Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
Send It would give anyone the opportunity to send an essential item-milk, eggs, diapers, etc.- to a person who is in need. App users create a profile, list items they are in need of- if they are in need of any, and receive the items after another purchases it for them. When choosing items to list on personal profiles, Amazon, Walmart, Macys, and every big company would be searchable and linkable to the profile, where those purchasing the items can easily click then buy the product from the specific and intended brand. Similar to ordering online from big companies directly, the specific company warehouses would receive the transaction information, start preparing the order, and deliver to the homes of those on the receiving end as if the order had been placed by them. In addition to easily sending needed items to people and non-profits, people can search for employment and post ads for fundraisers- in-person and online- which are accessible for anyone using the app. When searching for a job, filters will help find the perfect fit. The app will provide a link to the application and when submitted, it will show the employer the applicant has applied through Send It- helping the employer determine who may be in most need of the job. For fundraisers ads, anyone can post one for a small fee, showing all the info- location, cause, time- needed for people to decide to attend or donate. Fundraisers that seem suspicious based on info provided will be flagged. Ways a profit is possible: affiliate income, advertising from companies to promote listing their products specifically and show coupons for incentive- buy ad space, and selling merchandise to promote use of the app.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The impacts of this idea focus on zero hunger & reduced inequalities. You may ask how this app could directly target this when apps cannot reach everyone. Well, because nonprofits and organizations can just as easily create a profile and list items- or amounts of money- they are in need of, people can find these nonprofits much easier through the use of sharing and searching on app. The app lets nonprofits do their job, but connects them with more help and supplies, showing that as nonprofits continue to focus on helping a certain group of individuals, more people will have their specific needs met. Many nonprofits focus on feeding the homeless; since those individuals are least likely to have a phone for app use, the tactic of providing nonprofits with the supplies to help in specificity is creating a society where there can be zero hunger & reduced inequality among those who dont even use the app. Other ways reducing inequalities & zero hunger is directly related to this app: 1. increased employment, 2. giving a platform to regular consumers to directly give to people in need, 3. as fundraisers, nonprofits, and organizations have increased funding, the effect of giving a small sum of money to support them could have an incredible effects, possibly changing lives across the world with the click of a button. Ways success of app will be measured: 1. tracking the # of poverty rates in each major city where the app is being used 2. tracking employment rate numbers 3. watching the current lower-classes begin to fade away as they are able to find better employment and receive help from individuals and nonprofits. A new lower-class would exist that is healthier, safer, and able to receive help when needed.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Implementation for this app would consist of many startup techniques that involve gaining a solid capital through angel investors/ this competition prize/ personal money, developing a final prototype- and logo- with the funds received, and selling ad space to companies when the app is ready for launch- most likely a 3 year process gaining all the necessary pieces for this app before its used widely. After the app is prototyped and fully designed, it will be tested for errors. When ready to be released, ads from supporting partners and companies will connect people to the app; these would include mobile ads on Instagram/ Facebook/ Amazon and ads shown on billboards/ in hospitals/ at Metro stations. More plans to exponentially grow the number of people on Send It: companies posting hiring signs telling customers to apply through Send It; nonprofits encouraging their members and the people they help to get the app; any celebrity posting about the app. Sustaining- and increasing- the user numbers, profit, and satisfaction around the globe: continually finding small businesses/ large companies who want to purchase ad space and/or post job openings; begin to sell merchandise once app is running well- barcode bracelets can be scanned taking a person straight to a personal/ nonprofit profile and/or a fundraiser ad; create a presence on other big social media sites; looking into each individual report to ensure there is no fraud/ impersonation of others; collecting user feedback; feature education/ tips will provided to properly use the app; encouragement for users to share with friends- coupons for in-store companies.
My name is Avery Burn, Im a 17 year old from the United States- Oregon. I am a nursing student at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, CA. I am hardworking, innovative, creative, but overall, I'm someone who cares about changing the world. The biggest motivators to design this app have been my faith and my eagerness to do something great for people. My creative mindset that led me to my idea has come from years of hard work in a program called Destination Imagination. This program is an educational non-profit organization that teaches "21st century" skills and STEM principles to kindergarten through university level students by collaborative problem solving challenges. In global competitions- where we competed against teams from all across the globe- my team attended and placed 3 years in a row. Aside from being a nursing student and being a part of Destination Imagination, I have a few years of experience with running a nonprofit (that I started), working for a private business, and speaking some Spanish. Although I am young, I want to help the world through the creation of my app, in order to bring poverty rates down and reduce inequality. My faith is ingrained in the idea of my app; if able to share the idea with everyone, I would be incredibly happy knowing I have made a difference in many lives.