Title

PLANT

Location

Room A116

Document Type

Presentation

Type

Social Entrepreneurship (SocEnt)

Start Date

11-4-2018 9:30 AM

End Date

11-4-2018 10:00 AM

Abstract

Plant is a volunteer recruitment medium used to target victims of food deserts. Food deserts are environments in which people lack easy access to healthy food. For example, in a normal community, grocery stores allow people to get healthy food for a low cost. In a city like Chicago, there are countless places to get food. However, as grocery stores take up too much land area to be profitable in a city where land is extremely expensive, the only convenient low-cost options are fast food. Prolonged reliance on these foods create diseases such as Type II Diabetes - which can lead to death. As 23.5 million people live in these food deserts, it is important to understand them and the effects they can have on people. We are inspired by Ron Finley, a man who used gardens in urban environments to educate people about food deserts. He gathers people in his community to work together to plant vegetables, combating food deserts with healthy food and awareness. The target audience includes everyone affected by food deserts, yet hones in on those with a lower socioeconomic status in an urban environments (especially New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York).

Charity groups may use Plant for recruiting volunteers with ease. These organizations will be able to set up events through the app and monitor the number of volunteers who sign up. The volunteers using the app will easily be able to sign up for events near them, track the amount of time they spend there, and rate their experiences. PLANT’s sustainability falls on its autonomy, where maintenance is optional past publishing it, which we already have the capability to do. Revenue can be generated by using services such as AdMob to implement ads.

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PLANT

Room A116

Plant is a volunteer recruitment medium used to target victims of food deserts. Food deserts are environments in which people lack easy access to healthy food. For example, in a normal community, grocery stores allow people to get healthy food for a low cost. In a city like Chicago, there are countless places to get food. However, as grocery stores take up too much land area to be profitable in a city where land is extremely expensive, the only convenient low-cost options are fast food. Prolonged reliance on these foods create diseases such as Type II Diabetes - which can lead to death. As 23.5 million people live in these food deserts, it is important to understand them and the effects they can have on people. We are inspired by Ron Finley, a man who used gardens in urban environments to educate people about food deserts. He gathers people in his community to work together to plant vegetables, combating food deserts with healthy food and awareness. The target audience includes everyone affected by food deserts, yet hones in on those with a lower socioeconomic status in an urban environments (especially New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York).

Charity groups may use Plant for recruiting volunteers with ease. These organizations will be able to set up events through the app and monitor the number of volunteers who sign up. The volunteers using the app will easily be able to sign up for events near them, track the amount of time they spend there, and rate their experiences. PLANT’s sustainability falls on its autonomy, where maintenance is optional past publishing it, which we already have the capability to do. Revenue can be generated by using services such as AdMob to implement ads.