2016 Twelfth Annual Pace Pitch Contest - Pitch 3 Helpteer - Ian Carvalho And Alexa McKenna (6 Of 10)
Helpteer is a crowdsourcing volunteer application. Typically, volunteer opportunities are posted either as a static list on organizations’ websites, emailed, or sent as a newsletter. However, on Helpteer all of the volunteer opportunities are provided in real time, which allows for effective communication in times of disasters, emergency, and last minute projects. Helpteer aims to breakdown the bureaucracy of organized volunteering and make it a more social experience.
The app uses geolocation to find volunteer opportunities based on where the user is currently located. If the user chooses, they can enter their zip code which will generate a list of nearby projects based on the distance from their location. In addition, the app allows users to post their volunteer opportunities as well as sign up to help at projects that other users have posted. Projects can be from person to person or from an organization looking for volunteers. Users will be notified of opportunities to help out those in their surrounding communities through the app which will be a “call to action” to engage in a project. Organizations and people can view the volunteers that have signed up for their project so that they can appropriately screen and organize them. The app also provides a platform for people to make donations to a project. Helpteer would take a percentage of the donations for helping to facilitate the volunteers.
Helpteer offers organizations and volunteers a more effective way to manage and allocate human resources to volunteer opportunities. Since the updates occur in real time, this feature will allow organizations to send out notification alerts to get volunteers to help others as quickly as possible while other necessary resources are being prepared. The goal of Helpteer is to streamline the organization and notification of different local opportunities for various types of volunteer work.
Currently, the target market for this application would be organizations such as Red Cross, Techo, New York Cares, etc. but also people looking to volunteer for a project within the community. 63.4 million Americans have volunteered through an organization at least once between 2014 and 2015. Organizations could use Helpteer to manage and allocate these millions of volunteers. On an even larger scale, 26% of the world’s population volunteers each year since 2007. Helpteer can continue to expand to be the leading application for organizing volunteers and helping others around the globe.
Ian Carvalho is a Computer Science major and talented iOS developer. In 2015, Ian was awarded a grant from the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program to study at Pace University. With extensive previous work experience, Ian currently has 17 published apps on the AppStore. He acted as the lead developer behind many of these apps. Among his remarkable projects were the development of the first book in augmented reality in Brazil and a Point of Sale application created to promote Hasbro's “Transformers toys". Ian has also previously competed in the Pace Hackathon competition this semester.
Alexa McKenna is a Pace University student in the graduating class of 2017.
She is majoring in Entrepreneurship from the Lubin School of Business and minoring in Digital Media Studies from the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Currently, Alexa is a Dezer Fellow at the Entrepreneurship Lab. In the past, she has participated in the Pace App Hackathon, Pitch Contest, and other eLab events. On campus, Alexa is a CoPresident of the Fashion Marketing Club, ProFASHIONals, and a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College. In the future, Alexa aims to start her own business and manage global tech operations.
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