Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Automatic hand sanitizer dispenser
Published on September 23, 2020 um 09:32
Type of Enterprise
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled us to be more careful in every sphere of life. Sanitizers are one of the most effective ways to ensure our safety, but what is the point of having a sanitizer where you have to press the nozzle for the liquid to come out? It defeats the entire purpose as it provides a means for transfer of germs. Therefore, automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are essential right now. I have taken up this initiative to build an automatic sanitizer dispenser, not to keep myself occupied during the lockdown or to make profits, but to use my skill set to provide back to the community in these distressing times. My goal is to make as many sanitizer dispensers possible at a lower price compared to the industry standards so that it is accessible to as many people as possible. In order to curb the spread of the virus, people need to stop compromising on their hygiene. I have made the sanitizer dispenser using a microcontroller called 'Arduino UNO'. The capacity is 1000 ml and should suffice for about 250 people before needing a refill. An ultrasonic sensor is used to detect the person's hand. The sanitizer dispenser is not battery operated. You can simply plug it in your charging brick and it works. All the electronics, along with the sanitizer, have been safely placed in a wooden box which has been wrapped in a wallpaper (which is waterproof). I wish to see an automatic sanitizer dispenser installed in every building, every school and every store to ensure the safety of people.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
India has the second highest number of Covid cases worldwide. Hygiene has never been given primary importance in India. I believe that this is the reason for the spike in the number of cases. As I have mentioned above, my motive is to create a low cost automatic sanitizer dispenser so that it is available to a large number of people. The total cost of making the final project was just $20 which is much lower than other models. I believe that the cost can further be lowered even more by buying material in bulk and getting more people in the manufacturing process. This project was also featured in 'Hindustan Times', one of India's largest newspaper chains. There has been a lot of interest in this project because in these times, sanitizer dispensers are essential. Currently, this project has been placed at the entry point of my building for people to use. All the residents, as well as the watchmen and others have appreciated this initiative and so far, it has worked perfectly.
Sustainability and future plans
By the end of this month, the testing phase will be over and I will start taking orders. Currently, I have a team of three who will help me finish orders and reach out to people. We also plan to launch our own website. As demand increases, I will try and add more people to our team, mostly youngsters who are interested in coding and robotics. At first, the manufacturing process will only be order based. However, as demand and our profits increase, we will be able to buy material in bulk and keep many sanitizer dispensers ready at once. We can also personalize each order as per the customer's liking by using a wallpaper of their choice.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am a 16 year old student from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, currently studying in the 11th grade. One of my main hobbies is coding. I came across 'Arduino Uno' from one of my school friends and my interest was peaked. I was shocked as to what people had made with the help of this microcontroller. So, I decided to try myself. My first project was a gesture controlled computer system which I made using 'Arduino UNO' and python programming. That turned out to be success (after a lot of failed attempts). Then, Covid struck. At first, I didn't think it was that big of a deal but then seeing the rise in cases, something had to be done. I wanted to use my skillset to provide back to the community. I got together with two of my friends and we decided to make this project. It took us about two weeks to brainstorm ideas and make different prototypes but finally it was ready. At first, it was just meant to be a project but then seeing the interest and the real world advantages, we realized that this could be a great startup.