Solutions: Trim the Fat

Solutions: Trim the Fat

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  • 41votes

    Project | Helping People Find Places That Accept foodstamps

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    SnapFresh.org is a free sms-based app that helps food stamp recipients find healthy places that accept SNAP (food stamps). Most recipients have money in their accounts, but many are embarrassed to go to farmers markets and nice stores and ask if they accept SNAP. … more

  • 5votes

    Project | Healthy Commute

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    Our idea: Most people use the most efficient pathways from work to home every day. This is a highly established behavior and automatic routine. Healthy Commute endeavors to surface information about healthy options along the way and help people make healthy choices with a minimal additional effort. We show people a beneficial healthy food or … more

  • 45votes

    Project | Nexercise

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    Our idea: Nexercise is a free mobile game that rewards users with virtual medals, coupons, and free merchandise for being active.  The app can be used with ANY physical activity such as walking your dog, cycling and even weightlifting.  In the game you earn game points and medals that qualify you to win real prizes … more

  • 3votes

    Project | Nutrition Missions

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    Our idea: Get on a mission to better health! Nutrition Missions helps broaden palates by introducing a range of delicious, nutrient dense foods. Learn more about healthy eating, and start a conversation on Twitter about the road to good health. Missions – Complete steps of varying difficulty, through fun and healthy Missions. Tips – Get … more

  • 2votes

    Project | Stolen Bike Registry

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    Our idea: The mobile application encourage people to ride bike to work. By registring their bike into the stolen bike registry, it provide place for people to report their bike stolen. Any mobile device that has this app installed can be used to help find the missing bike. The mobile app provide photo and location … more

  • 3votes

    Project | Pickup Sports

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    Pickup Sports is an idea using mobile and web platform to crowd source local pickup games activities. Potential Users: People who wants to find and play pickup games in their neighborhood. Games such as basketball, football, running partner, hiking, etc. The app is build for those who wants to Trim the Fat or wants to … more

  • 2votes

    Idea | Food Stamp Challenge

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    This would be a game application for those interested in taking the Food Stamp challenge from the movie.. The idea is that given current conditions, it can be pretty tough to make ends meet on a food stamp or SNAP budget. This app could help one plan and complete the challenge as well as share … more

  • 1vote

    Project | FoodStamped: A SNAP Survival Guide

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    FOOD STAMPED (based on the documentary FoodStamped) is a comprehensive mobile application designed to assist individuals eligible for or already receiving food stamps eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. The application would include several components that address access and affordability of healthy food, nutrition and cooking education. The application could include some or all of the … more

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    Project | Robotic Diet Coach

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    If you watch the TED Talk by Cynthia Breazeal here, you’ll see a very cool idea at about the 9:15 mark. It’s a robot that helps coach you to lose weight. View the entire video to see the reasons that a robotic coach might be more effective than just a mobile phone application. Dr. Breazeal … more

  • 3votes

    Idea | Food Desert Survival Kit

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    App to use existing data sources to move food stamp usage to groceries with healthier food. Addresses the market failure known as food deserts. … more

  • 7votes

    Idea | Game the Groceries

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    Trim the Fat starts with smarter, more informed grocery shopping. Game the Groceries is a smart phone application that uses the camera to identify products by bar codes as you shop in the grocery, and then: Keeps running total of the current bill, with the ability to remove items (with store involvement) Identifies WIC-approved items … more

  • 3votes

    Idea | Healthy Eating Reminders

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    The Healthy Eating Reminders (HER) application will target low-income and low-literacy audiences that are disproportionately impacted. This mobile application will help users remember to eat the recommended five-to-six, mini-meals daily (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and snack). It will allow the user to enter the times to be reminded to eat, as well as provide … more

Solutions: Find Jobs

Solutions: Find Jobs

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    Project | Goodwill Partnership Matrix Mobile App

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    Our idea: At Goodwill, we create solutions to poverty through the businesses we operate. In addition to being a network of re-used good retail stores, we offer a number of comprehensive resources that provide employment opportunities, job trainings, a number of social services – even programs to help youth from underserved communities reach their true … more

  • 1vote

    Project | edRover

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    Our idea: edRover is a location-aware mobile app that makes school fundraising fun while helping drive the local economy. edRover allows parents, students and educators to find nearby businesses that offer funds for school supplies and special benefits to the user just for checking-in to sponsored locations. Users can also shop through the app to … more

  • 3votes

    Project | Facebook Job Finding Assistant

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    If kids need jobs and kids are on Facebook, then it seem like that is a natural place for an app that helps a kid land a job. … more

Connect Learners

Solutions: Connect Learners

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    Idea | Stick With It!

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    Stick With It! is a comprehensive program to help teens change or maintain a desired behavior. Using a customizable personal ‘Plan of Attack’ – an in the moment support tool – combined with supporting and reliable health related information, Stick With It! will offer teens the opportunity to not only acquire the information and the … more

  • 3votes

    Project | Dano Pirate & The Numbers

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    Our idea: We’ve developed an App that teaches young children to count from 1 to 9. Strong educational foundations are necessary for academic success and young age is obviously the time when kids build them. Despite their best efforts, many families often lack the time to do that teaching themselves. Some may believe that their … more

  • 4votes

    Project | FAFSA Process Simplified: Granting Access to All

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    Our idea: For our sustainable business MBA class, we decide to build application for FAFSA. Our business plan will primarily focus on increasing access to Federal Student Aid for low-income young adults in the United States. Our plan is to simplify the student financial aid application process and increase accessibility by offering an alternative to… more

  • 2votes

    Project | Evolving TagSpace as an Approximation of Cognospace

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    Our idea: Evolving TagSpace as an Approximation of Cognospace In March 2003, after a long career as a problem solver, something happened to my brain. I can no longer solve new problems without getting very confused. I can talk about solving problems all I want. I now solve new problems by describing to the computer … more

  • 1vote

    Project | edRover

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    Our idea: edRover is a location-aware mobile app that makes school fundraising fun while helping drive the local economy. edRover allows parents, students and educators to find nearby businesses that offer funds for school supplies and special benefits to the user just for checking-in to sponsored locations. Users can also shop through the app to … more

  • 8votes

    Project | PoeMy: Connecting Young Writers

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    poemy-video Our idea: PoeMy is a mobile platform that connects young writers with others and famous authors. It helps them to write and publish their poems, read published poems, use inbuilt rhyming tool and add the poems to their poem book. The app brings videos of famous authors to them that can inspire their creativity. … more

  • 8votes

    Project | TalkChalk

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    Our idea: TalkChalk is an idea that we see as the first step in truly integrating education with social media. TalkChalk connects learners by enabling safe communication between teachers, students, and parents via Facebook, e-mail, and SMS. The idea for TalkChalk came about when our co-Founder, Dave Simnick, was thinking about the problems that he … more

  • 2votes

    Project | Go Go Mongo!

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    Our idea: We build fun and educational games for young children on the mobile technology. Children grasp technology faster than adults, unfortunately, there are few children’s apps/games that promote this in a fun way. The founder, Ahmed Siddiqui, was an ESL student in Kindergarten. Back then, paper, pencils, and books were the normal format for … more

  • 3votes

    Project | Pickup Sports

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    Pickup Sports is an idea using mobile and web platform to crowd source local pickup games activities. Potential Users: People who wants to find and play pickup games in their neighborhood. Games such as basketball, football, running partner, hiking, etc. The app is build for those who wants to Trim the Fat or wants to … more

  • 2votes

    Idea | Food Stamp Challenge

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    This would be a game application for those interested in taking the Food Stamp challenge from the movie.. The idea is that given current conditions, it can be pretty tough to make ends meet on a food stamp or SNAP budget. This app could help one plan and complete the challenge as well as share … more

  • 1vote

    Project | FoodStamped: A SNAP Survival Guide

    read more

    FOOD STAMPED (based on the documentary FoodStamped) is a comprehensive mobile application designed to assist individuals eligible for or already receiving food stamps eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. The application would include several components that address access and affordability of healthy food, nutrition and cooking education. The application could include some or all of the … more

  • 5votes

    Project | Nine, health education and teens

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    With over 750,000 teen pregnancies annually in the United States, nearly a third of them not carried to term, Nine – a contemporary and courageous new scripted series produced by the Public Internet Channel will examine the all too real consequences of this life changing phenomenon from a teen father’s point of view. http://pic.tv/9ine/ Along … more

  • 3votes

    Idea | “Showing Up” The Perfect Attendance App

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    Use RFID to create a time-saving attendance monitoring system. At the same time, include ways to further involved parents in their childrens’ education. … more

  • 5votes

    Project | Tenderlearn

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    Tenderlearn connects people by organizing informal classes taught by neighbors who want to share their skills. Using the web-based application a participant could suggest a class topic: through the website, by texting on their phone or by visiting one of the neighborhood project partners, who then enter the request. When a topic gains enough interest … more

  • 5votes

    Idea | BREW MP Client for Moodle

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    Students in lower income areas attend schools that are often unable to afford the cost, time and risk to implement new technology. Our proposal offers a way to reach these students with cutting edge mobile educational technology and confirm its usefulness. The leading Open Source learning management system (LMS) is Moodle (1.2m registered teachers and … more

Bank the unbanked

Solutions: Bank the unbanked

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    Project | Helping People Find Places That Accept foodstamps

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    SnapFresh.org is a free sms-based app that helps food stamp recipients find healthy places that accept SNAP (food stamps). Most recipients have money in their accounts, but many are embarrassed to go to farmers markets and nice stores and ask if they accept SNAP. … more

  • 123votes

    Project | Expanding immigrant financial options

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    Remás enables immigrants to save on money transfer fees, access the financial mainstream, and increase opportunities for themselves and their communities here and abroad. … more

  • 4votes

    Project | Goodwill Partnership Matrix Mobile App

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    Our idea: At Goodwill, we create solutions to poverty through the businesses we operate. In addition to being a network of re-used good retail stores, we offer a number of comprehensive resources that provide employment opportunities, job trainings, a number of social services – even programs to help youth from underserved communities reach their true … more

  • 6votes

    Project | MobileSaver

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    MobileSaver is a mobile web portal for the management of an Individual Development Account. … more

  • 0votes

    Idea | Green Bank

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    Green Bank is a bank assistance and management mobile app that will help people access and manage their money. With in the app, individuals will be able to access their bank accounts from their phones. Along with basic banking actions, like transferring funds to different accounts, looking your balance, and viewing your withdrawals, you will also be able to find … more

  • 6votes

    Project | Banking Bargains and Risks App

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    More people would use banks if they could find the best deals. … more

  • 1vote

    Idea | Banking Tradeoffs App

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    This tool will illustrate the costs of payday lending and check cashing versus traditional banking. Before individuals decide to use alternative financial services, they will be able to use this tool to understand the costs associated with each service. This tool will make the costs associated with the alternative financial services more transparent and shed… more

MobileSaver

Project

  • Project Owner: Loki
  • Working mobile web application.
  • Start Date: 2011/05/08
  • Current Needs: UI person to provide some color/logo work and someone to review the current UX and improve.
  • Project Link: http://bitbucket.org/lokkju/mobilesaver
  • App Download Link: http://mobilesaver.lokkju.com/
Tags: banking, bottle.py, IDA, jquerymobile, saving, webapp

Our idea: MobileSaver is a mobile web portal for the management of an Individual Development Account.

An Individual Development Account (IDA) is a matched savings account that enables families with limited financial resources to save and build assets. IDAs encourage savings by matching participant deposits, which then are invested into specific assets. IDAs are about more then receiving match money. They are about building skills that will help individuals and their families move up the ladder of self-sufficiency. These skills are obtained through the completion of training focused on attaining and managing assets.

Though many IDA fund managers (the non-profit organizations that administer IDA programs) have found that the instant feedback on account status that can be provided through a website greatly encourages people to complete an IDA program, the vast majority of their participants to not have access to tradition computer or internet resources, instead connecting through mobile devices.  The primary third party IDA web portal, Outcome Tracker, does not offer any sort of mobile friendly site, nor do they plan on doing so in the near future. Outcome Tracker also does not provide any sort of API.

MobileSaver presents one solution to this problem by creating a type of filtering proxy (or scraper/visualization combination) that reformats the data in a mobile device friendly way. The same combination of simple tools used to implement MobileSaver (python, bottle.py, and jquerymobile) could also easily be used to solve other similar mobile formatting issues.

There is a strong interest in immediate deployment of this application for all forty two organizations that the major Oregon IDA fund manager (CASA) works with. Sustainability will be through CASA and other organizations that will host branded versions of MobileSaver for their own participants. MobileSaver was first concieved of as an idea during a discussion about challenges to the successful completion of IDA programs. A basic design mockup was done prior to the Portland code camp. At the code camp, the UI design was greatly improved, the python code and templates were written, and by the end of the day it existed as a working, usable, application.

MobileSaver is currently a fully working web application, with complete support for iOS, Android, and similar devices. It falls back to basic HTML on more limited mobile browsers, and while not as nice looking is still fully functional. In the future, we’d like to add device capability detection, and specially format the output for some older devices, such as classic Nokia or Motorola browser equipped cell phones. In addition, deposit reminders and notifications; and a communications portal to ask questions of the program manager are in the works.

Presentation (Including demo video): https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddp5twq5_76hpp9pwg3

Demo Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_16m3jr2pc

Our team:
Loki (Nick Jacobsen), Developer/Artist/Designer

LEARN

Idea

My app is designed to help students with their learning but it also has tools that will help them with their school work and tone their stress down. This is a comprehensive app, with many smaller apps inside of it. It’ll have lots of tools that will help students understand what they are learning in class. Students will learn easier and faster. When they need help, the app can also help them with their homework.

 

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This app is important to my community, I see lots of students who struggle in school and they don’t try to seek help for it, many will drop out of school or just won’t take their education seriously. If students actually understand what they are learning in school they wont stress about it, they will eventually take school more seriously and look forward to school everyday. Its true, especially for me, whenever I do not understand something in school, I would not like that class. When I start to understand, it gets very interesting and I enjoy learning in the class. This app will help students with their education and motivate them to try hard and suceed in school.

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Jenny C

Healthy Eating Reminders

Idea

Tags: css, diet, front-end, health, javascript, nutrition

The Healthy Eating Reminders (HER) application will target low-income and low-literacy audiences that are disproportionately impacted. This mobile application will help users remember to eat the recommended five-to-six, mini-meals daily (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and snack). It will allow the user to enter the times to be reminded to eat, as well as provide motivational tips to encourage her to meet your nutritional needs. A personalized chime will ring, alerting her that it’s time to eat. In addition, the app will give tips to related articles and videos about health and exercise. The content we have in mind are available at thebeehive.org.

We must develop tools, information and resources that help our target audience deal with obesity and overweight in culturally-sensitive and relevant ways. Few of the tools on the market are specific to the needs of low-income and low-literacy audiences.

We envision a smartphone mobile application will be supported by iPhone and Android. If there is interest, a Blackberry version would be awesome. If people are interested in an accompanying SMS approach, I’d love to discuss it.

I work for the sponsor of this site. We’ve been using the web to help low-income people for 10 years.

What we can bring:

  • We plan to enlist a leading behavior change researcher to advise on application creation and then write a paper on the results from the prototype.
  • Lots of ready content produced specifically for this audience.
  • A production crew for creating new material – if it can be funded
  • Some experience with creating PhoneGap apps. We can provide templates and consult from our experience
  • Over 100 youth programs with kids and families who could be beta users and provide feedback
  • Portal pages at hundreds of low income housing developments where other beta users could be found
  • Our Beehive.org and PIC.tv platforms from which to promote the app

Healthy Commute

Project

  • Project Owner: Alex Tam
  • The web applIcation will launch shortly and we are currently working on android and iPhone app to make it more contextual to people who are traveling and looking for food. The current site is password protected and can be accessed here. Http://healthycommute.frogdesign.com Username: hcuser Password: FR0ST!3S. (0 is a zero)
  • Current Needs: Time
Tags: activities, community, discover, find, food, Healthy, yelp

Our idea: Most people use the most efficient pathways from work to home every day. This is a highly established behavior and automatic routine. Healthy Commute endeavors to surface information about healthy options along the way and help people make healthy choices with a minimal additional effort.

We show people a beneficial healthy food or activity option and clearly show the additional effort it would take in time and distance, allowing people make a clear cost-benefit decision.

Through features in the design, we surface relevant options, allow people to explore choices in depth with crowd-sourced ratings, and facilitate action on healthy choices.

 

 

Some features of Healthy Commute.

1. Simple start
Only the start and end addresses of a commute are needed. From these we can display options along the commute and encourage healthy choices.

2. Healthy options results.
The yelp API is employed to surface options for healthy food and healthy activities along the way. Healthy food is determined by Yelp comments.

3. Detour routes.
Google app engine is used to calculate and display alternate paths to healthy options nearby.

4. Cost/benefit of detour
The cost of additional time and distance are made clear so they can be weighted against the benefits of healthy options.

5. Relevant exploration.
Searching on specific interests will find more relevant results that encourage action.

6. Informed choice.
Yelp reviews provide an added layer of crowd sourced scoring to further validate options.

7. Directions support choice.
Printable directions facilitate turning the healthy choice into a healthy action.

8. Social propagation.
Built-in social tools make for easy viral propagation.

Winner of hacking for health
Winner of Health2.0 developer challenge

Video:

Our team:
Alex Tam, OrganizerManagerArtistDesigner
Jason Peters – developer
Suelyn Yu – interaction designer

Green Bank

dea

Green Bank is a bank assistance and management mobile app that will help people access and manage their money. With in the app, individuals will be able to access their bank accounts from their phones.

Along with basic banking actions, like transferring funds to different accounts, looking your balance, and viewing your withdrawals, you will also be able to find ATMs near your area. Green Bank plans to use a peer run program within the app called ATM score. With this, Individuals will be able to not only locate near by ATM, but find ones that are affordable, and cost effective. It will use reviews and ratings by other people with the app to rate the bank and ATM experience and feed it back to users.

 

One Comment

  1. tbrown says:

    This will be difficult based on the fact that most banks already have existing app-banking infrastructure and are not very open to sharing their source coding or connection details because of security. Most of these also have built in ATM locators or 3rd party locators that rely on peer input to rate different machines/services. This needs to be more need focused

Goodwill Partnership Matrix Mobile App

Project

  • Project Owner: SF Goodwill
  • We are currently working with two developers to take our concept from the prototype we displayed at the Apps for Good Code-A-Thon to a completely project in the next two months. We already have the basic design, we are now putting together the database of resources to include, and doing the HTML coding to put it online, as well as working on making the application to access the Web-based app.
  • Current Needs: We seem set for now.
Tags: employment, Goodwill, jobs, Matrix, Partnership, Training

Our idea: At Goodwill, we create solutions to poverty through the businesses we operate. In addition to being a network of re-used good retail stores, we offer a number of comprehensive resources that provide employment opportunities, job trainings, a number of social services – even programs to help youth from underserved communities reach their true potential.

One thing we struggle with is how to keep our participants and clients connected – and connected to the programs and resources they need to not only find meaninful employment, but simply to make ends meet. They often need health care services, counseling, substance abuse support, even digital literacy training. Also, the folks who are there to help them also need access to get to those resources.

Our Goodwill Partnership Matrix is a mobile application that any client, user, participant can quickly access to look up quickly and efficiently a database of all the resources they can use to remove the barriers to being successful, and that Goodwill partners with. With just a few phone clicks, from our HTML-based app, and the user is in touch with any number of resources they can then access or get in touch with – immediately.

It’s a one-stop, technological answer to helping our clients stay connected, and have answers to their toughest questions anytime and on-the-go.

This is one of Goodwill’s first forays into application development, but as a local non-profit covering three counties, with a relationship to our national network, we have quite a few resources and networks we can draw on – from our own IT department to our social media project team, we’ll be working in tandem to make sure this application can effectively serve our participants, clients, and counselors.

Our team:
SF Goodwill, DeveloperDesigner
Dennis Harvey – Application Architect?
Kathleen Moynihan – Goodwill Director of Development / Managing Project
Scott M. Bruner – Goodwill Grant Writer – Project Assistant
J.D. Lasica – Goodwill Social Media Consultant – Project Consultant