Due to the widespread disaster caused by COVID'19 and several cities being locked down all across the world, people are left with no choice but to stay in quarantine. We humans are social animals who are being forced to live in cages. But all of us are not equally privileged, some of us are affected on a large scale due to COVID'19. One way to reduce the effect of this pandemic is to contribute to whatever ways we can. My Inspiration is to make these contributions fun with the help of a selfie. Billions of us have access to social media and thus can contribute easily. This will have a dual benefit to the user. He/She can take selfies to kick the boredom out and at the same time contribute to society.
What it does
The idea is simple. All you need to do is click a selfie and upload it on the platform for a slot ( the slot will consist between 2 - 500 USD ). You will be matched against a random opponent of the same money slot. Now behind this is a machine learning algorithm that will judge you picture based on 42 parameters carrying different weights so that everyone stands a chance to win the selfie battle. The revenue model to generate crowdfunding is simple. Suppose there are 2 users participating in the 2 USD slot. Now the amount in winning is 4 USD. The one who wins the battle will be awarded 3.5 USD . 0.45 USD will be contributed to aid the affected ones. Rest .05 USD will be given to the developers as a token of there hard work. I have tested this idea with several of my colleagues. Most of them said only one thing - It will be fun playing around this app as even if we lose we are still contributing to society.
How I built it
I have used Adobe XD for prototyping and Adobe XD for some graphics. I have built an initial prototype to check how well it can go with society. The user model to make the app interactive has been though of carefully.
Challenges I ran into
I faced the following challenges-
- How will it connect the masses?
- How will it serve the less privileged people?
- How user interest and participation will be generated?
- Revenue model to collect community funds.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I have successfully build the prototype with an interactive UI and a great user experience. I have also learnt some concepts of android that I can apply while building some more apps.
What I learned
I have learnt some android for making the app but due to shortage of time, I am not able to learn many things that will be vital in deploying the app.
What's next for Selfie Star
I have planned to extend the Selfie Star as a platform for community help. I have a plan to tie up with some organizations and NGO's that will help me in reaching the masses so that I can generate the community funding with just a selfie.
AT LAST, I WANT TO SAY THAT DURING THESE HARD TIMES THIS IDEA HAS THE POTENTIAL TO TACKLE THE BOREDOM OF THE MASSES AND COLLECT THE NECESSARY COMMUNITY FUNDING.
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