is not new, however FlashFood does bring some new features, for example in New York, PareUp does not accept payments in the app. In Montreal, Ubifood only works with cafes, bakeries and organic food stores.
This mobile app was developed to track the distance travelled by the user, whether walking, running or biking, and then turns it into money that goes to one of the partner NGOs advocating a variety of causes.
It works like this: you go out to exercise, start the application, choose which institution you want to help and go. Once you are done, just click ¨Stop¨ in the app to know how much you collaborated.
Wait a second! You mean it is that simple? I walk and someone donates money to NGOs? Who pays for it? The business plan relies on the staff behind Charity Miles, they have partnerships with several major advertisers, including Master Card, Johnson & Johnson, Timex and others. It is they who make this payment in exchange for the advertisement of their brands that appears on the application screen.
You can earn up to 25¢ per mile for your chosen Charity while walking or running, and up to 10¢ per mile while biking. It may not seem like very much, but remember that it doesn’t come out of your own pocket and it truly is for a good cause.
This app takes advantage of the increasingly common habit of taking pictures and posting on social networks to help various causes. For each photo shared through Donate a Photo, a fundraising campaign receives a dollar from a company.
It is simple, just post the image in the application, which posts it on social media apps, such as Facebook and Twitter, and choose the cause you want to help.
For every photo you share through Donate a Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to the charity of your choice, and the brand gains awareness and new “customers” like your friends when they see your photos in their feeds. As millions of photos are shared each day, imagine the impact!
This business app is similar to Donate a Photo, for every photo posted using Feedie, participating restaurants donate 25 cents to The Lunch Box Fund, a non-profit organization which provides meals for orphans and vulnerable schoolchildren in rural areas of South Africa.
The idea was created upon stunning data, 66% of Americans eat out at least once a week, adding up to $ 1.7 billion a day. Imagine how much we could raise for this cause! Now you know, help to end hunger in Africa by sharing food, literally.
Download the app in Google Play and App Store, check the list of the participating restaurants.
These are some ideas to inspire the Android developer that lives inside you! And if you still need some more inspiration, make sure to check The Best Apps You Didn´t Know You Needed for some amazing and innovative ideas!
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