Top 5 Apps That Change The Way We Can Help Others
- 2019-07-29 10:10
It is very interesting to watch how technologies are shaping our future and influence our lives. And one of these changing technologies is mobile apps. Some apps were designed to entertain us, some to help with work and time-management, and some allow better interacting and understanding of other people. Mobile apps give us instant access to information, fast communication, and simplify our daily tasks. Here, we want to dwell on the apps that were designed to make our life easier.
Spotfund is a social impact platform where you can donate money or ask for funding. All nonprofit campaigns this platform offers are completely free of charge. As on Instagram or Facebook, you discover the stories of other people, share them, and help to raise money for some event. There are no likes: instead of “Like” button, there’s a $1 donation button. And your social rate increases with every donation you make when funding the story someone has created and shared. Of course, today the fundraising app is not something new. But Spotfund has several features that set it apart from others.
First of all, the platform does not charge a fee from the raise money, meaning that all donations are yours. Secondly, it works really fast. As the developers write on their site, if you are a new user, you need only 18 sec to make your first donation, and if you have already had the account, this time reduces to 1 sec. Thirdly, each story is checked for its authenticity and quality. Spotfund is a well-known platform for fundraising which has a lot of awards and simple interface. The app is free to install and download.
Be My Eyes
If you want to change the world, you can start with small things like helping blind people to discover the world. Be my eyes is the app that allows you to do it. It is available in over 150 countries and supports 180 languages forming a global network of volunteers. Be my eyes has lots of awards:
- The winner in nomination Best Accessibility Experience (Google Play Awards 2018);
- The winner in nomination Digital Experience (GOV Design Awards 2018);
- Dubai Expo 2020 Global Innovator.
Once you have downloaded the app, it suggests you choose if you are a blind or visually impaired user or a sighted volunteer. Then, if you select a second option, you will be notified as soon as any blind person around you asks for help. The requests can be simple, like helping with reading an email or defining the color, or more complex, for example, to navigate in new surroundings. Once you accepted the request, the app sets up live audio or video connection. The statistics show that the average time the calls are answered in about one minute. Really fast, isn’t it?
You can find Be my eyes on Google Play or Apple Store. It is free to download and does not have in-app purchases.
Waze is an Israel startup developed by Waze Mobile. In 2013, it was acquired by Google as the navigation app with the largest active community. The title accumulates map data, information about the traffic, roadside crashes, and other delays. What’s unique, Waze gets the information from its real users called Wazers. Only they can update roads, report about accidents, change numbers of houses, and even recommend the cheapest spots for gasoline. Also, the app stores and analyzes private information of their users including car’s speed and location. All this is necessary for the service’s improving, and information is fully anonymous. Among other specs there are:
- Turn-by-turn voice navigation;
- Reports about traffic in real-time;
- Other alerts that are specified specially for a certain location.
You can download Waze app for both Android and iOS platforms. For now, the app has a full base map for 13 countries. But it can be used anywhere in the world, the only condition is to have a sufficient amount of active users. In June 2014, Waze launched a Connected Citizens Program which is aimed to share the information on traffic analyses, road planning, and so on with more than 450 governments. It is free of charge.
Charity Miles: Walking & Running Distance Tracker
We discovered this app not so long ago. But Charity Miles is definitely worth your attention, especially if you like running. The title has a pretty unique concept that allows users to earn real money for walking and running. After that, you can spend this money on charity choosing from over 40 world-changing activities. Until today, the users of Charity Miles have already earned more than $2.5 million.
Imagine that when you are walking with a dog in the morning or run in the park in the evening, you can help not only yourself but also other people. Using the app, you can donate to Stand Up To Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer's Association, The World Food Programme, and other organizations.
How it works:
- You need to download the app on your mobile phone. It is free of charge;
- When you walk, run or bike, you have to track it. For this, select the activity type, then, allow Charity Miles to use your location, and start a workout;
- The app automatically converts miles to dollars ($0.25 per mile for running or walking, $0.10 for biking activity);
- Once you end, click the Finish button and see the results.
You can use the app with your fitness tracker. And it is a win-to-win concept: as a user, you can contribute to social issues, charity organizations get a new source of money, and companies benefit from ads in the app.
Moodnotes is a great app for managing your emotional state. The title is the result of the collaboration between two studios: ustwo and Thriveport. According to the World Health Organization, it is expected that depression will be the number 1 cause of global incapability by 2030. Therefore, digital health is one of the directions where technology can make a large impact on human lives.
Moodnotes is a CBT-based journaling app that was launched in August 2015. It allows you to track the mood and improve your thinking habits. To create a really helpful app, the developers partnered with psychologists and used a scientific-based approach for creating content. Moreover, you can synchronize Moodnotes with Apple Watch or iCloud.
To Sum Up
We think it was impossible to come up with a better conclusion than Carsten Wierwill said during the interview to Forbes: “Technology for its own sake doesn’t work. If you can’t articulate a clear purpose for the app and measure success in terms of value created for the user, you’re on the wrong track. We believe designers and marketers have a shared mandate to deliver not just novelty, but meaningful experiences and long-term benefits." Which app do you like the most from our list? Share in the comments below.