From dirt to dynamic data collection. Our community gardens need to be able to collect data in a new way from a younger, more technology savvy group. Help us create an app for gardens that is as fun as Pokemon Go but encourages learning and education.
The BRRAlliance Inc. is a community based not-for-profit located in the northwest corner of the City of Buffalo. We are an economically challenged community within food desert. We are currently operating 4 community gardens, three of them providing food for our neighbors. These gardens also provide passive play spaces given the lack of playgrounds in our area, a safe community space for meetings or activities, and a space for educational opportunities by the BRRAlliance to a community that may not have knowledge about topics like environmental science, horticulture or botany.
We are looking for the development of an app that could be used by our community and volunteers to improve the interaction with our gardens. We are looking at this being a phase 1 version 1 activity with the most basic app to help us learn the capabilities of our garden from both a managerial and visitor perspective.
We would like to start with on the app:
We believe this app will open the gardens to a whole new group of individuals. Our hope is to open communication: visitor to volunteers to organization, in an easier way than we currently have now. We would like to make the app as well as this opportunity as fun as possible!! We care about our community and think this app could improve the connection of the garden with its residents. Come create with us!
A version 1 app that can be tested and will include:
|Length of commitment||Short (less than a semester; 0-2 months)|
|Start time||Winter (December), Spring (January/February)|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Who is eligible||Anyone with app-creation experience|
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