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High school students launch pilot project while spreading Christmas cheer

The app goal is to eventually be used for disaster relief
Students Leya Oommen and Ellen Brisley launch pilot project for the development of their new app. Leya Oommen and Ellen Brisley

As part of their Technovation project, students Leya Oommen and Ellen Brisley have launched a pilot project that could lead to an app used for disaster relief. 

Speaking with KitchenerToday, Brisley described how they have partnered up with the Village at University Gates Nursing Home and the Chartwell Retirement Home to spread some Christmas cheer while collecting data for their new app. 

"For our pilot project, what we are doing is we have partnered with a nursing home and a retirement home, and we are providing holiday gifts for around 40 residents. How we are doing this is we have created a website, where we collected the requests for all of these residents on what they would like for their presents, and we tallied it all up, and we created a site where it has the totals of the presents requested," said Oomen. 

The site features an easy way for people to visit, view the requested presents and donate if they are able, be it either cash or gifts. 

Oomen described that this whole process is to see first hand how the donation process works and learn from this to improve the app they are working on, 'Aiuto.'

The aim of the app is to be able to display local services and stores and identify what is needed following a natural disaster. "Ultimately, the goal for our app in disaster relief or what we are doing right now, is to bridge the connection between what people need and what people are willing to give," said Brisley.

This Christmas pilot project is not the only one Brisley and Oomen plan on doing however, they said they are going to use the info collected to develop the app and find opportunities to run more projects.   

Technovation invites teams of young people from across the world to learn and apply skills needed to solve problems through technology like support for Alzheimer's' patients, domestic violence, climate change, and the impact of COVID-19.

If you are interested in learning more about the app in development, you can visit the Aiuto website.




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