Thursday, February 6, 2014
From Bystander to Upstander: a social app to do good
UPDATE 02/25/14: Sneha Jayaprakash, one of the students behind the app, was one of the winners of the 2013Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest. She won a $10,000 award from the Microsoft Imagine Fund to further develop the app. (see above for her video proposal for the competition).
Want to know more about opportunities to go good in your neighborhood? Want to get your friends involved? Soon, there will be an app for that, if a group of seven computer science and math majors at UC San Diego have their way.
The students, led by computer science major Sneha Jayaprakash, want to create Bystander to Upstander, or B2U, a social app designed to enable users to initiate various changes in their community. Users can create challenges, which are designed as mini-games against other peers.
The students are looking for funding, business ideas and mentoring.
Check out the B@U web page here.