Disrupt NY Hackathon 2016


Coders stayed up all night time on the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon this weekend in Brooklyn, New York. With simply 24 hours to construct one thing significant, it was no straightforward process.

However 4 gents met on the occasion and determined to construct an app that would assist hold homeless individuals off the streets and provides them the care that they want.

Referred to as Helpinghand.membership, the app routes Ubers to close by shelters, soup kitchens and hospitals. A consumer can open up the app and a map exhibits which native amenities are open. Simply faucet the icon to name an Uber to select somebody up and convey them to a useful vacation spot.

“Typically you encounter individuals begging for cash and also you’d like to assist them, however you don’t essentially need to give them cash,” stated co-founder A. Adesina Lalude, a resident of Hamburg, Germany and a advisor for startups. With Helpinghand.membership, you possibly can “present a experience to any homeless individual to ensure they get to the vacation spot” that fits their wants.

The app is presently utilizing the knowledge from New York’s Open Knowledge to energy the app, however they anticipate to proceed engaged on the app and increase to areas outdoors of New York. Helpinghand.membership additionally utilized Esri, Google Maps and Twilio to construct their service. They stated they have been impressed by the City-X sponsor, which inspired hackathon members to develop one thing that may make cities a greater place.  

Lalude met Kuldeep Marathe, a software program developer for a monetary firm, in a shared uberPOOL experience on the best way to the Hackathon. On the occasion, they teamed up with Chris Sullivan, a 17-yr-previous highschool scholar from Maryland, and Sadruddin Saleem, a scholar at Northeastern.

With dozens of groups competing to win the Hackathon contest, it’s not clear but whether or not they’ll get a prize. Regardless, they hope that helpinghand.membership will “give individuals some tangible significant assist,” stated Lalude.