We're a young Social Enterprise run by three Essex students. Our goal is to make this world a safer place in a smart and ethical way.
HOW DOES owlapp WORK?
We will launch our app with 3 initial features. They are:
1. Find my friends.
Have you ever lost your friends in a night venue which has poor signal? So have we. We will set up Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons in Sub Zero which will enable our app to determine where exactly you and your friends are. Your location will be encrypted and shared only with pre-approved contacts.
2. Lookout for me.
Have you ever worried about yourself or your friends getting home safely? So have we. Our app will ask where you want to go and how long it should take you. If the timer runs out and you're not there - the app will send a distress text with your location to your pre-set emergency contacts.
3. Safety bus tracking.
Have you ever been frustrated waiting for a safety bus? So have we. You will be able to see if the safety bus is arriving any time soon.
where will the money go?
All three of us have a diverse set of skills. This enables us to do most things in house. However, we want to bring the app to you as soon as possible.
Most of the money will go towards hiring and training 1-2 developers (Essex students). Each hour will cost us £6.70.
Here's the range of features that we want to implement and estimated number of work and training hours they will require:
- Backend server (sends a text even if the user's phone is out of battery) ≈ 80 hours ≈ £540
- Safety bus tracking ≈ 60 hours ≈ £400
- iOS development ≈ 150 hours ≈ £1000
- Messaging without WiFi and network connection (similar to FireChat) ≈ 80 hours ≈ £540
- Privacy settings and Facebook integration ≈ 60 hours ≈ £400
We will also need to buy equipment and licenses:
- Server ≈ £60
- Eddystone Beacons ≈ £90
- Licenses (e.g. Google Play, App Store etc) ≈ £100
We have many more ideas in case if we're over-funded, but these features will be our top priority.
Dmitry - Chief Executive Officer
Essex SU VP International 2012-13
MSc International Economics 2015-16
Came up with the idea to bring you Pocket Essex
Brought National Insurance Interviews for the EU students onto campus.
Cameron - Chief Technology Officer
UG Computer Science Student (Placement Year)
Developed Essex Advanced Scheduler.
Emeka - Chief Marketing Officer
UG Economics Student (2nd year)
2015 Santander Hackathon Winner
Do you want to get involved or simply have a chat?
We're always open to suggestions and cooperation. Feel free to drop us an e-mail.
Dmitry - General Enquires - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cameron - IT Enquires - email@example.com
Emeka - Media Enquires - firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us on Twitter : @owlappofficial
Your support for this project matters. Every like, share, conversation or donation brings us one step closer to achieving our goal, making our world a safer place. We have many more ideas, and we are eager to implement them. Thank you for taking time to read this.
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A massive thank you to Essex County Standard (regional newspaper) for including us in your latest issue.
We’re very excited about winning £500 in a University of Essex Social Enterprise pitch competition. This brings our crowdfunding campaign to a £1140 mark.
There’s a long way ahead of us, and we need your support to make a difference. Every donation matters!
Alumni of the University of Essex matchfunded £753
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