The project develops a framework for “real-time volunteering” and three example services: 1. Mobility Service (arranging local rides to a specified place – select the possible drivers in “real-time”), 2. Shopping Service (shopping of requested items – search for volunteers who are shopping right now or soon in the area of the requester), 3. Help at home (short-term assistance for people at home – quickly and easily find a volunteer in case of unforeseen events). The REVOLUTION framework contains innovative functions like human activity prediction, smart real-time selection, real-time user feedback and speech recognition. In contrast to commercial assistance providers, our service will be launched as a free service for end-users. We will set up local partnerships with communities, social care organisations and insurance companies as multipliers to promote the service for a low basic fee. Having both web-based and mobile front-ends, the REVOLUTION platform will be accessible for end-user with all current devices, from everywhere, to bring together local needs and voluntary assistance in all situations of daily life.
The program REVOLUTION – REaltime VOLunteering solUTION – aims to give pensioners voluntary occupation. REVOLUTION will break new ground to match supply and demand: It will be an online solution, which instantly indicates what jobs are needed to be done. The participants can submit their needs for services and labour provider their capacity mobile via smartphone – but the software also detects patterns of behaviour and helps to organise voluntary work. Many more details will optimise usability and user experience to facilitate dissemination of this application. This will help keep people staying active more easily and this is crucial for well-being and health. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
Expected results and impact
REVOLUTION will deliver a comprehensive working prototype for mobile applications which will be validated with end-users in Switzerland and England. The systems main results will be: (1) a unified and intuitive user interface that appeals to people who are not familiar with technology, (2) provision of content regarding daily live activities and nutrition, (3) p provision of inspiration management including agendas and reminders and (4) basic information for third partners to display health status for caregivers and friends.
Partners involved in the REVOLUTION project
- Project name: REVOLUTION
- Website: www.youpers.ch
- Coordinator: YouPers AG
- Duration: 24 Months
- Starting Date: 01.06.2014
- Total budget: € 1.976.736
- Public contribution: € 1.019.402
T.: +41 78 818 34 05