The aim of the challenge to take an initial prototype app that aims to promote reuse of household items and develop the user stories and other relevant specifications for developers to take the app to Minimum Viable Product (MVP) stage. With this, funding can be sought to bring the MVP to reality and begin piloting.
Problem: recycling is seen as ‘green’ but the waste hierarchy highlights that reuse is far better for the environment. Current reuse rates could be increased greatly. Unwanted items for reuse currently have two main routes: SELL (e.g. eBay) or GIVE AWAY (Freecycle, Freegle, Gumtree, etc.). In the latter category the tools are no longer fit for purpose, being dated and not user friendly. If the tools could be updated to be more mobile/time/location/user friendly, this will support greater reuse.
Solution: a mobile app displaying a mosaic of photographs (which provide intelligence on size, state, colour, etc.) of items to be given away. These would be sorted by location and searchable. Clicking on the photo allows messaging so that GIVER and GETTER can arrange a time/location to handover the item.
Vision: To allow people to flick through in a spare 2 minutes (in a queue, between meetings etc.) and arrange for a reuse transaction, saving things from landfill or vanilla recycling.
Current state: At this stage, the ‘app’ is a web application that requires Twitter as a login. It pulls tweets with @reuseapp and hashtag descriptions (e.g. #chair) of the item to be given away. The app also pulls geotag data from the tweet but currently this is not utilised in the ordering of the images. Clicking on a photograph allows messaging of the GIVER.
Current prototype as web application here: http://reuseapp.herokuapp.com/
Challenge aim: To test the current prototype, improve and refine the concept, then build out the required app user interface i.e. to the level of what buttons etc. and how a user would use a mobile version of the app. It should consider how the app might be used, what it needs to consider to make the model work in real life, etc.
Output: A well-documented set of specifications / instructions for a developer to be able generate the MVP.
Notes to be kept here: https://pad.oscedays.org/p/Cambridge_2016_Challenge_1