Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
String : we are all connected.
Explain your idea in details:
The app is a basic mobile software that uses two databases in a parallel format. The method for coding that we plan to use is the MERN stack model which includes React native to code. The two databases to be used are: 1)A normal backend database (mongoDB) that is used to store the campaign data (name, details ,funds ,deadline etc), user data, and the enquiries data (for the angel community). 2)A decentralised blockchain database used to store the transaction data (donations to the campaign). The data of the transaction, which includes the period between the donation made by the user and its subsequent allocation to a certain goal/subgoal, is recorded on a blockchain database. This makes it difficult to tamper with as well as available for public view. This enables the establishment of the overall goal to ensure easy tracking of the donations within a transparent model.. Currently, we plan to use A hyperledger sawtooth database for this purpose. The app has the following features. 1) start a campaign 2)search a campaign 3)Ask a question to solve a problem. 4)search questions to give answers to a problem. Through these features people with similar interests can connect easily and raise funds through the app.The potential of the campaigns are infinite and I believe it can resolve a considerable amount of social issues in a society if properly executed.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Currently it is arduous for an individual with a passion to change the world and has an idea to do so, to find the required resources/capital necessary to make an impact. It is equally difficult for an individual who wants to giveback to the society to find a cause that interests him/her which also gives him/her with transparency over his money.String fills this gap by providing a platform where like-mind individuals can come and work together to bring about a change in the society. To prevent fraudulent campaigns, a campaign reviewer who is an employee of string,is assigned to each campaign.The captial for each goal is transferred only after he/she verifies the competition of the previous goal. Example: Arunachalam Murugananthams dream of enabling greater accessibility to hygienic products for menstrual cycles and addressing the taboo surrounding menstruation in India was met with incredible opposition, which delayed the realization of his project by a considerable amount of time. I propose that if visionary individuals like Mr. Muruganantham were to use STRING to collaborate with like minded individuals he would not have faced the same difficulties. *On STRING he would have been able to gauge the opinion of experts (angel community) in the field who could have helped him with ideas in the initial stages that would have saved him a lot of time in his research that was without guidance; *On STRING he would have found individuals who would have readily partnered with his project instead of the people that ostracized him his village; *On STRING he could have attracted sponsors for his project sponsors for his project from the initial stage itself instead of having to wait till he was given positive news coverage in urban India.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The modus operandi of STRING involves the creation of a platform that enables like-minded individuals to execute a shared idea that has a social impact. The users of the app will be provided a forum where they can: start a campaign or volunteer for one; or donate to a campaign they find interesting. Therefore, with the exception of nationwide campaigns created by String, public app users generate the input for usage of the app. Considering the dual function of the app, the input can be distinguished into two categories: Inputs for campaign creation: *Campaign title, short description, videos and photographs if any; *Campaign objectives and subsequent goals and sub goals; *Estimation of funds required for each goal and timeline to achieve the same. Inputs for angel community (for assistance in the pre-campaign stage): *The questions/doubts regarding how to eliminate a certain problem in the society, which a concerned citizen asks. *The steps/goals through that can produce an effective solution to the existing problems as answered by an intelligent citizen (angel). *The campaign idea around a cause so that individual users can find other campaign leaders to begin the campaign.(This is required so that the initial leaders can discuss about the goals, funds and deadlines before creation of the campaign. After the campaign, volunteering opportunities would be open to the general public.) Revenue:Currently we plan to take a cut from the money raised for each campaigns but we are looking for better options too. Financing:Almost all the requirements of this project are software based which are freely and readily available. To create a highly efficient and productive app which is used by a huge user base requires certain amount of capital acquired from investors.
My aim is to make the world a little better than it was yesterday. I believe life is too short to work for somebody and die without making an impact and I think entrepreneurship is the most effective way to achieve it. I am currently 21 years old and is a bachelor of engineering student from the National Institute of Technology Calicut. Qualities include(i believe you get accurate and unbiased qualities if you ask somebody else than the person): the ability to deal with people, empathetic,good aptitude ability,fast learner.