Published on June 4, 2016 um 23:04
Explain your idea in details:
Urban Resolve is a way to make fixing issues in communities easier. It is a website platform where users can anonymously post issues they want to resolve in their area. These issues are displayed as a bubble (a circle) on a map where the issue is located. (Below is a picture of what it looks like). People who live within the community of a certain issue can vote towards getting it fixed (this increases the bubble's size and darkens its color), or they can post an entirely separate issue. Communities on Urban Resolve are found by grouping a certain number of postcodes together. Because of this, to find your community you simply enter your postcode and it will show you the map of your area and the current issues (displayed as bubbles) that are present. You can only post issues in the postcode grouping where you reside. This prevents people from spamming but also keeps the system direct, simple and effective. When submitting an issue on Urban Resolve, you give it a short title (as it will be displayed in the bubble), then a short summary of what the problem is (around two hundred words maximum) and the steps that need to be taken to fix it. You can (optional) add contact information so others can get in touch to discuss it. When an issue has been solved, the bubble will disappear and the next most popular issue will take its place. Urban Resolve's main objective is to give an easy-to-understand visual so members of communities can clearly see what needs to change. After the basis of the website is complete, Urban Resolve hopes to also serve as a platform for solution discussion.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Urban Resolve's mission is to help people improve their communities and the general areas where they live. This in turn creates peace within the local society as everyone's voice is heard which improves the general well-being of the people who live there. The concept of collaboration for goals is also an important one. People appear to be more likely to help with an issue if they know they are working as part of a team for the common good. Urban Resolve in this way will create a stronger, more unified community as a result. Urban Resolve also encourages forward thinking. By encouraging people in communities to take action to make their community a better place, the future is in a good position as a community will have established an effective way of working together which will ideally remain present for a long time. Urban Resolve aims to start being used by over one hundred groupings of postcodes (areas) within the first three months. This is definitely achievable as Urban Resolve is completely free of cost to use and creating your account is very simple and designed for people of all ages. We, as the Urban Resolve team, will know if it is working effectively because we will see issues being posted in communities (starting out as a small bubble), which then increase in support as people vote for it (the bubble gets larger), which ends with the bubble disappearing as the issue has been resolved. This cycle of issues first being posted to being resolved is the key to Urban Resolve and is what will make it a very positive and beneficial tool for communities across the world, whether in small villages or in large cities.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Thankfully, due to the fact Urban Resolve is primarily an online tool, costs are extremely low. However, because it is a free website, Urban Resolve's costs will be covered through donations. (Donations can be made through the website. Suggested donation quantities will be $5 per month, $10 per month or $20 per month). Below is a break-down of the financials:
Website building: Free (Done my myself and a select few other high-skilled volunteers).
Website hosting: $24 [US] per month (The website hosting fee will increase as the number of people using Urban Resolve increases to account for the traffic).
Emergencies: $100 (This is in case there is a technical issue which needs to be fixed. In order to quickly resolve the problem and get the website working properly again, money may have to be spent on a software engineer for instance).
Awareness for Urban Resolve will mainly be through word-of-mouth as it is arguably the strongest form of advertising. However, the Urban Resolve team could also make an appearance at a community gathering to suggest possible implementation and the ways in which it could be used to benefit areas and communities. As Urban Resolve is completely based online and a computer (including mobile devices) is needed to access it, we hope to create additional ways in which we can follow our mission for the areas of the world which lack in devices that can connect to the internet. So if we receive a substantial amount of donations over time, Urban Resolve will certainly investigate this further.
Inigo will be eighteen later this year. He is from the heart of London and is currently studying Economics, Classics, History and Design at High School. He has been intrigued by building businesses and similar ventures since he was very young. When he was ten, he raised money around England for a small South African school he knew by giving origami swallows (the bird) in return for donations. At the age of twelve he taught myself to program in web languages (HTML, CSS, JS, PHP etc.) enabling him to start making his own websites and web-apps. These included GoBaobab a type of search engine for specialized queries and SimplyCraze which was a website to find trending products in geographical locations among others. Over the past couple of years he has been working at London startups to gain experience in the entrepreneurial world and he has also been working with UNICEF UK to aid their various campaigns which he strongly supports. Earlier this year he became the youngest staffer at the 2016 London International Model United Nations which was a three-day university-level conference at Imperial University and the largest Model UN in Europe. Inigo has great aspirations for the future as he hopes to build his own startup or NGO.
Stage of Idea
The Urban Resolve Logo
An example of Urban Resolve in action